Israeli military officer detained in Britain for war crimes

An Israeli military officer was detained in the U.K. a few weeks ago on war crimes charges, according to reports in the Israeli media. The officer, who was not identified but fought in Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza, was only briefly held before the Israeli government helped secure his release and procured an apology from British authorities.

Pro-Palestinian organizations have submitted lists of Israeli military officers and soldiers to numerous countries worldwide, noting these fighters have been allegedly involved in war crimes against Palestinians.

The detainment comes on the heels of a controversy earlier this year, in which more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling on the British government to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon arrival in the country for war crimes. The U.K. Petitions Committee officially responded to the request, which it denied, stating that it was not within its authority to do so.

Israeli media reports and the Israeli government have consistently downplayed the accusations of war crimes made against the Israel Defense Forces. Such denials contradict the vast majority of independent international investigations into the war.

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