On 28 June 2009, Avri Ran, a resident of the Itamar settlement in the Shomron whose resume in recent years includes a long list of violent acts against his Palestinian neighbors, deposited the remainder of his debt in the compensation imposed on him in a civil suit filed against him by HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual in May 2001. The suit was filed on behalf of a handicapped Palestinian youth from Huwwara. The judgment, which ordered Ran to pay compensation as well as legal expenses was rendered on 27 June 2003, but Ran ignored the ruling for five years.
The plaintiff, a resident of Huwwara who suffers from paralysis in the right side of his body, was making his way back home from school in the afternoon of 2 April 1997 along the road that cuts through the village. A vehicle, at which stones were thrown a while earlier, pulled over beside him, and Avri Ran and Michael Ezer came out of it, attacked the plaintiff and beat him throwing punches and kicking him all over his body while cursing and swearing at him. They then dragged him, as he lay on the floor, and put him inside their vehicle, using force and threats. During the ride, as Ezer’s gun was pointed toward his body, the plaintiff attempted to explain to his abductors, in Hebrew, that he is handicapped and had not taken part in the stone throwing. The two drove to a military camp near the Horon junction, where they forcefully took the plaintiff out of the vehicle, while beating him and throwing him to the ground. They “turned him in” to the soldiers claiming he had taken part in stone throwing at their vehicle. Following a complaint by the plaintiff, Ran and Ezer were criminally charged and convicted of assault. Ezer was also convicted of making threats.
On 16 May 2001, following their June 1999 conviction, HaMoked filed a civil suit for bodily damages against Ran and Ezer. On 27 July 2003, after Ran did not file a statement of defense, the court ruled in the absence of a defense. Ran was ordered to pay the plaintiff 7,500 NIS as well as 1,500 NIS for trial costs.
Ran refrained from mounting a defense, ignored the legal proceedings against him in the court and the ruling which ordered him to pay compensation to the plaintiff. On 10 January 2007, HaMoked had an execution office file opened against Avri Ran in order to secure payment. Subsequently various applications for seizure of his assets were filed, including in supermarkets and stores which sell his products such as Tnuva, Harduf Organic, Nitzat HaDuvdevan, L.I.V – Lihyot Yoter BaTeva, Ma’abarot Products and Eden Teva Markets. Despite all this, Ran did not pay his debt.
In June 2008, a warrant for Ran’s incarceration due to non-payment of debt was issued at HaMoked’s request. Ran began to make payments, but did not always persevere. In March 2009, another incarceration warrant was issued in a second application by HaMoked. On 28 June 2009, some six years after the ruling was given in his case, Ran finally paid his entire debt to the plaintiff at a total of 21,263 NIS.To view the court’s decision and ruling against Ran on 27 July 2003 (Hebrew)