CCR Outraged by ICC Refusal to Investigate Israel War Crimes in Flotilla Attack that Left Nine Dead

November 6, 2014, New York – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following response to the news that the International Criminal Court (ICC) would not be opening a full investigation into the 2010 Israeli attack on a humanitarian flotilla to Gaza. Israeli forces killed nine people, including 18-year-old U.S. citizen Furkan Doğan who was shot several times as he was filming the 4:00 a.m. raid and then shot in the face at point blank range as he lay there wounded.

It is outrageous that the ICC is refusing to prosecute Israeli officials despite acknowledging that there's a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed.  For the court to say the case “would not be of ‘sufficient gravity’ to justify further action” when the Israeli Defense Force attacked international vessels in international waters, killed nine people and seriously injured many more, defies any reasonable understanding of justice and international law.   
In 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rightslaunched a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking documents that the United States government had refused to provide regarding its knowledge of and role in the deadly May 31, 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on the Gaza-bound flotilla. Since the filing of the FOIA case, CCR has received thousands of pages of documents obtained from the U.S. government through the litigation.
To read more about the FOIA complaint, visit the Center’s legal case page.

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November 6, 2014