Terror Victims Win Court Victory Over Iran

Terror Victims Win Court Victory Over Iran

Victory of terror victims in an appeal against Iran: $9.4 million of Iranian funds will be transferred to terror victims of the 1997 Ben Yehuda attack.

President of Shurat HaDin Nitsana Darshan-Leitner: “This is an historic judgment against Iran. While many governments around the world, including the Obama Administration, are competing with each other as to who will give more money to the criminal regime in Tehran, families of terror victims are still fighting to bankrupt this terror state.”

The terror victims of the 1997 Ben Yehuda attack and their families won a personal victory and a national victory against Iran, a victory that will soon award them, after 15 years of litigation in the District Court in San Diego, California, more than $9 millions. 

The plaintiffs are represented by Attorneys David Strachman from Rohd Island and Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, President of Shurat HaDin, from Tel Aviv. 

This is a precedent-setting achievement for terror victims with dual Israeli-American citizenship against the Iranian government, in which a U.S. court accepted Shurat HaDin’sappeal for the transfer of frozen Iranian assets to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack.

This event is especially noteworthy in light of the fact that these days the United States and the European Union are easing the burden of sanctions on the extremist regime in Iran, and yet precisely at this time five victims of Iranian terror won a precedent-setting victory when the court ordered the transfer of Iranian funds to them.

Stewart Hersch, one of the plaintiffs who was severely wounded in the attack, responded: “This is a great victory of justice for the families. I will not be the same person as I was before the attack, when a suicide bomber blew himself up not far from me. But the money that we will receive will enable me to improve my quality of life and receive all the medical treatment that I still need today.

The story of the five victims started in 1997, when they were wounded in the double-suicide terror attack that was carried out by the Hamas organization at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem. Five people were killed, including three innocent young 14-year-old girls. Many other victims were injured.

The lawsuit was filed against the Iranian government and the Iranian Ministry of Defense in 2001. The lawsuit claimed that Iran provided material and economic support to Hamas in carrying out the attack.

Attorney Nitsana Darshan Leitner: “This is an historic judgment against Iran. While many government around the world, including the Obama Administration, are competing with each other as to who will give more money to the criminal regime in Tehran, families of terror victims are still fighting to bankrupt this terror state. The Islamic Republic must understand that these judgments will not be nullified and that those harmed by terror will continue to pursue them in legal venues throughout the world. The families demand justice against those who destroyed their lives, they do not forgive and they do not forget.”

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