Nearly five years have passed since the night of July 22, 2002, when an Israeli Air Force plane dropped a one ton bomb on a residential neighbourhood in Gaza City, in order to assassinate Salah Shechade, who was the commander of the military wing of Hamas.
As a result of that "pinpoint preemptive strike" in addition to Shechade and an assistant, 14 innocent human beings, including 8 children, were murdered. Most of them lived in adjacent apartment buildings.
Nearly four years have passed since the night of September 30, 2003, when advocates Avigdor Feldman and Michael Sfard petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) that it should order the Military Advocate General "to launch a criminal investigation regarding alleged criminal offences committed during the planning and the execution of the liquidation of the Hamas Activist Salah Mustafa Shehada in Gaza City on July 22, 2002, an action in which 14 human beings were killed and many dozens were injured."
Yesterday, June17 2007, something happened. The HCJ justices, headed by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish, demanded from the State Of Israel to respond to the question: Is the State willing to appoint an independent committee to investigate the case in an impartial manner?
This was in accordance with the HCJ ruling, written in December 2006 by the former President Aharon Barak, regarding the general petition against the extra-judicial assassination policy.
Yesh Gvul commends the HCJ justices on this brave decision. We hope that the committee will indeed be set up, and will carry out its investigation in anunprejudiced and unbiased manner, according to the rules of international law.
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