Anti-Terrorism Judgment Upheld Against U.S. Charities
Posted: December 18, 2008
The en banc United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a lower court ruling against three Islamic charities for complicity in the murder of a 17-year old American citizen in the West Bank.
On December 3, 2008, the Seventh Circuit en banc upheld the $156 million damages award to the parents of David Boim, who was murdered at a bus stop in Beit-El, on the West Bank, in March 1996, by a Hamas gunman. The judgment was against three organizations – Quranic Literacy Institute, the American Muslim Society, and the Islamic Association for Palestine – found to have provided financial support to Hamas. The Court held that any contributions to a terrorist organization, even contributions to the so-called non-violent wing of that organization, can be the basis of liability for that organization's foreseeable terrorist acts.
The Court overturned damages against an alleged Hamas fundraiser, Muhammad Salah, who was in prison in Israel for providing money and other aid to Hamas when Boim was killed.
The Court also remanded for a new trial on a technical legal issue the claim against Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). HLF was convicted in November 2008 of funneling over $12 million to Hamas.