U.S. federal district court judge George Daniels ruled against a defense
motion to dismiss a $3 billion suit by Americans against the PA and the
Palestine Liberation Organization. Daniels said the relatives of the victims
of Palestinian attacks acted properly when they served the suit against the PLO
chief representative in the United States, Hassan Abdul Rahman.
"Rahman, based upon the overwhelming competent evidence produced by the
plaintiffs, was the chief representative of the PLO and PA [Palestinian
Authority] in the United States at the time of service," Daniels, who sits
in the New York district, said in his March 30 ruling. "Rahman was thus a
valid service for the agent of process on the PLO and the PA."
The Americans filed a suit for damages for the killing or injury of
their relatives in Palestinian attacks from 2001 through 2004. In all, the
seven attacks attributed to the PLO killed 33 people in Jerusalem, many of
Daniels ruled that both the PLO and PA have maintained a presence in
Washington. The judge said the PA presence operated through the PLO office
in Washington, and that the facility was also paid for by the PA.
"The PA's Ministry of Finance — rather than the PLO headquarters in
Gaza — paid for the vast majority of the D.C.'s office's income," the
The PA was also said to have retained a U.S. consulting firm in a
multi-million-dollar and multi-year contract. The ruling said the company
lobbied for the PA in Washington arranged meetings and lunches
with U.S. officials in a project that cost millions of dollars from
1999 through 2001.
"These agents also promoted the PA's interests through television and
radio appearances on occasion, and pursuant to the retainer agreement,
provided the PA with consulting and public relations services that would not
have been disclosed in the required public filings as such," the decision