Yerushalayim Court: Palestinian Authority Must Compensate Families for 2001 Terror Attack


terror-attackJudge Moshe Drori of the Yerushalayim District Court ruled Sunday that the Palestinian Authority was legally obligated to pay compensation to the families of three Israelis killed in a shooting attack on Highway 443 in August 2001 and to those wounded in the attack. Yaniv and Sharon Ben-Shalom, and Sharon’s brother Doron Yosef Svari, were killed in the attack.

“The weapons and the funding were transferred from the Palestinian Authority to the commanders in the terrorist organizations, and the PA knew and understood the purpose for these transfers,” Drori stated in his 1,000-page decision. “Because the Palestinian Authority has an obligation to act with care with regard to an individual who may be injured by its weapons, the Authority is obligated to pay damages to that individual if this obligation is breached.”

Drori found that Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks, “knew about the attack and was given a report following the act.”

{ Israel News Bureau}