Thursday, July 15, 2004
While the US chastised the International Court of Justice's ruling on Israel's wall through the West Bank as a "political" ruling that should have instead been decided in the framework of a negotiated settlement, a US judge today made an absolutely political ruling. In this ruling, the judge ordered that the Palestinian Authority and the PLO each to pay 100 million dollars to the relatives of a Jewish couple killed near the West Bank in 1996.
Earlier this year, a judge ordered the militant group Hamas to pay a similar amount to the relatives.Given the assassination of Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi earlier this year, I would say that the leadership of Hamas has been "held responsible." The whole thing is pretty ridiculous, but I doubt the Republicans are going to start ranting on and on about activist judges and unnecessary litigation and "political" judicial decisions that should be handled in negotiations. Not bloody likely.
Relatives began legal action under a law which allows suits against groups responsible for killing US citizens.
Mr Ungar and his family were returning from a wedding when their car was sprayed with bullets. Three Hamas militants were jailed for the killings.
Families of the victims have been waging a long fight to hold the group's leadership responsible.