Shurat Hadin pursues Tehran’s assets in Europe to prevent Iran from financing terrorism.
American victims of Iranian-backed terrorism have filed a civil action against the European Investment Bank (EIB) for continuing their financial ties with the Iranian regime.
Shurat HaDin, an Israel-based lawfare organization which is representing the victims’ families, maintains that the EIB’s financial ties with the regime help facilitate numerous terror attacks every year, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday.
In the lawsuit, Shurat HaDin says that there are over $43 billion in unresolved legal verdicts against the regime in Tehran. To date, Iran has refused to compensate the victims despite multiple court rulings against them, while continuing to provide financial support to terrorist groups throughout the world, including Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.
Hamas has openly and repeatedly admitted that Iran is its primary benefactor.
The initial complaint, filed in the Washington D.C. district court, maintains that the EIB must expose all Iranian assets held at the bank and turn them over to satisfy the terror victims’ outstanding court awards.
This would mean that every dollar received by the EIB should be turned over to victims of Tehran-backed terror attacks.
“Iran is a state that finances and carries out terrorism,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the president and founder of Shurat HaDin, said in a statement.
“No bank in the Western world can carry on business with Iran as long as Iran continues to support murderous terrorist attacks, and as long as the Iranian regime refuses to pay out the judgments awarded against it on behalf of victims of terror,” she said.
“If the European Investment Bank continues to do business with Iran, funds sent to Iran through the EIB will also be used to directly finance terrorism. We will pursue the Iranian regime until it takes responsibility for its horrific actions and compensates the victims of its terrorism as ordered by the US courts,” she concluded.
Shurat Hadin has been successful in curbing global terrorism by targeting its financial infrastructure, which is the grease that enables the machine of terrorism to work.