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Knife used in HaHagana train station terror attack in Tel Aviv. (archive)

The Obama administration asked a United States judge on Monday (Aug. 10) to “carefully consider” the size of the bond he sets for the Palestinian Authority while it appeals an award for damages in the deaths and injuries of Americans in six terror attacks in Israel.

Both the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were determined to be financial liable for the attacks in the civil trial that ended in a New York court in February.

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Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, the jury’s award of $218.5 million was automatically tripled to a total of $655.5 million.

Attorneys for the defense argued the PA could not afford to post the bond for the appeal, typically 111 percent of the judgement. They asked the judge to waive the bond requirement altogether instead.

The Obama administration concurred, and took the highly unusual step late Monday night of filing a formal “Statement of Interest of the United States of America” with Justice George B. Daniels of the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The plaintiffs, who were opposed to the request, included ten families of victims of terror, comprising some three dozen members, eight of whom were physically injured in the attacks and others who were related to those who were murdered in the attacks that took place between 2002 to 2004.

The attacks left a total of 33 dead and more than 450 injured, including a number of U.S. citizens. They were carried out by terrorists from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas.

“The United States strongly supports the rights of victims of terrorism to vindicate their interests in federal court and to receive just compensation for their injuries,” the Department of Justice wrote in the brief.

However, requiring the Palestinian Authority to pay “a significant portion of its revenues would likely severely compromise the PA’s ability to operate as a governmental authority,” wrote deputy secretary of state Antony J. Blinken.

“A PA insolvency and collapse would harm current and future U.S.-led efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In court last month, Judge Daniels made it clear he intended to set the bond as a “significant demonstration” that the Palestinian Authority and PLO were both “willing and able to pay a judgment, if a judgment is entered and affirmed on appeal.” The families have taken the position that the defendants should deposit at least $30 million per month with the court as a show of good faith.

Blinken added in the DOJ’s brief Monday that the government was not taking a position on the merits of the case; only the impact of the bond itself.

There has been some friction over the case – and over the issue of intervening on behalf of the PLO and PA for the bond – between the State Department and the DOJ.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Obama hugging up to the PLO , not surprising with that syrian peddlers son James Abourezk sitting at his side , eh?

    blogged about that arse and “their” agenda’s just yesterday ….

    “Peace and Tolerance , coming to your doorstep main stream ameirca under the cloak of so called traditional native american values, beliefs and practices created by the pan-ameircn movement initiated in the early 70’s with the american indian movement , during the same years the pan-arab movement in the arab/persian countries was imitated through the Baath Party (PLO) that transformed the world views, ideologies and beliefs into so called peace and tolerance….

    Isn’t it just great that the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) under the Obama administration has soooo many people at the helm who are of OR WHO_ARE proponents of the Muslim Faith …. Get It?

    spearheaded by the same idiot who directed the pan-american indian identity altering scripts through the Ameircan Indian Movement t, who also directed the pan-arab movement , during the same years when he was in the 70’s the 1st u.s diplomat after the days of the 6day war to enter the israel/palestine concerns, of course in support of the Baath Party ….

    Here is a bit on that Syrian Peddlers son today and how his efforts are being propagated by the media …. (remainder in blog entry)

    https://jpwade.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/wcco-news-what-a-crock-of-crap-onomatophobia-journalists/

  2. talk about ongoing interference. It is this type of judgement and damages that might encourage the pal leadership to stop
    promoting terrorism as part of its Gross national Product.

    and to pursue real peace for its people-
    so much for fiction!

    Obama is losing his credibility quite quickly!

  3. Every Jewish person regardless of political affiliation should stand up to this anti semitic President and say that this action only fuels more terrorism. If these Palestinian savages would not resort to killing innocent people worldwide, there wouldn't be any need for a trial. If the Jews do not protest this anti Jewish and Israeli act by this President, then I must assume that these Jews are for the killing of their own bothers and sisters.

  4. Obama The Muslim Dictator, Should have been Arrested For Tteason a Long Time Ago, But with his Muslim Brotherhood in Every Government Agency watching every ones moves and Listening to every word of the People in the Departments have the American People in Fear of there Lives and there Families Lives ! What we need is a group of highly Trained Individuals to Take care of these Thugs that Obama Has put in Place, So Obamas Dirty work can be Stopped !!!!!!!!!!

  5. The PLO should pay up, for the last thirty years the PLO administration has been syphoning off Aid money from Europe the US and elsewhere. Arafat's wife should have substantial funds in Switzerland as I would believe the current leaders of so called palestine. No sympathy from me, pay or get out of Israel into Jordan or elsewhere. Islamic Arabs cannot live in peace with anyone as it is becoming increasingly obvious world wide.

  6. Why? Is Obamas admins testing trying to interfear in a case? It's already interested enough in trying subvert the Israeli, Egyption, Libian governments through trying to overthrow, tampering with elections by giving aide, us if, and weapons to groups that he refuses to acknowledge are jihadist matter of fact between Obama and Hillary they interfere by trying to tamper with Isreal elections but that didn't work. It only worked temporarily in Egypt and they really screwed up Libia. As to why he's never been impeacheded or Hillary well that probably has to do with who's in office in Washington and there constant game playing and never listening to the people. However that doesn't negate the fact that his administration should not be interfering in a case.

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