Gaza, ALRAY - Pro-Palestinian activists demanded warrants for the arrest of Avi Dichter, former home front minister, and former minister Dan Meridor, on a visit to Spain, israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported.
This attempt happened several days ago, when it became known that Dichter – who haven't been in Spain in the last 15 years – was to attend a conference organized by a security think tank which collaborates with the Spanish Defense Ministry.
Activists, working through the umbrella group for the Palestinian organizations in Spain, filed a request with the court to reopen the lawsuit against him for his role in the assassination of al-Qassam Brigades leader Salah Shehada in 2002.
Dichter was home front minister at the time of the assassination.
The Israeli Justice Ministry and Foreign Ministry were alerted, and were in contact with Spanish formal authorities in order to prevent Dichter's arrest and to make sure the Shehada case is not reopened.
After the activists found out that Meridor will also attend the conference, they demanded his arrest as well for his being involved in the 2010 Gaza flotilla massacre during which he was a cabinet minister.
This is not the first time pro-Palestinian groups try and bring about the arrests of top Israeli war criminals abroad.
Last month, Navy chief during the Cast Lead Operation and Marmara takeover, Brig. Gen. Eliezer Marom was held for questioning in the Heathrow Airport in London.
Two years ago a request was filed in Britain for the arrest of justice minister Tzipi Livni for being involved in war crimes during the Cast Lead Operation.
In 2010 a similar request was filed against then army minister Ehud Barak in Britain, also rejected, and minister Moshe Ya'alon cancelled a trip to the country as a consequence.
Another incident occurred with Israeli military commander Doron Almog, who did not go down his airplane in Britain after he heard he was to be arrested in 2005.