311_Livni at IDC.
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The Media Review Network, a South African media group, has been attempting to
secure an arrest warrant against Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) for her
role in Operation Cast Lead, a local news website reported.
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MRN chairperson Iqbal Jassat as saying that Livni, who served as foreign
minister during the operation in Gaza, is due in South Africa at the invitation
of the Jewish Board of Deputies.
She is scheduled to leave for South
Africa next week.
“We have now been informed that she has been invited to
this country and have therefore instructed our legal team to take all necessary
measures to secure an arrest warrant and to pave the way for her prosecution,”
“Our decision is based on the fact that SA is a signatory to
the Rome statutes, which obligates all member states to honor their
responsibility in the prosecution of war criminals.
“We believe that her
visit to this country would be an act of provocation and are therefore deeply
disappointed that her hosts – the Jewish Board of Deputies – displayed such
intolerance and callousness by having a known murderer who is a wanted criminal
in many parts of the world, visit SA,” Jassat said.
said she would not decide whether to go to South Africa based on the threats of
one group or another, and noted that she did go to England even after an arrest
warrant for her was issued. They said the only thing that can prevent her from
going is the Foreign Ministry strike, which has put the trip in
“I stand by everything I do and say,” Livni said.
response to the attempt to secure an arrest warrant, the Jewish Board of
Deputies accused the MRN of playing “petty politics,” according to the
“Livni has become one of Israel’s leading voices for negotiations
with the Palestinians with the aim of achieving peaceful co-existence between
Israel and its Palestinian neighbors,” the board said in a statement, as cited
by News 24.
Board chairman Zev Krengel said the board saw no reason why
the MRN’s actions should thwart or hamper Livni’s visit and confirmed that it
would go ahead.
“It’s pure intimidation tactics by people who do not want
to see a solution to the situation in the Middle East,” he
“[Livni] has consistently been supportive of a viable Palestinian
state, and this has won the respect of the international diplomatic community
for her commitment to making peace.