Victim’s family wins $323 million case against Iran, Syria
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The family of a Florida teenager killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing in Tel Aviv won a $323 million judgment in a U.S. court against Iran and Syria.
Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled May 14 that Iran and Syria were responsible for the attack by an Islamic Jihad
terrorist that killed Daniel Wultz, 16, and 10 others in a bombing at a restaurant in April 2006. Islamic Jihad, which is based in Damascus, took responsibility for the attack.
Daniel’s father, Yekutiel, was seriously injured in the attack. “We don’t look for any revenge,” he told the Miami Herald. “Our purpose in our fight is to fight terrorism. We don’t want any more Daniels to die.”
Daniel Wultz died 27 days after the attack; the judgment was announced six years to the day after his death.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the family by the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center under a special provision in U.S. federal law that allows U.S. citizens to bring claims against foreign governments for terrorist acts. It marked the first time the group has won a judgment against Syria, center director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner told the Associated Press.
It will be very difficult to collect on the judgment, however. Iran and Syria, whose assets have been frozen in the United States due to their state sponsorship of terror, have been subject to other large judgments in U.S. courts in recent years, the Herald reported.
The Wultz family established a nonprofit foundation, the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation, to combat terror and promote tolerance and acceptance. — jta
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