Dutch Movement Files War Crimes Complaint Against IDF Soldier Leah Rachmani

Dutch Movement Files War Crimes Complaint Against IDF Soldier Leah Rachmani

The March 30 Movement in the Netherlands has officially filed a criminal complaint against Dutch citizen Leah Rachmani, who is currently serving in the Israeli army.

The movement, represented by attorney Haroon Raza, complained on Thursday, accusing Rachmani of active participation in the Gaza conflict as part of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Attorney Haroon Raza emphasized the gravity of the complaint, stating, “I filed a complaint against this person for active participation in the war in Gaza as part of the IDF … making her a person who must be investigated for war crimes.”

The complaint has been formally submitted to the National Dutch Prosecutors Office, with confirmation of its receipt received from the prosecutor.

Notably, the March 30 Movement also filed a complaint against Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The movement, established by activists in Europe, emerged in response to the recent developments in Gaza.

The Gaza conflict, initiated by an October 7 Hamas attack, has led to extensive Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. According to reports, at least 28,663 Palestinians have been killed, causing widespread destruction and shortages of essential resources. In contrast, fewer than 1,200 Israelis are estimated to have lost their lives in the conflict.

The impact of the Israeli offensive on Gaza has been severe, with 85% of the territory’s population experiencing internal displacement, coupled with acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine. Furthermore, 60% of Gaza’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, as reported by the United Nations.

The International Court of Justice has taken notice of the situation, and in a January interim ruling, it accused Israel of genocide. The court ordered Tel Aviv to cease genocidal acts and ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza.

The March 30 Movement’s legal actions add to the growing international scrutiny surrounding the conflict and its potential legal consequences.

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