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Court orders P.A. to pay compensation

Israel can enforce a U.S. court ruling ordering the Palestinian Authority to compensate terror victims, an Israeli court ruled.

Jerusalem District Court Judge Aharon Farkash on Monday rejected a petition filed by the Palestinian Authority which said that Israel could not enforce a 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling awarding $116 million to the family of terror victims Yaron and Efrat Ungar.

The Ungars, who were American citizens, were killed in 1996 when they were attacked in their car by Palestinian terrorists. The family sued the Palestinian Authority and, following the Supreme Court ruling, petitioned the Jerusalem court to ensure that the ruling was enforceable in Israel.

The Palestinian Authority argued that enforcing the lawsuit in Israel and requiring it to pay the compensation could lead to other lawsuits against the organization and bankrupt the P.A.

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