State to pay NIS 3.25m to injured Bil'in protester

Restitution awarded to Limor Goldstein, who was shot in the head during 2006 demo.

July 29, 2009 09:07
State to pay NIS 3.25m to injured Bil'in protester

Bilin fight 248.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Limor Goldstein, a Tel Aviv lawyer who was shot in the head by a border policeman during a 2006 protest against the Bil'in security barrier, received NIS 3.25 million in restitution from the Defense Ministry and police earlier this week. According to the legal suit, one of three rubber-coated lead bullets fired at Goldstein hit him in the head and lodged in his brain, causing severe damage. Security forces on the scene initially kept a military medic from administering first aid to Goldstein, and refused to summon an ambulance. Goldstein was evacuated to the Tel Hashomer Medical Center some two hours after being shot. Following the incident, Goldstein suffered from brain damage and is now severely disabled. Goldstein sued the state, the shooter and the commander of the forces on the scene, and the sides reached a compromise approved by the Tel Aviv District Court. The policeman who shot Goldstein was charged with causing severe damage, and no criminal investigation was launched against the commanding officer, leading Goldstein to appeal to the High Court of Justice in a request to harshen the shooter's indictment, and launch a criminal investigation against the commander.

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