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Hague to hear case for war crimes after 2014 bombing of Palestinian home in Gaza

AN APPEAL in the case against senior Israeli officials, including current Defence Minister Benny Gantz, for the 2014 bombing of the Ziada family’s home in Gaza is set to be heard in The Hague on Thursday.

Ismail Ziada’s 70-year-old mother, three brothers, his sister-in-law, a 12-year-old nephew and a visiting friend died in the attack.

In an initial ruling, The Hague’s District Court offered “functional immunity” to Mr Gantz and the former commander of the Israeli Air Force, Amir Eshel. 

In January 2020, the Dutch court ruled they could not be prosecuted as the alleged actions were carried out in accordance with their official duties.

But Mr Ziada has appealed against the decision, arguing that such immunity cannot be invoked for war crimes and that the ruling had denied his right to justice.

Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza between July and August 2014 left over 2,000 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, thousands injured and hundreds of homes destroyed.

Mr Ziada says that the bombing of his family home constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law and a gross violation of internationally recognised human rights principles.

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