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A U.S. court ruled that Iran and Syria must pay a total of $178.5 million in damages to the family of an infant with dual American-Israeli citizenship who was killed in a terrorist attack by a member of Hamas.
Chaya Zissel Braun was 3 months old when she was thrown from her stroller and killed in October 2014 in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem.
The Washington, D.C., district court ruled Jan. 10 that Iran and Syria must provide compensation to the family because the two countries financially back the terrorist Hamas organization.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, an attorney who heads the Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center, represented the family.
“The criminal regimes in Tehran and Damascus are the biggest state sponsors of terrorism,” Darshan-Leitner said. “This judgment sends a clear message that there is a very heavy price to be paid for financing terrorism and spilling innocent blood in the streets of Jerusalem.” — JTA