Payments to Hamas Leaders

Arab Bank Accounts For Senior Hamas Leaders


The Plaintiffs established that Arab Bank violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by illegally 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 also proved that Arab Bank also maintained accounts for many other senior Hamas leaders, including key leaders of Hamas’s terror apparatus – the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Customers included Abbas al-Sayed, a senior Hamas leader who masterminded the Park Hotel Bombing, Netanya - March 27, 2002, Salah Shehadeh, founder and former head of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Ismail Haniyeh, former Prime Minister of Hamas and current Hamas leader in Gaza, and Osama Hamdan, Hamas senior leader and spokesman and United States-designated Specially Designated Global Terrorist. In nearly all cases, Arab Bank refused to turn over the account records of senior Hamas leaders.