Thursday, December 09, 2004

Massive verdict in Hamas lawsuit

Palestinian organizations that allegedly support Hamas have been ordered to pay $156 million in compensation to an American family whose teenager was killed by Hamas in Israel.

The article does not mention the evidence showing the involvement of the "convicted" organizations. I hope they had ample evidence. It would also be good if the court could show that these organizations provided funds for the paramilitary (i.e. "terrorist") arm of Hamas and not the arm that funds medical services and support for the poor, but I doubt that will ever be the case. To most Americans (including judges and jurys) the distinction is irrelevant. Besides the Hamas accounting practices and financial transparency probably leave a lot to be desired.

So what will happen now? Palestinian supporters in America will be less likely to set up charitable foundations. And I guess there may be fewer Hamas terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. Or, the reduction in funds will lead to increased desperation and more attacks. Who knows.

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