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Aftermath of the Cafe Hillel bombing in Jerusalem, 2003.

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering an intervention in the judgment against the Palestinian Authority over the vicious terror attacks that killed and wounded dozens of American citizens more than a decade ago in Israel.

A jury in New York federal district court found the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) guilty of supporting terrorists in carrying out attacks in which Americans died.

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According to a report by the Fox News network, the Department of Justice informed the court late last month that it was considering filing a “statement of interest” in the case by August 10. Officials did not elaborate on their intentions. The department previously had no involvement in the case. A source told Fox News the Department of Justice was working with the State Department on the matter.

A DOJ spokesperson told FoxNews.com, “Any filing would be made on behalf of the United States, not on behalf of any other party.”

The attorney for the plaintiffs, Kent Yalowitz, has requested the Palestinian leadership be required to place $30 million per month in escrow while the case is being appealed. He suspects the U.S. government is mulling an attempt to help the PA avoid the bond – a direct intervention by the White House on behalf of those who directly sponsored terror.

“An administration which claims to be fighting terror is planning to weigh in favor of the terrorists,” Yalowitz told FoxNews.com. “If our government actually came in favor of convicted terrorists, it would be a really sorry statement about the way our government treats terror.”

In the attacks, a total of 33 died and more than 450 other victims were wounded – including some who were permanently maimed.

The PA – which receives generous foreign aid from the United States and the European Union – pays stipends to the terrorists and their families who carry out the terror attacks. The bigger the attack and the higher the damage, the bigger the stipend, to this very day.

The lawsuit by 10 families was comprised of some 36 members was filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act which allows U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism to sue their attackers in United States court.

The international case had dragged on for a full decade before a decision finally was reached.

The PLO and PA were found liable over six shooting and bombing attacks between 2002 and 2004 in the Jerusalem area which were attributed to Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades terror group – linked to the leading faction of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority government – and Gaza-based Hamas. In two of the cases the attackers were actual PA police officers. One of the suicide bombers was closely linked to a PA military intelligence officer. In a 2004 suicide bombing of a bus, PA police and security officials also confessed to planning the operation and making the bomb.

All of the jailed terrorists and their families, as well as the families of the suicide bombers were paid for their actions by the PA government.

On the day the ruling was handed down, not one American national network carried the “breaking news” story when the verdict was announced, nor was it mentioned on the evening newscasts.

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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.

25 COMMENTS

  1. The most watched news in the world. If you don't listen to it, you have an inverted sense of reality. You must watch CNN which lists the Capital of Israel as Tel Aviv or acknowledge Obama who said the their is no Muslim terrorism.

  2. Ha-ha. Let me guess–you DO believe the serial liars @ CNN ("CertainlyNotNews"), and are 1 of the 4 people worldwide who still watches the ultra-left, ultra-lame morons @ MSNBC?
    There's a good reason why more people watch Fox News than CNN and MSNBC combined–because they are MUCH more likely to tell the truth.

  3. Yaakov I see you are still using a word that you have no idea of the meaning! President Obama is not a fascist (in fact you are the one who is a facist and think you can use the NAZI big lie to make people believe what you want, but as usual you have no idea of what you are saying!) If President Obama was a dictator you would already be in the dungeon awating your hanging for being a liar!

  4. Fred Moncharsh You are an ignorant idiot! You have NEVER been correct on anything you have ever said and it is evident by what you are saying about me! There have been several studies about fox news and one thing they all have in common is that people who watch fox news actually know less of what is happening than people who watch no news on TV. In orer to be fair, they also say that watching MSNBC has only slightly better results. There is well documented history that a fox pundent like Sean Hannity makes up a news story and then the news picks it up and reports it as a fact, when indeed it is not a fact. Yu simply cannot believe anything they say. It appears that you know so little that it is you who has to be paid for saying the ignorant things that you do. I have NEVER done cocaine and wonder why you accuse people who disagree with you of being on illegal drugs Is it because you are indeed stupid and think that will make people believe you – think again! IYou statement about being one or the other is like Fred Do you beat your wife often? Ask a question or make a statement that can be answered or are you too scared?

  5. Edward Lobel I would like to comment to your last post, but you make it very obvious that something is very wrong with your thinking, your conclusions and your beliefs. Are you saying they don't pay you? OK. Are you saying you weren't a coke-head? OK. You know what's wrong with you better than I do. I don't expect you to admit it in public. Anyone that has a beef with FOX news and does not have a beef with every other news channel, has no beef with the NY Times or so many other racist lefty rags, cannot be all there, no matter how hard you try. You have a clear obssession with FOX and I suggest you get over it somehow. Maybe you can just watch Nickalodean and make everyone happy. They have no news reports at all.

  6. Alan Kardon Everyone knows you have stupid ignorant disease which is not curable and is extremely deadly. It was nice knowing you Alan. Too bad you suffer from stupidity, perhaps if you were able to understand the truth you would have lived longer, but alas, you refused!

  7. Fred Moncharsh Seems to me that you think I am crazy because I do not support fox. I do know that you are actully crazy because all you ever do is support fox! You think just because someone disagrees with you, it is perfectly OK to think they are crazy, well the fact of the matter is you are crazy because you are always defending fox and the lies they tell. You would not know the truth or understand it if it hist you in the face! You are so ignorant it is amazing you got out of kindergarten! The truth is you defend conservatives no matter how wrong they are. I did not mention other sstations or media becasue they were not the focus of the article I commented on! Unlike you, I do not believe anything in the media if I cannot check it out and verify it! You do not like the New York Times because you cannot understand the big words and the fact that it is the most widely read and appreciated and respected source of news in the world which says something about your intelligence or should I say lack of intelligence! The saddest part ignorant idiots like you, you do not know anything about history or your religion. The little bit I may have forgotten about being Jewish is more than you will ever know and furthermore it is fools like you who cause people to be anti-semitic so perhaps you should not open your mouth so that everyone will not find out how ignorant and stupid your are!

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