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Obama Sides With Palestinians In Terror Restitution Case

In a nutshell, after an 11 year lawsuit, eleven American families won multi-million judgment against the PLO and PA. Now the Obama administration is urging the court to limit the restitution.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Obama Admin Moves to Block Restitution for U.S. Terror Victims

By Adam Kredo | August 13, 2015

The Obama administration has intervened in a landmark legal case brought by the American victims of Palestinian terrorists, urging the court to limit restitution for the victims out of fear that a sizable payout could collapse the Palestinian government, according to a copy of the court filing.

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken argued in a filing to a New York City court that a hefty payout to the victims of Palestinian terror crimes could burden the Palestinian Authority (PA) and interfere in Obama administration efforts to foster peace in the region.

Huh. Some people might suggest that bankrupting the Palestinian Authority, which conducts and funds terrorism, might actually foster peace. In fact, their terrorist activity is why the PA was sued in the first place:

The victims are entitled to as much as $655 million from the PA following the conclusion of a decade-long lawsuit that exposed the Palestinian government’s role in supporting and paying for terror attacks in Israel.

We suspect that is a fraction of the aid the Obama administration given the Palestinians lately. (Obama gave them an additional $400 million, on top of their regular allotment, back in 2010.)

The administration’s intervention in the case has drawn criticism from U.S. lawmakers and some of those affected by the decision… Ron Gould, a plaintiff in the case, told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview that there was no reason for the Obama administration to intervene. “There was really no reason for them to even get involved,” said Gould, whose daughter Shayna was shot in the chest and nearly killed by Palestinian terrorists…

The PA “still seems to have the money to pay the families of the terrorists on an ongoing basis,” Gould said. “They do have the money to pay the piper for losing the court case.” …

Jewish human rights group B’nai B’rith was also critical of the administration’s intervention. “There needs to be a price paid for committing acts of terror and the means available to prosecute those responsible,” the group said in a release. “While the victims’ families cannot bring their loved ones back, they can go to the courts to achieve redress.”

Not if the Obama administration can stop them. After all, they have their priorities. And one of them seems to be to try to help any and all of Israel’s enemies.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 13th, 2015. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Sides With Palestinians In Terror Restitution Case”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Unreal. I never thought I would see a POTUS who actively supports the enemies of the USA and her allies.

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