Part 1 The Cold War Era (1945–89), 34 The Killing of Khalil al-Wazir by Israeli Commandos in Tunis—1988
Erin Pobjie, Fanny Declercq, Raphaël van Steenberghe
Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer
- Individuals and non-state actors — Precedent — Targeted killing — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality
This contribution discusses the 1988 killing of Khalil Al-Wazir by Israeli commandos in Tunis. It first sets out the facts and context of the killing, the legal positions of the main protagonists (Israel and Tunisia) and the reactions of the international community. The chapter then examines the legal debate on targeted killing under the jus ad bellum that was raised by the incident. This chapter concludes that this precedent contributed to a strengthening of the view that even small-scale, targeted attacks by a state against non-state actors in another state violate the prohibition of the use of force.