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Israel runs scared. Ehud Barak, Israeli Defence Minister, cancels trip to France at last minute to avoid arrest for war crimes in Paris.
Barak was scheduled to inaugurate the Israeli pavilion at the Eurosatory 2010 Air Salon, an international arms trade fair, during the third week of June 2010. French lawyers and human rights activists sought Barak's arrest for international terrorism and war crimes, using supranational legal procedures at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Ehud Barak, on learning this, took legal advice in Israel and cancelled his trip immediately. Israel's government news agencies struggled to suppress, and then gloss, the news. In addition to visiting Eurosatory, Barak was scheduled for top level meetings with the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, and with French intelligence chiefs. More here (14.06.10). Eurosatory is a defence industry trade show which is held every two years at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.
AB comment: In December 2009, genocide charges were filed against Ehud Barak in Austria. The full text of those charges can be found here (pdf file - six pages - German language - Vienna 13.12.09). Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, acting as Israeli Minister of Defence, led the Israel Defence Forces during the December 2008 - January 2009 Gaza holocaust (IDF Operation Cast Lead). The legal action taken against Ehud Barak in Austria, followed that taken against Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni in the UK. Livni cancelled her British trip at the last moment over fears that she would be arrested in London for war crimes. She was due to speak at the JNF Vision 2010 conference in Hendon, north-west London, on Sunday 13th December 2009. She was also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown for private talks.
At that time, Tzipi Livni was just the latest senior Israeli politician to avoid visiting Britain for reasons of personal legal safety. In October 2009, Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, was advised by a special inter-departmental team working with Israeli ministers to pull out of a JNF (Jewish National Fund) dinner in London. Experts on international law from the Israeli foreign and justice ministries, and the IDF Attorney-General’s department, advised Israeli cabinet ministers with a security background, and senior Israel Defence Forces officers, not to visit the UK, Spain, Belgium or Norway, while lawyers in these countries were actively using the World Court's universal jurisdiction laws (Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court implemented as complementarity legislation in national laws) to seek the arrest of leading Israelis on war crimes and international terrorism charges. Austria, although a signatory to the Rome Statute of the ICC, and having enacted the pertinent cooperation legislation, has not yet implemented the full Rome Statute complementarity legislation in its national laws. More background here (17.12.09) and here (21.12.09).