My Mideast Punchlines: time to pay up…

The Palestinian Authority is liable for civil damages for a series of terror attacks carried out during the Second Intifada (2000-2005), the Jerusalem District Court ruled on Monday.
The unprecedented decision was obtained by Shurat Hadin (Line of Judgment) on behalf of eight victims’ families. As the case moves forward to its next stage, the PA could be responsible for compensating the families with a maximum of $1 billion in damages.

Some of the attacks involve Hamas and Islamic Jihad, but the court, based on the evidence presented, still held the PA liable.

biffThe PA, pleading homelessness because they are stateless, will probably seek to pay off the damages at $1 a week. “Gevalt! (or the Arabic equivalent of the Yiddish cry of doom),” they’ll bleat . “We don’t have a bean.” Nevertheless, a cursory perusal of President Mahmoud Abbas’ personal bank accounts will have no problem in finding a mere billion salted away.

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