Florida victim of suicide bombing wins award

Published: May 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Tuly Wultz

Tuly Wultz

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — The family of a Florida teen killed in a 2006 suicide bombing won a $332 million award from the Syrian and Iranian governments for backing the planners.

A federal judge in Washington ordered the judgment in a lawsuit brought by the family of Daniel Wultz, 16, who was among 11 people killed by a suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv restaurant April 17, 2006, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

Daniel was visiting Tel Aviv with his father, Yekutiel Wultz, who was injured in the blast.

“We don’t look for any revenge,” Wultz’s father said Tuesday. “Our purpose in our fight is to fight terrorism. We don’t want any more Daniels to die.”

Investigators linked the bombing to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group based in Syria that claimed responsibility. Lawyers for the Wultz family presented evidence that the organization received financial and other support from the Iranian and Syrian governments during the year. The lawyers said the assistance made the governments liable for Daniel’s death.

The lawsuit was brought under a provision of federal law that allows U.S. citizens to file claims against foreign governments for terrorist acts. About $300 million of the judgment awarded Monday was in punitive damages meant to punish Iran and Syria for their roles in the bombing.

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