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  • Three Spanish activists, who were also on board the Gaza flotilla and were arrested, filed a lawsuit against the Israeli leaders.

    Three Spanish activists, who were also on board the Gaza flotilla and were arrested, filed a lawsuit against the Israeli leaders. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 November 2015

If seven high Israeli officials step foot on Spanish soil, an inquiry could be opened into Israel’s 2010 Gaza flotilla attacks.

Spain’s national court has ordered that national security forces be notified if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and six other high-up political officials step foot on Spanish soil to reopen an inquiry into the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack.

Once in Spain and the case reopened, the judge may decide to notify the officials to appear and testify in court. The judge may even order their arrest if they do not respond to the summoning, El Diario reported.

Besides Prime Minister Netanyahu, other officials include former ministers Ehud Barak of defense, Avigdor Lieberman of foreign affairs, Moshe Yaalon of strategic affairs, Eli Yishai of internal affairs, and Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom who was commanding the Israeli navy when the attack on the flotilla took place in 2010.

The 2010 Israeli attack on the flotilla ships bound for Gaza, killed nine Turks and injured 38 people.

Three Spanish activists, who were also on board the flotilla and were arrested, filed a lawsuit against the Israeli leaders.

The investigation was opened by Judge Jose De la Mata, who said that the facts could constitute crimes of illegal detention, deportation, and torture against persons and goods protected in armed conflict.

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