Dutch-Palestinian man Ismail Zeyada, originally from the Gaza Strip, left, and his lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, enter The Hague District Court, Netherlands, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The Dutch court is expected to rule on a case b brought by Zeyada on whether it has jurisdiction to take on a case in which he is seeking to sue Benny Gantz, former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, and another Israeli military commander over their roles in an air strike that killed six members of his family. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch court throws out case against Israeli military chiefs

January 29, 2020 - 4:33 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court threw out a civil case Wednesday brought by a Dutch-Palestinian man seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family.

The Hague District Court ruled that the case filed by Ismail Zeyada can't proceed because the commanders, including high profile former military chief Benny Gantz, have immunity.

Zeyada was attempting to sue Gantz, who is now a prominent Israeli politician, and former Israeli air force commander Amir Eshel.

Zeyada brought the case in The Hague because he argued he can't successfully hold Israeli military leaders accountable in Israeli courts.

Presiding judge Larisa Alwin said the court can't hear the case because the commanders “enjoy functional immunity from jurisdiction.”

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