Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018

May 24, 2018
May 24, 2018
Referred to Senate (sub)committee

This bill would amend the language in the Antiterrorism Act of 1992 to make it more difficult for defendants accused of aiding and abetting international terrorism to exonerate themselves, among a variety of other minor changes to existing anti-terrorism laws.

While the test of the bill did not mention the Palestinians or the Arab-Israeli conflict, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) specifically cited the recent Supreme Court case Sokolow v. PLO in his press release announcing support for the measure (see JPS 47 [4] for more on the case). “The history of Palestinian and Iranian terrorism against Americans is extensive, going decades and ranging from hijackings to suicide bombings and assassinations,” he wrote. “For too long American citizens have been disgracefully denied justice.”

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