The decision means that victims and impacted families will likely be able to sue the Palestinian Authority
An Israeli court ruled Monday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for at least 17 terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada of the early 2000s, including those carried out by the militant terrorist organizations Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
“The PLO, the Palestinian Authority, Arafat, Abu Mazen, and other top ranking officials like Marwan Barghouti, have all aimed for one goal,” the court’s verdict read, “which is to kill Jews, Israelis, and harm the State of Israel.”
Judge Moshe Drori concluded by saying that the PA helped supply terrorists with ammunition and financial support, conducted ceremonies in their names, named Palestinian sites after terrorists, provided prisoners and their families with salaries, and gave financial benefits for “shahid” families.
As a result of the Jerusalem Magistrate Court decision, individuals and families impacted by the terror attacks will now be able to sue the Palestinian Authority for compensation, which could reach as high as a NIS 1 billion (approximately $279 million USD) according to Hebrew media reports.
The ruling cites the Palestinian Authority and the umbrella Palestinian Liberation Organization’s “financial and practical support” for terror attacks during the second Palestinian uprising from 2000-2005.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of the Tel Aviv-bad Shurat HaDin organization representing eight of the families, called the judge’s ruling “a historic victory” for victims of Palestinian terror attacks in Israel.
“The court found (the Palestinian Authority) responsible for attacks which were executed not only by their employees and operatives… which proves that the Intifada was a planned war against Israeli citizens,” she added.
The decision will likely be appealed to a different court but the ruling helps set a precedent that may help families affected by acts of terror collect compensation in the future.