Palestinian family sues Israel for failing to prevent deadly arson attack

Jewish extremist Amiram Ben Uliel was indicted in January 2016 for the terror attack, which killed Saad and Reham Dawabshe and their infant son, Ali.

May 8, 2017 15:41
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A man looks out of a house badly damaged by a firebomb attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the Palestinian village of Duma in the West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Family members of the July 2015 Duma terror attack victims on Monday filed an NIS 15 million civil wrongful death damages claim against the government, claiming it negligently failed to prevent the attack.

The firebombing of a home in the West Bank Palestinian village of Duma took the lives of a Palestinian toddler and his parents. The family of the victims claims that the government’s failure to evacuate the outpost from where the terror attack allegedly arose and other illegal outposts, and to arrest and restrain Jewish extremists who had been attacking or inciting against Palestinians, makes it legally responsible for the incident and obligated to pay damages.

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The firebombing was allegedly perpetrated by Amiram Ben-Uliel, who was indicted in January 2016 on three counts of murder for killing Sa’ad and Reham Dawabshe and their 18-month-old son, Ali.

To protect Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) intelligence sources, agents and interrogation tactics, virtually all of the ongoing trial has been closed to the public.
Terror attack in Duma

Ben-Uliel’s lawyers have claimed he was tortured to obtain a confession, while sources have confirmed that moderate physical pressure was used on him. The line between torture and moderate physical pressure in Israel is difficult to define, but makes the difference between a legal and illegal interrogation.

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