Israel wants to quash an arrest warrant prepared by a Spanish judge for Benjamin Netanyahu over the deadly 2010 IDF attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that killed ten people.
The Israeli PM and six other former ministers would be arrested if they set foot on Spanish soil.
“We consider it to be a provocation,” said an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson. “We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled. We hope it will be over soon.”
Judge Jose de la Mata, who drew up the warrants, ordered the police and civil guard to notify them if any of the seven enter Spain.
Israeli Defence forces carried out a deadly attack on the Freedom Flotilla aid ship Mavi Marmara, which was attempting to bring supplies to Gaza, in contravention of an Israeli-imposed blockade.
Nine activists were killed during the raid that took place in international waters some 150km from Gaza, one more died of wounds later that month.
Autopsies revealed the nine Turkish men were shot with 30 bullets and five were killed with close-range bullets to the head.
The other Israelis who have been issued warrants are ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defense minister Ehud Barak, ex-deputy prime ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, former state minister Benny Begin, and Israeli Navy commander Eliezer Marom.
The investigation began after Spanish activists that were part of the flotilla filed a criminal complaint against the Israelis involved in the raid. In June this year, the five year investigation was put on hold, but can be reopened if any of the suspects visited Spain.
A UN report slammed the deadly IDF raid: “Israel’s decision to board the vessels with such substantial force at a great distance from the blockade zone and with no final warning immediately prior to the boarding was excessive and unreasonable.”
South African police have arrest warrants for four Israeli commanders involved in the Freedom Flotilla carnage. An alert was circulated to South African Border Control system in September.
South Africa will liaise with Interpol Turkey to extradite the Israelis should they arrive. A court in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for the four in 2014.
Gadija Davids, a South African journalist, first made the complaint about the attack in 2011. She says she was kidnapped and assaulted before being imprisoned in Israel after the IDF stormed the aid ship.
“This decision has allowed us to hold these commanders, now fugitives from justice responsible to answer for crimes that were committed in the high seas,” Davids said.
10 thoughts on “‘Provocation’: Israel outraged over Spain’s Netanyahu arrest warrant”
wow it only took five years to draw up arrest warrants…. I think it is all bs….
Right Mary? They all should have hanged by now.
“We consider it to be a provocation,” said an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson.”
Yet murdering innocent Palestinians you call ‘self defense’.
“The other Israelis who have been issued warrants are ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defense minister Ehud Barak, ex-deputy prime ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, former state minister Benny Begin, and Israeli Navy commander Eliezer Marom.”
As ugly a list of hardcore terrorists as I’ve ever seen.
Nonsense…. enacted for the same reasons that Obama is said to be at odds with Netanyahu, too.
They’re trying to convince the French that their country isn’t an Israeli colony, but if you deny the holocaust there you’ll go straight to jail.
So where is the justice for the families of the Navy seamen aboard the U.S.S. Liberty, which was attacked by Isreal in 1967? Should this be swepted under the rug because John McCain’s father, the Admiral, and LBJ decided to kill it?
I like to read comments on fox news for comedic relief and put my fingers on the pulse to see what some people might think. Many are hasbara or adl, obviously, but holy crap some people are dumb! Fewer comments all the time though. Less even listening to their bs is a good thing. Mostly pointless comment on my behalf but mildly heartening because ultimately those that truly realize will also understand the W’s of how to correct the situation. It won’t be pretty but it must be done unfortunately. So be it. Right makes might.
“I like to read comments on fox news for comedic relief…”
I used to.
I’d either laugh my @ss off… or get depressed as hell.
I couldn’t agree with ya more, #1. I hate epiphany sometimes but call a spade a spade? “Ignorace is bliss…?”
Take a guess where the next big shooting will be and they will blame some group from the middle east.
Yuuuup, I called the count down to the false flag (actual people died this time) about a month ago after France said they would recognize the people of Palestine. We can do the count down together, and 3, 2, 1……………