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      Bill to Stop Terror Victims from Suing Gov't for Damages

      A bill that would block terror victims or their relatives from suing the government has passed its first reading in the Knesset.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 12/13/2011, 1:14 AM

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      Knesset plenum
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      A bill that would block terror victims or their relatives from suing the government for damages has passed its first reading in the Knesset.

      The law would apply to citizens who were injured themselves, or whose loved ones were wounded or killed in terrorist attacks -- the same criteria as currently apply to IDF soldiers.

      The measure would set a specific amount for a payment on damages, and would block the possibility of seeking more compensation by suing for damages.

      In addition, the proposed law would set a time limit for filing the claim for compensation.

      The measure, which passed in a vote of 15-6, now goes for review to several Knesset committees, where it will be amended and revised before returning to the plenum for a final second and third reading.

      Since January 1, two Israelis have been killed and at least 50 others physically wounded in southern Israel, not including the dozens of others who have suffered severe anxiety and the potentially permanently disabling condition, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result of rocket and mortar attacks fired at Israel by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in Gaza.

      Those figures do not include those who are injured and traumatized by terror attacks on motorists as they travel on the roads of Judea and Samaria, and victims of terror attacks that are perpetrated in pre-1967 Israel.