Thursday, May 08, 2014

Frivolous Suit --- Over and Out

Remember my post on an attempt to charge Shiloh with "terror" and therefore to hit charities that fund our projects?


Palestinians to sue US pro-settler groups    In a reversal of usual roles, a group of Palestinians is filing a civil lawsuit against American organizations that they claim support terrorist acts by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.  Two U.S. citizens are among those suing under the Anti-Terrorism Act, a 1991 statute that allows American victims of international terrorism to sue for damages in the United States.
...“I think it’s important for the American justice system to show that they’re going to apply the statute in a neutral and even-handed way, ” said Eric Lewis, a Washington-based lawyer who has had clients accused by pro-Israel groups of aiding Palestinian terror.

Well, the news is now in

Residents of "Occupied Palestine" cannot advance claims that five U.S. organizations have funded terrorist attacks on Palestinians, a federal judge ruled...The lawsuit claimed that more than half a million Israeli citizens, or "settlers," live in communities in the West Bank that violate international law and are responsible for numerous attacks on Palestinians and others living in Occupied Palestine.

...U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman dismissed the claims Monday, finding that the allegations in the complaint were insufficient to tie the funds to terrorist activity. The Americans in the case alone brought allegations under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), regarding five "purported charities" based in the United States that allegedly provided the settlers with millions of dollars through direct wire transfers.

They said money from Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, the Hebron Fund Inc., the Central Fund of Israel, One Israel, and American Friends of Ateret Cohanim is used to "build and maintain the illegal settlements, illegally take land in Occupied Palestine, to support the attacks by the settlers on Palestinians living in Occupied Palestine, and to support the terrorist acts of the settlers against Palestinians and other persons in Occupied Palestine."
But Judge Furman deemed the allegation "entirely conclusory."...

and this

The plaintiffs failed to submit proof that the settlers admitted to the Price Tag attacks, nor did the plaintiffs prove that the American organizations were aware that their funds were used to support terrorist activity. “In the absence of such details, there are simply no facts alleged that could provide the court with a basis to infer that defendants knew, or were deliberately indifferent to, the fact that the wire transfers would be used to support terrorist activity,” Furman wrote.

And to remind you what I wrote then:

And if they are talking about terror, does the court know who placed an explosives-laden refrigerator in Jerusalem's Zion Square in 1975?  Palestinian militant group PLO claimed responsibility for the attack. Later on it was revealed that the attack was executed by the Arab-American Ahmed Jabara, aka Abu Sukar, whom originated from Turmus Aya. Jabara was assisted by Bassem Tabila of Nablus whom fled to Jordan before he could be arrested.  Israel freed Ahmed Jabara from prison in 2003 as a gesture to Yasser Arafat. Shortly after his release, Jabara called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers at a rally in Bethlehem that was widely covered by the Palestinian media.  Fifteen people were killed in this terror act and 77 were injured.  All civilians.

Among them:  Rivka (née Soifer) Ben-Yitzhak, 35, an American citizen, and her husband, Michael, who left behind two small children

Maybe someone should be suing the lawyers for assisting possible terrorist supporters?  Who knows if this Ahmad was not involved, or maybe a member of his family?

And furthermore, Shiloh was established in January 1978.  The terror attack in Zion Square was earlier by three years.  So how can the "settlement" be a cause of Turmos-Aya residents, if they wish to argue, being 'forced' into "resistance" against the "settlement enterprise"?


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