The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 29, 2013

Family faces frustration of court fight after grief of terror bombing

MIAMI — In the spring of 2006, Weston, Fla., teenager Daniel Cantor Wultz had the brightest of futures. A star sophomore at Plantation’s David Posnack Hebrew Day School, Daniel, 16, talked about someday becoming a rabbi.

His deepening interest in Judaism was part of what took him on a family vacation to Israel that Passover, to visit relatives and learn about his roots. When he and his dad had a hankering for shawarma pita sandwiches, they took a taxi to the popular Rosh Ha’ir stand near the old Tel Aviv bus station.

Just as they visited the stand, a bomber blew himself up, sending shrapnel flying around Rosh Ha’ir. Eleven people would die, including Daniel, and 70 others would be injured, including his father, Yekutiel “Tuly” Wultz.

After Tuly Wultz and his wife, Sheryl, buried their son, they vowed to do whatever it took to protect another Daniel from dying at the hands of a terrorist. And thus began an odyssey that has layered frustration on top of heartbreak.

For the Wultzes, preventing the next attack meant going after the parties they believe are responsible for killing Daniel: Syria and Iran, which aided the Islamic Jihad group that carried out the attack; and Bank of China, which the Wultzes claim acted as a conduit for the money used to fund the bombing.

They won their case against Syria and Iran. A U.S. District Court judge in Washington last year ordered a $323 million judgment against the governments of those countries to the Wultz family. The ruling came down six years to the day after Daniel’s death; the Wultzes have yet to receive a penny.

Their federal case against the Bank of China, however, has run into a recent roadblock and landed the Wultzes at the center of an international legal and political clash between Israel, China and the United States.

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