Palestinians ordered to pay over US$218m attacks
A US jury has found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than $US218 million in damages. (The Australian report)
UNDER the US anti-terrorism act, the damages are automatically tripled, meaning that the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organisation are liable for $US650 million ($A833.76 million).
The jury reached its verdict following two half-days of deliberations over the 33 people killed and 390 wounded between January 2002 and January 2004 – apportioning individual damages from $US1 – 25 million to Americans who were injured or lost loved ones. US lawyer Kent Yalowitz, welcomed the verdict.”This is a great day for our country, it’s a great day for those who fight terror, we’re so proud of our families who stood up,” he told reporters.
(US lawyer says ‘our’ country. Is this US lawyer referring to Israel?)
But it is not a two-way street.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour has previously said Palestine would raise alleged “crimes” committed by Israel. But—