Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Court rules PA must pay NIS130 million in compensation to families of terror victims

Attorneys for the plaintiffs thank court for ruling, which they say provides some justice to families, but will appeal total sum; ruling comes after 20 years of litigation and refers to events in late 1990s and early 2000s

Meir Turgeman |
Published: 06.21.22, 23:17
The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday ruled the Palestinian Authority must pay NIS130 million in compensation to 34 families of Israeli terror victims.
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  • The court issued a partial ruling in a larger suit that includes 15 separate demands for compensation by terror victims' families.
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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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    In a landmark ruling three years ago, the court ruled that the PA was liable for terror acts committed by Palestinian factions in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During the Second Intifada, and therefore can be sued for compensation.
    The ruling said the PA was providing financial assistance and weapons to terror groups and was supporting families of terrorists who were killed or jailed for their actions.
    In the early years of the 20-year long litigation, NIS64 million of PA funds held by Israel, were grabbed by the Finance Ministry to be later delivered to one of the families.
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    Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Shurat HaDin
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    In the 2019 ruling, the court said the Fatah faction, the Palestinian Authority and its president Yasser Arafat - as well as other senior officials - were united in their aim to kill Israelis and harm the state.
    Attorneys for the families from the Shurat HaDin organization thanked the court for the ruling they said provided justice for the families of the victims, but added that they intend to appeal and demand a larger compensation.

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