ADL Submits Friend of Court Brief In Landmark Terrorism Case
Update: The judgment in this case was overturned by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on December 28, 2007. More
Chicago, September 16, 2005 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today filed a friend of court brief in support of the landmark judgment against four Islamic charities and a fundraiser for the Palestinian militant group Hamas for complicity in the murder of a 17-year old American citizen in Israel, David Boim. It was the first time U.S.-based organizations were ruled to be liable for a terrorist attack overseas.
The defendants are appealing the December decision that ordered them to pay $156 million in damages to Stanley and Joyce Boim, David's parents. The Boims sued under a U.S. law that allows victims of international terrorism to sue the funders of terror in U.S. courts.
"This judgment shows that those who fund, support and enable terrorist attacks are just as guilty as those who actually pull the trigger," said Lonnie Nasatir, Regional Director of ADL's Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region. "ADL has long argued for legislation that would hold the abettors of terror accountable for their actions. In light of the mountain of evidence that the five defendants had actively supported terrorist activities that led to the murder of David Boim, we believe that this judgment was entirely appropriate and grounded in law."
In November, Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys found the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic Association for Palestine, the American Muslim Society and Hamas leader Muhammad Salah responsible for David Boim's death under U.S. anti-terrorism law. A jury found a fifth defendant liable, the Quranic Literacy Institute, in December.
David Boim was murdered by two Hamas terrorists on March 13, 1996, while he waited for a bus to Jerusalem.
The law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP prepared the friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.