Monday, July 28, 2008

Family Sues PA, Barghouti for Murder

Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel

A “mega lawsuit” by fourteen relatives of terror victims was filed Thursday morning against the "Palestinian Authority," the Palestine Liberation Organization and PA terrorist Marwan Barghouti. The suit, filed in Jerusalem’s District Court, named seven other Arabs currently serving sentences in Israeli prisons for their roles in numerous terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.

The plaintiffs in the suit are the families of two Jews who were murdered by PA/PLO terrorists seven years ago in two separate attacks near the Jerusalem suburb of Givat Ze’ev. Ronen Landau, age 17, was murdered in an ambush on the Ramot-Givat Ze’ev highway while driving home with his father. Yoela Chen, 45, was shot to death at close range next to the Givonim gas station near Givat Ze’ev as she was on her way to a relative’s wedding.

The main defendant in the lawsuit, Marwan Barghouti, is head of the Fatah Tanzim terror group, an arm of the ruling Fatah-PA in Judea and Samaria. Barghouti is currently serving five consecutive life sentences, in addition to a 40-year term, for supervising murders of Jewish men, women and children, including Chen and Landau. Barghouti was convicted of Chen’s murder by the Tel-Aviv District court.

Barghouti enjoys broad support among local Arabs and was predicted to win the PA Presidential elections following Yasser Arafat’s death if he were allowed to run. Spokesmen for the Hamas terrorist group claimed last week that Israeli negotiators are considering releasing Barghouti in exchange for the return of IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit, abducted by Hamas in 2006. And here is the rest of it.

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