Ben Yosef Livnat 311.
(photo credit: Family Courtesy)
Over a month after he was killed by Palestinian Authority policemen while
sneaking into Nablus, Ben- Yosef Livnat was officially recognized on Thursday by
the Defense Ministry as the victim of a terrorist attack.
was passed onto the National Insurance Institute, and will enable his family to
receive compensation from the state.
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The decision was based on the IDF’s
probe into the April shooting.
Livnat, 25, was fatally wounded by a PA
policeman who shot at a group of Breslav hassidim on their way to prayer at
Joseph’s Tomb, on the outskirts of Nablus. Four other worshipers were
The group entered Nablus without coordinating the visit with the
IDF, as stipulated by law. Nablus is in Area A, territory under full PA control,
and therefore off limits to Israeli Jews.
The four policemen were
immediately placed under arrest by the PA, which is continuing to investigate
the shooting, but has already determined that it was in violation of
The IDF has also reportedly determined that the Palestinian
policemen were not provoked, nor in danger, and therefore did not have reason to
open fire at the group, even though they were in violation of the
The IDF has still not defined the shooting as a terrorist attack,
and the decision to recognize Livnat, the nephew of Likud Minister Limor Livnat,
as a terror victim came after his family submitted an official request to the
NII, which then consulted with the Defense Ministry.