Court rules PA must pay huge sum to 2003 terror victim's family

Supreme Court orders PA compensate family for murder by teenage terrorist who had just returned from PA's 'body and weapons training camp'.

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Justice Noam Solberg
Justice Noam Solberg
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The Supreme Court ordered today that the Palestinian Authority compensate the family of Amos Mantin, a Bezeq telephone technician murdered in a shooting attack in 2003, with the sum of 3 million shekels (853 thousand dollars).

The terrorist, a 15-and-a-half-year-old Arab, carried out the attack ten days after his return from the Palestinian Authority's "body and weapons training camp" in Jericho.

In the ruling handed down today, Wednesday, Judge Noam Solberg ruled that during the "training camp" that lasted for fifty days,”youth were trained by the Palestinian Authority, which taught them the ins and outs of using weapons, all the while transmitting messages encouraging the use of [their new-found] knowledge and training for terrorist activities.”

"The terrorist young man implemented what he had learned, and carried out the heinous murder," Solberg stressed.

"On the basis of all the above, and taking into account the purposes of punitive damages, I believe that this is one of those exceptional cases justifying this award of compensation. I would therefore propose that my colleagues accept the appeal of the family of the deceased and force the PA to pay punitive damages in the sum of 3 million shekels, apart from the amount of compensation awarded in the District Court," wrote the judge.

Amos Mantin was murdered on June 26, 2003. While Amos was busy repairing a Bezeq telephone line in the Israeli Arab town of Baka al-Gharbiyye, the Arab terrorist approached him and shot him.

The terrorist was shot shortly afterwards by a Bezeq security guard. Amos was 31 when he died, and was survived by his parents, sister and three brothers. "The dream exploded, shattered into pieces," the family eulogized at the funeral." A big hole has opened because we do not know what tomorrow will bring."








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