By Amira Hass
A rare decision by an Israeli military court in the West Bank on paying compensation for a false arrest has revealed what a lost day in the life of a Palestinian is worth, in the eyes of the military justice system: 75 shekels ($23).
By comparison, in three separate cases in 2018 and 2019 the right-wing Honenu nonprofit organization was able to make the state pay much larger sums for the false arrests of Jewish minors it represented: 6,500 shekels in compensation for a Jewish minor who was arrested at the West Bank wildcat outpost of Geulat Zion and was kept in the police station overnight after his interrogation ended; 7,500 shekels to a Jewish minor from the Yitzhar settlement in compensation for being harassed by the police and being falsely detained; and 12,000 shekels in compensation for a minor from Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She’arim for police violence against him, harassment and false arrest.
But this amount is limited in advance by a military order from December 5, 2007, which was signed by the former IOF commander in the West Bank, Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni, stating that the “maximum amount of compensation for payment for a day of arrest or detention will be set at 75 shekels.”
Lasky told Haaretz that Tirosh was an attentive judge, who “tried to do justice within the framework that from the outset was not meant to provide justice to Palestinians.” She said that because of the extremely low amount of compensation paid to her client, she would give him some of the amount of the legal costs she would receive.