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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.

What Will Schabas Do for $1300?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Mirabelle writing at Israellycool has pointed out something very important.

Mirabelle points out that Schabas claims he had no real financial gain from his work for the PLO, and therefore the charges of bias and conflict of interest are incorrect:

In his continuing effort to claim that he is just a victim of the Zionist cabal, Schabas points out that he received only $1300 in compensation for the work he did for the PLO. Therefore, he claims, he had no real financial motive for bias. This argument, however, reveals more about him that what he intends.

Mirabelle then provides a description of the work was that Schabas did for the PLO:

His description of the work that he did for the PLO is a seven-page legal opinion on issues involving Palestinian statehood and the International Criminal Court. This would likely involve hours of research on obscure issues about which Schabas had a rare expertise. If Schabas had charged a fair price for such work, the bill could have easily been ten times the amount charged, or more. He basically did the work for the PLO close to free of charge.

How many lawyers do you know would only charge $1300 for a 7 page brief in an incredibly esoteric area of legal expertise?

None that I can think of, unless they have personal interest or sympathy for the client or the cause.

A trial lawyer Schabas won’t be with holes in his argument so wide you can launch an entire battery of Hamas rockets through it.

It’s bad enough Schabas did work for the PLO and didn’t disclose that information, which is certainly enough reason to have disqualified him in the first place, but by not taking fair compensation for his efforts, he confirmed where his sympathies and bias lies – which means his entire “investigation” is tainted with that bias, as will be the final report, whether his name is on it or not.

Out of curiosity, what else Schabas will do for a mere $1300?

The letter sent by Israel to the UNHRC: Letter to UN on Schabas

Arab MK Ahmed Tibi Flies PLO Flag on Temple Mount

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi celebrated the traditional birthday of the Muslim prophet Mohammed Saturday by hoisting a PLO flag on the Temple Mount and declaring it the capital of Palestine.

Tibi also criticized the United States for voting last week against the U.S. Security Council resolution that Israel must sign a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority within one year based on PA demands and surrender half of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria within three years.

Police did nothing to stop Tibi.

Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, who has said that Jewish Knesset Members should not be allowed even to visit the Temple Mount, has said nothing.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who has called Jewish MK visits on the Temple Mount a “provocation,” has said nothing.

Lawyer Yossi Fuchs fired off a letter Saturday night to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, demanding that he act against MK Tibi just as he has acted in the past against anyone raising a flag stating ”Kahane Lives.”

Israel has declared Kahane Chai is an illegal group. Fuchs wrote Weinstein that the court has declared that the PLO is a terrorist group and argued that Tibi, by flying the PLO flag, violated the law concerning the prevention of terror.

What are the chances that Weinstein will even consider investigating Tibi?

PA Ends Security Cooperation with Israel

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has pounced on its first public relations opportunity to end its security cooperation with Israel – the death on Wednesday of PA Minister of Settlements Ziad Abu Ein during Arab riots against IDF soldiers.

The move was confirmed by Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah central committee. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is also head of the PA’s leading Fatah faction, as well as head of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization that liaises with the United Nations on behalf of the PA.

Israel has raised its alert status following the incident and is bracing for the inevitable Arab violence that has already begun to spread in various cities around the country.

The PA has been searching for ways to completely disengage from all ties to Israel for some time. In part, it has been egged on towards that end with increasing encouragement for its position as a so-called independent sovereign “State of Palestine” from European and other United Nation member states.  European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini visited PA leaders in the entity’s capital city, Ramallah, on November 8, to discuss its relations with Israel and other issues regarding its status with the rest of the global community.

It was Abbas who officially declared Abu Ein’s death a deliberate murder by Israeli soldiers during the clashes that emerged from riots in which the “minister” was participating near Ramallah on Wednesday afternoon.

The clashes took place in the PA village of Turmus Ayya, near the PA capital of Ramallah, in Samaria.

The “minister” was a longtime member of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Revolutionary Council and a former Minister of Prisoner Affairs – the ministry that advocates for terrorists incarcerated in Israel.

Having been a convicted terrorist murderer himself – one who was freed by Israel in a “good will gesture” to the PA – Abu Ein had the right experience for the job. He personally planted the explosives that murdered two Jews in Tiberias in 1979.

It is still not clear how Abu Ein died, despite varying accounts from media and politicians on both sides of the security barrier.

The PA-based WAFA news agency reports Abu Ein lost consciousness after inhaling tear gas and was “hit in the chest” by an IDF soldier.

“The Israeli soldiers called Abu Ein by name and seemed to be focused on him,” witness Kamal Abu Safaka told CNN. “There was a lot of pushing, kicking and punching by the soldiers. … When Abu Ein tried to intercede, they hit him on the chest with a rifle butt and grabbed him by the throat and pushed him back and then threw a large amount of tear gas and stun grenades.”

Special Israeli envoy Yitzchak Molcho immediately carried a personal message from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to PA officials at the Muqata, informing them that Israel will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, said a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

“The Prime Minister, who has been holding security consultations throughout the day, pointed to the need to calm the situation and act responsibly,” the statement said.

Abu Ein, who had a medical history of high blood pressure, collapsed and subsequently died of a heart attack when Israeli “forces halted the progress of (about 200) rioters into the civilian community of Abed-Ad using riot dispersal means,” the statement continued.

The IDF is also reviewing the circumstances surrounding the incident. In addition, an Israeli pathologist will join a group of pathologists from Jordan for an examination as well.

“… Additionally, a proposal has been made to the Palestinians to establish a joint investigation team to review the incident,” the statement said.

None of this has impressed anyone in the Palestinian Authority, where Abbas leaped on the chance to make political points in the street by calling Abu Ein’s death an “intolerable barbaric act.

Palestinian Authority Granted Observer Status at Int’l Court

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority won a major victory Monday when it was granted official observer status by the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

The long-sought status upgrade was announced at a session of the 122-member tribunal at the United Nations in New York City.

Although symbolic, the move is seen as “another victory for the Palestinians internationally,” said PLO representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, and a step taking the PA closer to “Palestinian membership in the ICC.”

The Court has been unable to investigate war crimes committed by or within the Palestinian Authority or Gaza inasmuch as neither is a member of the Court, as required by the Rome Statute, which grants jurisdiction on behalf of, and over members of the ICC.

For the same reason, the ICC has not been able to investigate any allegations of crimes supposedly committed by the IDF during any of its counter terror operations in Gaza, since Israel also has no membership in the ICC.

PA and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, known to his Arab constituents by his terrorist name of “Abu Mazen,” has repeatedly threatened to join the ICC in the event the UN Security Council does not comply with his demand to set a firm timetable for Israel to disengage from Judea, Samaria and all parts of Jerusalem restored to its capital in the 1967 Six Day War, and withdraw to the 1949 Armistice Lines.

Fatah Lauds Palestinian Shooter of Rabbi Glick; Continues to Encourage Terrorism

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas referred to Mutaz Hijazi, the terrorist who shot and critically wounded Rabbi Yehuda Glick last week, as a “shahid,” or martyr “who rose to Heaven while defending our people’s rights and holy places in a condolence letter to the terrorist’s family.

The official daily newspaper of the Palestinian National Authority, Al-Hyat Al Jadida reported on Monday that “In a telegram that was delivered on November 2 by the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor Adnan Husseini to Hijazi’s family in the Silwan village, he [Abbas] said that Martyr Mutaz rose to Heaven while defending our people’s rights and holy places.”

Furthermore, Abbas’s advisor, Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified the terrorist on his Facebook page according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). “Your bullets were a beacon [on] a path that had become dark, the light of which will continue to shine for years to come,” Al-Einein posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, November 3.

Al-Einein routinely praises terrorists while encouraging terror acts against Israel both on his Facebook page and on the Palestinian Authority TV.

Others like Adnan Gaith, the director of the Jerusalem branch of Abbas’ Fatah movement and a resident of Silwan, expressed pride in the shooting and deemed a “heroic act” in an exclusive interview to the Quds News Network, as cited by PMW. “The Martyr Mutaz Hijazi, who carried out the assassination attempt, was a member of Fatah and one of its activists in [Jerusalem]. Since his release from the occupation prisons in 2012, he participated in all the movement’s events and was active in it,” said Gaith.

“We in Fatah are not ashamed to take responsibility for the heroic act he carried out today…” added Gaith, a prominent Fatah figure. He also added that such ‘operations’ are guaranteed by international law as a form of self-defense. “Fatah was and remains on the frontline of resistance activity and calls on all Palestinians to unite against the occupation.”

Earlier Than Expected, Sweden Recognizes ‘Palestine’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sweden’s government officially recognized the so-called “State of Palestine” – which does not yet really exist – on Thursday at the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, according to TIME Magazine.

The Palestinian Authority is obligated under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords to negotiate its final status with the State of Israel before any “State of Palestine” can ever be achieved.

Numerous legal experts have noted repeatedly that in taking its case unilaterally on behalf of the PA to individual nations and the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has deliberately evaded its responsibility to reach a peaceful and equitable agreement with Israel and has violated international law.

None of which seems to have troubled Sweden’s new prime minister.

“Some will claim that today’s decision comes too early. I’m rather afraid it’s too late,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wrote Thursday in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

“The past year, we’ve seen how the peace negotiations once again have halted, how decisions on new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have obstructed a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza.”

Sweden’s government expressed the hope that recognition would support “moderate” forces among Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, make future negotiations more equal and bring hope to younger people there for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Spokespersons for the governments of Denmark and Norway both told media earlier this week that neither nation would recognize the PA as a sovereign nation until a “mutual” agreement with Israel has been reached.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/earlier-than-expected-sweden-recognizes-palestine/2014/10/30/

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