Palestinian Authority ordered to pay $10M plus installments in terrorism case

Julie Wiener

(JTA) — A federal judge ordered the Palestinian Authority and PLO to pay $10 million in cash plus $1 million in monthly installments to secure a judgment from a previous court decision on behalf of Americans killed in terrorist attacks.

Manhattan District Court Judge George Daniels ordered the security payment on Monday despite a motion filed by the U.S. State Department arguing that a high bond could strain the already weak Palestinian economy and threaten Middle East stability, The Associated Press reported.

In a February ruling that the Palestinians are appealing, a jury awarded $218.5 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by American victims and survivors of numerous Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004. As per the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, the damages were automatically tripled.

Daniels’ ruling is intended to remain in effect until the appeals are decided.

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While attorneys for the Palestinians have argued that the Palestinian Authority cannot afford to pay $10 million, an attorney representing American victims and survivors of terrorist attacks in Israel said the P.A. has more than enough money, claiming it spends $60 million each year paying Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

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