Dutch court rules Gantz not responsible for Palestinians killed in Israel’s 2014 aggression on Gaza

Netherlands (QNN)- Dutch appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Israeli War Minister, Benny Gantz, can’t be held responsible for the killing of six Palestinians in an Israeli air strike on the Ziada’s house in Gaza in 2014, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

The Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada has been suing two former Israeli military commanders, for the decision to bomb his family’s home during Israel’s 2014 aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The first commander is Benny Gantz, who was Israeli forces Chief and currently Israel’s war minister and deputy prime minister, and the other is Amir Eshel, then air force chief.

The Israeli aggression that time reduced his family’s three-floor building in al-Bureij refugee camp to rubble and killed his 70-year-old mother Muftia, his brothers Jamil, Yousif and Omar, sister-in-law Bayan, and 12-year-old nephew Shaban, as well as a seventh person visiting the family.

Ziada sued the Israeli generals for more than $600,000 in damages plus court costs.

During the 51 days of the 2014 aggression on Gaza, ‘Israel’ attacked residential and other civilian buildings, an independent investigation commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council revealed.

2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 civilians, among them 551 children. More than 11,000 Palestinians were injured.

In January 2020, the district court in The Hague denied Ziada access to justice by granting immunity to the Israeli commanders because the alleged crimes were committed while they acted in an official capacity.

This ruling flew in the face of the Nuremberg principles – established after the trials of Nazi war criminals – that those who commit war crimes or crimes against humanity cannot hide behind their official functions, or the excuse that they were just following orders.

Ziada appealed the decision on September 23 against the ruling that granted immunity to the two commanders.

Ziada’s suit was filed under universal jurisdiction rules by the claimant. Judicial authorities in countries that recognize universal jurisdiction for serious offenses such as war crimes and torture can investigate and prosecute those crimes no matter where they were committed.

(Source / 07.12.2021)

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