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Federal Court orders PLO to pay $200 million in damages

Late Monday, a New York jury in federal court ruled that the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority partially liable for six terrorist attacks in Israel. The families and survivors receive $218.5 million in damages. This decision filed in Manhattan federal court follows a lengthy battle stemming from a 2004 lawsuit filed under the U.S. Antiterrorism Act. The law, allows U.S. victims of international terrorism to seek justice in federal court.

The ruling comes as the Palestinian Authority problems continue to mount. They are closing in on an economic crisis started an Israeli decision to freeze millions in tax revenue it collects on behalf of the Authority. The sanction came in response to a move by the Authority to join the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where it wants to bring war-crimes trials against Israel over its occupation of the West Bank. Israel has argued the Palestinian Authority is guilty of war crimes itself, and the federal verdict could be used by Israel to bolster that argument.

After two days of deliberation, the jury decided both the PLO and PA knowingly aided in facilitating a wave of mass shootings and bombings in Israel, 13 years ago. The attacks killed 33 people and wounded more than 400 hundred others. The plaintiffs were families affected by a handful of attacks, including the 2002 bombing of a Hebrew University cafeteria and a 2004 suicide bombing on a Jerusalem public bus. The Palestinian Authority, continue to deny they had any involvement in the attacks. Read more at Examiner.com

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