Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister's Office
On 12 July 2006, the suspect ordered the bombing of cities
and villages in Lebanon. The 34-day bombing of residential areas broke
international law. The aerial bombing and land assault ordered by the
suspect, killed approximately 1,200 people and injured about 4,400. During
the attack, the suspect ordered several thousand cluster bombs to be
dropped near residential areas in Lebanon, something forbidden under
international conventions. In total, about a million small bombs were
dropped, which led to the post war deaths of 30 people and the injury of
215, including 90 children.
In the summer of 2007, the suspect ordered the blockade of
1.5 million people in Gaza, preventing them from receiving adequate food,
water and electricity supplies and medication – all explicitly
prohibited under international law. In December 2008, the suspect ordered an
air, land and sea attack on the residents of Gaza, causing the rapid
destruction of residential areas and the deaths of 1,300 people - hundreds
of them children.
On 10 December 2008, Lebanese lawyers submitted a formal
complaint to the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands,
against the suspect and others, on suspicion of war crimes and crimes
against humanity for his part in the siege of Gaza. In March 2009, the
suspect will lose his diplomatic immunity.
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 60 years old,
above average height, balding, with blue eyes and a taste for cigars.
Photo courtesy of the IAF Spokesperson
The facts: On 12th July 2006, the suspect was head of the
Israeli Air Force and therefore responsible for thousands of fighter jet
sorties, which bombed residential areas in Lebanon. The bombings, using
hundreds of tons of explosives, damaged more than 100,000 homes. The Air
Force, under his command, deliberately targeted water sources and electrical
power stations, and wrecked schools, hospitals and clinics. The air strikes
killed hundreds of people and caused hundreds of thousands to flee
their homes, becoming refugees without shelter.
The deliberate bombing of residential neighborhoods, as well
as the deliberate destruction of houses, water and electricity plants, and
essential civilian infrastructure is strictly prohibited under
international law. Whoever violates these laws is considered to be a war
criminal and guilty of crimes against humanity.
Collective punishment and extra judicial executions are all
forbidden under the Fourth Geneva Convention and violations can be heard
before the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands.
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 50 years old,
above average height, ginger hair, wearing glasses.
Photo courtesy of the IDF Spokesperson
On 27th December 2008, the suspect, as Chief of Staff,
ordered the Israeli army to attack densely populated areas in the Gaza
Strip. For three weeks, 1,500 tons of bombs were dropped from the air on
residential neighborhoods in Gaza and tens of thousands of artillery shells
were fired from tanks. For 3 weeks, the army damaged and destroyed houses,
schools, hospitals, infrastructure, water and electrical plants, killed more
than 1,300 people, hundreds of them children, and injured about 5,300
people. Thousands of houses were bombed or shelled and 50,000 residents were made homeless, without shelter.
Prior to this, the suspect was part of a group, which
implemented a siege on 1.5 million people in the Gaza Strip, denying
them a regular supply of food, water, medicine, fuel and electricity for 18
According to international law, it is absolutely prohibited
to bomb residential areas in a way that interrupts the lives of civilians;
to carry out executions without trial, to collectively punish; to destroy or
damage hospitals, schools and homes. The prohibitions against collective
punishment were enshrined in the Geneva Conventions after the behavior of
the Nazis in Europe during World War II when they destroyed entire villages to
punish residents for sheltering the resistance. 194 countries agree
with the prohibitions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
In December 2008, a complaint was filed in the Hague against
the suspect, on suspicion that he had committed war crimes and crimes
against humanity for ordering the siege of Gaza.
Description of the suspect: male, about 55 years old, black
hair, olive skin above average height. The suspect is armed and could be
Photo courtesy of the IDF Spokesperson
In July 2008, a claim was filed against the suspect in the
High Court in Spain on suspicion that he was involved in war crimes and
crimes against humanity for ordering a one ton bomb to be dropped on a
house in Gaza, which caused the deaths of 15 people including 9 children
(July 2002). Bombing residential areas is collective punishment and
constitutes a war crime. Extra judicial executions are prohibited under
international law and since July 2002 are prosecutable in the International
Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
Description of the suspect: a white man, 55 years of age, of
average height, white hair.
Photo courtesy of the IDF Spokesperson
In July 2007, the suspect along with his accomplices ordered
a siege on 1.5 million people in Gaza. The siege caused severe deprivation
by preventing the regular supply of food, water, gas, electricity, and
medication to the residents living there. The siege lasted for 18 months, is
still ongoing, and included a naval, air and land blockade.
In February 2008, the suspect said on Israeli army radio "the more the
Qassam rocket fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, (the
Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a holocaust."
Indeed on 27th December 2008, the suspect as Deputy Defense Minister, was part of a
cabinet decision which ordered air, naval and ground attacks on densely populated
areas in Gaza - attacks that lasted for about 3 weeks. As a result of the
attacks, entire buildings collapsed on residents and infants were found
starving next to their dead parents. Wounded people were buried under rubble
for many days because IDF soldiers prevented medics from reaching them.
(According to reports by the Red Cross.)
Some 1,300 people were killed, hundreds of them children. 5,300 were
wounded. The air force bombs and tank shells hit hospitals, clinics,
schools, infrastructure, UN buildings, electricity and water sources - leaving hundreds of
thousands without the necessities for life.
In December 2008, a lawsuit was filed against the suspect in
the International Criminal Court, The Hague on suspicion that the siege of
Gaza breached international law and was thus a war crime and crime against
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 65 years old,
shaven head, above average height.
Photo courtesy of the Israeli Embassy
Moshe Bogie Yaalon
On 18th April 1996, IDF troops fired 38 artillery shells
measuring 155 mm at the UN compound in the village of Qana, Lebanon where
800 refugees were sheltering. They had fled their homes due to Operation
Grapes of Wrath. The IDF attack was in response to Hezbollah fighters
launching rockets at IDF forces from a place a few hundred meters from the
compound. The IDF shelling killed 106 people and left dozens of survivors
injured. During this time, the suspect was head of Israeli army
intelligence, and together with others, was responsible for the
shelling. Firing at a compound where civilians are sheltering from fighting
is considered a war crime under international law.
On 22 July 2002, as head of the Israeli army, the suspect
ordered a one-ton bomb to be dropped on a house in Rafah, Gaza,
in order to assassinate Salah Shehadeh. The bomb caused the deaths of 15
people including 9 children, and injured dozens more. Bombing neighborhoods
where civilians live is forbidden under international law and is considered
to be a war crime.
In November 2005, relatives of those killed in Kafr
Qana filed a civil law suit against the suspect in a Washington DC
court. The suspect was handed a subpoena whilst he was visiting
Washington, but he refused to take it and left quickly after.
In December 2006, while the suspect was making a private
visit to New Zealand, a lawsuit was submitted to a New Zealand court,
regarding the suspect’s part in the assassination of Shehadeh. An Aukland
district judge ordered his arrest. Pressure was however placed on the
Attorney General by the Ministry of Justice to cancel the warrant.
In July 2008, the suspect’s name was included in a list
submitted to a Spanish court for investigations into war crimes. The court has issued a warrant for his arrest. Spain
an extradition agreement with all the countries in the European Union.
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 60, large
build, above average height, brown hair, wearing glasses.
Photo courtesy of the Israeli Government Spokesperson
Between, October 2000 and June 2002 the suspect ordered a
serious of actions against the Palestinian people, which included
assassinations, torture, house demolitions and the deportation of civilians.
In early 2001, the suspect, as Chief of Staff ordered the Israeli army
to kill 70
armed Palestinians per day.
On 29th March 2002 and for 6 weeks after, the suspect was in
charge of a military operation called "Operation Defensive Shield" in which,
according to the Red Crescent, the army killed 216 Palestinians and wounded
416. The operation involved the widespread destruction of homes, the denial
of medical treatment for the wounded, especially in two Palestinian cities,
Jenin and Nablus. These actions are classifiable as war crimes and crimes
The suspect continued these activities even after being
appointed Israeli Defense Minister up to 2006. In 2002, a British lawyer
presented a file to the UK Director of Public Prosecutions asking for the
suspect to be investigated for war crimes such as targeted assassinations
and the demolition of Palestinian homes. The suspect left the UK quickly
upon hearing a file had been presented.
Description of the suspect: an olive-skinned man, about 60
years old, of below average height, clean-shaven. The suspect is armed and
may be dangerous.
Photo courtesy of the Israeli Foreign Office
On the 12th of July 2006, the suspect along with her
accomplices ordered the aerial bombardment and artillery assault on
residential areas in Lebanon. For 34 days she authorized troops to make
12,000 aerial sorties, to fire 100,000 artillery shells, damaging 350
schools and destroying 15,000 houses in Lebanon.
130,000 homes were partially damaged. The attacks destroyed water sources,
hospitals, power stations and other infrastructure essential to life.
900,000 people were forced to leave their homes and remain without shelter
for many days. Some 1,200 people were killed, and 4,400 were wounded:
approximately 30% of the dead, about 360, were children under the age of 13.
On 27th December 2008, the suspect and her accomplices
ordered an aerial, ground and naval attack on densely populated areas
in the Gaza Strip. The attacks again damaged houses, hospitals, schools
and infrastructure, and killed more than 1,300 people, including
hundreds of children. 20,000 houses were partially destroyed and
50,000 people were made homeless as a result of the suspects orders.
Attacking innocent people, shooting indiscriminately into
residential areas, causing injuries, destroying essential infrastructure
such as water, electrical plants and hospitals are all prohibited under
International law and are war crimes and crimes against
Description of the suspect: a white woman, 50 years old,
above average height, blonde hair.
Anyone who has information about the suspect when he is
outside of the Israeli borders, report immediately to:
Fax +31 70 515 8 555