Israel to compensate October 2000 riot families

Israel to compensate fam

October 21, 2009 23:12
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The State of Israel has agreed to compensate seven families of the October 2000 riots fatalities. According to an agreement reached Wednesday between the Northern District Attorney's Office and relatives of seven out of the 13 Arabs killed in the riots, the state will pay each bereaved family NIS 1,100,000. The deal requires a court's approval, and according to Army Radio, nullifies any future legal claims the families might have against Israel. During the 10 days of riots, the 13 men were shot and killed by police and other security forces at various locations in the Galilee, and a Jewish motorist was killed in a crash after his car was stoned on the coastal road near Jisr e- Zarka. At the beginning of 2008, Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz announced that no police officers would be indicted in connection with the killing of the men during the riots. The largely expected ruling, which was decried by Israeli Arabs, followed a decision by the Justice Ministry's Police Investigations Department in September 2005 to close the case due to lack of evidence. The riots at the start of the Second Intifada sparked renewed concerns among Jews that the country's 1.4 million Arab citizens were a fifth column. In September 2003, the Or Judicial Commission of Inquiry found that both the government and the police, taken by surprise by the rioting of Israeli citizens, failed to handle the situation properly. The police, who were heavily outnumbered, later said they had not had enough nonlethal crowd dispersal gear. Etgar Lefkovits contributed to this report.

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