Wafa Movement, a Tunisian political party, is suing the state of Israel over the assassination of the Palestinian leader Khalil Al Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, stated a member of Wafa’s executive bureau to state news agency TAP.
The Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot published last week an interview with the Israeli commando, who killed Al Wazir. The interview, which took place at least 12 years ago, had only recently cleared military censors and confirmed Israel’s long-suspected role in the assassination. The report describes in detail the 1988 raid in the Tunis suburbs.
Abderraouf Ayadi and Abdelmajid Abdelli, two Wafa lawyers, filed the suit in Tunisian courts against Israel and any person implicated in the affair, Wafa’s Slim Boukhdir told TAP. He also said that documents implicate former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in the assassination.
“There were people in Ben Ali’s security apparatus that have information about the assassination of Abu Jihad,” he told Tunisia Live.
The lawyers argue that Israel infringed upon Tunisian sovereignty and violated international conventions that outlaw political assassination.
Al Wazir founded the Palestinian nationalist party Fatah and was one of the top deputies of former Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Colonel Nahum Lev, the Israel commando who admitted to killing Al Wazir, died in a car crash in 2000.
“His death will not stop us from pressing on with this lawsuit. Lev must have had Tunisian accomplices in the crime,” Boukhdir said.