Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, it has been reported.
According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him if Mr Netanyahu and the six other individuals enter the country, as their actions could see a case against them regarding the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010 reopened.
The other men named in the issue are former defence minister Ehud Barak, former foreign minister Avigdor Leiberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, minister without portfolio Benny Begin and vice admiral maron Eliezer, who was in charge of the operation.
The case – which was put on hold by Judge de la Mata last year – was brought against the men following an attack by Israeli security forces against the Freedom Flotilla aid ships in 2010, which was trying to reach Gaza.
It concerns the Mavi Marmara ship, the main civilian vessel in a fleet of six that were attempting to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. The six ships were carrying around 500 passengers, humanitarian aid and construction materials. The Israeli Defence Force stormed the ship in a raid that left nine human rights activists dead. A tenth activist died later that month due to wounds sustained in the raid.
The Israeli Prime Minister and other officials now face charges in the case, should it be reopened.
Workers killed on Gaza aid flotilla
Workers killed on Gaza aid flotilla
Israeli military boats approach the southern port of Ashdod
An Israeli army military vessel (L) escorts one of the boats in a Gaza-bound aid flotilla
A pro-Palestinian activist is evacuated to a hospital near Tel Aviv
Palestinians wave their national flag as they ride boats during a rally in support of activists aboard a Pro-Gaza flotilla made up of four boats aimed at defying Israel's blockade of Gaza, at the seaport of Gaza City
Israeli Navy sailors embark on a warship in order to stop a flotilla of activists attempting to deliver aid to Gaza in spite of Israel's blockade in Haifa, Israel. During the last few days, the naval force has been conducting drills to prepare for the anticipated standoff, 2010
Israeli soldiers get ready to raid a ship as the Israeli navy intercepts a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea, killing several pro-Palestinian activists in a pre-dawn raid that sparked global outrage, 2010
Foreign peace activists protest against Israel's deadly military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships in international waters
Foreign peace activists and left-wing Israelis protest at the entrance of the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, against Israel's deadly military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships in international waters before dawn in which several passengers were killed, most of them reportedly Turkish nationals
A young boy protests outside Downing St, London. A large demonstration took place in London after more than 10 people were killed by Israeli commandos when they stormed a ship part of a flotilla of six carrying 1,000 tonnes of aid from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip, Palestine. The military strike happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters. Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked with weapons, the activists onboard the aid ship say Israeli troops came on board shooting, 2010
A Palestinian youth waves a Turkish falg at the Mediterranean port of Gaza City, following a deadly Israel military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships, including Turkish boats, in which several passengers were killed off the Israeli coast, sparking fury from Turkey and calls for an 'uprising' from the Islamist Hamas movement
An Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon told the Jerusalem Post: “We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled. We hope it will be over soon.”Reuse content