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


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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