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In The Law And Courts Palestine Is Given The Short Straw



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.

gaza-destruction-dead-469 children killed in Gaza in the recent conflict

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour has previously said Palestine would raise alleged “crimes” committed by Israel. But—

Palestine could ‘lose millions in US aid’ if they sue Israel in ICC, senator warns

Instead of being heard – Palestine could have millions of dollars of crucial American aid withdrawn if they attempt to use their newly-acquired  membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) to sue Israel for alleged atrocities carried out during the last conflict. (Report from The Independent)

Senator Lindsey Graham  said existing US legislation “would cut off aid to the Palestinians if they filed a complaint.

The US supplies more than $400 million annually to the Palestinian Authority, while Israel has recently frozen a monthly transfer of some $120 million in tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians.

By the way – this is a report on Senator Lindsay Graham where he warned that a lack of military action in Syria could result in a nuclear ‘bombing’ in Charleston, South Carolina — the very destination of a suspicious (black op) nuclear transfer. (Oh boy)


But, could the ruling of $218 million open the flood gates for Iraqi/US citizens grieved by the invasion of Iraq by the US, UK and Australia? (They too have been given the ‘short straw’)

The number of Iraqis slaughtered in the US Allied invasion and occupation has reached 1,455,590 – according to Informationclearinghouse. It would be interesting on what the “damages” would be. The war has already cost (tax payers) around $1,606,000,000,000.

I will be interested to hear from Mary and the other legal minds following Gumshoenews.



  1. The ICC is disgusting. No one is more interested than myself in prosecuting the baddies, but it has to be done by nations or individuals. It cannot be done by a pseudo-global authority. (See Alfred P Rubin on this subtle point.) I say there will never be authority beyond the tribe, for reasons of our evolutionary history.

    Putting a few marks on a piece of paper and saying “Now we have an international mandate to catch dictators and pull their fingernails out (or just reprimand them, or whatever)” is a bad joke. So no grief here about the Palestinians. The ICC is a private club, as is guaranteed by the fact that the UN Security Council can veto a proposed indictment. We live in a world that has a world government in place and the sooner we start talking about that reality, the better.

    As for the win in the American court, I like it. I always like it when a court does its job to enforce the law, and that is what it did. Palestinians (or, quite possibly, British or Israeli imposters in Arab garb) destroyed some visitors? Then the visitors must be compensated if that’s what the law says, including the trebling of damages. Think of the potential here, folks, if you know what I mean. I quote the lawyer who won:
    “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.”

    Yay, yay, yay! Go, judicial system.

  2. On courts and Libya – this is what Mary Maxwell wrote before Gaddafi was killed:

    Gaddafi Should ‘Turn Himself In To
    The ICC – And Thus Call Their Bluff

    By Mary W Maxwell, PhD

    I recommend that Col. Gaddafi betake himself to the ICC’s prison-hotel at the Hague, Netherlands. This is not a joke. He would be doing the world quite a historic favor. Two amazing things could come of such an action.

    One, he would be able to talk about NATO’s invasion of Libya. As far as I know, there has never been, in any courtroom, a much-needed inspection of NATO’s activities. (The activities of NATO’s child, Gladio, were aired in Italy’s parliament with reference to the death of Aldo Moro — see Ganser’s book, NATO’s Secret Armies — but a parliament is not a court).

    Two, just by being there at the Hague, in the ICC’s custody, Gaddafi would set some legal wheels in motion. Perhaps I am showing extreme optimism by saying this, but I believe that Gaddafi, in the role of prisoner, would make that court do its job. Things start to happen when there is an actual case.

    For the full article –


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