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Israel Minister Cancels UK Trip Fearing Arrest for War Crimes

by on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm EDT in Middle East, World

The legal ramifications of Israel’s 22-day pummelling of Gaza – resulting in the deaths of 1,400 Palestinians – continue to be felt by its leaders:

Israel’s vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon recently cancelled a planned trip to London over fears that he could be put on trial for alleged war crimes, his spokesman said on Monday.

British activists seek his arrest for the role he played in the Gaza military assault as well as for his role in the killing of 15 people in 2002, which included a leader of Hamas and fourteen civilians (eight of which were children).