Benjamin Netanyahu Will Be Arrested If He Ever Sets Foot in Spain Again

November 17, 2015   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
November 17, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Spain — Should Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever set foot inside Spain, he—and six other current and former Israeli government officials—will be subject to arrest, thanks to a Spanish judge who effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group late last week.

As to be expected, the Israeli Foreign Ministry was less than thrilled, as spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon responded, according to The Jerusalem Post, We consider [the judge’s order] to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it canceled. We hope it will be over soon.”

At the heart of the matter for Spanish National Court Judge José de la Mata—and humanitarians worldwide—lies the 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on the civilian humanitarian ship, the Mavi Marmara. It was one of six vessels in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and carried around 500 passengers.

The fleet was attempting to break through the Israeli blockade of Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and construction materials on a small yet necessary scale when the Mavi Marmara was attacked by Israeli security forces—commandos—who boarded and then shot and killed nine activists. A tenth activist died from injuries sustained during the raid, which occurred in international waters, after spending four years in a coma.

In July, the International Criminal Court harshly criticized Gambian-born prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for failure to re-open the Mavi Marmara case despite a “reasonable basis” to believe war crimes had been committed. As the ICC judges stated,

“The prosecutor should have accepted that live fire may have been used prior to the boarding of the Mavi Marmara, and drawn the appropriate inferences. This fact . . . may reasonably suggest that there was, on the part of the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] who carried out the identified crimes, a prior intention to attack and possibly kill passengers on board.

A U.N. Human Rights Council investigation into the raid found “clear evidence to support prosecutions” of war crimes under the Geneva Conventions based on willful killing, torture, or inhuman treatment, and willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health. Youngest of the victims, 18-year-old Furkan Dogan, had been shot five times, including one shot to his face as he lay on his back, the UNHCR report concluded.

According to The Latin American Herald Tribune, besides Netanyahu, de la Mata ordered police and civil guard to notify him should former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, former Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon, former Interior Minister Eli Yishai, former Minister without Portfolio Benny Begin, and Vice Admiral Maron Eliezer (who headed the operation) ever step foot on Spanish soil.

Though Netanyahu claimed at the time IDF forces had been attacked by the activists and thus acted in self-defense, the investigation found no medical evidence to substantiate that story. In fact, the UNHCR went a step further—echoing human rights organizations and activists worldwide—calling Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip “totally intolerable and unacceptable in the 21st century.”


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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  10. The power is in the people. If we do not stand up against those elites and keep giving them power through taxes, they will surely destroy our nations. Let's stand up against this tyranny which is disguised behind the name of Democracy.

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  11. What about all the war crimes that have been committed by the US-Empire since the Corporate-America coup, dating back to at least the Clinton era, to this very day? The United States-Empire is guilty of far more egregious war crimes and inciting the overthrow of many democratically elected presidents in South America than any other country.

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  13. Should Spain ever try to inform this bullshit they Wil be destroyed by Israel.

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  14. Did you create this profile just to make this post? Get a life Netanyahu Public Relations! Merchants of Doubt! Masters of Misinformation. Go bulldoze more family homes, and blame it on stone throwers. People are opening their eyes now!

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  15. Gary McClellan you are undoubtably the most stupid person on the internet. Where do you get your information.

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  16. The United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada will never turn their backs on our friend Israel. If you think that they will you are dreaming. Just about every major terrorist group is made up of radical Muslims.

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  17. We can't help backward thinking sadistic thugs who think stoning women and children, marrying off young girls to goat humpers, and well l could go on and on but if you like this you're living in the wrong century.

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  18. This judge is an idiot. Read your history of what was happening at this point in time. Israel should have blown these ships out of the water.

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  19. It must be nice for all of you anti-Semetic intellectuals to have your own forum. Good God, does anyone really believe this crap?

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  20. Keith Gradwell so the right call in this situation, as a superior being you claim to be, is to just shoot them down and bomb them? this begs the question who the real terorists are, but I guess such a view is not acceptable to those like you, sitting on such a high horse.

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  21. Keith Gradwell I'm sorry, but are you claiming the Palestinians are the backward thinking sadistic thugs… I felt disgusting rewriting even that much of what you said that I couldn't finish (you must be thinking of Saudi Arabia–your world view is slightly skewed I see–one of the US's coziest allies, aka Big Oil). Not exactly sure where exactly you are getting this info, but have you seen–dare I say it, read–the Israeli soldier attempting to kidnap a young Palestinian child, or the Israeli citizens kill a Syrian refugee because he 'looked" Palestinian, or the Israeli citizens who kidnapped a Palestinian man off the streets while the Israeli soldiers blocked others from helping him or even documenting it on video? I suspect you have not due to the ignorance of your response. It's okay, you have been brought up to believe that the mainstream media is unbiased and questions government, rather than corroborates the government's lies.

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  22. Keith Gradwell Made radicalised by the brutality of those nations, mainly Israel and United States.

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  23. Keith Gradwell Made radicalised by the brutality of those nations, mainly Israel and United States.

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  24. Keith Gradwell Made radicalised by the brutality of those nations, mainly Israel and United States.

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  25. Not anti semetic, anti Israeli Government brutality, get your head out the clouds and get off you high horse, your a fool man get educated

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  26. Not anti semetic, anti Israeli Government brutality, get your head out the clouds and get off you high horse, your a fool man get educated

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  27. Not anti semetic, anti Israeli Government brutality, get your head out the clouds and get off you high horse, your a fool man get educated

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  28. Dumitru Ursu Unfortunately Keith represents the vast majority of brainwashed people within Israel, I don't blame them for things their told their whole lives, I blame their Government for brainwashing their own people. And our governments as well!

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  29. Dumitru Ursu Unfortunately Keith represents the vast majority of brainwashed people within Israel, I don't blame them for things their told their whole lives, I blame their Government for brainwashing their own people. And our governments as well!

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  30. Dumitru Ursu Unfortunately Keith represents the vast majority of brainwashed people within Israel, I don't blame them for things their told their whole lives, I blame their Government for brainwashing their own people. And our governments as well!

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  31. Keith Gradwell Marrying off girls to goat humpers….. So you blow up all of the girls instead? But now what are all the goat humpers going to do?

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  32. Keith Gradwell Marrying off girls to goat humpers….. So you blow up all of the girls instead? But now what are all the goat humpers going to do?

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  33. Keith Gradwell Marrying off girls to goat humpers….. So you blow up all of the girls instead? But now what are all the goat humpers going to do?

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  34. No wonder you think Netanyahu is the most evil man on the planet, you're a Nazi scum peice of shit! This image is taken from his facebook page. http://imgur.com/4qTq7WL he thinks making jokes about gassing Jews is funny. Someone needs to put people like you down.

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  35. Keith Gradwell, you just keep agreeing to disagree with everyone and sowing hatred from your easy chair, while justice is served at a National judicial level! It took great effort to serve this to Netanyahu and his pals, by people not demanding scapegoats, but JUSTICE for people who were MURDERED, friends and family.

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  36. You may be right, it's not certain Netanyahu will be arrested. But then it's also not certain what your point is, using terms like "Libtard(what does that mean exactly)," or "Social Justice Warrior" (last time I checked, social justice served is a good thing for society), or telling people to get a life. I have one, and I like it fine. Sounds like you are twisted inside.

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  37. BULLSHIT – Gaza was blockaded to prevent the importation of exactly what that ship carried – more war materials for the assholes that ran the place. The blockade was announced and acted upon by the legal defenders of The State of Israel, whose very existence is being questioned by another anti-semite who somehow became a judge.

    BSD -SPAIN

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  38. if this ever got to an unbiased court there is no way that a conviction would be forthcoming. If it got to a moral court they would hang the Spanish judge

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  39. nope – somebody needs to put you down – Bibi is being a leader who stands up to historic predilictions of anti-semitism which still live in Europe and obviously within you marius

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  40. Marius Nicolae Șerbanică – good to see that your true hating inner self comes to the surface and i have to agree with sholomyin =- you are a fuking nazi pig. go suck your own dick and choke on your poisonous cum asshole

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  41. Randy Lucas – don't know why we'd waste resources and valuable lives on a 2 bit country like Spain which is in the process of self-destructing from forces within it

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  42. Ben Jaminn – colour it with whatever you like – your shit still stinks and maybe you're just fucking ignorant but your words are totally anti-semitic – the fact that you don't recognize this tells me that you're also a fucking idiot

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  43. Ben Jaminn obviouslynot the same place you read yours, which is probably Mein Kampf

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  44. becauise it's not Jews, defending themselves, doing the killing no one cares – there is a total double standard when it comes to world justice in the arena of the Middle East, which serves to prove that even if Hitler was defeated, his ideas still live within the hatred of Europeans

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  45. Marvin Fox Lol you're an old ass piece of shit zionist jew, who the fuck cares who you think, you will all pay for what you're doing for protecting that evil scum of earth. Zionists will be zionists on any day, hey.. call me nazi all you want, least I dont go around protecting evil and zionism. Suck a dick you bitch ass old mother fucker, jew yourself out of this world. Thanks

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  46. Marvin Fox Crawl into a hole and die already you old jew, you prob barely even get to the bathroom, what are you doing online spreading your zionistic ways.

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  47. Keith Gradwell sadly Obama has turned his back on Israel… I don't know about the other countries you mentioned

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  48. You guys are so right. Every day l read about Israelis blowing up school buses, running around killing innocent people and taking hostages in Paris, and around the world. Wake up asshole Israel is the only normal country in the entire middle east.

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  49. Oh really, Spain will be raped,murdered,bombed,bullied when Isis finally sets full in Spain. Israel would probably be a first responder when Isis comes for a holiday. Do me a favour and say Thank you to Priminister Benjamin when they oppose Isis and train your soldiers to help be kept safe against any future Isis Holidays. Ok?! Thank you for your time Spain!

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  50. Sholoymi Fishbaine oy vey !! antisemite !! remember the 600 trillion.!!! marvin go kiss a can of zyklon dumb shill!!

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  51. Keith how can you be so dellusional as to think that our opinions are a result of our anti-semitic views? Nobody here is anti-semitic you've just been engrained that from a young age, purely a result of your zionist government enforcing the idea that the rest of the world is out to get 'the jews'. Nobody gives a flying fuck that you're jewish, what we give a fuck about is the illegal occupation of a helpless Palestine at the mercy of your governments apartheid regime. You are a special kind of stupid, and your assumptions are an insult to everybody on this forum.

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  52. Keith Gradwell You're the epitome of ignorance, I hope you get a wake up call real soon… because you are so sadly misinformed, like most sheeple… the Zionist Regime is criminal, most educated people agree they are a rouge state and aggitators in the region…the facts are as clear as daylight once you venture outside the realm of zio-owned media.

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  53. He clearly get's all his history lessons from Faux News… He's clearly an uneducated bigot with no real grasp on true history, he's been educated through pure propaganda and bullshit.

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