On Monday, a federal judge in Washington ordered the judgment in a lawsuit brought by the family of Daniel Wultz, a 16-year-old who was among 11 people killed by a suicide bomber who attacked a Tel Aviv restaurant on April 17, 2006. Daniel, a student at David Posnack Hebrew Day School in Plantation, was visiting Tel Aviv with his father, Yekutiel “Tuly” Wultz, who also was injured in the blast.
“We don’t look for any revenge,” Tuly Wultz said Tuesday. “Our purpose in our fight is to fight terrorism. We don’t want any more Daniels to die.”
Investigators tied the bombing to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group based in Syria’s capital, Damascus, and which claimed responsibility for the attack. Lawyers for the Wultz family presented evidence that the group has received financing and other support from both the Iranian and Syrian governments over the years — making them liable for Daniel’s death.
The lawsuit was brought under a special provision of federal law that allows U.S. citizens to bring claims against foreign governments for terrorist acts. Some $300 million of the judgment was in punitive damages designed to punish Iran and Syria for their roles in the bombing.
“When a state chooses to use terror as a policy tool — as Iran and Syria continue to do — that state forfeits its sovereign immunity and deserves unadorned condemnation,” U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in his order on Monday — six years to the day after Daniel Wultz died from his injuries after 27 days in the hospital. “Barbaric acts like the April 17, 2006, terrorist bombing have no place in civilized society.”
Sheryl and Tuly Wultz have maintained the memory of their valiant 16 year old son Daniel, who died of grievous wounds, while shielding his father, Tuly.
Beamer was followed by Israeli-American Tuly Wultz, a former IDF Special Forces officer. . . Tuly told of the hatred of Jews expressed by the Palestinian suicide bomber’s mother who considered her son a hero.
Read our interview with David Beamer in the collection, The West Speaks. Beamer paid this heartfelt tribute to Tuly Wultz:
Tuly Wultz is one fine man and his loss of his son was terrible. Tuly is a warrior, a great man.
In October 2008, Tom Trento, director of The United West called asking me to review a short film about this tragic event, “I Want to Live”.
I opened the link to the film. The first frames identified that the subject was about the short valiant life of 16 year old Daniel Cantor Wultz. I had written about Daniel's death on Mother's Day in 2006 after 27 days of extensive life saving efforts in a hospital in Tel Aviv. […] In my earlier Israpundit post, I proposed renaming a pending piece of Congressional legislation denying US aid to Hamas in honor of the late Daniel Wultz. I noted:
This would be a fitting memorial to the memory of this valiant young Zionist and a message to his killers that we in America will not countenance the veneration of the death cult and Charter of Hamas that seeks to destroy the Jewish state of Israel.
The parents of Daniel Wultz, Sheryl and Tuly, were courageous
to consent to this project on behalf of the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation.
During the period while Danny was in a Tel Aviv hospital, he was visited by his classmates from David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation who flew to Israel to maintain a bedside vigil while he put up a valiant fight for his life. Sheryl and Tuly following the passing of Danny did something heroic they conceived and brought another child into this world. They also established a foundation in Danny’s memory. If hard assets can be obtained from Syrian and Iranian funds sequestered in the West, they would likely go to fund the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation.
The mission of the Foundation reflects Danny’s passion as a caring scholar athlete and the family’s commitment to educate about the threat of mindless Islamic terrorism:
The Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation was established in 2006 by Daniel's family to memorialize the values and vision that inspired Daniel's life. The Foundation strives to create a safer world by engaging youth, educators and communities in activities that promote tolerance and acceptance.
Our mission is to educate people on the nature, tactics and goals of terrorism, promote global strategies for eradicating terrorism, and encourage socially responsible, ethically guided behaviors that contribute to a safe and peaceful world.
Justice has finally been rendered in the case of the late Daniel Cantor Wultz. What remains is for those Palestinians throwing rocks on al Nakba day to get the message they will not win. They should know that Danny’s ruah, his spirit in Hebrew, lives in Israel’s and the Jewish people’s defense of their ancestral Biblical homeland against the hate that took his life and 10 others in Tel Aviv six years ago.