Israel to pay family of dead Palestinian American detainee of $141,000 Money

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Israel to pay family of dead Palestinian American detainee of $141,000

Omar Asaad, who was 80 when he was imprisoned by Israeli forces and died in January, will get $141,000 from Israel as compensation for their loss.

Israel claimed on Sunday that it has struck a settlement with the family of an elderly American-Palestinian who passed away while being held by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank after they used force to restrain him.
The agreement is a unique instance of Palestinian compensation for claims made against Israeli personnel for alleged wrongdoing. Equally unusually, the man’s passing led to condemnation of Israel from the United States.

The family of Omar Abdulmajeed Asaad would get 500,000 shekels ($141,000), according to the Israeli defence ministry, “in view of the terrible event’s specific circumstances.”
Asaad, 80, was detained by Israeli forces while driving home in January during a military operation. According to his nephew, the troops bound, blindfolded, and hauled him to the ground.
After other Palestinian prisoners discovered Asaad unresponsive, the 40-year US resident was confirmed dead at a hospital. When exactly he passed away remained unknown.

The relatives of Asaad brought a lawsuit against the government in an Israeli court.
This year, following a protest from the US administration, the Israeli military made an unusual statement.

The incident was described as “a tragic and regrettable event, caused by moral failure and bad decision-making on the side of the soldiers” in the report.
Two additional officers were relocated to non-command jobs, and it was claimed that one officer received a reprimand for the event.

It is uncommon for Palestinians who are killed by Israeli troops or pass away while in detention to receive justice and recompense.
While documenting an Israeli operation in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May, 51-year-old Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and murdered.

The Palestinian American reporter at the time was donning a helmet and flak jacket that were plainly labelled “press.” According to the Israeli military, there is a “high likelihood” that she was “accidentally struck” by gunfire fired by an Israeli soldier.

Officials from the Palestinian Authority, advocates for human rights, and Abu Akleh’s family all criticised the probe.
Israel said that it will not open a criminal probe over her killing. International protests over Abu Akleh’s death were ignited, and her family and proponents of press freedom demanded an impartial inquiry.
Top US officials, including President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, called for “accountability” when questioned about the issue

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