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Israel wants Dutch case against ex-army chief dropped
The Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections.

 

A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza Strip is suing Gantz and Israel's former air force chief, Amir Eshel, for their roles in an airstrike on his family's home that killed six relatives. The dead included a 72-year-old woman and a 12-year-old child.

 

The airstrike on the Zeyada family home took place during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

 

The ministry said Monday an internal Israeli military investigation determined the airstrike had killed four militants, including three

family members, hiding in the house. It said the attack was permissible under international law, and argued the Dutch court does not have jurisdiction. Gaza's Hamas rulers themselves have said that two militants were in the building.

 

"Israel has several mechanisms in place and a robust legal system available to address allegations such as those raised by the plaintiff," the ministry said.

 


פרסום ראשון: 02.11.19, 18:23