(photo credit: Ariel Hermoni / Defense Ministry)
An indictment was filed in Belgium Wednesday calling for various Israeli
officials – including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, opposition leader Tzipi Livni
and former prime minister Ehud Olmert – to be tried for war crimes, according to
Hungarian News Agency MTI.
The 70-page indictment was submitted by a
group of 14 people, mostly Gazan Palestinians, and relates to events that took
place during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009.
jurisdiction law makes it possible for the case to be tried in Belgium, even
though the events in question took place elsewhere.
defines several Israeli actions as war crimes, including an attack on a
in which civilians were killed, as well as attacks on plantations and
Livni had refrained from traveling to Belgium in 2009 during her
stint as foreign minister for fear of facing legal action in the
A Brussels court granted a war crimes suit against former prime
minister Ariel Sharon in 2001.