“One phone call by IDF officials to the commander in charge of the party to disperse the party immediately in view of the expected risk would have saved the lives and prevented the bodily and mental injuries of hundreds of party participants,” reads the lawsuit filed by 42 survivors of the massacre”
A first civil lawsuit following the Hamas massacre on October 7 has been filed with an Israeli court, with 42 survivors of the Nova music festival in Re’im demanding NIS 200 million (approximately $55.5 million) from the state. “One phone call by IDF officials to the commander in charge of the party on the night of 6/10-7/10 to disperse the party immediately in view of the expected risk would have saved the lives and prevented the bodily and mental injuries of hundreds of party participants, including the plaintiffs,” reads the lawsuit filed by the plaintiffs in the Tel Aviv District Court against the IDF, the Ministry of Defense, the Israel Police, and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
The lawsuit was signed by 42 plaintiffs who survived the party and were physically and/or mentally injured. Statements regarding the plaintiffs’ detailed medical condition proving their claims were attached to the lawsuit.
As part of the lawsuit filed by attorneys Anat Ginzburg and Gilad Ginzburg, it is claimed that it “refers to the gross negligence of the IDF, the Israel Police, and the Shin Bet regarding the matter, and among other things, the interface between the defendants before the Nova party regarding the licensing and approval of the party, the failure to issue an order to close the party and disperse the participants despite warnings regarding a serious security incident in the area that were received several hours before the massacre… One phone call separated the plaintiffs’ lives and the integrity of their bodies and souls from the destruction of their lives. All the defendants had to do was to make a phone call to the responsible parties so that they would disperse the party in view of the warnings which were received on the night between 6/10 – 7/10.”