al-akhbar.com/PA found “indirectly responsible” for a 2001 attack on Israeli settlers

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-A Jerusalem court said it has ordered the Palestinian Authority to compensate an Israeli family after finding it “indirectly responsible” for an attack that killed three of its members.

The decision from September 22 states that the PA had transferred weapons and money used by those who carried out an attack on a highway which killed three Israeli settlers in 2001.

The PA knew of “the potential dangers” of using the arms and did not warn the users, so it therefore “owes damages to those who were hurt,” read the ruling, distributed on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the court said the trial, which began in 2009, was still ongoing and the judge had yet to decide on the amount of damages the PA would be ordered to pay.

Other courts in Israel have in the past ruled that the PA pay damages to Israelis, but according to Haaretz newspaper the PA tends to reach out-of-court settlements with plaintiffs.

There was no immediate reaction on Monday from the Palestinian Authority to the latest ruling.

Israeli settlers often attack Palestinians but are seldom, maybe never, taken to court.

For example, in September, an Israeli settler ran over a 6-year-old Palestinian girl. Similarly, in August, an 8-year old Palestinian girl was also run over by Israeli settlers near Hebron. A week after that incident, a 23-year-old Palestinian man was run over and killed by a settler car in the central West Bank.

Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank have repeatedly fired live ammunition at Palestinians in protests, killing scores throughout the years.

Putting aside countless incidents of Israeli aggressions, a recent example of Israeli hostility was on July 7 when Israel launched a seven-week military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

According to UN figures, at least 505 Palestinian children were killed during the 50-day war.

Aware of “the potential dangers” of using airstrikes, Israeli forces used to launch “alarm rockets” and make telephone warnings only a couple of minutes before it “directly” targeted residential areas.

The cumulative death toll among Palestinians is at least 2,180, at least 70 percent of whom were civilians.

 

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