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Spanish judge set to probe Gaza war crimes.

Summary: A Spanish judge decided Monday to go ahead with a probe into alleged crimes against humanity by at least seven top Israeli military figures in Gaza despite a request by public prosecutors that he

A Spanish judge decided Monday to go ahead with a probe into alleged crimes against humanity by at least seven top Israeli military figures in Gaza despite a request by public prosecutors that he shelve shelve  
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1. To place or arrange on a shelf.

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 the case.

Public prosecutors made their recommendation last month on the grounds that the alleged crimes in question were already under investigation in Israel, but National Court judge Fernando Andreu ruled that this is not the case, according to according to
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 a copy of the ruling obtained by AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. . Andreu first agreed to open the case in January at the request of Palestinian relatives of victims of an air attack on July 22, 2002 on Gaza City that killed 14 civilians, including nine children, and said because the Israeli military and civilian prosecutors declined to open proceedings of their own, Spain had the jurisdiction to investigate.

The complaint was lodged with the court against seven Israeli officials, including former defense minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

That attack with a one-ton bomb dropped from an Israeli F-16 targeted attack also killed a suspected leader of the Islamist movement Hamas, Salah Shehadeh.

Spain assumes the principle of universal jurisdiction in cases of crimes against humanity, genocide and terrorism and crimes can be prosecuted in Spain even if alleged to have been committed elsewhere.

In addition to Ben-Eliezer, the complaint names the then army chief of staff, General Moshe Yaalon, as well as the then head of the Israeli air force The Israeli Air Force (IAF; Hebrew: זרוע האויר והחלל, Zroa HaAvir VeHaḤalal , General Dan Halutz   (Hebrew: דן חלוץ .

It also names General Doron Almog Doron Almog (born 1951) is a Major General in the Israel Defense Forces reserves.

In 1976's Operation Entebbe, he was the first para-reconnaissance commander to land on the runway at Entebbe, marking it for incoming Israeli airplanes, then leading the capture of the
, national security council head Giora Eiland, Michael Herzog, a defense ministry official, and Avi Dichter Avraham "Avi" Dicter (Hebrew: אבי דיכטר‎, born 4 December 1952) is an Israeli politician, former head of the Shabak (Shin Bet), and member of the Knesset. , director of the Shin Beth intelligence agency.

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Date:May 3, 2009
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