Death of Daniel Wultz
On Monday, April 17, 2006, around 1:30 pm, a Palestinian suicide bomber approached a crowded restaurant near the old Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. The suicide bomber blew himself up when the security guard stationed at the entrance to the restaurant asked him to open his bag for inspection.
American teenager Daniel Wultz was one of 11 people killed in the 2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing at "Rosh Ha'ir" restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel. Seventy others were injured. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the attack, Abu Nasser, a leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, one of the groups that claimed responsibility for the attack, called the American teenager, “[the] best target combination we can dream of – American and Zionist." 
- 1 Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation
- 2 Cooperation with Simon Wiesenthal Center
- 3 Legal actions
- 4 National Prayer Day
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation
Shortly after his death, Daniel Wultz's parents, Tuly and Sheryl Wultz established the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation to promote tolerance through sports and educational activities. The family worked with the Boston-based David Project to create a curriculum for high school students and organized events in the greater Miami area to promote tolerance including programs with the Robert Sheinberg YMCA of Weston where Daniel participated in sports.
Cooperation with Simon Wiesenthal Center
Encouraged by the Government of Israel, the Wultz family filed lawsuits against the Governments of Syria, Iran and Bank of China for their role in the death of their son. In support of the Wultz family's actions in U.S. courts, Israeli intelligence sources voluntarily provided the family and their attorneys with specific information on bank accounts used to fund the terror attack, contact between the Islamic Jihad terror cell, organizers and foreign governments, and details of meetings between Israeli intelligence officers and Bank of China officials that took place before the terror attack in an effort to cut off funding to individuals who were receiving money from Bank of China accounts to facilitate terrorist acts against Israeli targets.
In early 2015, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein ordered Bank of China to "turn over some 1,600 documents related to an internal investigation into BOC accounts formerly held in the name of an alleged Islamic Jihad leader, Said al-Shurafa, and his wife Reem." Litigation Daily reported, "Plaintiffs in the six-year-old case hope the documents will buttress their claims that BOC deliberately turned a blind eye to accounts it knew were being used to funnel money to terrorist operatives in Gaza."
Judgement against Iran and Syria
The family won a case in May 2012 in a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. against Iran and Syria for their supporting "Palestinian militants" in this suicide bombing attack. The amount of the judgement was for $323,000,000 and represented the first time a U.S. court issued a judgement against Syria for terror related activities.
In his Opinion issued May 14, 2012, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote, "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. Barbaric acts like the April 17, 2006 suicide bombing have no place in civilized society and represent a moral depravity that knows no bounds."
Separation of Bank of China terror financing case
Based on motions from attorneys representing Bank of China, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. separated the Wultz lawsuit against Bank of China and transferred it to the U.S. District Court in New York, where it is ongoing.
Boies, Schiller, Flexner
David Boies became lead counsel for the Wultz case against Bank of China, which is overseen by Lee Wolosky, a former Director for Transnational Threats on the National Security Council at the White House under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.
Role of Government of Israel
Although the Government of Israel originally provided substantial evidence and encouragement to the Wultz family and their attorneys, in May 2013, Israeli officials began publicly backing, and then actively seeking to thwart, the Wultz Case against Bank of China.
According to New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, "After Daniel's death, the Israeli government saw a possible means to close down the money channel through United States courts. It pressed Daniel's parents to file suit, saying it would provide evidence, including a witness named Uzi Shaya who had gone to China dozens of times in his role as an Israeli counterterrorism official, and other support. In the words of Lee Wolosky, a Wultz family lawyer, this was an Israeli operation "to use our courts to achieve a sovereign objective." Because that objective seemed critically important, the Wultzes wanted to cooperate." The Israeli policy change came about at the same time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Beijing for an official state visit to China.
Israeli and American media reported Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to prevent Israeli officials from continuing to support the American legal action against Bank of China in return for the state visit and potential for increased economic, political and trade cooperation between Israel and China.
While the Government of Israel had previously allowed former Mossad agent Uzi Shaya and others with direct knowledge of contacts between Israel and Bank of China to provide evidence and testimony regarding meetings with Bank of China officials, following Netanyahu's reported agreement with Chinese officials, the Government of Israel claimed allowing Mr. Shaya to provide the same information through direct testimony in a U.S. Court would jeopardize Israeli national security interests.
In a ruling on the issue, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin agreed to quash a subpoena against the former Israeli intelligence officer, writing: "no evidence suggests that Israel intended to waive Shaya's immunity" regarding information he learned in his official capacity as a Mossad agent. Israeli media called the court's decision a “shocking blow" for the Wultz family’s case against Bank of China, reporting, "A US federal court has delivered a major and shocking blow to the case of terror victims' families against the Bank of China, granting Israel's request to block a key former government agent from testifying on behalf of the families' case."
Conflict between U.S. and Israel
Leading American lawmakers, such as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, considered a key longtime supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees U.S. aid and cooperation with Israel, expressed outrage at Netanyahu's decision to prevent Mr. Shaya from testifying in U.S. Court, despite his acceptance of a subpoena, and what they considered Israeli efforts to undermine U.S. judicial proceedings.
National Prayer Day
On May 1, 2014, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders hosted the Wultz family in the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who is Daniel Wultz's cousin, in connection with National Prayer Day activities. The meeting with Congressman Cantor was co-sponsored by the Wultz family's congressional representative, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and attended by Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Kay Granger, Eliot Engel and others.
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- Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation website
- Justice for Daniel Wultz website
- Duke University Law
- Justia Dockets: Wultz v. Bank of China
- GPO: Wultz, et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran, et al
- The Investigative Project on Terrorism