Monday, November 16, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu 'Wanted' in Spain

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin 'Bibi' Netanyahu could be wanted in Spain due to a call for arrest by a Spanish judge using a legal loophole to indict Netanyahu and six other high officials affiliated with the 2010 Mavi Marmara raid, also known as the Flotilla scandal, or the Gaza Flotilla Raid. 

They may be put to court for war crimes, in which 9 activists were killed by the Israeli Military during the events taking place on May 31st, 2010. If they enter Spain, they will face indictment.

Israel (& other) Officials Wanted in Spain:
  • Benjamin 'Bibi' Netanyahu
  • Moshe Ya'alon
  • Dan Meridor
  • Eli Yishai
  • Avigdor Lieberman
  • Ehud Barak
  • Benny Begin

Gaza Flotilla Raid
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla was an attempt to break through the Egyptian-Israeli air, land, and see blockade of the Gaza Strip (which began in 2007). Managed by the Free Gaza Movement, and the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was carrying humanitarian aid and construction supplies directly to Gaza. Normally, Israeli officials inspect the goods.

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla believed to have worked in accordance with international law, and rejected any threatening tactics by the Egyptians and the Israeli's. The Israeli's very much knew the plans stated by the Flotilla long before the incident, and they have had run-ins in the past.

Israel, prior to this moment, was unsure of the motives of the Gaza Flotilla. They suspected the organization of funding terrorists. Israel planned a preemptive attack while denouncing the Flotilla as a faction of Hamas in Gaza. The Flotilla insisted on transporting the goods into Gaza, as Israel called to turn the goods elsewhere and that Israeli official would transport it to Gaza the rest of the way. Naturally, as many empty promises beforehand, the Flotilla rejected this notion that they could entrust Israel with the humanitarian aid.

On May 31st, 2010, Israeli forces bombarded several ships associated with the Flotilla (who was transporting over 600 activists, and goods and supplies) with speedboats and helicopter support where 9 activists were killed.

National origins of ships include...
  • Two American Ships, Free Gaza Movement
  • Two Greek Ships, 'European Campaign To End The Siege On Gaza'
  • A ship from Comoros, IHH
  • Turkey, IHH
  • Kiribati, IHH
  • Cambodia, Free Gaza Movement
There were over 600 passengers from 37 national origins (many originating from Europe, USA, and Middle East). Many members include former US ambassadors, and Parliamentary officials. 

Activists Killed

  • Ibrahim Bilgen
  • Cetin Topcuoglu
  • Furkan Dogan
  • Cengiz Akyuz
  • Ali Heyder Bengi
  • Cevdet Kiliclar
  • Cengiz Songur
  • Fahri Yaldiz
  • Necdet YilDirim