Family of Eritrean killed during Beersheba attack not eligible for benefits because he was illegal

By NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA, YUVAL BAGNO/MAARIV
October 21, 2015 19:36

 
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The family of Haptom Zarhum, the Eritrean migrant who was mistaken for a terrorist and shot to death during a terror attack in Beersheba on Sunday, will not be eligible to receive the benefits granted to relatives of terror victims, the Defense Ministry and National Insurance Institute announced Wednesday.

The law holds that only Israeli residents, citizens or others who entered the country legally are eligible for such benefits.

The joint statement added that people wounded in terror attacks who are not eligible for benefits can turn to a special committee which will weigh the individual case and decide if benefits will be paid in exception to the law.  In the case of Zarhum, the Defense Ministry and National Insurance Institute have already decided to bring the case up for discussion at a special committee meeting that was set to meet in the near future.

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