UK bank sued in US for serving Hamas

Hamas-affiliated Interpal allegedly open accounts, transferred funds in National Westminster Bank.

By JONATHAN SCHNEIDER
January 8, 2006 23:56
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A lawsuit has been filed in New York's Federal Court by a group of American victims of Palestinian terror against a major British bank accused of permitting a recognized Hamas charity to open accounts and transfer funds. Despite continuous warnings from the Mossad and British intelligence services regarding the precise nature of their client's dealings, the National Westminster Bank declined to prevent Interpal, a UK-based organization, from using its services. This most recent case is part of several new initiatives whereby lawyers in both America and Israel are suing banking institutions for effectively supporting terrorist organizations. If found guilty of the charges, the banks could be forced to pay damages totaling millions of dollars. Zvi Weiss was left severely wounded as a result of the bombing of the No. 2 bus in Jerusalem in August 2003, which left 22 people dead. One of Weiss's lawyers, Nitzana Darshan-Leitner, told The Jerusalem Post that there was clear evidence to suggest that money from Saudi Arabia reached Hamas terrorists via Interpal. "In 2003, both the US and British governments declared that the charity in question was undoubtedly linked to a functioning terrorist organization and all their bank accounts were frozen," she added.

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