Payments to Hamas Leaders

Arab Bank Accounts For Senior Hamas Leaders


The Plaintiffs established that Arab Bank violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by illegally, knowingly maintaining bank accounts for senior Hamas leaders like Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Hamas’s founder and supreme leader, even though he was a Specially Designated Terrorist. The Plaintiffs introduced evidence of a $60,000 transfer to Yassin’s account in 2001. The Plaintiffs also introduced evidence of multiple transfers to Yassin’s wife, Halima Yassin.


The Plaintiffs also proved that Arab Bank maintained accounts for many other senior Hamas leaders, including key leaders of Hamas’s terror apparatus – the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.


Al-Qassam Brigades leaders who held accounts at Arab Bank included:

Other Hamas leaders who were customers included: 

In nearly all cases, Arab Bank refused to turn over senior Hamas leaders’ account records though they were legally obligated to do so.