Bereaved Family Sues Hamas for NIS 60M


The family of a terror victim has filed a multimillion shekel lawsuit against Hamas with the Yerushalayim District Court, Yisrael Hayom reported.

The plaintiffs are the family of veteran police officer Pascal Avrahami, Hy”d, who was killed in a terrorist attack in southern Israel. They are seeking 60 million shekels ($18 million) in damages.

Pascal, 49, a decorated Police Counterterrorism Unit sniper, was one of eight victims killed in a Hamas shooting that targeted Israeli vehicles traveling on Highway 12, near the Israel-Egypt border, on Aug. 18, 2011. Forty others were wounded in the attack.

The families of several other victims have also joined the suit.

“Previous rulings in Israel recognize the authority of the Israeli court to award punitive damages in a case such as these, which involve intentional or malicious infliction of injustice,” the lawsuit states.

“The defendant’s conduct had a sole purpose: to murder and terrorize. … and we hereby appeal to the court to award the plaintiffs punitive and/or deterrent and/or exemplary compensation.”

Avrahami’s mother told Yisrael Hayom, “When I see what’s going on in the news – I can’t believe what has become of us. We give them [terrorists] luxury conditions in prison – they even get to earn a [college] degree – but what about the bereaved families? The orphaned and the parents?

“If every family demands compensation from the organization that sent them to murder women and children, maybe that will help.”

Yaakov Rand, a lawfare expert representing the families, said that the lawsuit was “part of an ongoing campaign against terrorists, terrorist groups, and anyone who supports them by affording the financial infrastructure for terrorism.”

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