Jury: Arab Bank Liable in Attacks

NEW YORK (AP) -

A U.S. jury found on Monday that a large Jordan-based bank should be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in Israel in the early 2000s that left several Americans dead or wounded.

Jurors reached the verdict in a terrorism financing lawsuit against Arab Bank after deliberating two days in at a civil trial in federal court in Brooklyn.

The high-stakes case had pitted U.S. victims against an international bank with several branches in Yehudah, Shomron and Gaza. They accused the bank of knowingly helping Hamas fund a “death and dismemberment benefit plan” for terrorists.

This was the first time a bank had faced a trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act.