RIPR News
12:17 pm
Fri November 30, 2001

Defendents Respond To Terrorism Suit

Providence, RI –
Lawyers are asking a federal judge to throw out a case in Providence that accuses the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Group Hamas of terrorism.

The charges relate to the 1996 murder in Israel of Yaron and Efrat Ungar that was carried out by men connected to Hamas. Since Yaron Ungar was an American Citizen, federal laws allow his children and their guardians to sue for damages. In a precedent setting case, they have accused the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization of sponsoring terrorism They are asking for $ 250-million in damages.

In court papers filed Thursday, the defense, led by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, maintains that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the case. The response also claims that there is not enough evidence to proceed to trial.

The plaintiffs say should the case be heard, they intend to prove that the activities of Hamas are condoned
And supported by the governing Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian Authority denies that accusation