Knesset advances law that allows compensation lawsuits for victims of Palestinian attacks

Proposed legislation faces opposition from Palestinian Authority and legal concerns

Israeli Knesset
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AMMANMembers of the Knesset, from both the coalition and the opposition, are pushing forward a proposed law that would enable Israelis injured or bereaved in Palestinian armed operations to seek compensation through lawsuits. اضافة اعلان

Recently, the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee in the Knesset approved the proposed law, which is expected to have significant economic implications for the Palestinian Authority, according to Haaretz.

The proposed law aims to provide an avenue for Israelis to file damage suits against Palestinians who receive payment for carrying out armed operations or attacks.

This includes the Palestinian Authority, which is accused of approving and encouraging such acts while compensating those responsible for the destruction. The legislation also seeks to settle the issue of compensating victims and remove barriers preventing civil damage suits against those involved in financing terrorism.

‘Economic deterrence’Proponents of the proposed law argue that allowing such lawsuits is an effective tool in combatting terrorism financing, as it targets the resources of those involved in funding terrorism and creates economic deterrence.

Elad Goren, the head of the Civil Department in the Coordination Unit of Government Activities in the Territories, highlights that the Knesset’s decision on preserving the Palestinian Authority was made during recent deliberations.

The proposed law poses a challenge to that decision. Goren emphasizes the need to carefully consider compensating terrorism victims while still implementing the Cabinet's resolution.

‘Transparent goal’Yitzhak Pindrus, a member of the Knesset and one of the proponents of the law, clarifies that their intention is transparent and solely to compensate affected families using frozen funds held by Israel.

He denied any ulterior motives or an attempt to cause the collapse of the Palestinian Authority indirectly.

Tamara Kolhora from the Consultation and Legislation Department of the Israeli Ministry of Justice raises concerns that the current version of the proposed law may not receive approval from the Supreme Court.

This is due to the absence of a maximum compensation amount. Consequently, Knesset members have decided to add "the party that assisted or incited the terrorist act" to address this concern.

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