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Family of baby girl killed in 2014 ramming attack in Jerusalem wins prolonged legal battle against terrorism-sponsoring states • Lawyer: Ruling sends a clear message that a heavy price will be imposed on those who finance terrorism.
A U.S. court has ordered Iran and Syria to pay $178 million in compensation to the parents of a baby murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem in October 2014.
Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun was killed when a terrorist rammed his car into people waiting at a Jerusalem light rail station, hitting her stroller. Her parents, Shmuel and Hanna, originally from New York, were both with her, and Shmuel was injured in the attack, while Hanna was unharmed.
The terrorist, Abed al-Rahman Shaludeh, 21, from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, was killed by Israeli security forces. Hamas later claimed responsibility for the attack, which also killed Ecuador national Karen Jemima Mosquera, 22, and wounded seven other people, in addition to Shmuel Braun.
According to a report by i24 News on Thursday, the parents decided to take the Gaza Strip-based terrorist group to court in the U.S. as their daughter held dual Israeli-American citizenship. They enlisted the help of the Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center, which specializes in legal battles against terrorist organizations. The NGO’s chairwoman Nitsana Darshan-Leitner was the attorney heading the case.
The lawsuit was filed against Iran and Syria as Hamas sponsors. The court found in favor of the family after drawn-out proceedings and a default judgment, as at least one defendant failed to appear in the court. It ordered Iran and Syria to pay the parents $178 million in damages.
“This ruling sends a clear message that a heavy price will be imposed on anyone who finances terror and spills the blood of innocents,” Darshan-Leitner told i24. “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.”