Victims of Palestinian terror warn State Dept. to back off

Thursday, February 21, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

American victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism are urging the US State Department to not become involved in their lawsuit against the Palestinian Authority.

US citizens who have either been wounded or lost loved ones in Palestinian terrorist attacks have for years been suing the Palestinian Authority and its ruling faction, the PLO, for their failure to abide by signed agreements to eliminate the threat of local Muslim violence against Israelis and foreign Jews visiting Israel.

In the past, such cases have netted hundreds of millions of dollars for the victims, which US federal courts have extracted from frozen Palestinian Authority assets in America.

In the latest case, the Palestinian legal team has appealed to the State Department to issue a "statement of interest" against the proceedings, arguing that payouts awarded by the courts will soon bankrupt the Palestinian Authority resulting in undesirable international consequences.

The court has given the State Department two weeks to respond to the request. In the meantime, the victimized families have taken their fight to Washington, where they have garnered the support of at least eight congressional leaders who, according to Ha'aretz, sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week insisting that she not become involved in the judicial proceedings.

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