US court rules against Palestinian Authority

Friday, May 15, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A US district court has once again ruled in favor of the American victims of a Palestinian terrorist attack, ordering the Palestinian Authority to finally pay the survivors full compensation.

The Associated Press reports that US District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux on Wednesday rejected a request by the Palestinian Authority to wave its responsibility for the 1996 killing of Yaron and Efrat Ungar by Hamas gunmen.

In 2004, the same judge ordered the PA to pay $116 million in damages to the Ungars' orphaned sons, but then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the US court and kept the money.

Judge Lagueux said that because of Arafat's binding decision to not recognize his court, the PA now has no legal grounds to make any appeals or special requests.

Wrote the judge: "These choices were the intentional, deliberate and binding decision made by the PA's dictatorial leader. Defendants must now accept the consequences of these decisions."

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