Reps. Walsh and Berman Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Justice for American Victims of Overseas Terrorism

From the office of Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…

WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) and Congressman Howard Berman (CA-28), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to uphold U.S. law and bring Palestinian terrorists who have killed and wounded Americans overseas to justice in American courts.

The Koby Mandell Act of 2005 established the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism at the Department of Justice for this very purpose. Yet, in the six years since this office was established, not one Palestinian terrorist has been indicted, extradited, or prosecuted, despite seventy-one instances of Palestinian terrorism that have killed 54 Americans and wounded 83 others.

In the letter, Walsh and Berman write: “We are writing to request that the United States Department of Justice take prompt and meaningful steps to enforce provisions of United States law that require the prosecution and punishment, in United States courts, of individuals who murder or maim American citizens in acts of international terrorism… Murder and assault of American citizens anywhere in the world must be promptly and effectively punished by the United States in United States courts under United States law. We call on you to carry out this obligation or explain why such prosecutions are not appropriate for the United States to pursue.”

The letter was co-signed by 52 members of Congress and it appears below:

The Honorable Eric H. Holder
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
Robert F. Kennedy Building
Washington, D.C.

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