US Considers Prosecuting Schalit Deal Terrorists

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Jerusalem Post

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) is pleased to see its efforts to support justice for American victims of Palestinian Terrorism beginning to bear fruit. In the Jerusalem Post Monday, March 19th, 2012, reporter Joanna Paraszczuk notes a letter from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OJVOT) received by American citizen and terror victim Alan Bauer. The letter, from Heather Cartwright, who heads up the OJVOT, indicated that the office was examining the possibility of prosecutions of Palestinians with American blood on their hands released in the Gilad Schalit deal. A full version of the Jerusalem Post article is attached below.

The Department of Justice is responding to the congressional letter, sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) with 52 co-sponsors that EMET and its coalition partners Z Street and the National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA) worked hard to promote.

While the response from the DOJ is a positive step, it remains vital that we continue to press forward with our efforts. Currently EMET is working with to develop a Senate version of the letter and is continuing to examine additional oversight options.

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Kyle Shideler
Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research and Communications for the Endowment for Middle East Truth

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