The Law in the Service of Terror Victims: Can the Palestinian Authority Be Sued in Israeli Civilian Courts for Damages Caused by Its Involvement in Terror Acts During the Second Intifada? by ProQuest

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									          The Law in the Service of Terror Victims: Can the Palestinian Authority Be Sued in Israeli Civilian Courts for
                        Damages Caused by Its Involvement in Terror Acts During the Second Intifada?

                                                                   Captain Gal Asael∗


                                                      Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.
                                                                                                                                                 –Euripides1

I. Introduction

A. The Importance of the Topic

     On the morning of 28 September 2000, Ariel Sharon, then leader of the Israeli opposition in the Knesset (the Israeli
parliament), visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.2 “[T]he moment the plans for the visit had been made public . . . there
was concern among Israeli security officials that the heavily media-covered visit might inflame some Palestinian nationalist
sentiments . . . .”3 Eventually, Sharon’s visit was relatively quiet. “By the afternoon, despite sporadic flare-ups of further
clashes between police and demonstrators, Israeli security officials concluded that the matter was behind them.”4
Unfortunately, that conclusion turned out to be totally wrong.5

    “Within hours, the Voice of Palestine was broadcasting denunciations.”6 Sharon was blamed for degrading the Muslim
holy places.7 “Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority chairman, called upon the entire Arab and Islamic world to ‘move
immediately to stop 
								
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