PA settles lawsuit in Americans’ murders


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority reportedly has settled a lawsuit over the murder of two American citizens living in Israel.

Court papers indicating that a settlement agreement was reached were filed Monday in a Rhode Island District Court, but no details were provided, The Associated Press reported.

A $116 million default judgment awarded by the Rhode Island court in 2004 was vacated by the agreement, according to the papers, the AP reported. The agreement also lifts a freeze on PA assets in the United States.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston last year had sent the case back to the district court for more arguments on whether the unpaid default judgment should be set aside after new P.A. attorneys said they would fight the judgement.

The Rhode Island court had awarded the judgment to the family of terror victims Yaron and Efrat Ungar, American citizens killed in 1996 when they were attacked in their car by Palestinian terrorists as they drove home from a wedding near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. Their infant son survived the attack.   

Lawyers for the Ungar family and the Palestinian Authority would not comment to AP.

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