Nine Victims of October 7 Hamas Terrorist Attacks File Suit Against U.S.-Based Pro-Hamas Groups

Scenes of the reinstated Gaza Solidarity Encampment at Columbia University on its fourth day
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On Wednesday, nine victims of the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians filed suit against U.S.-based pro-Hamas groups in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Virginia in Alexandria, Va.

The plaintiffs say they continue to “suffer mental anguish and pain,” which is made worse by the “defendants’ provision of material support” to their attackers.

Pro-Hamas message projected onto a building at George Washington University

Seven of the nine plaintiffs directly experienced the Hamas attack on Oct. 7.

David Bromberg barely survived the Nova festival massacre. He fled and hid in the bushes for more than 12 hours until he was rescued, and the complaint notes, “Mr. Bromberg’s friends were murdered, and one is held hostage by Hamas.”

The complaint targets some of the organizations participating in the anti-Israel and antisemitic encampments plaguing college campuses in the U.S., including AJP Educational Foundation Inc., also known as American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP).

The suit alleges these groups have violated the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Alien Tort Statute and that AMP “serves as Hamas’s propaganda division in the United States” built on “the ashes of disbanded organizations created by senior Hamas officials after those organizations and related individuals were found criminally and civilly liable for providing material support to Hamas and other affiliated terrorist groups.”

The suit seeks compensatory damages.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

AMP founded NSJP, which coordinates hundreds of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters across the country. “Through NSJP, AMP uses propaganda to intimidate, convince, and recruit uninformed, misguided, and impressionable college students to serve as foot soldiers for Hamas on campus and beyond,” the complaint states.

“In the NSJP Toolkit, AMP and NSJP identify themselves as ‘part of’ a ‘Unity Intifada,’ governed by Hamas’s ‘unified command’ of terrorist operations in Gaza,” it continued.

“The plain text of the NSJP Toolkit confirms that AMP and NSJP do not merely assist Hamas’s ongoing terror campaign abroad—they perpetuate it in the United States,” the complaint notes.

“Defendants act as Hamas’s public relations division and recruit domestic foot soldiers not only to disseminate Hamas’s propaganda but also to foment violence, chaos, and fear across the United States to intimidate citizens and coerce change in American policy,” it said.

 

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