Almog v. Arab Bank

Among the cases that will be affected by the Kiobel decision is Almog v. Arab Bank, brought in New York by survivors and family members of those killed or maimed by terrorist groups such as Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Plaintiffs include citizens from the United States, Afghanistan, Argentina, France, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The plaintiffs allege that Arab Bank has aided and abetted genocide and crimes against humanity in violation of international laws by serving as the paymaster to families of terrorist suicide bombers. In particular, the international bank allegedly served as the banker for a massive, government-supported fundraising campaign in Saudi Arabia that has funneled more than $100 million  from public and private sources to Palestinian terrorist groups and the families of suicide bombers. Arab Bank also allegedly created and managed a formalized process which requires beneficiaries to obtain an official certification of their deceased relative's status as a suicide bomber before receiving money.

In denying Arab Bank’s motion to dismiss the litigation, the Federal District Judge Nina Gershon found that, in light of the allegations, "the inference is unmistakable that Arab Bank knew it was administering a financial benefit to designated families of Palestinian ‘martyrs’ and those wounded or imprisoned in perpetrating terrorist attacks, i.e., those who perpetrated the primary violations of the law of nations.” More recently, Judge Gershon wrote that Arab Bank “admits that it maintained accounts for eleven people or organizations that had already been designated as Terrorists.”

Read more about Almog v. Arab Bank at the website of law firm Motley Rice.

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