GOP lawmakers want more done to prevent terrorism in Israel

GOP lawmakers want more done to prevent terrorism in Israel

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After a perceived lack of assistance for American victims of terrorism abroad, a congressional hearing was held today by the oversight and government reform subcommittee on national security to examine how to better provide help for victims of terrorist attacks abroad.

By Pilar Martinez

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – After a perceived lack of assistance for American victims of terrorism abroad, a congressional hearing was held today by the oversight and government reform subcommittee on national security to examine how to better provide help for victims of terrorist attacks abroad.

Since 1993, there have been 64 American deaths by terrorists in Israel disputed territory, and none of the terrorists have been indicted by the U.S., said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.).

“When its zero for 64, I think you see come people who have been affected negatively wonder what exactly is the [State Department] doing within this particular aspect of terrorism as it occurs in Israel,” said DeSantis.

Sarri Singer, founder and director of Strength to Strength and survivor of a 2003 terrorist attack in Jerusalem, said that besides immediate care she did not receive all the help or information she needed from the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (VOT). Singer said that there was room for improvement to better help victims like herself and others.

“I was never even told all the information about my attackers until I signed up for lawsuits,” said Singer who filed lawsuits against the banks responsible for funding the terrorist group responsible for the attack she was involved in.

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