"Now the Palestinian Authority knows there is a price for sending suicide bombers to our malls, to our cafes and blowing our buses up, and we will pursue and will make sure that the PA will pay every dollar"
Israel Law Center attorney
Following two half-days of deliberations, a
US jury found Palestinian authorities liable for six terror attacks in Jerusalem that
killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families $218.5
million in damages. The trial, under US
district judge George Daniels in New York lasted over five weeks. Under the US anti-terrorism act,
the damages are automatically tripled, with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO) ultimately liable for over $650 million in
The 12-member jury decided unanimously that the PA and PLO were liable
on 25 separate counts connected to attacks at Hebrew
University, in Jaffa Road, King George Street, against the number 19 bus and in
French Hills. The six attacks killed 33
people and wounded hundreds more between January 2002 and January 2004. The terror attacks were carried out by Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs
Brigades during the second Palestinian intifada against Israel.