Perhaps its boring when I post articles, but this one is just so horrifying. Its from Haaretz:
Last update - 07:28 08/06/2006
Court: Palestinian man can sue state over killing of family by IDF
By Eli Ashkenazi
Mohammed Abu Samra, a Palestinian from Qabatiyah whose wife and two children were killed by Israel Defense Forces gunfire four years ago, can sue the state for compensation, according to a precedent-setting Haifa District Court ruling.
Haifa District Court Judge Yigal Grill decided a few days ago to dismiss the state's request to disqualify Abu Samra's lawsuit. He said the suit did not violate the Intifada Law, which prevents Palestinians from filing claims for damages for events that took place in "conflict zones," and that the amendment to the law cannot apply retroactively to a case in which the evidence has already been presented.
The shooting took place on May 5, 2002, as Abu Samra, his wife Fatma and their children - Abir, 4, and Basel, 5 - were harvesting grape leaves near the Jenin bypass road. IDF troops were operating in the area at the time, and began firing toward the Abu Samra family when a tank chain broke, making a loud noise that soldiers thought indicated that the tank had driven over an explosive device.
The family was lying on the ground, but then Abir got up and was killed by a bullet to the head. Fatma died on the spot after being shot in the chest while trying to protect Basel, who was also shot in the chest. The firing and shelling continued for about five to 10 minutes until the soldiers came to the scene. Mohammed shouted that they had killed his wife and children. The troops ordered him to lie on the ground, stripped him, handcuffed him and threatened to shoot him if he said a word. They saw that Basel was still alive and gave him first aid until a medical team arrived to take him to the hospital, where he later died of his wounds.
Meanwhile, Abu Samra was still handcuffed in the field where his dead wife and daughter lay. He remained that way for five hours, when an IDF officer arrived, uncuffed him and apologized for the incident.
The Intifada Law, which was passed in 2002, prevents Palestinians from receiving compensation in areas of the territories classified by the defense minister as "conflict zones." Amendments passed in July 2005 were intended to minimize the ability of Palestinians hurt during the intifada to sue the state for damages. However, the state only announced which areas were considered conflict zones in February 2006 - after evidence in the Abu Samra case had already been presented.
"The state is not legally responsible for damage caused to the subject of an enemy state, an operative or member of a terror organization or anyone damaged while acting at the behest of the subject of an enemy state, or a member or operative of a terror organization," the law states.