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        8/27/2012, Elul 9, 5772

      Compensation for Attack Proper but Not Legally Required


      Vice President Drora Pilpel of the Tel Aviv District Court ruled, Monday, that the Taba Hilton Hotel does not have to compensate guests for losses in a terror attack in 2004. Thirty-one people were killed and more than 150 people were wounded when an explosives-laden truck drove into the hotel's lobby, exploding and causing the collapse of ten floors of the hotel.

      The guests had charged gross negligence, given the hotel's location in the Sinai Peninsula and the general terror-security situation in the area, claiming that the damages could have been ten times lower. The hotel said its security precautions were reasonable and there were no warnings before the attack. In agreeing that the hotel could not foresee the attack, Judge Pilpel noted that the respectability of the hotel was noted by both sides. She continued, "It appears to me that part of this respectability must be a moral-humane approach, so it would be appropriate to determine a measure for compensating the victims, even though the defendant won the case.