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Weiss v. NatWest is still relevant in understanding Terrorist Financing [Hamas] Risk.


Weiss v. National Westminster Bank PLC is still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court; the key issues are as follows.

  1. Families of dozens of American victims of Hamas terrorist attacks brought this case. The U.S. Court of Appeals granted summary judgment in favour of a British-based bank, National Westminster Bank (NatWest), that provides banking services to a company, Interpal, which has been designated as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” (SDGT) by the U.S. Treasury Department.
  2. The issue in this case is whether a bank that is “generally aware” of Interpal’s connection to Hamas can be held liable under U.S. anti-terrorism laws for aiding and abetting terrorist activity. Interpal allegedly engaged in “terrorist activity” by soliciting funds and otherwise providing support for Hamas.
  3. The coalition brief ADL joined asks the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and allow the families to amend their complaint so that a jury can consider the bank’s potential liability.
  4. The lawsuits were filed by about 200 victims of attacks in Israel attributed to Hamas, who are seeking to hold the bank liable for handling transactions linked to the group.
  5. The case is still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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