Over the past several years, victims of terror attacks have successfully sued for damages against Iran in US courts. Shurat HaDin claims that there are over $43 billion in unresolved legal verdicts against the Islamic Republic. To date, the organization says, Iran has refused to compensate the victims and is continuing to provide monetary support to terrorist groups throughout the world.
The initial proceeding, filed in the Washington, DC district court, maintains that the EIB must identify all Iranian assets held at the bank and turn them over to satisfy the terror victims’ outstanding court awards, Shurat HaDin said.
An EIB spokesperson told the Post that it is not aware that any suit has been filed against it.
“Iran is a state that finances and carries out terrorism.” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the president and founder of Shurat HaDin, said in a statement.
“No bank in the Western world can carry on business with Iran as long as Iran continues to support murderous terrorist attacks, and as long as the Iranian regime refuses to pay out the judgments awarded against it on behalf of victims of terror,” she said.
The suit names former Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, current deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri and money man Zahar Jabarin as guilty of war crimes, saying that as all three are nationals of Jordan, which is a signatory to the Rome Statute, they are subject to the court’s jurisdiction.
“The death of a 15-year-old boy near the Gaza border last week was a direct result of the war crimes committed by Hamas leaders against their own people,” said Shurat Hadin director Nitzana Darshan-Leitner.
“It is not Israel that should face an investigation, or fend off criticism by the European Union and a demand by the U.N. for an investigation into the death of [Palestinian] children,” she said. “It is Hamas leaders who send these children to be human shields, to be killed in battle. They are the ones who should be made to answer for their actions before the International Criminal Court.”