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30 Jun 2016

Middle East Monitor (UK)

Palestinian family sues French technology company for complicity in war crimes

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A Palestinian family has filed a lawsuit against French company Exxelia Technologies over charges of complicity in war crimes.  The Shuheiber family, represented by the Paris-based law firm Ancile Avocats, lost eight-year-old Afnan, nine-year old Wassim and ten-year-old Jihad on 17 July 2014 when a rocket landed on their roof in Gaza...In the debris, the family found a component which read Eurofarad France. Experts have since determined that the component is a Hall effect sensor made by Exxelia Technologies.  Since the house does not appear to have been a legitimate military target, the attack which killed the three children may constitute a war crime...According to the lawsuit, the company sold the component to Israel with knowledge that it would be part of a missile and with knowledge that it was susceptible to be used to commit a war crime.