Court Orders Hamas to Pay Compensation to Families of Murdered Israeli Teens

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The families of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, the three Israeli teens murdered by Hamas in 2014, setting off a weeks-long conflict, must be paid 38 million shekels in compensation, an Israeli court ruled.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the ruling is part of a case brought by the legal NGO Shurat HaDin, which has appealed the ruling as insufficiently severe.

“This is not how you deter a terrorist organization with a billion-dollar budget that continues to murder Jews and fires at Israeli civilians,” the group said.

The original lawsuit had sought a sum of 520 million shekels.

Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, said, “A ruling granting a tenth of the amount of the compensation claim will fatally harm Israeli deterrence and measures to eradicate terrorism through economic means.”

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