U.S. trial starts over PLO role in Israel attacks

January 13, 2015 11:34 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. trial to decide the liability of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority for several attacks in Israel began on Tuesday, as a lawyer for victims called the defendants' alleged involvement "standard operating procedure" and a defense lawyer blamed others for the "horrific" violence.

Six men and six women were chosen as jurors to decide whether the defendants should pay up to $1 billion for what the plaintiffs' lawyer Kent Yalowitz said was support for six shootings and bombings in the Jerusalem area from 2002 to 2004. The attacks killed 33 and wounded more than 450.

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