ADL Sues Iran, Syria and North Korea in Bid to 'Tap The U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund'

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Jul. 02, 2024

The Anti-Defamation League is seeking to drain the US Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund of billions of dollars in response to Hamas's attack on Israelis in Israel on October 7.

The ADL on Monday filed a $4 billion lawsuit against Iran, Syria and North Korea -- knowing full well they can't get any money out of them -- and instead is seeking to "tap the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which Congress created in 2015 to compensate individuals who have won judgments against state sponsors of terrorism," Reuters reports.

The ADL, which successfully lobbied the US government to designate Hamas a Foreign Terrorist Organization, is now exploiting Hamas's terror designation and the fact that some of the Israelis killed in Israel have dual citizenship in America to empty America's fund for US terror victims.


From Reuters, "Victims of Hamas attack sue Iran, Syria, North Korea in U.S. court":
More than 100 victims and relatives of victims of the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants in Israel sued Iran, Syria and North Korea on Monday, accusing the countries of providing Hamas support and demanding at least $4 billion in damages.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., by the Anti-Defamation League is the largest case against foreign countries in connection with the attack, and the first backed by a Jewish organization, the ADL said in a press release.

It accuses the three countries of providing financial, military and tactical support to Hamas. The U.S. government has designed Iran, Syria and North Korea state sponsors of terrorism.

More than 1,200 people were killed in the attack and 250 others were taken hostage, according to Israeli tallies. The plaintiffs in the case include U.S. citizens injured on Oct. 7, as well as relatives and the estates of victims killed in the attack.

Israel's offensive in Gaza in response has killed nearly 38,000 people, according to Gazan health officials, and left the enclave in ruins.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of antisemitism and terror along with Syria and North Korea, they must be held responsible for their roles in the largest antisemitic attack since the Holocaust," ADL Chief Executive Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

[...] It is common for countries accused of state-sponsored terrorism to ignore lawsuits in the U.S. and not to honor judgments against them in U.S. courts.

If the defendants are found liable, the plaintiffs hope to tap the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which Congress created in 2015 to compensate individuals who have won judgments against state sponsors of terrorism.

But the fund has run low, prompting several members of Congress to introduce legislation in May that would enhance funding and guarantee annual payments to victims.

Monday's lawsuit seeks at least $1 billion of compensatory damages and $3 billion of punitive damages.
In a normal country, this would trigger mass outrage but instead AIPAC-owned members of Congress are working to give them even more money!

[Right-side header image of Jonathan Greenblatt by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Cropped]

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