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Spanish Judge issued arrest warrants against the Prime Minister of Israel

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Spain Issued arrest warrants for the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli Officials

According to the local news a Spanish judge issued arrest warrants against the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu , Ehud Barak, Avigdor Lieberman and three other senior Israeli officials. Spain suspects the senior Israeli officials for crimes against humanity committed during the Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010.

In 2010, six NGOs had formed flotilla called ” The Freedom Flotilla aid ship “ consists of 750 people from 37 countries to break the sea blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid there . Israeli troops then boarded the Spanish ship Mavi Marmara , the flagship of this fleet , by helicopter. By opening fire , the IDF commandos killed nine Turkish activists and injured many others .

On November 8 , the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court had ordered an inquiry into the Israeli attack.

From The Independent:

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 [were] 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 Prime Minister of Israel and other officials now face charges in the case, should it be reopened.

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.”

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