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Saperstein v. The Palestinian Authority

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
2006 WL 3804718 (2006)


Facts

Foreign nationals (plaintiffs) brought suit against the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (defendants), two non-state organizations, under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), 28 U.S.C. § 1350 (2006), alleging the organizations' sponsored and executed terrorism against Jewish civilians in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. The PA and PLO moved to dismiss the complaint, contending the foreign nationals failed to plead a violation of the law of nations actionable under the ATS. In response, the foreign nationals submitted an amended complaint, labeling the alleged conduct as "murder of a civilian in the course of armed conflict" as opposed to "terrorism."

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Seitz, J.)

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