Lawyer lodges war crimes case against Ha­mas chief

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

AN IS­RAELI lawyer best known for fight­ing for the rights of mes­sianic Jews be­gan a very dif­fer­ent type of bat­tle this week: he lodged a case against a se­nior Ha­mas strong­man.

On Mon­day, Calev My­ers filed a com­plaint at the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court against Is­mail Haniyeh, who led Ha­mas in Gaza un­til last month.

Mr My­ers’ NGO, the Jerusalem In­sti­tute of Jus­tice (JIJ), which also ad­vo­cates for lone sol­diers, op­poses sex traf­fick­ing and gives le­gal sup­port to Holo­caust sur­vivors, is urg­ing the court to in­ves­ti­gate Haniyeh “for his role in the com­mis­sion­ing of war crimes dur­ing the 2014 con­flict with Is­rael”.

Mr My­ers ar­gues Ha­mas com­mit­ted war crimes by fir­ing rock­ets into civil­ian ar­eas and us­ing Gaza res­i­dents as “hu­man shields”. He said he also felt it was “im­por­tant to speak in the name of those who couldn’t raise their voice, be­cause they were trapped un­der the dic­ta­to­rial regime of Ha­mas, led by Is­mail Haniyeh.

He chose Haniyeh in par­tic­u­lar be­cause of his “piv­otal role in Ha­mas’s ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy and its con­sis­tent vi­o­la­tion of the hu­man rights of the Gazan civil­ian pop­u­la­tion.”

Mr My­ers feels it is “im­por­tant to speak in the name of those who can’t raise their voice, be­cause they are trapped un­der the dic­ta­to­rial regime of the Ha­mas, led by Is­mail Haniyeh.”

Haniyeh headed Ha­mas in Gaza for more than a decade un­til he re­signed re­cently, ap­par­ently be­cause he is set to be­come head of the ter­ror group’s polit­buro.

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