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  • Josh Pollack
    Globes August 8, 2001 PA sued for Intifada damages By Shmuel Dekalo and Roni Gelbfish http://globes.co.il/ The first suit for Intifada damages against the
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      Globes
      August 8, 2001
      PA sued for Intifada damages
      By Shmuel Dekalo and Roni Gelbfish

      http://globes.co.il/

      The first suit for Intifada damages against the Palestinian Authority (PA)
      was filed today in the Jerusalem District Court. The claimant is Tel Aviv
      Stock Exchange-listed Caprice Jewellery and three companies controlled by
      it. They are suing the PA for damages due to the fall in tourism caused by
      the al-Aqsa Intifada.

      The State of Israel is also being sued, should the PA�s claim that Israel
      violated its obligations under the Oslo Agreements be accepted. The claim
      was filed through Adv. Benjamin Taub.

      The suit by Caprice Jewellery and its three subsidiaries asserts that the PA
      is responsible for the collapse of the tourism industry. Caprice Jewellery
      claims it acquired the activity of three other companies on the basis of the
      Oslo Agreements, under the assumption that the agreements would increase the
      number of tourists entering Israel and sales would consequently rise.

      The four companies reported sales of $40 million in 1999. Tourism grew 30%
      in the first three quarters of 2000 before the Intifada broke out. They
      claim that revenue in 2000 should have risen accordingly. When the Intifada
      broke out, however, incoming tourism collapsed and the number of tourists
      entering Israel plummeted 60%. Caprice Jewellery alleges its revenue dropped
      accordingly by 59%.

      Following losses and damages suffered by one of the subsidiaries, the
      company, now under a creditors� arrangement, had to petition the Tel Aviv
      District Court to delay its payments for the acquisition of the NDC�s
      tourist business. The Tel Aviv District Court granted the petition and
      postponed the payments by nine months.

      Caprice Jewellery asserts that the Palestinians are fully responsible for
      all its damages and losses since September 29, 2000. The company alleges
      that under the Oslo Agreements, the PA pledged to refrain from all violence
      against Israel and its citizens and prevent terror originating from its
      territory.

      Adv. Taub claims that legal norms establish that those responsible for
      violent acts that cause damage to property, business, and revenue bear
      responsibility for losses and must pay for them. The claim notes that damage
      to tourism equals that during the Gulf War, following which Iraq was
      required to pay damages to Israel concerns, including Israeli tourism
      companies, hotels, and tourist guides. The damages were paid in recent
      years.

      The Israel Hotel Association announced in Jerusalem it had asked Adv. Yehuda
      Rave to file a NIS 200 million lawsuit against the PA for damages to
      Jerusalem hotels caused by the Intifada. According to the Hotel Association,
      non-religiously observant Israelis are not vacationing in the city and the
      hotels are being patronized solely by the observant public.

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