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United States of America v. The Palestine Liberation Organization, et al.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
695 F. Supp. 1456 (1988)
The United Nations is an organization made up of member countries that collaborate to support peace throughout the world. Pursuant to a treaty signed by the United States called the Headquarters Agreement, the United Nations is headquartered in New York and permitted to invite member countries and nonmember organizations to participate in peace efforts in the United States. The United Nations invited the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (defendant) to work with the United Nations in New York as a permanent observer. Congress passed the Anti-terrorism Act of 1987 (ATA) to expel the PLO from the United States due to its terrorist activities and affiliations. The United States (plaintiff) brought suit for an injunction requiring the PLO to leave the country. The PLO moved for summary judgment, arguing that the Headquarters Agreement was an international law that permitted them to participate in United Nations proceedings.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Palmieri, J.)
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