|Arab Bank premises in the financial district of downtown Amman,|
Jordan [Image Source]
It's a major legal event in which the Jordan-based bank, which refers to itself as "the largest global Arab banking network", is being sued by multiple plaintiffs for giving support to the terrorists of Hamas. Those plaintiffs are the families of more than 100 American citizens killed or injured in two dozen terror attacks that we describe below.
Most of Arab Bank Verdict Survives Defense Motions
Andrew Keshner | New York Law Journal | April 9, 2015
A judge has refused to upset most of a jury verdict that found Arab Bank civilly liable for the material support of Hamas during the Second Intifada.
"The verdict was based on volumes of damning circumstantial evidence that the defendant knew its customers were terrorists," Eastern District Judge Brian Cogan wrote in a 94-page decision released today, denying most of the bank's bid for judgment as a matter of law.
In September, jurors decided that Arab Bank's knowing material support, in the form of financial services, was linked to 24 terror attacks in Israel carried out by Hamas. Cogan presided over the six-week trial leading up to the closely-watched verdict (NYLJ, Sept. 23, 2014).
On Wednesday, Cogan said the plaintiffs, survivors of the attacks or their relatives, failed to show Hamas' responsibility for two of the 24 attacks. Cogan rebuffed the bank's call for a new trial under the civil liability provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act. He also refused to certify an interlocutory appeal on the liability verdict.
The case is thought to be the first time a financial institution had been tried on allegations it violated the Anti-Terrorism Act's civil provisions.
In their post-verdict motions, the bank - which hotly disputes that it knowingly aided terrorists - called the jury's conclusions "a miscarriage of justice" (NYLJ, Oct. 14, 2014). A trial on the damages portion of the case, Linde v. Arab Bank, 04-CV-2799, is upcoming.
- Bombing of a gas station at Neve Yamin (near Kfar Saba) - March 28, 2001
- Bombing of the Tel Aviv Dolphinarium - June 1, 2001
- Human-bomb attack on the central Jerusalem Sbarro pizzeria - August 9, 2001
- Multiple bombings at central Jerusalem's Ben Yehuda mall - December 1, 2001
- Bombing and shooting attack in Emmanuel (Samaria District) - December 12, 2001
- Shooting attack in Atzmona - March 7, 2002
- Bombing of Jerusalem's Café Moment - March 9, 2002
- Bombing of Park Hotel in Netanya on Passover night - March 27, 2002
- Bombing of the Sheffield Club, Rishon Letzion - May 7, 2002
- Bombing of Egged city bus 32A in Jerusalem, close to Pat Junction - June 18, 2002
- Bombing of Frank Sinatra Cafeteria, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - July 31, 2002
- Bombing of Dan bus 4 on Allenby Street in central Tel Aviv - September 19, 2002
- Shooting attack in Ofra on Route 60 - January 29, 2003
- Bombing of Haifa bus 37 - March 5, 2003
- Shooting attack in Kiryat Arba - March 7, 2003
- Bombing of Tel Aviv beachside Mike's Place club - April 30, 2003
- Bombing of Egged bus 6 in Jerusalem's French Hill neighbourhood - May 18, 2003
- Bombing of Egged bus 14A on Jerusalem's Jaffa Road - June 11, 2003
- Sniper-shooting attack on a vehicle traveling on Route 60, near Ofra, north of Jerusalem - June 20, 2003
- Bombing of Egged bus 2 in north Jerusalem - August 19, 2003
- Bombing of Jerusalem's Café Hillel (German Colony/Emek Refaim) - September 9, 2003
- Shooting attack at Tel Romeida, Hevron - October 22, 2003
- Bombing of Jerusalem Egged bus 19 very close to the Prime Minister's official residence in Rehavia - January 29, 2004 [but see below]
- Mortar attack on Neve Dekalim community in Gush Katif (Gaza Strip) - September 24, 2004 [but see below]
ruled that no appeal of his controversial rulings will be allowed until a trial to assess damages is complete.