Victims of the PLO Victimized Again

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

The fight against Terrorism just got a lot harder. It also highlighted the importance of voting for a Presidential Candidate who will appoint conservative judges not only to the Supreme Court but to the lower courts as well.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals led by US District Judge John G. Koeltl (who wrote the opinion) struck down a 655 million dollar verdict against the Palestinian Authority and the PLO this past week. All three Judges who ruled against the verdict were either appointed by Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. In February 2015 the 11 American Families who lost or had loved ones injured between 2001 and 2004 in Israel were awarded 218.5 million dollars (which was tripled as part of the Anti-Terrorism Act) by U.S. District Judge George Daniels who said that the PLO and PA had sufficient US contacts to be sued in the United States.

President Obama at that time sent his Deputy Secretary of State to file a declaration in court warning against getting too tough. The Judges on the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals last week said, "No matter how horrendous " the attacks were on Americans the lower court had gone beyond the limits allowed by the Constitution. One of the lawyers for the victims, Kent Yalowitz said, "The very terrorists who prompted the law have now hidden behind the U.S. Constitution to avoid responsibility for their crimes". The law Mr. Yalowitz was referring to is the Anti-Terrorism Act passed by Congress in 1987 after the PLO killed Leon Klinghoffer in order to protect Americans wherever in the world they traveled. On 2/28/15 after five weeks of testimony and less than 2 days of deliberations in the first civil trial of the "Palestinian" entities in the U.S. the jury ordered the defendants to pay 218.5 million dollars to the 11 American plaintiff families of victims of six attacks that occurred between 2001 and 2004.

The PLO and PA were sued in 2004 for sanctioning suicide bombings and shootings attributed to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Hamas that left 33 people dead and more than 450 injured. Kent Yalowitz said at the time, "the PA and PLO policies of financial inducements and rewards for Terrorism that are at the center of this case unfortunately continue today more than a decade later". Incitement by the PLO continues unabated. The ruling on behalf of the victims in 2015 was a major victory in the fight against Terrorism.

It made the PLO think twice about sending money to the families of Terrorists. Unfortunately, the ruling by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals reverses that. Kent Yalowitz commented after last week's Court of Appeals ruling, calling it "a cruel decision". It actually hands a victory over to the Terrorists. The fight against Terrorism has to be waged on every possible battlefield. It is decisions like this during the Obama years that will haunt us for a long time to come. Some call it "feckless" but it is much more sinister than that.

The civil courts were actually having a tremendous impact on combating Terrorism until this verdict was handed down. If the President was really interested in winning the war on Terrorism he would not have fought so hard to victimize the victims all over again. That is exactly what he just did. Hopefully, America will finally wake up to this mockery of Justice and correct the problem.