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April 4, 2017 1:00 pm

US Supreme Court Considers Arab Bank’s Liability for Terror Attacks in Israel

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Arab Bank headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – The US Supreme Court this week agreed to contemplate a revival of litigation against Arab Bank, holding the Jordan-based institution financially liable for terror attacks in Israel and for acting as terrorists’ “paymaster.”

The judges agreed to hear an appeal of litigation that was rejected by a lower court and brought by nearly 6,000 plaintiffs, including relatives of non-US citizens murdered in terror attacks and attack survivors.

Using the US Alien Tort Statute to sue for damages, the plaintiffs allege that Arab Bank knowingly and deliberately financed terror attacks in Israel as well as payments to the families of suicide bombers between January 1995 and July 2005.

The plaintiffs argue that Arab Bank arranged payments to the relatives of terrorists from four Palestinian terrorist organizations, including the Islamic Resistance Movement, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The plaintiffs hope to reverse a 2015 New York federal appeals court ruling asserting that Arab Bank is immune to the Alien Tort Statute.

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