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Israel pays family of dead Palestinian-American detainee


JERUSALEM: Israeli‘S Department of Defense Sunday said it had reached an agreement to compensate the family of a Palestinian-American man who died earlier this year after he was detained by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank.
The settlement marks a rare case of compensation in a Palestinian lawsuit against Israeli military misconduct and comes after US criticism of Israel.
In January, the Israeli army captured Omar Asaad78 years old, at an occupied West Bank checkpoint, bound his hands and blindfolded him. The Israeli army then tied his hands and left him face down in an abandoned building.
Asaad, who had lived in the US for four decades, was pronounced dead at the hospital after other Palestinians in detention found him unconscious. It is unclear exactly when he died.
On Sunday, the Defense Ministry said it had reached an agreement with Asaad’s family, which had filed a state lawsuit in an Israeli court.
“Under the exceptional circumstances of the unfortunate incident,” the ministry said, it had agreed to pay the family 500,000 shekels, or about $141,000.
After being strongly opposed by the US government, the Israeli military issued a rare statement earlier this year saying the incident “was a serious and regrettable event, stemming from a moral failure”. and poor decision-making on the part of soldiers.” It said one officer was reprimanded, and two other officers were reassigned to non-commander roles, over the incident.

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