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Former Israeli general eludes UK arrest on war crimes charges

[JURIST] Former Israeli army General Doron Almog said Monday that he had narrowly escaped arrest on war crimes charges after arriving Sunday at London's Heathrow airport for a planned UK vacation. Allegedly tipped off by British government contacts, Israel's ambassador to Britain boarded the plane on the tarmack and warned Almog that British officers were waiting to take him into custody with an arrest warrant, at which point Almog refused to disembark. It has since been confirmed that a warrant had been issued against Almog charging him with war crimes for his involvement with the Israeli army's demolition of dozens of Palestinian homes in a Gaza refugee camp in 2002 [Guardian news report]. Amnesty International has deplored [text] the failure of London police to board the plane themselves to capture Almog, calling that "a clear violation of the UK's obligations under both national and international law". The Jerusalem Post also responded to the incident Monday, publishing an article advising all Israeli Defense Forces generals not to visit England, Germany, Spain lest they be arrested and put on trial there for war crimes. Reuters has more.

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