Appeals Court Mulls Bombing Victims’ Claim on Islamic Charity’s Assets

Victims of a 1997 suicide bombing in Israel urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to uphold prior rulings giving them a chance to recover money from a Texas-based Muslim charity linked to Palestinian militants, writes the Associated Press. The case arises from the conviction of five members of the now-defunct Holy Land Foundation on charges that they funneled the organization’s assets to Hamas.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled last year that Holy Land funds can be used to satisfy a $214.5-million judgment against Hamas won by American victims of the 1997 Jerusalem attack. The federal government contends it has discretion on how to distribute $12.4-million forfeited by the charity when its officials were convicted in 2008.

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