Chicago-area Hamas front groups sued over teen’s terror attack death

Source: Parents sue Palestinian groups to collect on massive award for son’s slaying – Chicago Tribune

The parents of an American-born student fatally shot by Hamas gunmen in Jerusalem in 1996 filed a lawsuit Friday against two Chicago-area Palestinian-American groups, claiming they are liable for a massive legal judgment awarded the family years ago but never collected.

Stanley and Joyce Boim filed the federal lawsuit in Chicago against American Muslims for Palestine and the Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational Foundation, both based in Bridgeview, as well as three men they identified as leaders of the two groups.

The suit claims the organizations are the “alter egos” of three Islamic fundraising groups held liable for the death of the Boims’ son, David, for providing financial support to Hamas, a militant Palestinian group. In 2004, a federal jury in Chicago awarded $52 million in damages to the Boims, far more than the family’s lawyers had sought. Citing relevant law, a magistrate judge then trebled the award to $156 million.

The verdict was the first by a jury holding U.S. citizens or organizations liable under a federal law that allows victims of terrorism to sue for civil damages.

One of the Boims’ lawyers, Stephen Landes, said Friday that the family received only a small fraction of the award — he would not say how much — because the defendants claimed they had ceased operations and had no money to pay the huge judgment. The successor groups named in Friday’s lawsuit formed shortly afterward, with many of the same men assuming similar leadership roles, Landes said.

“What we ended up finding is they just tried to rebrand themselves, and they set up down the street,” he said.

If the groups are allowed to move on without paying the huge judgment, Landes said, “it makes a mockery” of federal anti-terrorism laws.

David Boim was 17 when he was shot in the head while waiting for a bus in Jerusalem. Boim, originally from New York, was standing with classmates as they prepared to head to a review class for exams, according to the lawsuit. A gunman fired from a passing car. Boim died the next day.

The original lawsuit was filed in 2000.

In a landmark ruling in 2002, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Islamic groups could be held liable if the Boims could establish that they aided and abetted Boim’s killing.

But the Islamic Association for Palestine and the American Muslim Society, both based in the Chicago area, and the Holy Land Foundation, with a branch in Chicago, contended they were charitable and educational institutions promoting the welfare of Palestinians.

However, in late 2004, the court found the groups had knowingly supported Hamas and its terrorist activities. The jury awarded the multimillion-dollar damages — trebled by the judge.

A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit later set aside the jury’s decision, but the full court upheld the verdict in December 2008.

The new lawsuit was filed almost nine years after that key ruling. Landes said it took time to confirm connections between the old and new groups.

In Friday’s lawsuit, the Boims asked that a judge find that American Muslims for Palestine and the Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational Foundation constitute successor groups and order them responsible to pay the remaining tens of millions of dollars still owed.

Friday’s lawsuit also names three individuals — Rafeeq Jaber, Abdelbasset Hamayel and Osama Abu Irshaid — as defendants because of their alleged associations with the old and new groups.

Jaber was an organizer of Americans for Justice in Palestine and the former president and principal spokesman for American Muslims for Palestine and the Islamic Association for Palestine, according to the lawsuit. Hamayel has been identified as American Muslims for Palestine’s executive director, according to the lawsuit, and was director and secretary general of the Islamic Association for Palestine. Irshaid sits on the American Muslims for Palestine board and was also editor of the Islamic Association for Palestine’s newspaper, the lawsuit said.

Hamayel said he was unaware of the lawsuit and declined to comment, while Jaber and Irshaid could not be reached for comment. The lawsuit said both Jaber and Hamayel live in Illinois, while Irshaid resides in Virginia.


IAP was one of Hamas’ first front groups in the U.S. and later became CAIR.

7 thoughts on “Chicago-area Hamas front groups sued over teen’s terror attack death

  1. One reason why the KKK is almost extinct is because they have been sued and the KKK had to pay out large sums. It’s only a matter of time before those hurt by terrorists sue them as well as the do-gooders who welcomed and supported immigrants from anti-American/anti-Christian
    countries.

  2. All you have to do is look back to The Muslim Brotherhood to see their plan to take over The United States which is part of their plan to take over the entire world with Islam. They have infiltrated positions in our government. Building up and at all levels during the obama administration. The following are quotes from the official document from a 1991 meeting which outlines the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goals for North America. The document was entered as evidence in the 2008 Holyland Terror Funding Trial. Federal investigators found the document in the home of Ismael Elbarasse, a founder of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, during a 2004 search. Elbarasse was a member of the Palestine Committee, which the Muslim Brotherhood had created to support Hamas in the United States.
    Page 4 of 18: “Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.”
    Page 5 of 18: “…the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain “the keys” and the tools of this process in carry out [sic] this grand mission as a ‘Civilization Jihadist’ responsibility.”
    Page 7 of 18: “The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…”
    “[W]e must possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’, the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’”
    Page 18 of 18: “A list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends” – This is where the Muslim Brotherhood listed its front groups in the U.S.. Note that prominent organizations like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and others are named here.
    Entire Document can be read here: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf

    • Speaking of a snake, EVERYONE MUST HEAR THIS SHORT POEM about the woman and snake!! If you care about Americans, and this country, PLEASE LISTEN TO IT. It’s short and won’t take much of your time, but it says EVERYTHING about what’s happening!!

      The Vicious Snake

  3. Praying they are successful in getting their money. This is one good way to tell MB organisations that we will not tolerate ANY terrorism from Islam EVER. (Aside from the fact that we shouldn’t have to tolerate ISLAM PERIOD!)

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