Apr 23, 2024

March 30 Movement files a formal complaint against 6 Dutch-Israeli soldiers, under 'article 12' of Dutch criminal law

Rotterdam - A formal complaint has been lodged at The Hague Court of Appeal, Criminal Law Sector,  concerning the non-prosecution of alleged war crimes committed by Dutch-Israeli members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The complaint was filed on behalf of the March 30 Movement, and represents individuals Huda S. (GAZA Resident, Dyab Abou Jahjah chairman of the March 30 Movement, and Haroon Raza (Lawyer).

This legal action challenges the decision by the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office not to pursue criminal charges against six Dutch-Israeli IDF soldiers, despite substantial allegations of their involvement in serious violations of international humanitarian and criminal law during recent military operations in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

The period in question spans from October 7, 2023, to February 2024.

The individuals charged are:

- **Jonathan Ben Hamou**, aged 22, who reportedly participated in ground invasions in Gaza.

- **Ronny Katz**, aged 32, who joined the IDF operations starting from October 10, 2023.

- **Abel Yannai Bolink**, who has been active in military duties in Gaza since late 2023.

- **Daniel Kipnis and Romi Kipnis**, reported to be active IDF soldiers in Gaza during this period.

- **Leah Rachmani**, who is currently serving in an active IDF role in Gaza.

The complaints focus on actions including but not limited to the use of starvation as a method of warfare, forced displacement of populations, and extensive non-discriminatory attacks leading to excessive civilian casualties—actions that potentially constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law.

Mr. Raza, acting as the legal representative, states, "The failure of the Dutch authorities to initiate a criminal investigation into these matters, despite compelling evidence and the severe nature of the allegations, represents a disregard for the Netherlands' obligations under international law."

This complaint underscores the urgent need for a thorough legal examination and accountability for any Dutch nationals involved in foreign military engagements that contravene international humanitarian and criminal law standards. The plaintiffs seek justice for the victims of these alleged atrocities and demand a re-evaluation of the case by the competent legal authorities to ensure that international legal norms are upheld.

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