U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels in Manhattan ordered the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization on Monday to post $10 million in cash or bond while they appeal a jury’s finding that they supported militant attacks in Israel. The defendants must also deposit $1 million each month pending the appeal of a February jury verdict worth $655 million in favor of 10 American families. A lawyer for the PA, Mitchell Berger, said it was willing to comply.
The Obama administration had urged Daniels to “carefully consider” the PA’s financial condition in deciding the amount of the bond. Daniels said he had given “serious consideration” to the State Department’s position, despite objections from the plaintiffs that the amount was far too low.