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PA, PLO to Appeal US Court Ruling — ‘No Money to Pay’ Damages to Terror Victims

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority says it will appeal a ruling by the U.S. Federal District Court in New York awarding $655.5 million to 10 American families who were victims of terror.

The Court held the PA and PLO civilly and financially responsible for six bombing attacks carried out by Palestinians in Israel between 2002 and 2004. All 10 families were direct victims or related to those who were killed in the attacks.

Responding to the verdict, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi immediately said the entities would “appeal the ruling.”

According to a translation of the remarks by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Ashrawi said, “We will appeal the ruling, and we wholeheartedly believe that we will win the appeal.” She said the PLO and the PA “had absolutely nothing to do with these actions” and said “We were denied [the status] known as ‘sovereign immunity] to which we are entitled as a sovereign state.” Moreover, she said, “The PA and the PLO lack the funds necessary to pay.”

Lack of funds – given the billions of dollars with which the Palestinian Authority has been blessed by the European Union, the United States, the various Arab nations and even the State of Israel – is a disingenuous claim.

It is particularly silly in light of the millions spent in faithful, generous monthly salaries provided to murderous terrorists incarcerated in Israeli jails. Payments to PA terrorists in Israeli jails are scaled in accordance with the length of their sentences and the amount of damage they wreaked upon their victims.

“The recent ruling of the American court… sets a dangerous precedent that contradicts international law,” claimed Issa Karake, a member of the PA parliament and director of the PA Prisoners’ Affairs Commission. “[It is] forbidden to deal with or appear before these courts, since their objective is to harm the PLO’s standing.” The remark is worthy of one that might have been stated by Iran or Syria.

More reasonable – and more accurate — was a statement by economic expert Dr. Nasser Abd Al-Karim, who warned bluntly, “If the ruling goes into effect after the appeal, it will be final, and it will be obligatory to pay.

“Even if the PA does not pay, it will represent a liability for it and it may encounter difficulties in performing financial transactions and transfers, or in opening bank accounts in the international banking system.”

Court Rules: Police Must Allow Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The police “must ensure that Jews can pray on the Temple Mount” – that was the ruling of Judge Malka Aviv in the case of Yehuda Glick vs. the Israeli Police.

On a number of occasion the police have banned Rabbi Yehuda Glick from ascending up to the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Glick told JewishPress.com that he regularly leads tour groups up to the Temple Mount, and not being allowed up prevented him from earning a living.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick took the police to court and sued for damages. On Sunday the court decided in Glick’s favor.

But the bigger victory was the court’s criticism of the police’s actions towards Jews on the Temple Mount and the explicit ruling that the police must ensure that Jews be able to pray on the Jewish people’s holiest site.

The police may choose to appeal both the financial award and the ruling, but the question remains, until the appeal, will the police respect the court’s ruling and ensure that Jews can pray on the Temple Mount?

In November, an Islamic terrorist shot Yehuda Glick 4 times at close range in Jerusalem in a failed attempt to assassinate him.

The terrorist was killed the next morning at his Jerusalem home when security forces tried to arrest him.

Last week, US Congressman Dennis Ross when up to the Temple Mount and found himself harassed by the Islamic extremists on the Jewish holy site.

NY Jury Finds PLO, Palestinian Authority Financially Liable for American Victims of Terror

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A jury in New York federal district court has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority guilty of supporting terrorists in carrying out attacks in which Americans died — a decision in an international case that has dragged on 10 years.

Oddly, not one national network carried “breaking news” about the verdict when it was announced, nor was it mentioned on evening newscasts. No one missed rehashing the previous night’s Oscar awards, the previous day’s video call by al-Shabaab to attack the Mall of America, and various local news events.

The jury found the PA and the PLO knowingly provided support for at least six terrorist attacks in which U.S. citizens were killed and wounded between 2002 and 2004. The plaintiffs were awarded $215.5 million in damages. However, the lawsuit by 10 families comprised of some 36 members was filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which actually triples the award of damages, raising the total to $655.5 million.

The law allows U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism to sue their attackers in United States court. Eight of the victims were physically injured but all were deeply scarred emotionally by the attacks, testimony showed. Also included among the plaintiffs were the estates of four victims who were murdered in the attacks.

The verdict came in the seventh week of a civil trial that included emotional testimony from survivors of suicide bombings and other attacks in Jerusalem.

More than 450 people were injured, including some permanently maimed, and 33 people died in the attacks.

The targets included a crowded bus stop, a public bus and a school cafeteria on the campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Many of those involved in the planning and operational aspects of the attacks were proven to have been actual employees of the Palestinian Authority.

In addition, plaintiffs documents that the PA had paid salaries to terrorists imprisoned in Israel – and followed up with “martyr stipends” to the families of suicide bombers.

The practice continues to this day, with such payments promised as incentive to commit future attacks.

Last September, a Brooklyn jury found the Arab Bank liable in a case filed by 300 victims of 24 terrorist attacks for supporting terrorism via Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization. The case has yet to be concluded, with damages to be set in a second trial.

Hotovely Wins Court Appeal against Likud Recount of Ballots

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The sorry saga of Likud party’s slate of candidates for the elections to the Knesset retook another bump on the head Monday afternoon with a Tel Aviv District Court order to halt a recount of ballots that a lower court ordered.

More than 50 percent of the votes had been recounted before the court issued its ruling today.

The court ruled that the judicial system had no right to interfere in the Likud party’s court ruling concerning the recount.

The appeal to the civil district court was filed by Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely, who was elected to the 20th place on the list after a party recount found her ahead of challenger and former Cabinet minister and MK Avi Dichter.

Dichter filed and won an appeal to a lower civil court for a complete recount and he is probably will appeal today’s decision to the Supreme Court.

The Likud has a scant three days to meet the Thursday deadline to announce its candidates.

The Likud party manages to make a mess of its primary elections almost every time, but this year was exceptional.

Maybe it has something to do with the Shmittah?

 

Court Bars Tearing Down Terrorist’s Home because He Failed to Kill Glick

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The Israeli Supreme Court has accepted a petition by a human rights group arguing that the home of the Jerusalem Arab who nearly assassinated Yehuda Glick should not be demolished.

Regarding the terrorists from the Har Nof massacre, the justices rejected the appeal against Israel’s destroying the homes of the terrorists.

The court also ruled that the home of a tractor terrorist can be destroyed.

Glick was almost killed but made a miraculous recovery and stood on his own today for the first time since he was shot four times in the chest two months ago.

The human rights lawyers argued that the policy has not undergone a legal review for several years, and that demolition of homes as punishment and deterrence violates international law against collective punishment.

The justices stated there are “moral dilemmas” with the policy, but that the gravity of the murders justifies Israel’s policy.

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, who wrote the ruling for the panel of three justices, warned that security officials in the future will have to provide evidence that the policy is effective.

That puts the defense establishment in the position of having to prove an hypothesis. How can it provide evidence that terrorism would be worse if homes were not destroyed?

How can it prove that the policy works? Because there were “only” two deadly terrorist attacks a month instead of four?

Or perhaps the court wants to know if victims like Glick ”only” were wounded and not killed?

On the other hand, the justices did have the intelligence to note that there is no need to destroy the home of the Jews behind the gruesome murder by fire of an Arab youth. Their reasoning was, according to the court, that the almost universal denouncement of the murder by Jews makes it obvious that demolition is not needed to deter other Jews from killing Arabs.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick Pleads to Return to Temple Mount

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

On Sunday the Jerusalem District Court held a hearing into the question of whether to continue a restraining order issued by the court against Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

The matter was raised by Glick in response to the restraining order, which Glick contended prevented him from earning a living.

The restraining order had been issued after a complaint was filed by an Arab woman who claimed that Glick had pushed her on the Temple Mount.

Because Glick was unable to physically appear in court due to ill health — this, following an assassination attempt last month by an Arab terrorist who pumped four bullets into his chest at point-blank range — Glick instead sent a detailed letter to the Court in which he listed his claims.

Here are some key points of the letter, before you read the whole thing:

With regard to the case in question, the plaintiff wishes to accuse me of assault. She first claimed that the event occurred on 2 September 2014, but after I proved that I was not at the Temple Mount that afternoon, the respondent changed the story and stated the event occurred on 31 August 2014.

As a religious Jew coming to the Temple Mount, I am always accompanied by police, who stand right beside me. It should be noted that two police officers and one commanding officer that were from the area warned the plaintiff that they did not see the events for which she filed the complaint.

It is inconceivable that I would push a woman, let alone knock her to the ground, without all of the police officers in the area having seen such an event.

All of my tours on the Temple Mount are conducted with participants and Arab elements in place, and watched by police through fixed and mobile video security cameras. I was fully apparent and visible at the scene from four different angles. Anyone can see that I am the victim here — yet instead of reacting in self-defense, I turn and ask police in the area to distance the rioters.

The courts are expected to decide either this Thursday, or Tuesday next week whether or not to extend or cancel the restraining order.

Here is Yehuda Glick’s letter (translated):


“I really wanted to participate in the discussion of my appeal against the decision to bar me from the Temple Mount,” wrote Glick. “But as is well known, an attempt was made on my life on October 29, 2014 by a Muslim extremist (from this alone one easily learns who is the attacker, and who is the attacked, with regard to those who choose to go up to the Temple Mount.)

“After ten days in which I was sedated and on a respirator, and an additional week in which I remained in intensive care, plus an another week in the Department of Surgery, just a few days ago I was released for the purpose of extensive rehabilitative services. Despite that, I requested permission to participate in these court proceedings; however, this past Shabbat I became severely weakened and thus cannot appear physically in the court room.

Therefore, I respectfully request the court herewith accept this letter in lieu of my appearance and verbal testimony:

For 25 years, since 1989, I have guided groups in to the Temple Mount. To this day, I teach hundreds of groups, including thousands of participants, including Jews and non-Jews, secular and observant alike.

In recent years, this activity has become the means for my livelihood, and I guide groups sometimes three to four times a day.

With regard to the case in question, the plaintiff wishes to accuse me of assault. She first claimed that the event occurred on 2 September 2014, but after I proved that I was not at the Temple Mount that afternoon, the respondent changed the story and stated the event occurred on 31 August 2014.

It should be noted that the plaintiff does not claim, God forbid, that I attack on a regular basis, but rather claims it to be a single event.

It should be noted that since the so-called “incident” I have gone up to the Temple Mount eight times, and at no point has any such event occurred. (all during September 2014) Thus it is clearly proven there is no danger to the public at the Temple Mount vis a vis any event relating to my self.

As a religious Jew coming to the Temple Mount, I am always accompanied by police, who stand right beside me. It should be noted that two police officers and one commanding officer that were from the area warned the plaintiff that they did not see the events for which she filed the complaint.

Pamela Geller Sues MTA for Rejecting Anti-Hamas Jihad Parody

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Activist blogger Pamela Geller is petitioning New York federal court to force the city’s Metro Transportation Authority to accept an anti-Hamas ‘MyJihad’ ad campaign.

Geller filed the lawsuit against the New York MTA on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

Geller writes the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ blog and heads the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative. She is petitioning the court to force the MTA to accept a bus advertisement that includes the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews,” according to ABC News.

The MTA had rejected the ad last month, claiming it could incite violence. MTA director of safety and security Raymond Diaz released a statement on September 19, saying the ad “would lead reasonable observers to interpret it as urging direct, violent attacks on Jews, given turmoil in Gaza, Syria and Iraq and New York city’s heightened security concerns.”

Court papers indicate that Geller’s group planned to express its views with a series of ads on public issues, “including issues such as Islam’s hatred of Jews.”

According to Geller, the MTA agreed to display three out of four of the ads, Jewish Business News.com reported.

Excluded was one with the line, “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.” “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?” Alongside the quote a face appears covered with a white and black-checkered keffiyeh.

The quote is a parody of an ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which promotes the concept of “MyJihad” – namely, that “jihad” or “Islamic holy war” is an individual personal struggle, and not necessarily always about violent terrorism.

Geller’s lawsuit cites “ongoing terrorism by Hamas operatives against Israeli civilians in the name of Islamic jihad” and says the rejected ad is therefore timely.
The suit adds that the ad has been displayed in other cities – including Chicago and San Francisco – with no violent reactions.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pamela-geller-sues-mta-for-rejecting-anti-hamas-jihad-parody-ad/2014/10/02/

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