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Israeli Group Files War Crimes Claim Against Hamas (2 articles)

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Israeli Group Files War Crimes Claim Against Hamas (AP-Washington Post)
(dailyalert.org, Sept. 4, 2014)

The Israel-based Shurat HaDin Law Center filed a war crimes complaint against Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal at the International Criminal Court on Wednesdayover the execution of dozens of Palestinians without trial during the Gaza war.

    According to the complaint, Mashaal “had knowledge of the executions, oversees Hamas’ governance of Gaza, and actively encourages and supports the executions.”

    “Mashaal is a Jordanian citizen and Jordan is a member of the ICC,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Shurat HaDin. “The ICC is empowered to exercise its jurisdiction over all acts committed by the citizen of a member, wherever those acts are committed.”

    See also Israel: None of Alleged Gaza Collaborators Were Israeli Agents – Aaron J. Klein and Mitch Ginsburg (Times of Israel)

    None of the Palestinians executed in Gaza on charges of collaboration during the Gaza war were Israeli assets, an Israeli intelligence officer saidWednesday.

    The Israel Security Agency confirmed that those executed had all been held in prison in Gaza and that none would have had any information that might have played a role in Israel’s locating rocket launch sites or conducting targeted killings.

    The agency said that none of the Hamas military leaders attacked during the final stage of the war were targeted on the basis of human intelligence.

    Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, a former security chief in the West Bank, saidWednesday that “some of those who were executed were former officers with the PA’s security apparatus.”

    The intelligence source said that rivals are often killed and family feuds settled under the guise of purging society of Israeli spies. 

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