US jury orders PLO and PA to pay more than $218 million to victims of terrorism #israel #palestina #US #justice

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A US jury in a Manhattan federal court ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian Authority (PA) to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists.

“Now the PLO and the PA know there is a price for supporting terrorism,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, 10 American families suing over six attacks attributed to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Hamas in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago.

The verdict follows a lengthy legal battle stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2004 under the U.S. Antiterrorism Act. The 1992 law allows U.S. victims of international terrorism to seek remedy in federal court.

The award could be tripled under the US Anti-Terrorism Act. Victims and their families had requested more than $350 million, or over $1 billion after tripling, over shootings and bombings from 2002 to 2004 that killed 33 people and injured over 450.

In closing arguments, plaintiff attorney Kent Yalowitz had urged the Manhattan jury to order the PLO and Palestinian Authority to pay $350 million for providing material support to terrorists involved in six bombings and shootings from 2002 to 2004.No amount could make up for the human toll, he said. “But if the only thing you can give them is money, then money has to stand in as compensation for the unspeakable loss,” he added.

Defence attorney Mark Rochon had argued there was no proof Palestinian authorities sanctioned the attacks as alleged in a 2004 lawsuit brought by 10 American families, even though members of their security forces were convicted in Israeli courts on charges they were involved.

In a statement late Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the jury for finding the Palestinian Authority was responsible for what he called “murderous” attacks.

“The US federal court’s decision confirms the Palestinian Authority’s responsibility for murderous terrorist attacks committed during the previous decade,” the premier said in a statement to the press.

“Instead of drawing the appropriate conclusions, the PA is moving forward with steps that are a danger to regional stability like its hypocritical application to the International Criminal Court, this while it is involved in an alliance with the Hamas terror organization,” Netanyahu said. “We expect responsible players in the international community to continue and punish those who support terrorism, as the US federal court did, and to support the countries combating terrorism.”

“On this day, we remember the families who lost their loved ones,” the prime minister said. “Our hearts are with them, and there is no verdict that could comfort them.” A US jury in a Manhattan federal court ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian Authority (PA) to pay more than $218 million for providing material support to terrorists.

“Now the PLO and the PA know there is a price for supporting terrorism,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, 10 American families suing over six attacks attributed to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Hamas in the Jerusalem area more than a decade ago.
The verdict follows a lengthy legal battle stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2004 under the U.S. Antiterrorism Act. The 1992 law allows U.S. victims of international terrorism to seek remedy in federal court.

The award could be tripled under the US Anti-Terrorism Act. Victims and their families had requested more than $350 million, or over $1 billion after tripling, over shootings and bombings from 2002 to 2004 that killed 33 people and injured over 450.

In closing arguments, plaintiff attorney Kent Yalowitz had urged the Manhattan jury to order the PLO and Palestinian Authority to pay $350 million for providing material support to terrorists involved in six bombings and shootings from 2002 to 2004.No amount could make up for the human toll, he said. “But if the only thing you can give them is money, then money has to stand in as compensation for the unspeakable loss,” he added.

Defense attorney Mark Rochon had argued there was no proof Palestinian authorities sanctioned the attacks as alleged in a 2004 lawsuit brought by 10 American families, even though members of their security forces were convicted in Israeli courts on charges they were involved. The groups said Monday they were “deeply disappointed” by the verdict and planned to appeal the decision, calling the charges against them “baseless.”

In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the jury’s ruling.

“The US federal court’s decision confirms the Palestinian Authority’s responsibility for murderous terrorist attacks committed during the previous decade,” the said in a press statement.

source: eipa.eu.com

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