Just weeks after a billion-dollar lawsuit was filed in a New York state court against the Bank of China, one of the litigants arrived in Cleveland and talked about how the suit is an attempt to stop terror.
Naftali Moses, the father of Avraham David, a high school student who died at the Mercaz Harav Jerusalem terror attack in 2008, said Sunday during a break in his book tour that the suit is “obviously not to get rich” but rather to attempt to cut off funds to terrorist organizations.
The attacks drew global attention and, at the time, the radical Islamic Hamas movement praised the deed but did not claim it. Later, the group claimed responsibility, according to Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center.
Darshan-Leitner represents the five families who filed the suit, Rot v. Bank of China. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the victims.
“The banking giant knowingly assisted the Islamic group to carry out this Jerusalem attack with the full approval of the Chinese government,” Darshan-Leitner said in a prepared statement.
“The only way to block this tunnel (of money flow) is actually to sue the bank,” she said. The idea, she added, is to make the banks “very reluctant to keep providing financial services to terrorist organizations.”