The Right Coast

August 30, 2005
Freezing the Assets of the PA
By Mike Rappaport

At least someone in the US appears to be willing to hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for terrorism:
"The Palestinian Authority's assets in the United States have been frozen after it failed to pay a $116 million judgment in a federal lawsuit brought by relatives of a couple killed by Palestinian terrorists in Israel.

The order has made it difficult for the authority to keep its office in Washington going, according to Hasan Abdel Rahman, head of the office, who has appealed to the US government for help. Rahman said the administration had indicated it wanted to help, but a US State Department spokesman said Tuesday that he could not comment on its plans.

The US District Court in Rhode Island last year ordered the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization to pay the money to several relatives of Yaron and Efrat Ungar. The Ungars were killed in June 1996 by gunmen with the Palestinian group Hamas.

The suit, filed in Rhode Island in 2000, alleged that the Palestinian Authority and PLO provided a safe haven and operational base for Hamas. Yaron Ungar was an American citizen, and his relatives live in Israel."