Process likely to be complicated by political pressure, given PA’s standing.
The door has now been opened for a fresh look at pending civil suits in Israel against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization — as well as possible new suits here — after a Manhattan federal jury Monday found the groups liable for six terror attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 that killed and injured Americans.
Testimony traces how the authority glorified — and paid — terrorists and their families.
Monday’s decision by a Manhattan federal jury ordering the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization to pay $655.5 million in damages for their part in six terror attacks between 2002 and 2004 that killed 33 and wounded 450 came after six weeks of testimony that shined a light on how the PA used financial rewards to encourage suicide bombings in Israel.
The case was filed by 10 American families under the Anti-Terrorism Act, enacted following the Achille Lauro hijacking. This was the first trial to test the effectiveness of the law.
France’s chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, rejected Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent call for European Jews to move to Israel.
At a news conference Thursday in New York following a speech at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, Korsia said there had been a Jewish presence in France for 2,000 years and, echoing recent comments by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said that “France will no longer be France” if there were a mass Jewish exodus.
A man was killed and two injured in an attack at a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The shooting after midnight on Sunday morning at Copenhagen’s central synagogue in Krystalgade occurred just hours after a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon at a free speech event at a cultural center featuring a Danish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who is under police protection because of his cartoons caricaturing Mohammed. It is not yet clear if the two shootings are related.
Denmark’s chief rabbi rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for European Jews to move to Israel in the wake of a terror attack on a Copenhagen synagogue.
“Terror is not a reason to move to Israel,” said Denmark Chief Rabbi Jair Melchior said Sunday.
His remarks came in response to a statement Netanyahu made on Sunday morning before Israel’s Cabinet approved a $46 million plan to encourage immigration and adapt the absorption process to Jews from France, Belgium and Ukraine.
The volunteer guard killed outside Copenhagen’s synagogue was identified as Dan Uzan, 37.
Uzan, whose father is Israeli and whose mother is Danish, died Saturday night shortly after sustaining fatal gunshot injuries, the Jewish Community in Copenhagen wrote in statement published on the website of the Security and Crisis Center by the European Jewish Congress.
Reuven Rivlin, who cut short his first visit to New York City as president of Israel this week after the northern part of the country came under rocket fire from Hezbollah terrorists in southern Lebanon, met with a variety of political and ethnic leaders during his four days here.
On Wednesday (Jan. 7), 10 employees of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly, and two police officers were murdered by a band of masked gunmen who shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” as they opened fire on the publication’s Paris newsroom. Among the dead were four cartoonists who provided the weekly with numerous cartoons depicting images of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.