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PA government: The PA will appeal the US court ruling that PA must pay terror victims

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).

Headline: "The [PA] government: New York court ruling is a tragic response for millions of ‎Palestinians"‎
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‎"The [Fatah-Hamas] National Consensus Government expressed deep disappointment over the ‎negative verdict handed down yesterday [Feb. 23, 2015] by the New York [Federal District] Court, ‎which convicted the PA and PLO of having supported a series of bombing operations carried out ‎between 2004 and 2011(sic). Furthermore, the New York court ignored legal precedents ‎repeatedly set by US courts, including a verdict handed down by the federal judge in Washington ‎DC last week, who ruled that local American bodies were not appropriate for hearings of this kind.‎
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The government stressed that the Palestinian bodies involved - the PLO and the PA - would appeal ‎the ruling. It stressed its confidence that justice would be done for the Palestinians and their ‎leadership, stating: 'We believe in the American legal system, and are absolutely certain in our ‎rational conviction and well-founded legal position.'‎
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The government stated: 'This verdict is a tragic response for millions of Palestinians, who have ‎invested into the democratic process and the rule of law, in order to work for justice and the ‎correction of the injustice done to them and to the international community, which has invested ‎much, both financially and politically, in the two-state solution the PA is striving for.'‎
The government added: 'We will continue to cast out extremism and violence from our midst, and to ‎preserve our strong commitment to peaceful popular resistance and international, political, legal and ‎moral justice. As always, we are absolutely prepared to be partners in the peace process as well as ‎uncompromising defenders of our people's rights and our homeland, in order to live as a free, ‎independent, democratic and thriving state that will coexist peacefully with its neighbors.'"‎
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