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July 9, 2012 7:50 am

Bill that Would Limit Palestinian’s Ability to Sue Israel to be Discussed

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Israeli knesset (parliament). Photo: Chris Yunker.

The Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee is planning in coming weeks to discuss a bill meant to restrict Palestinians’ abilities to sue the State of Israel for physical injury or property damage they suffer due to actions by the Israeli Defense Forces, Israel Hayom reported.

The bill was approved in a preliminary reading by the previous Knesset. The current committee has worked on formulating its final details.

“This is a just and righteous bill, whose purpose is to grant the government immunity from damages claims made by Palestinians due to the army’s actions against terrorism and to ensure Israel’s security,” said committee chairman MK David Rotem (Israel Beytenu).

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, as well as rights groups such as Adalah and Hamoked, have all stated that Israel’s High Court already ruled that the bill was unconstitutional in 2006. The organizations have asked the committee members to oppose the bill.

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