A federal jury in New York City found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization liable for supporting six terrorist attacks in Israel more than a decade ago and ordered them to pay $218.5 million to U.S. victims' families, the Wall Street Journal reports. The verdict comes in a 2004 lawsuit under the 1992 federal Antiterrorism Act, which allows remedies for U.S. victims of international terrorism. The law triples the jury damages to more than $655 million because the claims involved terrorism.
After less than two days of deliberations, the 12-member jury decided said the two groups knowingly helped facilitate a wave of deadly shootings and bombings in Israel in the early 2000s, which killed 33 people and wounded 400 others. The plaintiffs were 10 U.S. families affected by six attacks, including a 2002 bombing of a Hebrew University cafeteria and a 2004 suicide bombing on a public bus in Jerusalem. “The message is clear,” said Kent Yalowitz of Arnold & Porter, lawyer for the plaintiffs. “If you kill or injure Americans, the long arm of the American law will come after you.”