US appeals court upholds $156 million terrorism verdict

A federal appeals court upheld a $156 million judgment against three Palestinian charities accused of bankrolling terrorism. But it dropped the lone individual from the long-running civil suit. The opinion was filed over the killing by Hamas terrorists of American-born student David Boim. It said that the donors to charities were liable if those charities engaged in terrorist acts. But the court dropped donor Muhammad Salah from the case. It said that he was in jail when an anti-terrorism charity law was passed so he could not have violated it. Boim was fatally shot in May 1996 while standing at a bus stop in a West Bank town near Jerusalem.