Israeli Foreign Ministry has warned a number of Israeli officials not to visit Spain after an international arrest warrant was issued against them on charges of committing war crimes in Gaza, Israeli newspaper reported.
A Spanish human rights organization filed a lawsuit last week against Israeli officials involved in the assassination of senior Hamas member Salah Shehade six years ago. Sixteen Palestinians were killed in the airstrike in the heart of Gaza.
The report added nearly all heads of the defense establishment at the time of the assassination are included in the list of defendants: Former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General (Res.) Moshe Yaalon, former Shin Bet Director Avi Dichter, former Israel Air Force Commander Dan Halutz, former head of the IDF Operation Branch Major-General (Res.) Giora Eiland, and former Southern Command Chief Doron Almog.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is also on the list. During his tenure as prime minister, Sharon gave the army the green light to assassinate the leader of Hamas' military wing.
Spain is a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and has adopted a law allowing war crime lawsuits to be filed within its borders. According to the ICC's constitution, any of its members have the universal judicial authority to try suspected war criminals, even if they are in another country.
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