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State sends bad check to peace activist shot by IDF
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Last Update: 21/11/2003 00:38

State sends bad check to peace activist shot by IDF

By Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent

A Defense Ministry check, sent "without any admission of liability by the State of Israel and/or the Ministry of Defense" to the family of a
International Solidarity Mission volunteer shot by an Israel Defense Forces soldier, bounced when the family tried to cash it earlier this week. The ISM volunteer was rendered incapacitated as a result of the gunshot wounds sustained last April.

The check for 8,370 pounds was sent to the family of Tom Hurndall, who was seriously wounded after being shot in the head by a soldier in the Rafah refugee camp. His family spent 17,000 pounds to take him home, and he has been hospitalized and connected to life-support machines ever since. A British court is slated to decide if he can be disconnected from the machinery, since his condition is irreversible.

British court is slated to decide if he can be disconnected from the machinery, since his condition is irreversible.

The check to the Hurndalls was accompanied by a brief letter signed by Israeli Ambassador Zvi Stauber and stating: "As agreed, please find
attached herewith a check in the amount of 8,370 pounds sterling to cover the repatriation costs of Mr. Tom Hurndall. The aforementioned
sum is paid as an ex gratia payment and without any admission of liability by the State of Israel and/or the Ministry of Defense as to Mr. Hurndall's injury."

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Family spokesman Carl Arndale said, "It is impossible to describe the anguish felt by the family after the incident with the check, an
incident that is only comparable to the behavior of the Israeli government ever since Tom was injured."

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http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/363500.html

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