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Palestine Justice Campaign

€12,926 of €50,000 goal

Raised by 198 people in 25 days
Created December 22, 2018
On July 20th, 2014 the Ziada family home in the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza was bombed by Israeli military forces. It was a targeted attack that reduced the three storey building instantly to rubble and left everyone inside it fatally wounded. Amongst the dead lay Ismail Ziada’s mother, three brothers, his sister-in-law, a 12-year-old nephew and a visiting friend.

Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during “Operation Protective Edge”. The vast majority were non-combatants and over a quarter of all people killed in the operation were children under eighteen years of age.

In the fall of that same year Ismail Ziada, a Dutch citizen resident in the Netherlands, contacted Liesbeth Zegveld, a prominent lawyer, specializing in support for victims of war crimes and human rights violations.  Ziada was committed to holding those responsible for the killing of his family accountable.

Papers were served on both the Chief of General Staff of the IDF at the time of the bombing, Benny Gantz and the Commander of the IDF Air Force, Amir Eshel.  The working assumption was that neither officer would respond to the writ and the court proceedings would take place in absentia. However, just before the 3 month time period for submission of a response expired, both Israeli military officers appointed a lawyer to represent them. In November 2018, they finally submitted a response.

The original suggestion of initiating a criminal case was soon put to one side as previous experience indicated that it was highly unlikely that the public prosecutor would initiate criminal proceedings. However, Zegveld pointed out that the Netherlands upholds a system of universal jurisdiction in civil proceedings for Dutch citizens who are unable to gain access to justice elsewhere.

While the Ziada writ was focused on the fact that the bombing of the family home was illegal and a war crime according to international law, the response of the defendants focused exclusively on their alleged right to immunity and the Dutch court’s alleged lack of jurisdiction based on the argument that Ismail Ziada would have access to justice in Israel.

The recent Israeli court ruling against Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, who filed a compensation suit against the Israeli state over the killing of three of his daughters in IDF shelling in 2009 is proof, if proof were needed, that this is most certainly not the case.

In March 2019, there will be a court hearing which will be the first time the court will actually consider the issues. Should the outcome be positive for Ismail Ziada it is now expected the Israeli military defendants will pursue the case up to the Dutch Supreme Court which can take several years and significant financial resources.

The Ziada family has been using their own personal funds and some generous contributions from friends and supporters to pursue their case on behalf of all the victims of Israeli war crimes. If justice is to be gained for the Palestinian victims, the case needs our moral and financial support. The target is EUR 50,000.

Every donation large or small helps the Ziada family struggle for justice for the Palestinian people. Please contribute what you can and encourage others to do the same.

All funds raised will be transferred directly to the law firm instructed in the case, Prakken d'Oliveira Human Rights lawyers in Amsterdam.
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Update 3
Posted by Eddie Whyte
4 days ago
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We are delighted to announce that Israeli Professor Ilan Pappe has given his support to the Ziada family and their campaign to prevent further Israeli war crimes against #Palestine. Please encourage more friends and colleagues to support the Campaign.
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Update 2
Posted by Eddie Whyte
4 days ago
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Dear Friends! We have just reached EUR 10,000 thanks to your much needed support! The case being taken by the Ziada family has a real chance of a providing a legal precedent that will benefit other Palestinians and hopefully prevent further Israeli war crimes. We still have a way to go to our target of EUR 50,000. Please encourage others to support our cause. Justice will prevail.
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Update 1
Posted by Eddie Whyte
18 days ago
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Dear Friends! We have now rounded the EUR 4,000 mark of our EUR 50,000 target. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation over the last few days. We are determined to ensure justice for the Palestinian people through the Dutch courts but we need your help to mobilize worldwide to ensure funding. Please spread the word and encourage friends and family to do the same. All contributions are welcome, large or small - every little helps. Thank you for your solidarity.
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Raised by 198 people in 25 days
Created December 22, 2018
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