On May 26, 2017, Collectif Urgence Palestine-Genève (CUP) submitted a complaint to the Swiss Attorney General’s office, alleging “war crimes and crimes against humanity” committed by Israel during in the 2008-9 Gaza war. CUP stated that then Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni “shares the responsibility of crimes committed” during the conflict. Livni was in Switzerland for an event hosted by the Switzerland-Israel Association on May 28.
According to a Swiss newspaper, the Public Ministry of the Confederation “analyz[ed] the request” to be “heard by a Swiss Court.” It is unclear if action against her will be taken during future visits.
CUP is a Swiss organization that supports discriminatory BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel and promotes the Russel Tribunal (a court that uses a legal façade to create an image of neutrality and credibility, and to accuse Israel of “apartheid,” “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and “genocide”).
CUP received CHF 53,500 in municipal government funding city from the City of Geneva in 2016, CHF 53,500 in 2015, and CHF 53,500 in 2014 for projects with the Israeli organization Alternative Information Center (AIC). AIC is active in BDS activities and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid-like discrimination,” being a “settler colonialist… intransigent, racist and militarized… regime,” and implementing a “multi-tiered system of oppression.”