zaterdag 15 augustus 2015

Arab Bank bespaart Obama wederom zijn pro-Palestijnse hart te tonen

Arab-Bank kiest eieren voor zijn geld.

 

 

In New York gebeuren interessante dingen, waarover in Nederland niets te lezen is. Daar wordt terreur echt aangepakt en worden terroristen, hun aanzetters en hun financiers flink beboet. Na de hoge boete voor de PA/PLO van 218 miljoen dollar, verdrievoudigd tot ruim 650 miljoen dollar onder de antiterreurwet, van eerder dit jaar is nu de Jordaanse Arab-Bank aan de beurt. Een jury in een federale rechtbank in New York vond de bank schuldig aan financiering van terrorisme. De bank financierde Hamas en financierde 24 ernstige aanslagen in Israel tussen 1998 en 204. Bij een van die aanslagen, op restaurant Sbarro in 2001, waarbij 15 personen gedood werden, kwamen ook de Nederlanders Mordechai en Tzira Schijverscuurder en 3 van hun kinderen om het leven. Hun “fout “ was dat ze een keertje pizza gingen eten in het centrum van Jeruzalem.

In New York hebben 297 direct betrokkenen van die aanvallen  (gewonden en nabestaanden van slachtoffers) de bank hiervoor aangeklaagd omdat de financiering liep  (via  Saudi Arabie en de al Shahid Foundation van Hezbolla) via de Arab-Bank. De strijd heeft 10 jaar geduurd en allerlei geheime  documenten  in Jodanie, Libanon en de Palestijnse Gebieden werden onderzocht . Jordanie vertelde het Amerikaanse Hooggerechtshof dat de Arab-Bank zo cruciaal is, dat een miljardenclaim zou kunnen leiden tot economische en politieke instabiliteit en mogelijk de cruciale VS-Jordaanse antiterreur samenwerking zou kunnen schaden. Daarnaast zou het internationale banksysteem er onder kunnen lijden. Maar de jury achtte de bank schuldig aan het verschaffen van “Bloedgeld”.

Nadat eerder dit jaar was gegebleken dat men in New York niet zo onder de indruk is van dit soort argumenten zoals de Arab-Bank aanvoerde en zoals ze eerder dit jaar ook werden aangevoerd in het proces tegen de PA en PLO, wilde de bank kennelijk niet de boete afwachten. Die boete moest nog in een afzonderlijk proces worden vastgesteld. De bank blijkt nu een schikking te hebben getroffen met de aanklagers maar het is niet bekend hoe die schikking eruit ziet.

Inmiddels heeft Obama zich een echte vriend van de PA/PLO betoond en heeft hij bij de rechtbank gepleit voor vermindering van de boete eerder dit jaar van 650 miljoen voor de PLO/PA , wat op zich al opmerkelijk is, namelijk dat hij zich bemoeit met de rechtspraak! Maar bovendien lijkt hij zo niet wakker te liggen van het feit dat Abbas doorgaat met terroristen een pensioen uit te betalen, wat natuurlijk buitengewoon vreemd is en ernstig schuurt met Obama`s eigen antiterrorisme wet.

De Arab Bank heeft Obama gevrijwaard voor verdere  vriendendiensten  door de regeling van een schikking te treffen. 

Je kunt je wel afvragen waarom we daar in Nederland niets over lezen, te meer daar er onschuldige Nederlandse slachtoffers waren betrokken bij de terreuraanvallen.

 

 

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4690865,00.html

 

Arab Bank settles US litigation over Hamas attacks

Jordan-based bank pays undisclosed amount to avoid trial after being found liable in several terror attacks in Israel that killed Americans.

Reuters

Published: 

08.14.15, 23:24 / Israel News

Arab Bank Plc has agreed to settle litigation brought by hundreds of Americans who accused it of facilitating Hamas attacks in Israel, nearly a year after a US jury found the bank liable.

 

 

The settlement was confirmed on Friday by Michael Elsner, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, and a spokesman for Arab Bank. The terms were not disclosed. Elsner said the framework of the deal would be finalized over the next few months.

 


Scene of a terror attack at the cafeteria at the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus in 2002, which killed five Americans (Photo: AP)

 

A trial had been scheduled to start Monday to begin determining how much the bank would have to pay the victims and their families.

 

Approximately 500 US citizens had sued Arab Bank under the U.S Anti-Terrorism Act, which permits US citizens to pursue claims arising from international terrorism. The plaintiffs included both victims of attacks carried out by Hamas and other groups, as well as family members of the victims.

 

In September 2014, a US jury in Brooklyn, New York, found the Jordan-based bank liable for two dozen Hamas attacks that took place more than a decade ago in and around Israel, the first time a bank was held liable in US court for violating the act.

 

Several other banks are facing similar claims in US courts under the Anti-Terrorism Act, including Bank of China, Credit Lyonnais SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, among others.

 

Last year's verdict covered 310 plaintiffs, but a source familiar with the litigation said the settlement would include all 500 plaintiffs who brought claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

 

At trial, lawyers for the plaintiffs said Arab Bank knowingly maintained accounts for Hamas operatives and facilitated payments to families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during a Palestinian uprising beginning in 2000.

 

Arab Bank argued that it had followed proper screening procedures to checked accounts and transactions against lists of designated terrorist organizations.

 

The bank had vowed to appeal, saying US District Judge Brian Cogan issued flawed rulings that prevented it from mounting a full defense.

 

Arab Bank said after last year's trial that the verdict could expose financial institutions to "enormous liability" for providing routine banking services.

 

Monday's trial, which was to include 17 plaintiffs, had been akin to so-called bellwether trials that are common in mass tort cases. The trial was expected to allow both sides to assess the damages for a few plaintiffs in order to gauge the potential overall amount of money at stake for the bank.

 

It was not clear how much in potential damages Arab Bank had faced. Elsner, the plaintiffs' lawyer, had previously said that a verdict could have been for millions of dollars.

 

 

 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199481#.Vc7_VBHovSc



Arab Bank Reaches Settlement with American Terror Victims

Arab Bank settles with American victims of attacks in Israel and the PA who filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of supporting terrorism.

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By Ben Ariel, Canada

First Publish: 8/14/2015, 11:12 PM

 

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Arab Bank has reached a settlement with hundreds of American victims of attacks in Israel and the Palestinian Authority who filed a lawsuit accusing the bank of supporting terrorism, AFP reported on Friday.

A spokesperson for the bank confirmed to the news agency that an agreement had been reached, but provided no details of the settlement.

The amount of the settlement was not immediately revealed.

One of the lawyers for the plaintiffs said the Bank would make a statement and declined to comment.

Last year, a U.S. jury in a federal court in Brooklyn found the Jordan-based multinational liable for financing terrorism by transferring funds for members of Hamas.

The bank later said it would appeal the verdict, saying the judge’s instructions were “erroneous” and mistakes were made in determining which evidence would be allowed.

A second trial, where a jury would determine how much the Bank should pay in damages to 17 of the plaintiffs, was due to start in Brooklyn next week.

Three hundred plaintiffs sued the Bank, including victims and relatives of victims of attacks carried out in Israel, Gaza and Judea and Samaria between 2001 and 2004.

At trial, the defense said there was no evidence Bank executives supported terrorism and rejected any suggestion that the firm knowingly made payments to designated terrorists.

The plaintiffs said the bank transferred more than $70 million to an alleged Saudi terror entity, charities they claim were a front for Hamas and 11 globally-designated terrorist clients.

 

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4689827,00.html

 

 

 

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Palestinain President Mahmoud Abbas Photo: Reuters

 

Aftermath of suicide bombing on bus in Jerusalem (Archive Photo: AP) 

 

Courtroom sketch from trial in New York City (Illustration: Jane Rosenberg) 

 

 

US appeals Palestinian Authority terrorism fine

Justice Department concerned about court ruling that PA must pay damages to victim of terror attacks, citing danger of financial collapse.

Ynetnews

Published: 

08.11.15, 17:05 / Israel News

The US government submitted an appeal to a New York court Monday to reconsider a ruling against the Palestinian Authority to pay $218.5 million in damages to victims of terror attacks.

 

 

The Justice Department cited concern that such a hefty amount could "compromise the PA's ability to operate as a governmental authority."

 

The statement also said that the move was made considering the "critical national security and foreign policy interests of the United States that should be considered" in deciding the amount of damages to be paid.

 


Aftermath of suicide bombing on bus in Jerusalem (Archive Photo: AP)

 

A New York jury ordered that the damages be paid in February for attacks that killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more — a penalty that lawyers say would be automatically tripled under the US Anti-Terrorism Act, but that the State Department fears could weaken the stability of the Palestinian government.

 

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The case has represented one of the most notable efforts by American victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to seek damages in US courts, though the plaintiffs may face challenges in trying to collect. The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which were held liable for the bloodshed following dramatic testimony from survivors and victims' relatives, have indicated that they are unable to pay the damages and won't provide money while their appeal is pending.

 

The Justice Department also added to the appeal that, "The United States strongly supports the rights of victims of terrorism to vindicate their interests in federal court and to receive just compensation for their injuries."

 

But not all were convinced.

 


Courtroom sketch from trial in New York City (Illustration: Jane Rosenberg)

 

"We are gratified that the Department of Justice supports the rights of survivors of international terrorism to enforce their rights and collect the judgment but disappointed that the State Department failed to take any stand against the PLO and PA's policy of putting convicted terrorists on their payroll as soon as they are jailed," said Attorney Kent Yalowitz with Shurat Hadin Law Center which represented the plaintiffs in this case. "If the PA has enough money to pay convicted terrorists, it has enough to pay the judgment in this case."

 

Israeli Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner added that, "We had hoped that the State Department would act to deter the PLO from using its funds to continue paying the convicted terrorists rather than trying to nullify the verdict of a unanimous New York jury."

 

The case was brought in New York by a group of American families and concerns a series of bombings and shootings between 2002 and 2004. Jurors heard dramatic testimony from relatives of people killed and survivors who never fully recovered.

 

The plaintiffs also relied on internal records showing the Palestinian Authority continued to pay the salaries of employees who were put behind bars in terror cases and paid benefits to families of suicide bombers and gunmen who died committing the attacks. But a defense lawyer argued that there was no evidence that the Palestinian authorities had sanctioned the attacks, as alleged in the lawsuit.

 

 

 

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