Friday 27 May 2022

Dutch dog supplier to make payment to injured Palestinian boy


A Dutch dog supplier is going to pay compensation to a Palestinian boy bitten by one of its animals on the command of the Israeli army in 2014, the boy’s lawyer has confirmed to

Four Winds Policedog Center in Geffen has reached a financial settlement with the boy because it sold the dog to the army.

The company said in a statement that it wishes ‘to express our sorrow for the incident and any injury caused’ to the boy, Hamzeh Hashem.

The firm does not admit legal liability, stating that the dog was trained by the Israeli army, but was paying Hashem ‘as a contribution to his recovery’ and as a ‘one time token of goodwill’.


Four Winds’ website claims that it trains dogs ‘to a high level to help reduce terrorism and crime’ but it has now reportedly stopped supplying the Israeli army.

Hashem had sued the company through Dutch lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, who told NRC that this is ‘the first time a Dutch firm has paid for violence in the occupied Palestinian territories.’

This article was updated on October 6 following confirmation of the payment by Liesbeth Zegveld

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