A US jury charged the PLO and Palestinian Authority $218.5 million for terrorist attacks against Israel, The New York Times reported Monday.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority were found guilty for knowingly supporting six terrorism attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004, according to The New York Times. The Federal District Court in Manhattan awarded $218.5 million worth of damages, which is automatically tripled to a total of $655.5 million because of a special terror law.
The verdict ends a decade-long battle for Israel in trying to hold Palestinian organizations responsible for terrorist acts, further supporting claims that the Palestinian Authority is linked to terrorist groups.
“Money is oxygen for terrorism,” Kent Yalowitz, a lawyer for the families, said in a closing statement in court. He said the antiterrorism law that triples the fines for damages “hits those who send terrorists where it hurts them most: in the wallet.”
Payroll, testimony and other records indicated many of those who carried out terrorist attacks in the country were employees of the Palestinian Authority, The New York Times said.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO's executive committee, denied ties to the attacks and said the organization wanted to avoid hostilities from all parties.
“We tried to prevent violence from all sides," he said in his statement in court.
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