Blom Bank Case

ESTATE OF HOWARD GOLDSTEIN v. BLOM BANK SAL

 

Osen LLC (together with co-counsel) represents 20 families who were victims of terrorist attacks committed by the Palestinian Foreign Terrorist Organization (“FTO”) known as Hamas. The Complaint in Estate of Howard Goldstein v. BLOM Bank Sal alleges that BLOM Bank, a Lebanese bank headquartered in Beirut, aided and abetted Hamas by knowingly providing financial services to Hamas.

 

The Complaint alleges that BLOM Bank knowingly maintained accounts and facilitated payments for prominent Hamas organizations such as Sanabil Association for Relief and Development and the Union of Good and that it “understood the value and importance to Hamas of its own role in facilitating large transfers of funds, including the cross-border transfer of U.S. dollars, from donors and co-conspirators around the world to Lebanon and making those funds easily available to Hamas.” Complaint, ¶ 491.

 

SANABIL ASSOCIATION FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

 

According to the U.S. government, the Sanabil Association for Relief and Development (Sanabil), based in Sidon, Lebanon, received large quantities of funds raised by major Hamas-affiliated charities in Europe and the Middle East and, in turn, provided funding to Hamas.    

 

The U.S. Treasury Department designated the Sanabil Association a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (“SDGT”) in August 2003 for its ties to Hamas, noting in its press release announcing the designation:

At the request of a HAMAS political leader, Sanabil began opening offices in all of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in August of 2001 in order to increase the foundation’s role inside the camps.

 

THE UNION OF GOOD

 

According to the U.S. government, the Union of Good is an umbrella “charitable” organization that constitutes a principal fundraising mechanism for Hamas. Established in 2000 almost immediately after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the Union of Good was conceived of by Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born Muslim Brotherhood leader who publicly sanctioned suicide bombings against Israeli citizens through a series of “fatwas” he issued in 2001. Sheikh Qaradawi is the Union of Good’s current leader and chairman. The Union of Good was declared an “unlawful organization” in 2002 by the Israeli government because of its ties to Hamas.

 

The U.S. Treasury Department designated the Union of Good an SDGT on November 12, 2008 for its ties to Hamas, noting in its press release announcing the designation:

The leadership of Hamas created the Union of Good in late-2000, shortly after the start of the second Intifada, in order to facilitate the transfer of funds to Hamas. The Union of Good acts as a broker for Hamas by facilitating financial transfers between a web of charitable organizations--including several organizations previously designated under E.O. 13224 for providing support to Hamas--and Hamas-controlled organizations in the West Bank and Gaza…. The Union of Good's executive leadership and board of directors includes Hamas leaders, Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), and other terrorist supporters.