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Israel considers granting Border Police "immunity from lawsuits"


(MENAFN) Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is advancing an amendment that would give Border Police forces operating in occupied East Jerusalem "immunity from lawsuits" for damages they cause in the course of acting against "terror or rioting", reported Haartez.

The paper explains that "under the current law, Israel Defence Forces soldiers and Border Police troops are protected from damage suits filed by Palestinians, as long as they were acting "on the grounds of combat activity"", but "this protection is valid only in the West Bank".

As context, Haaretz reports that "over the past year the police have fielded ten lawsuits by East Jerusalem residents who say they have suffered harm at the hands of Border Police forces during various operations". Until now, police cannot cite "combat activity" as a reason for immunity.

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