Florida Family Wins Judgment Against Iran, Syria

Teen Killed in 2006 Suicide Attack

By JTA

Published May 16, 2012.
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The family of a Florida teenager killed in a Palestinian suicide bomb attack 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 Monday that Iran and Syria were responsible for the attack by an Islamic Jihad terrorist that killed Daniel Wultz, 16, and ten other people in a bombing at a Tel Aviv restaurant in April 2006.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the family by the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center. It is the first time that the group has won a judgment against Syria, its director, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, told the Associated Press.

Islamic Jihad, which is based in Damascus, took responsibility for the attack.

Daniel’s father, Yekutiel Wultz, was seriously injured in the attack. “We don’t look for any revenge,” he told the Miami Herald on Tuesday. “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; ironically the judgment was announced six years to the day after he died.

The lawsuit was brought under a special provision in U.S. federal law that allows U.S. citizens to bring claims against foreign governments for terrorist acts. It is 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.


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