Court eases compensation ban for civilians harmed by IDF

December 12th, 2006 § 0 comments

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday took a step toward relaxing legal curbs that had prevented civilians harmed by “non-belligerent” IDF operations in the territories from demanding state compensation.

The ruling cancels a portion of the “Intifada law” which exempts the state from paying compensation for harm caused by IDF operations against civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in areas considered “conflict zones” by the defense ministry. The clause was meant to clear the state from the responsibility for compensation for damages caused directly or indirectly by security forces operations in these areas.
The High Court’s decision to cancel the clause was spurred by an initiative on the part of nine human rights groups led by the ‘Adalah’ organization. The groups argued that the law is “racist and inhumane” because it frees the state from the responsibility to pay compensation to civilians hurt in non-belligerent IDF operations carried out since September 2000.
Cabinet minister Shaul Mofaz, in his former capacity as defense minister, declared nearly all of the West Bank and Gaza for most of the time since September 2000 as one large “conflict zone”, therefore making the IDF virtually exempt from responsibility for damages caused there.

Good news, should make the IDF more carful about who they/what they damage, although there is probably something that will block the compensation claims, not having the Israeli flag tattoo’d on you arse.
I used to be an optomist, y’know.

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