Newspaper Review: US Court Orders PA to Pay $218m for ‘Attack Victims’

RAMALLAH, February 24, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies highlighted in their Tuesday issue a United States federal court’s verdict, which ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay more than $218 million for allegedly providing “material support to terrorists.”

They said the verdict ordered the PA to pay $218 million in remuneration for victims of attacks in Jerusalem that killed American nationals between 2002 and 2004.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Palestinian government announced it would appeal the verdict, considering it a disregard to previous US legal precedents.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted in their front page President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Saudi Arabia, the first since King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz assumed office on January 23.

The dailies said the Israeli Electric Corporation (EIC) has decided to limit the power supply to the northern West Bank districts of Nablus and Jenin, due to accumulated debts on the Palestinian Authority.

They said the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem earmarked $1 million to build a bath for Jewish settlers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tour.

Al-Hayat and al-Ayyam said the Israeli human rights organization Peace Now, said Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank increased by 40% in 2014.

Al-Quds said the Israeli authorities flooded large amounts of rainwater into the Gaza Strip, causing about 100 neighboring homes to sink.

It said the Foreign Ministry started an international campaign to pressure Israel to release the Palestinian clearance revenues, now withheld by Israel for two consecutive months.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on an Israeli police force accompanied by sniffer dogs which has stormed the rooms of Palestinian prisoners in Rimon prison.