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U.S. Court: Arafat Responsible for Terrorist Murders

Posted by Glezele Vayne on May 15, 2009

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by Maayana Miskin

(IsraelNN.com) A United States court ruled Thursday evening that the Palestinian Authority must compensate the children of Yaron and Efrat Unger, who were murdered in a terrorist attack in 1996. Former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat bore responsibility for the slayings, the court determined.

The court ruled that the couple’s children should receive the $116 million that they were awarded in a previous verdict.

Yaron, 26, and Efrat, 25, were shot and killed by a PA terrorist as they drove near the city of Beit Shemesh, southwest of Jerusalem and west of Gush Etzion. Their infant son was in the car but survived the attack.

The couple was survived by their children Dvir and Yishai, who were two years old and nine months old respectively at the time that their parents were murdered.

Yaron held U.S. citizenship, a fact that later allowed his family to seek damaged for the killing. Dvir and Yishai filed suit five years ago under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1991, which allows foreign terrorist groups to be sued for the deaths of U.S. citizens.

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