Lawsuit filed in Chile against Israeli justices for wall

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2016 6:21 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed in Chile against three current or former Israeli Supreme Court justices for endorsing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier and the seizing of goods from Palestinians.

Chile's Palestinian Federation filed the war crimes suit Monday against Uzi Vogelman, Neal Hendel and retired justice Asher Grunis, who was president of the court in 2012-15.

The group argues that Chilean law's universality principle allows for suits involving crimes against humanity committed in other countries.

Israel began building the separation barrier in 2002 in response to a wave of suicide bombings that killed hundreds.

Israel says the barrier is needed to keep out Palestinian attackers. Palestinians say the structure is an illegal land grab because it frequently juts into the occupied West Bank.