At the top of that list: Ahlam Tamimi.
The lack of prosecution of Palestinian terrorists has been a bipartisan failure spanning five attorney generals. A year ago, fifty-two members of Congress asked Attorney General Holder how come no Palestinian terrorists had been prosecuted in over seventy attacks on American citizens. The Attorney General answered that they are trying. Yet, the stories of Osama’s son-in-law and the Somali pirate and others who have been whisked into New York court in handcuffs show that the U.S. can extradite and prosecute terrorists when the government feels that the situation merits such efforts.
In our cases, we have been outright abandoned by our government, even to the point where the State Department planned in 2008 to file a brief in Federal court in favor of the PLO and against an American woman whose husband was gunned down by a PLO terrorist.
And just over a month ago, the Palestinian Authority inadvertently provided terror victims in a Federal civil suit a detailed account of the terrorists behind an attack that left two American girls dead. The FBI and DoJ were alerted to the existence of this document; neither showed any interest in receiving a copy of the same; the State Department thought it irrelevant to ask the Palestinians to provide the document produced by one of their own senior intelligence officers.
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