Bill: Extend terror victims' benefits to illegals

Controversial amendment would see anyone on Israeli soil hurt in terror attacks receive government compensation.

Tova Dvorin,

MK Yoel Hasson
MK Yoel Hasson
Miriam Alster/Flash90

MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) seeks to change the Compensation for Terror Victims Law to apply to illegal aliens residing in Israel, Walla! News reports Tuesday, after the lynching of Eritrean migrant Haftum Zarhoum during a terror attack earlier this month. 

Under the current law, a person may be recognized as a terror victim under one of three criteria: as a permanent resident of Israel, as an Israeli citizen, or as a civilian who entered Israel via a recognized visa or permit. 

Zarhoum entered Israel illegally, and so his family will not be recognized by the Ministry of Defense as a bereaved family and receive compensation and benefits. 

Hasson seeks to nullify the criteria of entry in the law entirely, explaining that any victim of terror qualifies as those "whom the state had failed to fulfill its obligation toward and to defend their right to live." 

"In the case of Zarhoum, the state has found there is no obligation in law to pay compensation to his family, though he was the main breadwinner, and now his family's livelihood has been lost," Hasson stated in the explanatory note to the bill.

"This amendment also proposes to include within the Law of Compensation every person on the territory of Israel who is injured in hostilities without regard to legal status and citizenship." 

The amendment could prove controversial, as the wording - in theory - paves the way even for the families Palestinian Arab terrorists to be compensated as "victims of terror."

The amendment also provides more incentive to increase the steady flow of illegal immigration into Israel, which has seen an influx of Eritrean and Sudanese migrants over the past 5 years. 


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