Israeli Court: PA and PLO must pay compensation to terror victims

July 9, 2019 by TPS
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A Jerusalem court on Monday gave an unprecedented decision holding the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) responsible for the terror attacks carried out against Israelis during the Second Intifada, and ordering the entities to pay millions in damages to the victims.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

The ruling pertained to 17 attacks, including the lynching of two IDF soldiers by an Arab mob in Ramallah in 2000 and a shooting attack in which four members of an Israeli family were murdered in their home in Elon Moreh during the Passover holiday in 2002.

The Second Intifada erupted in September 2000 and lasted for about four years, during which about 1,000 Israelis were killed in hundreds of attacks.

Attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, head of the Shurat Hadin lawfare organization which filed the suit and conducted the prosecution in court, stated that “the court has done national justice today and led to a historic victory, with a clear message – the blood of the victims of terrorism is not ownerless.

“The Palestinian objective was genocide against Jews in Israel, and for that, it will pay dearly,” she added.

Darshan-Leitner said she will seek over NIS 1 billion ($250 million) in damages from PA tax funds that Israel collects on its behalf and foreign bank accounts.


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