Case closed against Israeli flotilla participants


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s attorney general has closed the case against Israelis who participated in the 2010 Gaza flotilla.

Yehuda Weinstein ended the case against Israeli-Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi and other Israeli nationals over "significant evidence-based and legal difficulties," the Justice Ministry said Thursday. Zoabi participated on the flotilla on the Mavi Marmara, which was raided by Israeli naval commandos. Nine Turkish nationals were killed during the raid.

The Knesset stripped Zoabi of several diplomatic privileges following her participation in the flotilla.

Speaking of the attorney general’s decision, Zoabi said, according to Ynet, "This proves that what I said all along was true – my participation in the flotilla was a legal political act. Now there is room for an apology from Knesset members who incited against me."

The Israeli nationals were investigated on suspicion of attempting to enter Gaza unlawfully.

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