US Court: Iran, Syria Responsible For Death Of Israeli Couple In 2015 Terror Attack
A federal court in Washington ruled on Monday that Iran and Syria were responsible for the damage caused to the four children of an Israeli couple killed by a Hamas terrorist cell in a shooting in the West Bank in 2015.
Eitam and Naama Henkin’s family have filed a $ 360 million wrongful death lawsuit against Iran and Syria in federal court in Washington.
The Henkins were killed on October 1, 2015, when Palestinian terrorists, who originally intended to kidnap the couple, instead shot them at point blank range in their car. Eitam Henkin held both Israeli and American nationality. Their children, then aged 9, 7, 4 and 10 months, witnessed the murder from the back seat of the car and were not physically injured.
The court ruled that the two nations were responsible for “the extreme mental anguish, physical injury, pain and suffering, loss of solatium and loss of affection.”
According to the decision, damages would be determined at a later date and the plaintiffs were allowed to recover the full amount of punitive damages permitted by law.
The lawsuit has been brought against Syria, Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security and three Iranian banks (Markazi, Melli and Saderat) on the grounds that Hamas is receiving support. material from Syria and Iran, including funding. , training and the purchase of weapons.
Lawyers for the family said it was the first time Iranian banks had been found responsible for the murder of a US citizen by a foreign terrorist organization.
“There is no doubt that this horrific and murderous act was sponsored by Syria, Iran and Iranian state sponsored organizations, and the court ruling sends a strong and clear message that the financiers of terrorism will be held accountable. responsible for their vile actions, ”said Jonathan Missner, Managing Partner of Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner, representing the Henkin Children.
“Iranian banks, including Iran’s central bank, Markazi, have never been held accountable, so this is a huge step forward when it comes to holding foreign actors to account for the murder of Americans. ”Missner said.
Palestinian terrorists were sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court in the West Bank in June 2016.