Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of LA (CJHSLA) and this blog are joining forces in a FAX campaign to preserve, protect and defend the American legal system from Arab influence.
Here follows an abbreviated scoop from earlier in this blog, and the FAX numbers for your letter.
- Under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990, Leslye Knox of Georgia sued the Palestinians for sponsoring a 2002 terrorist attack in which her husband was killed in Israel. In 2006, a federal judge ordered the PA and PLO to pay Knox and other relatives nearly $174 million in damages.
- In another case, the children of Yaaron Ungar (killed in Israel in a 1996 terrorist attack) were awarded $116 million in U.S. courts. The Palestinian Authority has not paid in either case.
- The Palestinian Authority has the money - the world just gave them $7.4 billion in December - but Palestinian officials say that such lawsuits threaten to drive them into bankruptcy. Thus they are furiously lobbying the State Department to assist them in “vacating” the Knox judgment by submitting a “Statement of Interest” on their behalf… because of “international ramifications.”
- The United States is undoubtedly in an awkward position. On the one hand, we are giving the PA hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, and on the other hand, our courts are legally awarding hundreds of millions of those dollars back to American taxpayers, those tax payers who are seeking justice for family members murdered by Palestinians.
- Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has tried to sidestep the issue, writing that “the United States is not party to these enforcement proceedings.” But the Palestinians have “lawyered up” with American lawyers and are prepared to litigate. (Apparently, they don’t mind spending on legal fees.)
- In December, U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero put the United States on the spot. He gave the government 45 days to respond as to whether it would indeed issue a “Statement of Interest” in the Knox case. Then, at the government’s request, Marrero extended the deadline until the end of February, which is now rapidly approaching.
Will the U.S. join the side it’s on? Or will it intervene on behalf of the Palestinians against its own citizens who seek justice in U.S. courts? It’s hard to believe it’s even a question.
See this WaPo article 2/12/08 for more.
Remember: You don't have to be eloquent or long-winded, you don't have to go over the history of this whole mess. You can simply say that - Regarding the Statement of Interest in the Knox case - you will not tolerate our government forfeiting our rights or betraying our interests... in order to futher Palestinian interests and meet Palestinian demands.
Or you can simply make it known that you're upset and you oppose either the State Dept. or the Justice Dept. taking the side of Palestinians against American citizens.
If the USA has a conflict of interest in the State Department giving money to the Palestinians and American courts taking it away by finding on behalf of victims of terrorism, then we must stop all aid to the PA and PLO.
Those in power should make no mistake: We Americans side with the victims of terrorism... not the perpetrators.
President George Bush FAX 202-456-2461
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, DOJ FAX 202-514-2001
Condoleeza Rice / State Department FAX 202-647-2283
If you want to continue, these are Devorah's suggestions:
Alan Makovsky, Majority staff member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs FAX 202-226-3581
Howard Diamond, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Gary Ackerman FAX 202-225-1589
via Matthew Zweig to the Attn of Congressman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen FAX 202-226-7269
Elise Aronson, Chief of Staff for Congressman Jim Saxton
Jason Steinbaum, Chief of Staff for Congressman Eliot Engel
Tom Stallings, Chief of Staff to Congressman Trent Franks
Zahava Goldman, legislative assistant to Congressman Henry Waxman FAX 202-225-4099
Lester Munson, Chief of Staff for Congressman Mark Kirk
Don MacDonald, Staff Director for Congressman Brad Sherman FAX 202-225-5879
If you want to continue further, you can send a copy to the American attorneys who are representing the Palestinian Authority and PLO:
Richard A. Hibey and Mark J. Rochon
at the Washington DC law firm of Miller & Chevalier