Twenty-six U.S. citizens filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the Department of Justice asking for compensation from the Hamas terrorist group for firing rockets at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport while the plaintiffs were waiting to board flights during last summer’s Gaza war.
According to U.S. law, a person who wages an attack against an international airport in a way that impacts an American citizen could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Israel-based law center Shurat HaDin is leading the lawsuit against several Hamas leaders, including Khaled Mashaal.
“Hamas’s attack on Ben Gurion International Airport was a threat on the lives of American citizens that were at the airport at the time, and therefore the U.S. Attorney General has authority to put on trial those who threatened American citizens in this way,” Shurat HaDin head Nitsana Darshan-Leitner told Israel National News last month.
The landing of a Hamas rocket near Ben Gurion Airport during last summer’s war also resulted in a 36-hour Federal Aviation Administration ban on American carriers’ flights to Israel.