U.S. Court: Syria, Iran Supported 2006 Tel Aviv Attack (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/16/12)
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Israeli advocacy group Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) won a $323
million judgment in a U.S. court against Iran and Syria for
supporting terrorists who killed an American teenager and ten others
in a 2006 bombing, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The group’s attorney, Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, told AP that Shurat
HaDin had won courtroom victories against Iran but never before
The center was representing the family of 16-year-old Daniel Wultz of
Florida, who was one of 11 people killed when an Islamic Jihad
suicide bomber set off his explosives at a Tel Aviv restaurant six
years ago. Daniel´s father was severely injured in the attack.
Darshan-Leitner told AP that Iran supports the Islamic Jihad movement
financially while Syria had granted the group a haven to train in its
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said in the Monday ruling,
according to AP, “When a state chooses to uses terror as a policy
tool - as Iran and Syria continue to do - that state forfeits its
sovereign immunity and deserves unadorned condemnation. Barbaric acts
like the April 17, 2006 suicide bombing have no place in civilized
society and present a moral depravity that knows no bounds.”
An American lawyer representing Syria argued the case should be
dismissed on the grounds of “sovereign immunity” but the court
dismissed it, the report said.
Darshan-Leitner said there is a good chance that the victim´s family
will get compensation through frozen Syrian assets held by the U.S.
“For the first time an American court is holding the government of
Syria accountable for its decades-long support of terrorism,” she
Darshan-Leitner has won hundreds of millions of dollars for terror
victims in lawsuits against Muslim terror groups. (IsraelNationalNews
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