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An apartment in Israel 's northern city of Kiryat Shmona, minutes after an Hezbollah rocket attack during the 2006 Second Lebanese War. IDF Intelligence has been reassessing the threat to Israel as political realities shift rapidly in the region.
An apartment in Israel's northern city of Kiryat Shmona, minutes after an Hezbollah rocket attack during the 2006 Second Lebanese War.

Once again, Arab terrorists are being sued by their American victims – albeit years later – in a United States courtroom.

This time it’s the Iranian Hezbollah terrorist organization being sued by a group of 22 U.S. citizens for damages over the harm they suffered from rocket and missile attacks fired by the terror group during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

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At the same time and in the same Brooklyn federal court, the group also filed a lawsuit against Bank Saderat and Bank Saderat Iran. The banks were accused of providing Hezbollah with material support needed to carry out the attacks.

All told, Hezbollah and the banks are being sued for a total of $50 million in compensatory damages, plus unspecified punitive damages as well.

Among the plaintiffs is Chayim Kumer who lived with his family in the northern city of Tzfat during the summer war, and who suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of the attacks, according to court documents.

Sisters Chana Liba and Malka Liba, ages five and six respectively and living with their family in Tzfat as well at the time of the war, also suffered deep psychological and emotional trauma as a result of the rocket and missile attacks, the lawsuit charges.

The development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common, debilitating and much-feared outcome of the incessant terror attacks aimed at Israeli civilians by Iranian backed terrorists.

Iran has now cemented firm ties with all terror groups on both northern and southern Israeli borders, in addition to those who incessantly attack Israeli motorists traveling through Judea, Samaria and outlying neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Israel is currently developing new programs in southern Israel in hopes of mitigating the toxic effects of the constant attacks by Gaza terrorists.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.