Five More Americans Murdered By Palestinian Arabs; State Department Is Silent On Arafat Sheltering Killers
August 1, 2002

Movement in Congress
Against Arab Killers

NEW YORK – The terrorists who massacred five Americans in the bombing of Hebrew University this week are being sheltered by Yasir Arafat’s Palestinian Authority regime—and, as has been the case with other Arab killers of Americans, the State Department is refusing to demand that the PA surrender them to the U.S. for prosecution.

Thirty-six Americans have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993. The five latest victims are Dina Carter, 38, of North Carolina; Marla Bennett, 24, of San Diego; David Gritz, 24, of Massachusetts; Benjamin Blutstein, 25, of Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania; and Janis Ruth Coulter 36, of New York.

Many of the terrorists involved in these cases have been publicly identified by the Israeli government. They are living freely in Palestinian Authority-controlled territory, and some have been rewarded with jobs in the PA police force. Yet the State Department has never demanded that they be handed over.

Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America, said:

“Americans murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists are victims of discrimination by the State Department, in that they are the only cases of overseas terrorism against Americans in which the State Department has made no serious effort to bring the killers to justice.

“Not a single indictment has been brought by the U.S. against the Palestinian Arab killers of Americans who are being sheltered by the PA. The State Department has never asked the Palestinian Authority to surrender for prosecution any Palestinian Arab suspects in the murders of Americans. The State Department refuses to publicize the names and photos of fugitive Palestinian Arab killers of Americans—even though it publicizes the names and photos of other terrorists who have killed Americans overseas. Although the State Department officially offers rewards for information leading to the capture of these killers, it refuses to publicize them in Palestinian newspapers or cities—which is what it routinely does in other countries to capture fugitive terrorists.

“The State Department has allowed its political agenda to interfere with the pursuit of justice and the U.S. fight against terrorism. It does not want to have a conflict with the Palestinian Authority by demanding that the PA hand over killers of Americans. And so the killers walk free. The time has come to take this issue out of the hands of the State Department and put it in the jurisdiction of the Justice Department.”

* 36 American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, 24 of them since the Palestinian Authority launched the current wave of violence in September 2000. In addition, 68 Americans have been wounded since 1993, 43 of them since September 2000

* A total of at least 103 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists, and 119 wounded, since 1968.

In response to the ongoing murders of American citizens by Palestinian Arab terrorists, the ZOA is strongly supporting the Koby Mandell Act, which was recently introduced in Congress. The Koby Mandell Act would create a special office within the Justice Department which would: gather evidence against Palestinian Arab killers of Americans; arrange to bring the terrorists to the U.S. for trial; initiate negotiations with the Palestinian Authority for financial compensation for victims’ families; and maintain a liaison with the families to update them on efforts to capture the killers.

The Koby Mandell Act, known as S.1377 in the Senate and H.R.2098, has been publicly endorsed by AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

In the Senate, the lead sponsor is Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) and the co-sponsors are Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Bob Smith (R-NH). In the House of Representatives, the lead sponsors are Representatives Rob Andrews (D-NJ) and Jim Saxton (R-NJ), and the co-sponsors are Ken Bentsen (D-TX), Howard Berman (D-CA), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA), Joseph Hoeffel (D-PA), Steven Israel (D-NY), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Frank LoBiando (R-NJ), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Michael McNulty (D-NY), Connie Morella (R-MD), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Mike Pence (R-IN), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Edward Schrock (R-VA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Mark Souder (R-IN), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

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