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PLO leader responds to US court ruling that PA must pay terror victims: “The PA and the ‎PLO lack the funds necessary to pay”‎

On Feb. 23, 2015, the US Federal District Court in New York ruled that the Palestinian Authority is financially liable for $655 million in damages to victims of terror attacks. 10 American families who are all victims or related to victims of Palestinian terror, sued the PA for damages, saying that the PA was responsible for the terror attacks in which they were personally injured or their relatives were killed during the years of the PA terror campaign (Intifada, 2000-2005).
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi responds to the ruling:

‎"The PA and the [Palestinian Liberation] Organization lack the funds necessary to pay these ‎compensations or fines.... It is also extremely difficult to find a US law firm willing to defend the ‎PLO, PA or the Palestinians. In the next stage, the stage of appeal, we will have a firm capable of ‎achieving what we are entitled to...‎
We were denied [the status] known as 'sovereign immunity' to which we are entitled as a sovereign ‎state. This is a very serious matter, for the entire world recognizes us as a state, except for a few ‎countries, including the US."‎
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