Feb. 17, 2016
- The U.S. Record on Prosecuting Palestinian Killers of Americans– Stephen M. Flatow
64 American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Israel since the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords, yet the U.S. has not prosecuted even one of the killers. The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) was established in 2005 after years of protests over the failure of the U.S. to take action against Palestinian Arab killers of Americans. A total of 138 U.S. citizens have been murdered, and 193 wounded, since the 1960s.
The OVT is required to help bring about the prosecution of the terrorists. But according to testimony at a Feb. 2 hearing at the national security subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee, the OVT has not brought about a single prosecution for attacks in Israel or the Palestinian Authority areas. The record of the OVT is “an affront to the victims of terror,” according to a statement submitted to the committee by Sherri Mandell, mother of 13-year-old Koby Mandell, who was murdered by terrorists near Tekoa in 2003. The writer, an attorney, is the father of Alisa Flatow who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1995. (Times of Israel)