Israeli town to sue Palestinians over rocket damage

Monday, May 14, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The battered residents of southern Israel plan to file a law suit against the Palestinian Authority for failing to prevent those living under its jurisdiction from firing rockets out of the nearby Gaza Strip.

Ynet reported that several dozen families from the hard-hit town of Sderot and surrounding communities gathered on Sunday to discuss how to move forward with the class action suit.

Sderot and its neighboring communities have sustained widespread property damage and dozens of deaths and injuries as a result of the almost daily rocket fire that has plagued them for years.

The victims said they see legal action as their last hope of somehow fighting back, amid the Israeli government's ongoing refusal to authorize a large-scale military operation in Gaza to destroy the terrorist infrastructure there.

"We don't really care about the money, it's important to us that the Palestinian Authority be punished for the rockets being fired on Sderot," Zimero Yaakobov, who lost his brother in a rocket attack last year, told Ynet.

The Palestinian Authority has never voluntarily paid any of its Israeli victims who have successfully sued it in Israeli and US courts of law.

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