vrijdag 25 december 2009

In België aanklacht tegen Hamas leiders voor oorlogsmisdaden

Dergelijke initiatieven zijn hard nodig als tegenwicht tegen de almaar actiever en feller wordende anti-Israellobby. Er zijn ook diverse Nederlanders omgekomen bij zelfmoordaanslagen in Israel, onder andere bij een aanslag waarvan een van de masterminds een prijs van Fatah heeft gekregen. Alleen de PVV stelde kamervragen. Linkse partijen vinden Joodse doden door Palestijns terrorisme blijkbaar minder erg dan Palestijnse doden door Israelisch geweld.
Last update - 09:49 24/12/2009       
Gaza rocket victims to Belgium: Try Hamas chiefs for war crimes
By Haaretz Service
More than a dozen Israeli victims of Palestinian rocket attacks have petitioned a court in Belgium to bring Hamas leaders to trial for committing war crimes against them during last year's war in the Gaza Strip.
The 15 Israelis, who also hold Belgian citizenship, were all either wounded, sustained damage to their homes, or lost a relative in an attack from Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.
In an unprecedented lawsuit submitted by a pro-Israel group in Europe, the plaintiffs have asked the court to open a judicial probe against 10 Hamas military and political leaders and issue arrest warrants if necessary.
"The request for arrest warrants was submitted after six months of legal preparation and is based on strict evidence which ties Hamas leaders to terror attacks in which Belgium citizens ware harmed," the plaintiffs' attorney, Roel Coveliers told AFP on Thursday.
The complaint cites reports from international human rights groups, as well as the Goldstone Commission's damning report on the war, which accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during the three-week conflict.
"The Goldstone report says, among other things, that the rocket attacks by Hamas constitute a violation of international humanitarian law, so as a member of the United Nations, I don't believe Belgium will ignore the complaint," Coveliers added.
Syria-based Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, strongman Mahmoud Zahar and the heads of the group's armed wing Ahmed Jaabari and Mohammed Def have all been targeted in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit comes amid a slew of arrest warrants being issued in Europe against Israeli leaders. Most recently, opposition leader and Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni canceled a trip to the United Kingdom after learning that a warrant had been issued against her there.

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