Former prime minister Ehud Olmert and opposition leader Tzipi Livni may face war crimes charges in Norway over their role in Israel’s offensive against Hamas in Gaza, AFP reported Tuesday.
The news agency said six Norwegian lawyers announced plans Tuesday to accuse the pair, as well as Defense Minister Ehud Barak and seven senior Israel Defense Forces officers, of the crimes.
The lawyers, who planned to file their complaint with Norway’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday, were quoted as saying they would also call for the arrest and extradition of the Israeli leaders.
Under the Norwegian penal code, courts may hear cases involving war crimes and other major violations of human rights. The lawyers released a statement quoted by AFP accusing Israel of « massive terrorist attacks» in the Gaza Strip from December 27 last year to January 25, killing civilians, illegally using weapons against civilian targets and deliberately attacking hospitals and medical staff.
The Norwegian state and its people should not let their legal system be misused to delegitimize the leadership of another free and democratic nation. Norway should rather support the Jewish people fight for survival, against the Radical Islamic regimes in Gaza and Iran. Norway should never forget that the Nazi-regime in Norway issued arrest orders on Jews who wanted to defend them selves against Fascism, during the years of occupation from 1940 to 1945.