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The Forgotten Victims (Part 4 of 4)

What YOU Can Do to Help Capture Palestinian Arab Killers of Americans

In response to the ongoing Palestinian Arab murders of Americans, and the Palestinian Authority’s policy of sheltering the killers, the Koby Mandell Act would create a special office within the Justice Department to gather evidence against Palestinian Arab killers of Americans; arrange for the terrorists to brought to the US for trial; initiate negotiations with the Palestinian Authority for financial compensation for families of victims; and maintain a regular 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 in the House of Representatives, is named after Jacob “Koby” Mandell, the 13 year-old boy from Maryland who was brutally murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in Israel last year.

It has been introduced in the US Senate by Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR), Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Sam Brownback (R-KS). In the House of Representatives, has been introduced by Reps. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) and Jim Saxton (R-NJ), and co-sponsored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Steve LaTourette (R-OH), Connie Morella (R-MD), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Steve Rothman (D-NJ), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Ken Bentsen (D-TX), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Joseph Hoeffel (D-PA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Why This Legislation Is Needed

  • This bill will strengthen the fight against terrorism–terrorists
    must must know that the U.S. is making serious efforts to capture
    them. This bill will also bring some measure of consolation to
    American families whose lives have been shattered by terrorism.
  • This is a serious problem–over 100 American citizens have been
    murdered in Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks since 1948, including
    36 since the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords–and 24 of those 36 in
    the Arab violence that began in September 2000.
  • A special office is needed to focus on this issue, just as it was
    necessary, two decades ago, to establish the Office of Special
    Investigations in the Justice Department to pursue Nazi war criminals.
  • The American public and American Jewry strongly support these efforts.
    A poll by McLaughlin & Associates has found that 67% of Americans
    believe it is “important” for the administration to bring Palestinian
    Arab killers of Americans to the U.S. for prosecution. The broad support
    within the Jewish community is demonstrated by the fact that both the
    Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and AIPAC
    have publicly endorsed the Koby Mandell Act.

What the new agency would do:

  • Monitor acts of international terrorism alleged to have been committed by Palestinian individuals or individuals acting on behalf of Palestinian organizations.
  • Collect information against individuals alleged to have committed acts of international terrorism described in paragraph (1).
  • Offer rewards for information on individuals alleged to have committed acts of international terrorism described in paragraph (1), including the dissemination of information relating to such rewards in the Arabic-language media.
  • Negotiate with the Palestinian Authority or related entities to obtain financial compensation for nationals of the United States, or their families, injured or killed by acts of terrorism described in paragraph (1).
  • In conjunction with other appropriate Federal departments and agencies, establish and implement alternative methods to apprehend, indict, prosecute, and convict individuals who commit acts of terrorism described in paragraph (1).
  • Contact the families of victims of acts of terrorism described in paragraph (1) and provide updates on the progress to apprehend, indict, prosecute, and convict the individuals who commit such acts.
  • In order to effectively carry out paragraphs (1) through (6), provide for the permanent stationing of an appropriate number of United States officials in Israel, in territory administered by Israel, in territory administered by the Palestinian Authority, and elsewhere, to the extent practicable.

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