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Switzerland considers war crimes complaint against Tzipi Livni
Attorney general’s office says request by pro-Palestinian group over 2008-9 Gaza war ‘is presently being studied’
ed note–if anyone needed an explanation as to why there is this drive to rehabilitate Israel’s image around the world, it is instances/events such as this. Whether anything comes of it or not is immaterial–Even in the world of today where short attention spans, loss of memory and diminished critical thinking skills are the norm amongst the Judaized/Zionized West, nevertheless things such as this have sticking power and staying power, and when it is repeated enough times in news headlines, tends to have an effect on how people view the entire ‘Jewish state’ experiment and whether or not the governments of their particular countries ought to be supporting it politically, economically and militarily.
Times of Israel
Switzerland’s attorney general’s office on Wednesday said the country is weighing whether to pursue a war crimes complaint filed against former minister Tzipi Livni over her role in the 2008-2009 Gaza war.
“[The legal] request is presently being studied,” the attorney general’s office told Swiss news site Swissinfo.
Quoting the French-language Swiss daily Les Temps, Swissinfo said that the suit was filed Monday by the pro-Palestinian Swiss organization Urgence against Livni, who served as foreign minister during the three-week long conflict between Israel and the Hamas terror group, a war known in Israel as Operation Cast Lead.
The complaint against Livni was submitted after she visited the Swiss city of Lugano on Sunday to speak at an event arranged by the Swiss-Israel Association.
Swiss NGO Trial International hailed Urgence’s decision to file the complaint, saying it would enable Swiss authorities to take legal action against Livni if she returns to the country.
“Switzerland has an obligation to work on cases of alleged war crimes if the suspect steps on Swiss territory. If Switzerland opens an investigation, it is in line with Swiss law, especially given the alleged crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead,” a representative for the group told Swissinfo.
Livni has been the target of groups attempting to bring war crimes charges against Israeli leaders over Operation Cast Lead in a number of European countries.
In January, Livni canceled a trip to Brussels when Belgian prosecutors planned to question her over allegations of war crimes.
“We wanted to take advantage of her visit to try to advance the investigation,” a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutor Thierry Werts said.
A spokesman for the event Livni was set to attend said she canceled her visit to Brussels for “personal reasons.”
Livni, who is now a member of Knesset in the center-left Zionist Union faction, is named along with other Israeli political and military leaders in a complaint filed in Belgium in June 2010 over alleged crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead.
The Belgian-Palestinian Association supporting the complaint said in a statement it wanted to hold Livni responsible for her role in the war, as well as Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, then prime minister and minister of defense.
In December 2009, Livni canceled a visit to London after being informed that she was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a UK court over her role in the same war. British lawmakers have since amended legislation to make such cases less likely.
More than 1,400 Palestinians, roughly half of them civilians, died during the Israeli-Hamas war between December 27, 2008, and January 18, 2009. Thirteen Israelis, including 10 soldiers, were killed.
Israel said the conflict was a response to hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas at Israeli population centers. Hamas has vowed to destroy Israel.
Spain ‘issues arrest warrant’ for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over 2010 Gaza flotilla attack
‘We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, it has been reported.
According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him if Mr Netanyahu and the six other individuals enter the country, as their actions could see a case against them regarding the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010 reopened.
Palestinians wave their national flag as they ride boats during a rally in support of activists aboard a Pro-Gaza flotilla made up of four boats aimed at defying Israel’s blockade of Gaza, at the seaport of Gaza City
The other men named in the issue are former defence minister Ehud Barak, former foreign minister Avigdor Leiberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, minister without portfolio Benny Begin and vice admiral maron Eliezer, who was in charge of the operation.
The case – which was put on hold by Judge de la Mata last year – was brought against the men following an attack by Israeli security forces against the Freedom Flotilla aid ships in 2010, which was trying to reach Gaza.
It concerns the Mavi Marmara ship, the main civilian vessel in a fleet of six that were attempting to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. The six ships were carrying around 500 passengers, humanitarian aid and construction materials. The Israeli Defence Force stormed the ship in a raid that left nine human rights activists dead. A tenth activist died later that month due to wounds sustained in the raid.
The Israeli Prime Minister and other officials now face charges in the case, should it be reopened.
Workers killed on Gaza aid flotilla
An Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon told the Jerusalem Post: “We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled. We hope it will be over soon.”