Terror Victims’ Family Wins Precedent-Setting Damages

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The family of Asher and Yonatan Palmer, Hy”d, who were murdered in a terror attack in 2011, were awarded 3.3 million shekels in punitive damages by the IDF’s Yehudah Military Court.

The perpetrators, Ali Saada and Waal al-Arjeh, have both received multiple life sentences.

The amount was unprecedented. In December 2014 a different three-judge Yehudah Military Court panel became the first to grant punitive damages on this scale. The earlier ruling was issued against Saada, while Tuesday’s ruling was against Arjeh.

Civilian courts normally do not award more than 200,000 shekels in similar cases.

The Palmers’ lawyer, Adrian Agassi, hailed the ruling as a “legal price tag” that could help deter terrorists in the future and possibly make it harder to release prisoners in any future exchange deal, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Asher Palmer and his baby son Yonatan were killed when Arjeh threw a stone at their car on September 23, 2011. Arjeh and Saada intentionally threw the stone from a moving taxi through the front windshield of Palmer’s vehicle. The stone broke the windshield, causing Palmer to lose control of the car, which overturned, according to the IDF.