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, co-signed by 52 members of Congress, 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.
Walsh stated: “I decided to write this letter after hearing from representatives of American families that suffered from terrorist attacks overseas. These families were promised closure and justice when the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism was established, but their suffering continues as they wait for the Department of Justice to take action. These are American families, and the DOJ needs to stop neglecting its responsibility. While we cannot erase the cause of their suffering, we can at least help bring them some closure by bringing these murderers to Justice.
“The bottom line is that this is U.S. law. It is about justice and closure for American families that have suffered tremendously at the hands of terrorists overseas. The Department of Justice needs to enforce the law and work to bring these terrorists back to the United States to be tried in American courts for murdering American citizens.”