By: Moses Gold
|Arab Bank branch|
Jordan could now be held accountable for the terror acts committed by Hamas.
A U.S. man can proceed with a lawsuit to hold accountable the Arab Bank of Jordan, for providing material support to the Palestinian terror group Hamas, a federal judge ruled this week.
U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn, New York, rejected the application from Jordan-based Arab Bank to dismiss the entire 2011 lawsuit filed by Mati Gill, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel who was wounded by shots fired in 2008 from Gaza into Israel.
According to the ruling, a speaker claiming to represent Hamas claimed responsibility for the shooting that wounded Gill. Gill seeks monetary damages from Arab Bank under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, alleging that the bank violated the law by providing financial support to Hamas.
Hamas, along with its leaders and members, is designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States.
Arab Bank denied the allegations and said Gill was caught in the crossfire between the two military forces and that he had not demonstrated the Arab Bank's responsibility for the shooting.
Weinstein dismissed one of the claims of Gill, who wanted to hold Arab Bank responsible for aiding and abetting Hamas gunfire, saying that the law did not provide for secondary liability.
He said that the Arab Bank could be held liable for Gill’s claims, including allegations that the bank conspired with Hamas to commit acts of violence and provided material support to the group.
The case will now go to the Arab Bank's motion for summary judgment, which is due in the coming weeks. If the case survives that hurdle, it will go to trial on November 19.