A U.S. federal district court judge ruled Tuesday that victims of terrorist attacks in Israel can proceed with their $3 billion lawsuit against the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
The PLO attempted to stop the lawsuit filed in 2004, claiming that two machine gun attacks and five bombings in and around Jerusalem were carried out during a time of war.
But Judge George Daniels ruled that the attacks targeted public places, revealing an intention "to cause far-reaching devastation among the masses."
Daniels said the PLO showed a "merciless capability of indiscriminately killing and maiming untold numbers in heavily populated civilian areas."
Thirty-three people died and hundreds more were wounded in the terrorist attacks, including many Americans.
The judge decided that the PLO's actions conformed to the legal definition of "international terrorism."
"Attacks upon non-combative civilians, who were allegedly simply going about their everyday lives, do not constitute acts of war," Daniels said.
The lawsuit was filed under the Antiterrorism Act of 1991, which allows U.S. residents, their survivors, and heirs to seek civil claims in American courts if they are hurt by acts of international terrorism.
Source: YNet News