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Israel’s Plea to Hague Court Brings Bulgarian Compensation Offer

Disclosure last week by the Government of Israel that it had asked the International Court of Justice at The Hague to start proceedings against Bulgaria in the 1955 shooting down of an EI Al plane brought a prompt offer of compensation from the Communist regime this week-end.

The Israel Foreign Ministry announced here that the International Court had been asked to declare Bulgaria responsible under international law for shooting down the plane, with death resulting to all 58 persons aboard, and for the loss of property.

Damages totalling $2, 658, 000 were claimed by Israel, approximately $45, 000 for each victim. The offer by Bulgaria, in a communique from its legation in Brussels, was a promise to pay about $8, 000 per victim.