The U.S.-Supported Terrorists of the Palestinian Authority
By Matthew Vadum
A federal jury in Manhattan found the Palestinian Authority and its terrorist arm civilly liable yesterday for six terrorist attacks a decade ago that left 33 dead and more than 450 injured.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the “international community to continue to punish those who support terrorism, just as the U.S. federal court has done, and to back the countries that are fighting terrorism.”
“Today as well we remember the families that lost their loved ones; our heart is with them and there is no justice that can console them.”
The jury determined that plaintiffs, numbered in the dozens, were entitled to an award of $218.5 million against both the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The federal Anti-Terrorism Act provides for the damages to be tripled which brings the total sum owed by the defendants to $655.5 million. The law allows U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism to seek redress in U.S. courts. Last fall a Brooklyn jury invoked the law when it found Arab Bank liable for supporting the terrorist activities of Hamas. A second trial to determine damages in the case has yet to take place.
The verdict is a public relations disaster for the Palestinian Authority which portrays itself as representing moderate, pragmatic Palestinians who want both peace with Israel and the creation of a Palestinian state. In reality the authority and PLO are just as devoted to terrorism and destroying Israel as its Hamas. The authority, which constantly promotes jihad on its social media and makes idols out of suicide bombers, reaffirmed its unending hostility to Israel last year by forming a unity government with Hamas.
The huge civil judgment also shines a light on the true nature of the Palestinian Authority which is the beneficiary of enormous cash injections courtesy of taxpayers in Israel and Western countries –including the U.S.– that treat the terrorist authority as a legitimate political entity.
Meanwhile, Kent A. Yalowitz, an attorney for the families, sang the praises of the Anti-Terrorism Act last week in closing arguments. “Money is oxygen for terrorism,” he said, adding that the statute “hits those who send terrorists where it hurts them most: in the wallet.”