In June 2007, the suspect imposed a siege on 1.5 million
residents of Gaza. The siege, which is ongoing in 2009, is collective
punishment according to International Law. The year and a half long siege
caused severe food and fuel shortages, intermittent drinking water and
electricity supply, disruption to sewage treatment plants and shortages of
medicine and essential medical equipment, affecting the lives of 1.5 million
people - a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Rome Statute.
On 27 December 2008, the suspect ordered the aerial
bombardment of Gazan population centers. The attacks involved hundreds of
fighter jet sorties, dropping hundreds of tons of bombs on Gazan neighborhoods.
At least 1,300 people - men, women and children were killed and 5,300 were injured.
Schools, hospitals and UN facilities were targeted, medical crews shot at
and prevented from evacuating the wounded.
On 10 December 2008, a formal complaint was submitted by
Lebanese lawyers to the International Criminal Court in the Hague,
Netherlands, against Ehud Barak and four other Israelis: Ehud Olmert, Matan
Vilnai, Avi Dichter and Gabi Ashkenazi on the suspicion that they had
committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by ordering and maintaining
a siege on Gaza.
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 65 years old,
lower than average height, graying hair, brown eyes, with glasses.
Photo courtesy of the IDF Spokesperson