A Spanish court is stirring up controversy after issuing arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials in connection to the 2010 attack of the Freedom Flotilla ships.
Spanish National Court Judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police to alert him if Netanyahu or the seven others enter the country. The other officials include former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman; current and former defence ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Ehud Barak and others. Spain is the most recent country to accuse Israel of war crimes in connection to the Gaza conflict. In this particular case, Israel attacked ships in the Freedom Flotilla who were attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Palestine.
In 2010, the Mavi Marmara ship was the lead civilian ship in the Freedom Flotilla, travelling from Istanbul to the Gaza Strip. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) stormed the ship when they tried to breach the blockade set up by Israel — the blockade that prevented much-needed supplies from reaching the Palestinian people. IDF’s attack on the ship left nine civilian activists dead, and a tenth activist died a month later.
According to the IB Times:
Although local proceedings in Turkey took the matter to trial as well, it was stalled after Netanyahu made a partial apology. Similarly, several efforts to arrest Israeli officials in England stalled after the UK government amended the law to make it more difficult for individual judges to issue arrest warrants against state heads and diplomats without state approval.
Israel is not pleased with the Spanish court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for their cowardly leader. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon issued a comment on Saturday night expressing their anger:
We consider it [the judge’s order] to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it canceled. We hope it will be over soon.
A provocation? Well, they’d certainly know what that is since they are the masters of provocation.
Israel has been committing war crimes for years and until recently, most of the international community has allowed them to continue doing so. Unfortunately for Netanyahu, the world is sick and tired of watching them needlessly slaughter the Palestinian people because they don’t like Muslims. That’s right, it has nothing to do with protecting themselves and everything to do with Netanyahu hating Islam. He has even said that he would not accept Syrian refugees into Israel because the refugees practice the Islamic faith.
It’s sad that a country with such a deep and personal connection to genocide would commit the same atrocities that killed more than 6 million of their own people. Sure, Netanyahu doesn’t use gas chambers and ovens, but his bombs and IDF are accomplishing the same thing. It’s about damn time the world stands up and stops his reign of terror.