German lawyers file lawsuit against politicians, including Scholz, for alleged ‘complicity’ in Gaza-Israel conflict

Lawyers representing Palestinians have filed a criminal complaint against the chancellor and other top politicians, accusing them of abetting ‘genocide’ in Gaza. The case was filed on Friday with the German federal prosecutor against senior German politicians, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz. In addition to Scholz, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Economics Minister Robert Habeck, Finance Minister Christian Lindner, and others stand accused.

The lawyers behind the case represent families of two Palestinians with roots in the Gaza Strip. “We, Palestinians in the diaspora, will not stand by and watch a genocide being committed against our families and our people,” said Nora Ragab, a Palestinian-German migration scholar whose family is represented in the case.

The European Legal Support Center, the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, and the UK-based Law for Palestine are backing the case, saying that Germany is one of the countries that has shown the strongest political and material support to Israel in its assault on the Gaza Strip and the Palestinians.

One of the supporting lawyers, Alexander Gorski, acknowledged that the case will be difficult given the political landscape in Germany, but emphasized the responsibility to try to seek justice in the judicial sector.

The legal case will also focus on German weapons exports to Israel, which have increased significantly in 2023. The lawyers allege that despite an International Court of Justice ruling, Germany has “already agreed in principle” to send more tank ammunition to Israel. They argue that since October, many German officials have “incited” genocide with their statements.

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