Anti-terror Lawsuits in US Concerning Attacks in Israel

Suicide Bombings
Bus Bombings
Car Rammings
Shooting Attacks
Knife Attacks
Rock-Throwing
Rocket Attacks
Support of Terrorism


Suicide Bombings

Estate of Yael Botvin, et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran et al., 05-cv-00220 (D.D.C., filed 31 Jan 2005) (Botvin I).  Lawsuit arising out of the September 4, 1997, suicide bombing at Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall, which injured and killed Yael Botvin, a 14 year-old American citizen. This action was filed against the Islamic Republic of Iran and others, alleging that Iran provided material support and resources to Hamas, the terrorist group that carried out the attack. After default by defendant, the court awarded damages in the amount of $1,704,457.
Complaint
Court’s Memorandum Opinion
Court’s Order and Judgment Awarding Damages

Goldberg-Botvin, et al. v. Islamic of Republic of Iran, 12-cv-01292 (D.D.C., filed ) (Botvin II).  Action seeking compensation for the injuries and death of Yael Botulin that resulted from the September 4, 1997, triple suicide bombing at Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street pedestrian mall. This lawsuit followed on Botvin I in which the court declined to grant certain of the damages claimed because of statutory limitations.  In light of the amendment of 28 U.S.C. 1605A, this case was commenced, resulting in a default judgment for additional damages in the amount of  $40,890,000.

Complaint
Motion Requesting Default Judgment
Court’s Memorandum Opinion Granting Default Judgment
Order and Judgment Awarding Damages

Sokolow et al. v. Palestine Liberation Organization et al.,   Lawsuit by victims of bombings in Israel seeks up to $3 billion in damages from suicide bombings and shooting attacks between January 2001 and February 2004 by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Bus Bombings

Car Rammings

Shooting Attacks

Henkin et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran and Syrian Arab Republic, 18-cv-01273 (D.D.C., filed 31 May 2018).  On 1 Oct 2015, Eitam Henkin, an American citizen, his wife and four  children were driving past the town of Beit Furik when he and his wife were shot and killed. Plaintiffs allege that the murder was an act of international terrorism committed by three members of a Hamas cell – Hamas being a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization – with the material aid and support of Defendants Iran and Syria. Damages of more than a billion dollars is being sought.  A default was entered against both defendants by the clerk of the court on 6 May 2019.

Complaint

Sokolow et al. v. Palestine Liberation Organization et al.,   Lawsuit by victims of bombings in Israel seeks up to $3 billion in damages from shooting attacks and suicide bombings between January 2001 and February 2004 by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).  [See above, under Suicide Bombings]

Knife Attacks

Rock-Throwing

Rocket Attack

Lelchook v Syrian Arab Republic, 16-cv-01550 (D.D.C., filed 1 Aug 2016).  Lawsuit arising out the August 2, 2006 rocket attack by Hezbollah on Israeli Kibbutz Sa-ar, killing David Lelchook, a 52 year-old American citizen. This action was filed against the Syrian Arab Republic, alleging that Syria provided material support and resources to Hezbollah, the terrorist group that carried out the attack.  After default by defendant Syria, the Court awarded damages in the amount of $20,535,665.

Complaint
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Default Judgment as to Liability
Court’s Opinion Granting in Part Motion for Default Judgment
Court’s Order Awarding Damages

Support of Terrorism

Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, et al. v. Education for a Just Peace in the Middle East d/b/a US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, 19-cv-03425 (D.D.C., filed 13 Nov 2019.  The complaint alleges that USCPR has violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2331, by  funneling online donations to the Boycott National Committee, the umbrella organization that steers and coordinates the global activities of the BDS movement, knowing that in doing so they are supporting and sponsoring known designated foreign terrorist organizations, including Hamas. The lawsuit further alleges that USCPR has materially supported the foreign terrorist organizations responsible for incendiary terror balloons and kites launched from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Israel. The connection between BDS and terrorism is documented in a report [En, He, Fr, Sp] from the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy

Complaint   –   Press Release