The Targeted Killing of Salah Shehadeh: From Gaza to Madrid

Posted: 18 Aug 2009

Date Written: July 2009


On 22 July 2002, an Israeli Air Force plane dropped a one-ton bomb on a densely populated residential neighbourhood in Gaza City. The military objective of this operation was to kill Hamas' military leader in the Gaza Strip, Salah Shehadeh. More than six years later, in Madrid on 29 January 2009, Judge Fernando Andreu Merelles opened a criminal investigation against seven Israeli political and military officials for allegedly committing a war crime - and possibly a crime against humanity - in that operation. The basis of jurisdiction claimed was universal jurisdiction. As the same facts have been reviewed by different legal authorities in Israel, this case provides us with some considerations on the extent and applicability of the principle of subsidiarity.

Suggested Citation

Weill, Sharon, The Targeted Killing of Salah Shehadeh: From Gaza to Madrid (July 2009). Journal of International Criminal Justice, Vol. 7, Issue 3, pp. 617-631, 2009. Available at SSRN: or

Sharon Weill (Contact Author)

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