"If a loved one is killed in a mutant terrorist attack, our law firm will not accept a penny unless we get money for YOU!" U.S.-based charities which fund terrorist outfits – such as Islamic charities which send money to Hamas – can be sued in U.S. courts for damages caused by terrorist acts.
In this piece, for instance, Stanley Boim is described talking about the arbitrary death of his 17-year-old son David in a hail of bullets at a Jerusalem bus stop.
The jury trial that started Wednesday levels allegations against three local charities as well as alleged Hamas military leader and fund-raiser Muhammad Salah of Bridgeview. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys has found Salah and two charities responsible, leaving it up to a jury to decide whether Quranic Literacy Institute in Oak Lawn is also responsible and what damages it should pay the Boims.A QLI secretary says his group is peaceful and translates sacred texts. They are protesting the lawsuit by not offering a defense.
Boim attorneys Stephen Landes and Richard Hoffman on Thursday tried linking the organization to Salah, saying QLI provided him a front and gave him a job and helped him with a mortgage loan. They also said QLI funneled money to Hamas leaders when it was needed to shore up representation in Israel.
Using the civil courts to hold a party responsible for its actions is not a novel event, but this is evidently the first time it has been used against a group for funding terrorists who cause take a life. The precedent it sets, I think, would be healthy.