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April 5, 2017 2:09 pm

Israeli Defense Ministry Grants Israelis Wounded, Killed in Terrorist Attacks Abroad Status, Benefits of ‘Victims of Hostilities’ at Home

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The body of an Israeli killed in an Istanbul attack arriving home. Photo: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs via Facebook.

The Israeli Defense Ministry has recognized citizens who were killed or wounded in attacks abroad as victims of “hostile actions,” enabling them and their families to receive the financial and other benefits that the status provides, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the Knesset approved on March 21 an amendment to the 1970 Benefits for Victims of Hostilities Law, which now stipulates that any Israeli wounded or killed in a “hostile action” abroad by an organization one of whose goals is to harm Israel, Israeli citizens or Jews in general will be recognized as a terror victim, even if the particular attack in which he or she was hurt or killed was not specifically aimed at Israel or Jews.

Defense Ministry deputy legal adviser Yedidia Oron decided to recognize the following such Israelis so far: Shmuel Benalal, who was murdered in a terrorist attack in Mali in 2015; Dalia Elkayam, who was killed in the Berlin truck-ramming attack in December, and her husband, Rami, who was wounded; Layan Nasser, who was killed in January’s Istanbul nightclub shooting; and Chaim Winternitz, who was wounded in the Brussels airport bombing in March 2016.

Oron’s decision was handed over to the relevant authorities in Israel’s National Insurance Institute, which dispenses financial and other assistance to victims of “hostile actions” and their families.

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