Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni has cancelled a visit to Belgium over fears she may be arrested on her arrival in Brussels over war crime allegations. She is named in a lawsuit filed in relation to her role in the Israeli military's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip between December 2008 - January 2009, in which almost 1,400 Palestinians were killed. Under Belgian law, the authorities have the right to detain a suspect in its territory on crimes related to international law as one of the victims had Belgian citizenship.
Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has canceled a visit to Brussels, where Belgian prosecutors confirm she was due to be questioned in an ongoing investigation for war crimes. Livni was expected in Brussels on 23 January for a conference at the European Parliament, but she has pulled out citing illness. Livni remains the subject of a complaint by victims filed in Brussels in 2010 for war crimes during “Operation Cast Lead” – Israel’s assault on Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009 that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Livni has evaded justice at least four times while traveling in Europe in recent years.
Former Israeli Foreign Affairs minister, Tzipi Livni, who was scheduled to be in South Africa this week, will not be coming to the country. While the SA Zionist Federation claims this is due to travel issues it is also as a result of the mounting pressure from human rights activists calling for her arrest.