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Court Rules PA Liable for Terrorist Attacks in Second Intifada

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9 Jul 2019
Court Rules PA Liable for Terrorist Attacks in Second Intifada
The Jerusalem District Court issued a ruling Sunday that the Palestinian Authority is liable for civil damages in several cases being pursued by families of victims of terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s. The ruling will allow plaintiffs to move forward with their lawsuits, with total sought damages approaching NIS 1 billion. The judgement was partially based on official PA statements taking credit for all terrorist attacks carried out during the Second Intifada, including those claimed by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad factions. In related news, the IDF uncovered a tunnel running under the border between Gaza and Israel on Monday, as well as shooting down a drone sent into Israeli air space from the territory.

Meanwhile, the the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) released a report Monday showing that 46.3% of Gazans and a third of Palestinians living in the West Bank believe that the best way to conclude the conflict with Israel is through military conflict.

Turkish Economy Reels from Central Bank Presidents Dismissal
The Lira, Turkey’s currency, lost over 2% of its value against the US dollar on Monday in reaction to the surprise firing by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the central bank president Murat Çetinkaya on Saturday. The move was just the latest in a string of decisions by Erdogan which analysts said was shaking confidence in Turkey and causing investors to consider pulling out of the country in favor or more stable markets.

Here is a video about other recent developments in Turkey

Religious Freedom in Israel Debated at US Embassy
The US State Department’s newly released International Religious Freedom Report for 2018 was debated on Monday at an event hosted by the US Embassy in Jerusalem, with the Israel Democracy Institute also participating in the event. The report included a line saying that “some Jews continued to oppose missionary activity directed at Jews, saying it amounted to religious harassment, and reacted with hostility toward Jewish converts to Christianity.”

Foreign Affairs Ministry representative Akiva Tor said during the discussion that, “the situation in Israel is imperfect and it always will be imperfect, but we are on a positive trajectory.”

BDS Movement Suffers Another Defeat
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat recently when the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) invited four Israeli artists to join its ranks. The invitations, which came alongside 838 similar invitations to film industry professionals from 59 countries, will give recipients the opportunity to vote for the Oscar awards and gain access to a variety of other professional activities and opportunities.

Today's video shows the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem


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