After 11 years, NY trial starts for Israel attacks’ victims

New York – Jury selection in New York begins on Tuesday in a $1 billion lawsuit brought by victims of terror attacks in Israel against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

The trial, likely to last up to three months, comes 11 years after the lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court. It seeks to hold the groups liable, saying they supported the terror attacks.

The PLO and PA tried to convince appeals judges that the Manhattan court does not have jurisdiction. The effort was rejected by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The lawsuit was brought by victims of seven shootings and bombings near Jerusalem between January 2001 and February 2004. The attacks killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more, including scores of US citizens.

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