A request to dismantle Hamas was submitted Monday morning to Jerusalem District Court. The request was submitted by the Gavish family, who lost four family members in a terror attack on their house in Alon Moreh, Passover 2002.
The district court ruled last February in favor of the Gavish family, who sued Hamas. The court ruled that Hamas must pay the family NIS 92 million (USD 21.2 million). Judge Aharon Farkash noted that he was convinced by the lawsuit's claims, according to which terror attacks must receive more compensation than other types of incidents. But, of course, the sum was not paid and Hamas didn't request to cancel the ruling.
The request to dismantle Hamas was submitted by Attorney Nitzana Darshan Leitner, head of the Israel Law Center. She claimed that Hamas showed insolvency: "A court in Israel can dismantle any unionized body, be it in or outside of Israel. Hamas is such a body, and therefore, the court has jurisdiction to dismantle it." In this manner, the Gavish family is asking to try and make Hamas bankrupt.
In the request it was noted that on March 28, 2002, Hamas murdered four members of the Gavish family. David and Rachel Gavish were killed, and with them, their son Avraham, and grandfather, Yitzhak Kanner.
The rest of the children were saved after they managed to escape from the house. "It cannot be that a body that caused the murder of four family members will continue to exist. If Hamas doesn't pay at its own initiative, it will be stripped of its assets. Such a body is not permitted to exist even one more moment," said Attorney Darshan Leitner.