Israeli Terror Victims File Massive Lawsuit Against Arab Bank

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The aftermath of the suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem on Aug. 9, 2001, that killed 15 people, including two Americans, and wounded around 130 others (Photo by Flash90)

JERUSALEM (Israel Hayom) — A group of more than a thousand Israeli victims of Palestinian terror attacks on Monday filed an NIS 20 billion ($5.78 billion) lawsuit against the Jordan-based Arab Bank PLC at the Jerusalem District Court, claiming that the bank cooperated with, supported, assisted, funded and encouraged terrorist acts that killed hundreds of people.

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This is the first time a bank has been sued in Israel for alleged involvement in financing terrorism, although victims of terrorism have filed suits in the country against both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The Israeli lawsuit follows a similar one filed in the United States in 2004, which was resolved last year through a settlement that paid out some $1 billion to victims of terrorism.

The Israeli lawsuit was filed in the names of the Israelis who were left out of the U.S. suit and is seeking compensation for special damages, punitive damages and future damages. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that foreign businesses cannot be sued in U.S. courts by foreign victims of human rights abuses and extremist attacks.

The Arab Bank is one of the largest banking institutions in the Arab world and operates some 600 branches internationally, in addition to subsidiaries. The lawsuit claims that the bank, its employees and its managers played an integral role in the system that supported terrorist activity and even knowingly—if indirectly—provided assistance by funding actions carried out by Palestinian terrorists and terrorist organizations.

According to the plaintiffs—1,132 Israeli citizens who were wounded in terrorist attacks or who lost family members to terrorist actions committed within the Green Line as well as in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip from 1995-2005—the bank was involved in funding terrorist attacks carried out in Israel by Hamas, Fatah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian terrorist groups during those years. These attacks claimed the lives of hundreds of Israelis, and wounded thousands.

Specific attacks cited include but are not limited to the 1996 suicide bombing at Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Center, in which 13 people were murdered; the 2001 suicide bombing at the Dolphinarium nightclub in Tel Aviv in 2001, which killed 21 and wounded over 120; the 2001 suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, which claimed the lives of 15 and left over 100 wounded; and 2002 suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Netanya on the eve of Passover, in which 30 people were killed and 160 wounded.

The bank is accused of playing a significant role in collecting donations to support the families of suicide bombers, wounded terrorists and Palestinians serving sentences in Israeli prisons for terrorist activity. The bank even disbursed the money in violation of accepted banking practices, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit also claims that the bank was more directly involved in supporting terrorism, and that at the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000, bank chairman Abd al-Majid Shuman established the Fund to Support the Palestinian People’s Resistance, which was designed to support the intifada. Shuman promised to donate $500,000 of his own money to the fund, and the bank committed to an additional donation of $2 million.

The lawsuit is being filed by attorneys Gilad Markman and Benjamin Perlman, as well as attorneys Gil Maman and Gavriel Mairone, whose firm specializes in pursuing legal action against terrorist funding, genocide, and crimes against humanity.


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Tylenol Kills
Tylenol Kills
4 years ago

The rate of terrorism would go down if Tylenol were discontinued! It damages brains and turns people violent!

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason
4 years ago

Hurry, claim the bank suffers from mental illness. Problem solved!

Stop with the brainwashing already
Stop with the brainwashing already
4 years ago

Wait a minute. There was a terrorist bombing? In Jerusalem of all places? But the aliyah hustlers keep telling us, here in America, just move to Israel and you’ll be safe and live forever. So I was being lied to? So in other words, Hashem decides how long a person will be on this earth regardless of where he lives?

Kastner Train
Kastner Train
4 years ago

Hi….. , I’ D rather listen to the Aliyah hustlers and take my chances with bombs, rather than be defrauded by Aliyah rejectors and wind up in crematoria with 6 million others.Who would have made a huge difference in demographics.
Tragic that the Prime Rejectors themselves sneaked away and left the flock on their own.

Brainwashed already
Brainwashed already
4 years ago

Iranian money used to fuel the hate and bombs. IDK, Mr. Brainwashing, but your rabbi teitelbaum from Monroe shouted to continue supporting bombs, no?

VICTOR
VICTOR
4 years ago

Wait a minute. There were stabbings and beatings? In BP, Rockland, Williamsburgh , Crown Hts. of all places?
But the Galus Ir Hakodshim hustlers and control freaks tell us to stay here. So I was being lied to? The surrounding goyim in Monsey , Lakewood, Toms River and Orange counties do Facebook hate about us. This wasn’t told to me either. What a brainwashing.

Hustler
Hustler
4 years ago

What??? Murder of Jews in Slabodka with shuls and Teyreh? Murder of Jews in Warsaw with hundreds of shuls and yeshivas? Burning of the Biyalistock grand synagogue with 2000 Jews inside?
Keep the hustling Zionist Reps outta our shtetlach.. Don’t let them brainwash you..

Miema Jemima's Ptcha
Miema Jemima's Ptcha
4 years ago

Hashem also decided to make this a mother of an anti -Semitic year in your galus ‘hoods by both white , black , Muslim and mongrel types all over Jew York, Paris, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Antverpen, Stamford Hill, and Montrayale.
Your hustling asskonim brainwashing and Tom- Tomming the zeesskeit of Diasporah. Laughing how commenters argue up and down as to which group and race is a bigger Jew hater.A charpeh and boosheh.

Nachum
Nachum
4 years ago

Hit those momzarim in the pocketbook, where it hurts!