Dutch won’t charge company in Israeli barrier case

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Dutch authorities say they will not prosecute a company for renting out equipment used to construct Israel’s West Bank separation barrier.

A Dutch lawyer and Palestinian rights organization al-Haq had asked the Dutch to prosecute Lima Holding B.V. for war crimes for providing the equipment.

In a statement Tuesday, the National Prosecutions Office said that investigations revealed that Lima, known in the Netherlands as Riwal, rented cranes and aerial platforms that were used in construction work in the occupied territories.

The prosecution statement also pointed out that the construction of the Israeli barrier in occupied territories has been labeled a breach of international humanitarian law in an advisory opinion by the

United Nations’ highest court, the International Court of Justice.

Nobody was available for comment at Riwal’s Dutch offices.

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