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Hamas Supporters|Can Be Sued in USA

(CN) - The parents of a Jewish boy who was killed in Jerusalem can collect damages from two U.S. groups that sponsored the Hamas terrorist organization, the 7th Circuit ruled.

David Boim, a teen-ager with Israeli and American citizenship, was killed in 1996 by Hamas gunmen. His parents sued the American Muslim Society and the Quranic Literacy Institute.

Judge Posner agreed with the district court that the donors to Hamas are liable for their actions.

"A knowing donor to Hamas - that is, a donor who knew the aims and activities of the organization- would know Hamas was gunning for Israelis," Posner ruled. "The requirement of proving causation is relaxed because otherwise there would be a wrong and an injury but no remedy, because the court would be unable to determine which wrongdoer inflicted the injury."

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