US Court Voids USD655m Verdict against PA over Israel Attacks

تم نشره في Thu 1 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
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NEW YORK — A US appeals court late Wednesday threw out a USD655.5 million verdict against the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) for damages suffered by American families from six terrorist attacks in Israel.

The court said the federal courts lack personal jurisdiction over the defendants.

By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said a lower court judge erred in concluding he had jurisdiction over the case. The appeals court ordered that the civil lawsuit, which began in January 2004, be dismissed.

"The terror machine gun attacks and suicide bombings that triggered this suit and victimized these plaintiffs were unquestionably horrific," Judge John Koeltl wrote for the appeals court.

"But the federal courts cannot exercise jurisdiction in a civil case beyond the limits prescribed by the due process clause of the Constitution, no matter how horrendous the underlying attacks or morally compelling the plaintiffs' claims," the judge added.

At that time, the P.A said that the case is another attempt to prevent the establishing of a Palestinian state, continue building illegal settlements and divert the attention from Israel's hostile practices against the Palestinian people.