First lawsuit against Israeli soldiers in Spain


Antonio Segura, Gonzalo Boye, Raul Maillo, Juan Moreno, Lawyer have a long experience in cases concerning International Law and Humanitarian Law. These lawyers are very known in Spain because of their fight for human rights in Universal Jurisdiction. The most known case was the one of Pinochet, who was held in Great Britain for more than one year. Also they represented victims of torture in Guatemala; the case of Jose Couso, the Spanish camera that was killed by American soldiers in Bagdad, and many others like Scilingo case or the bombing in Madrid 11M. Their commitment with the victims around the world make them being very known by human rights and solidarity groups.

Jointly with Palestinian Centre for Human Righs, in behalf of it his Director Raji Sourani, this lawsuit is the first in Spain and several Human rights Associations have been working together with the group of Lawyers for more than two years now. After a long wait, the 24th of June was presented in the Audiencia Nacional (National Courts) and we wait to see that justice and moral compensation come to the victims, while the perpetrators of such a crime are held to the justice. The Spanish civil society (with groups like Arab Cause Solidarity Committee and Al-Quds Asociation for Solidarity with People in Arab Countries and many others)  jointly with other groups around the world are working to make justice in Palestine, while, at the same time, the governments leave aside their obligations and act in an immoral and non political way just trying to compensate economically the Palestinians, without any considerations of their political and international commitments. We are happy to say that Spain join the group of countries, whose tribunal had accepted cases against Israeli militars, as Great Britain, Switzerland, Netherland, United States or New Zealand. And we hope justice to be make with the victims.

First lawsuit against Israeli soldiers in Spain. Six survivors together with relatives of the victims caused by a bomb launched by the Israeli Army on July 22, 2002 against Gaza, will bring a lawsuit in the Audiencia Nacional (National Court). Although this is not the first time people have asked this Court to deal with crimes against humanity, it is the first time that the victims of an Israeli targeted attack in the Palestinian territories have asked the Court by themselves.

The lawsuit, 35 pages long, explains in detail why these events should be considered war crimes subject to universal jurisdiction: the attack was disproportionate.

One target: fifteen casualties.

Around midnight, an Israeli war plane launched a one ton bomb over the Gaza neighbourhood of Al Daraj. The target was Salah Shehadeh, a suspect HAMAS commander. The bomb destroyed his house and seven more at the same time. Thirty more people were also affected, fifteen died and one hundred and fifty sustained injuries of various degrees.

The lawsuit is against the Israeli Defence Minister, Benjamin Be-Eliezer, and six people under his orders. The victims were told by an Israeli court that the attack was proportionate. However, the international community considered it illegal and disproportionate, especially taking into account the sophisticated Israeli military technology. 

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