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British cameraman’s family gets $2 million

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LONDON (JTA) — Israel paid more than $2 million to the family of a British cameraman shot and killed by an Israeli soldier in Gaza.

In May 2003, James Miller, 34, was in the Gaza-Egypt border town of Rafah shooting footage for a documentary about the impact of violence on children in the region when he was shot and killed by Israeli gunfire.

A statement issued by Miller’s family did not specify the amount of money it accepted, but an Israeli official confirmed that the amount was around "$2.2 million."

Last April, Miller’s family rejected a higher offer from Israel, claiming that it was “a ruse” to delay its planned civil court case. However, the family now says “it was as close to an admission of guilt from Israel as they were ever likely to get.”

Miller was posthumously awarded an Emmy in 2004 for his film, "Death in Gaza."

The cameraman’s killing, which was caught on film by another cameraman, was screened on British television numerous times. The footage showed that Miller and his colleagues, who were leaving the home of a Palestinian family in the Rafah refugee camp after dark, carried a white flag and called out to let troops know they were British journalists.

As they walked toward an Israeli armored personnel carrier, Miller was hit by gunfire.
 

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