A group of 52 congressmen and women called on US Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Thursday to prosecute Palestinian terrorists responsible for killing and maiming Americans.
In a bipartisan letter sponsored by congressmen Joe Walsh (R - Ilinois) and Howard Berman (D - California), the congressmen said Israel released more than a dozen such terrorists in October 2011 as part of its deal with Hamas to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit."Because of the circumstances of this forced release, their prosecution under American law is not precluded by principles of double jeopardy, and they should, if prosecuted, suffer the full consequences of having violated American law," the letter says of those terrorists.
Under the 1991 US Anti-Terror Act, the United States may prosecute foreign nationals who perpetrate terrorist acts against American citizens, even if those acts are not carried out on US soil. However, for prosecution to proceed, that law requires the written certification of the US attorney- general that the alleged offenses was intended to "coerce, intimidate or retaliate against a government or civilian population."