Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center chalked up a victory when US District Judge Royce Lamberth said in the Monday (22 Iyar 5772) ruling, “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.” The court handed down a $323 million settlement against Syria.
The court was ruling in the case brought on behalf of Florida resident 16-year-old Daniel Wultz, who was among 11 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 said that Iran supports the Islamic Jihad movement financially while Syria had granted the group a haven to train in its territory.
Attorney Darshan-Leitner said there is a good chance for the victim’s family to get compensation through frozen Syrian assets held by the US. “For the first time an American court is holding the government of Syria accountable for its decades-long support of terrorism,” she said.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)