Court Orders PA to Pay NIS 130M to Terror Victims

View of the Yerushalayim District Court. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The District Court of Yerushalayim on Tuesday ordered the Palestinian Authority to pay NIS 130 million ($37.5 million) in compensation to 32 Israeli families that lost members to terror attacks during the Second Intifada.

Tuesday’s ruling comes after the High Court ruled in April that Ramallah’s practice of paying security prisoners and their families constituted “approval” of terrorist attacks against Israelis, meaning that the PA can be legally sued for compensation.

Attorneys from the Shurat HaDin NGO who represented the families thanked the court for the ruling, which they said provided justice for the families of the victims, but added that they intend to appeal the ruling to seek greater compensation, the report stated.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who is the founder of Shurat Hadin Israeli Law Center, wrote Wednesday: “Another huge victory of ours over terror.”

The ruling, she said, “forms a precedent, and it is the highest that a court has ruled on in a lawsuit ruling against the Palestinian Authority.”

The Palestinian Authority routinely spends hundreds of millions of dollars on payments to terrorists imprisoned in Israel and to the families of terrorists killed while carrying out attacks against Israel. The PA’s “pay-for-slay” policy is a widely condemned practice that takes a growing cut of Ramallah’s budget every year.

“Pay-for-slay” has earned the PA scathing international criticism, but Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to keep up terrorists’ payments, even it if bankrupts the PA.

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