Such civil lawsuits against militant groups are difficult to enforce but Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said it was an important legal victory over the group led by Iran. backing.
Darshan-Leitner said in a statement: “Only by paying dearly from those engaged in the business of terrorism can we prevent the suffering and loss of other victims of violence. caused by them,” said Darshan-Leitner.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006. Israel hit targets in Lebanon while Hezbollah fired thousands of rockets at cities and towns in northern Israel. Israel still considers the armed Shi’ite militant group a major threat.
In Friday’s ruling, Judge Steven L. Tiscione of federal court in Brooklyn, New York, said the plaintiffs had successfully established that Hezbollah’s actions violated the Anti-Terrorism Act and the group legally responsible.
A spokesman for Hezbollah declined to comment.