A man with dual US and Israeli citizenship injured in a February 2002 terrorist attack could get up to US $48 million after a federal jury awarded damages Wednesday in his lawsuit claiming the attack was backed by the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization.
After the Palestinian defendants defaulted by not defending themselves, a federal jury heard evidence this week in the case and returned a verdict of $16 million.
But under a law permitting US citizens to sue organizations involved in overseas terrorism, that amount will likely be tripled to $48 million. US Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff asked attorneys in the case to file a proposed judgment order taking the higher amount into account.
Moshe Saperstein claimed that the Palestinian Authority, which governs the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, and the PLO were complicit in the attack against him on the Gaza Strip.
According to court documents, Saperstein was attacked by gunmen who sprayed his car with AK-47 rounds, wounding him in the hand. Saperstein attempted to run down one of the attackers with his car.