Hamas,  Israel/Palestine,  Law

The Times: Hamas behind arrest warrants for Israeli leaders

The Times reports that Hamas is behind the campaign to use English law to have Israeli leaders arrested when they visit European countries.

The campaign by Hamas takes advantage of an aspect of law in England and Wales that allows anyone to apply for an arrest warrant for alleged war crimes without the need for a prosecuting lawyer. The identity of the person or organisation that applied for [Israeli opposition leader Tzipi] Livni’s warrant has not been made public, but Hamas says that it initiated the move.
Diya al-Din Madhoun, who heads the Hamas committee set up to coordinate the campaign, said that it had “all the political and military leaders of the occupation in our sights”, although he did not specify its future targets. He told The Times: “This has absolutely become our policy.”
Hamas had not been involved directly in filing legal cases or contracting lawyers, he said, but its governing administration had acted as a facilitator. “We have provided a group of independent lawyers in Britain with documents, information and evidence concerning war crimes committed by Israeli political and military leaders, including Ms Livni.”

(Hat tip: Ohad)