During the second Intifada, numerous American citizens were murdered by terrorist attacks.
In 2004, the families of several deceased victims sued the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Southern District of New York under the Antiterrorism Act. The families claim the PLO and PA organizations financed and orchestrated the following seven attacks:
(1) The January 8, 2001 shooting attack on Varda Guetta and her son Oz;
(2) The January 22, 2002 shooting attack on Shayna Gould and Shmuel Waldman;
(3)The January 27, 2002 suicide bombing attack on the Sokolow family;
(4) The March 21, 2002 suicide bombing attack on Alan Bauer and his son Yehonatan;
(5) The June 19, 2002 suicide bombing attack on Shaul Mandelkorn;
(6) The July 31, 2002 Hebrew University Cafeteria bombing which killed David Gritz, Benjamin Blustein, Diane Carter and Janis Coulter;
(7) The January 29, 2004 suicide bombing attack on a bus which killed Yechezkel Goldberg.
The plaintiffs seek up to $3 billion in damages from attacks between January 2001 and February 2004 by the PLO. In September 2008, U.S. District Judge George Daniels rejected the PLO’s argument that the attacks were acts of war rather than terrorism. Trial began in January 2015 and on February 23, the jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts. The defense has been found liable for $218.5 million, an amount set to be tripled to $655.5 million.