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The parents of a three-month-old baby murdered in a 2014 terror attack in Jerusalem will be awarded nearly $200 million dollars after winning a drawn out legal battle against both Iran and Syria, on the grounds that they had funded the Hamas terrorist group that carried out the attack.
Three-month-old, Haya Zissel-Brown was killed when Abed Abdelrahman Shaludeh, a 21-year-old Palestinian from Silwan, in East Jerusalem, rammed his car into the baby’s stroller at a Jerusalem light rail station.
Both parents were present when the attack occurred, which wounded her father Shmuel. He and mother, Hanna, decided to launch a legal battle against the terror network in US courts, since their daughter held US citizenship.
The lawsuit charged Iran and Syria as supporters of the terrorist group, and forced them to pay significant reparations to the family in a $178 million dollar compensation package.
The victory came after a default judgement as at least one defendant failed to appear in the court.
The Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin, which specializes in legal battles against terror, represented the case. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, manager of the NGO was the attorney who made a statement about the trial results.
“This ruling sends a clear message that the heavy price will be imposed on anyone who finances terror and spills the blood of innocents,” Darshan-Leitner said. “We will continue to constantly pursue Syria and Iran through any legal means at our disposal to ensure that the victims of terror have justice.”
Keren Yamima Mosquera, a 22-year-old who came to Israel from Ecuador to convert to Judaism was also killed during the attack. Seven others were wounded.