Jerusalem – Fourteen relatives of terror victims filed a “mega lawsuit” for 450,000,000 NIS on Wednesday against the Palestinian Authority (PA), the PLO and imprisoned Fatah Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti.
The civil suit also named seven other terrorists who are currently serving sentences for their involvement in numerous terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. It was filed in the District Court in Jerusalem.
The plaintiffs are relatives of the late Mr. Ronen Landau and Ms. Yoela Chen, residents of Givat Ze’ev, who were murdered seven years ago in two separate terrorist attacks near the community of Givat Ze’ev (north of Jerusalem).
Ronen Landau, age 17, was murdered in an ambush on the Ramot-Givat Ze’ev road, while driving with his father in a car, on his way home from a movie in Jerusalem. Ms. Chen, age 45, was shot from short-range next to the “Givonim” gas station near Givat Ze’ev, on her way to a relative’s wedding.
Mr. Marwan Barghouti, head of the Fatah Tanzim, who is currently serving five consecutive life-sentences plus 40 years for his responsibility in numerous deadly terror attacks, was the commander of the terrorists who carried out the murders of Mr. Landau and Ms. Chen. The Tel-Aviv District Court has already convicted Mr. Barghouti of Ms. Chen’s murder. Mr. Ahmed Barghouti, Marwan’s accomplice in planning the terror attacks and in organizing the terrorists who carried out the shootings, is being charged as well.
The Landau and Chen families are represented by attorney Ms. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat Hadi-Israel Law Center.
The families contend Marwan Barghouti organized the terror attacks against Israeli civilian targets and conspired with senior Fatah Tanzim terrorists, who were in charge of actually carrying out the attacks – including the ones which killed Mr. Landau and Ms. Chen. As such, the families contend, Mr. Barghouti enacted a predetermined policy of utilizing terror, confirmed by the PA and Yasser Arafat, to whom Mr. Barghouti personally reported.
According to the attorney, Ms. Darshan-Leitner: “We are demanding that the court set a high and painful price tag for the physical injuries and emotional damages inflicted upon residents of Israel by the terrorists, so that the Palestinians will understand that Jewish blood is not cheap. We have conclusive proof tying the PA and its senior officials to these terror attacks near Givat-Ze’ev, as well as many other attacks. We also have clear evidence of Marwan Barghouti’s personal responsibility for the murders of Ronen Landau and Yoela Chen. Barghouti is a convicted criminal and murderer and should be treated as such. Barghouti’s involvement in these heinous crimes should always be remembered, especially these days when some politicians call for this mass murderer’s release from prison. Securing justice for Landau and Chen’s families against the Palestinians is securing justice for all the residents of Israel.”
David Bedein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
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