Feb 24 2015

Federal Jury Awards $218 Million in Damages in Terrorism Case Against Palestinian Authority

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GUEST: Charlotte Silver, independent journalist who writes for Electronic Intifada and Al Jazeera English.

A federal jury in Manhattan yesterday awarded the families of dozens of people, $218 million in damages in a first-of-its-kind terrorism case. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) were held liable for supporting the actions of several attacks between the years 2002 and 2004 in Israel, which harmed or killed US citizens. While the PA and PLO have long maintained that US courts have no jurisdiction over them, the case went ahead anyway.

The trial lasted 7 weeks and featured emotional testimony from survivors and victims’ relatives in six attacks that left nearly 3-dozen people dead and hundreds injured. Among the incidents was a 2002 bombing of a Cafe at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in which 9 people were killed, among them 5 US students.

Because the case was brought under a special terrorism law, the damages are automatically tripled to $655 million. In recent months, the Palestinian Authority has been crippled by Israel withholding tax revenues owed to it in retaliation against a PA bid for statehood at the United Nations.

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