Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) yesterday refused to pay compensation for families of Israelis killed by Palestinians in resistance attacks, Head of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee Issa Qaraqe said.
Ma’an News Agency reported Qaraqe responding to the ruling of the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem, which demanded on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority and six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails pay millions of dollars to the families of three Israelis killed in resistance attacks in 2001.
Qaraqe said implementing Israeli criminal law on Palestinians in the occupied territories is a violation of the Geneva Conventions and of the principle to protect civilians, noting that this measure is a step towards annexing the occupied West Bank.
He stressed that Palestinian are entitled to demand compensation from the Israeli occupation due to its “cruelty and organised terror and the terror of Israeli settlers”.
In addition, he stated that the Israeli occupation violates the Geneva Conventions, international law, The Hague Conventions and international humanitarian laws as it tortures prisoners, destroys Palestinian properties, noting that these laws stipulate that the occupation pay compensation for Palestinians.