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Former Israeli official cancels Spain visit fearing arrest
Former Israeli official cancels Spain visit fearing arrest
-- Former chief of the Israeli internal security apparatus the Shabak Avi Dichter has called off a visit to Spain fearing arrest on the background of a case charging him and other Israeli officials of committing war crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Wednesday, October 27,2010 13:53
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NAZARETH, -- Former chief of the Israeli internal security apparatus the Shabak Avi Dichter has called off a visit to Spain fearing arrest on the background of a case charging him and other Israeli officials of committing war crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Yediot Ahronot reported on Tuesday that Dichter, an MK for Kadima party, was forced to cancel his visit to Madrid after the Spanish foreign ministry informed him that it would not be able to protect him from arrest.

The paper said that Dichter was invited to attend a conference for a coalition of peace organizations to consult on the Arab peace initiative, adding that he asked for guarantees from the Spanish authorities that he would not be detained but Madrid did not provide any.

Spanish and Palestinian human rights groups had filed lawsuits against Israeli officials for committing a war crime in Al-Darraj suburb in Gaza city in 2002 when the Israeli air force dropped a one ton bomb in a heavily populated area to kill Salah Shehade, the former commander of the Qassam Brigades the armed wing of Hamas. The bomb killed Shehade along with 14 civilians including nine children in addition to wounding tens others.
tags: Israeli Official / Israeli Internal Security / Avi Dichter / Gaza Strip / Kadima Party / MK / Peace Organizations / Spanish Authorities / Palestinian Human Rights / War Crime / Hamas / Israeli Air Force
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