New York, NY, February 23, 2015… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the jury verdict in U.S. District Court in Manhattan awarding $218.5 million in damages to the American victims of six terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 carried out by the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The amount of damages will be tripled to $655.5 million under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the law under which the case was brought. The act enables Americans who are victims of international terrorism to sue for damages in U.S. courts.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We are gratified that the U.S. civil judicial process provided a venue to hold the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization accountable for the heinous acts of terrorism they incited, promoted, financed and carried out against the victims.
While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of life and injuries resulting from the acts of terror carried out against Jewish victims by or on behalf of the formal bodies representing the Palestinians, the defendants had every opportunity to convince the jury they should not be held responsible. The jury simply did not believe them.
During the Second Intifada, the PA and the PLO acted with callous impunity and the international community had failed to impose consequences on them. This jury verdict brings a measure of justice for their murderous acts.