Israel to compensate Palestinian family whose sons were killed in Gaza war
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights filed a civil suit in Haifa Magistrate’s Court in August 2010 on the family’s behalf, after it got no response to the complaint it had filed with the Defense Ministry.
The state will pay NIS 430,000 in compensation to the Shurrab family of Khan Yunis in Gaza, whose two sons were shot dead at close range during a humanitarian truce during Operation Cast Lead.
The sum was set in a compromise agreement reached between family representatives and the prosecution.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights filed a civil suit in Haifa Magistrate’s Court in August 2010 on the family’s behalf, after it got no response to the complaint it had filed with the Defense Ministry demanding a Military Police investigation into the killings of Kassab Shurrab, 27 and his brother Ibrahim, 17.
On January 16, 2009, the two brothers and their father, Mohammed, were returning home during one of the truces the Israel Defense Forces declared every few days to allow Gaza residents to stock up on food. Despite the truce, soldiers at a military position in a village east of Khan Yunis opened fire at the jeep in which the three were traveling.
As a result of the shooting, the vehicle slammed into a wall. According to an affidavit by the father, which was attached to the suit, the soldiers left the military position, approached the vehicle and ordered its occupants out.
The three emerged from the vehicle and the soldiers shot them at close range. Kassab died on the spot, while Ibrahim was wounded in the leg. The soldiers did not allow a Palestinian ambulance to evacuate them, and Ibrahim lost a considerable amount of blood, dying the following day. The IDF withdrew from Gaza the day after, on January 18.
The defense statement, which was not accompanied by any affidavits, claimed that the soldiers were convinced that the jeep was a car bomb, because it was traveling past them at high speed.
But the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office suggested a compromise to human rights center attorney Tamim Younis. After negotiating the amount, the agreement was approved last week by the Haifa Magistrate’s Court.