Seeking Justice for Victims of Palestinian Terrorism in Israel

Hearing Date: February 2, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building



  •  To examine the role of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT).
  • To highlight the threat of terrorism to Americans in Israel.
  • To examine U.S. policy for prosecuting overseas terrorists in the United States.



  •  The OVT was established on May 6, 2005 and directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish OVT “… to ensure that the investigation and prosecution of deaths of American citizens overseas [as a result of terrorism] are a high priority within DOJ.”
  • According to OVT’s website, there have been 48 designated terrorist attacks involving U.S. citizens in Israel and the Palestinian Authority since 1994.
    • Most recently, in November 2015, 18-year-old American Ezra Schwartz was killed by terrorists while in the West Bank.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Brad Wiegmann Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division U.S. Department of Justice
Sarri Singer Founder and Director Strength to Strength Document
Peter Schwartz Uncle of a Victim of Terrorism Document
Arnold Roth Father of a Victim of Terrorism Document

Related Documents

Name Document
Sherri Mandel Statement Document
National Council of Young Israel Statement Document
Alan Bauer Statement Document
Mark Sokolow Statement Document
Endowment for Middle East Truth Document
Wiegmann Questions for the Record Document
Transcript Document