While terrorist groups conceal their methods of operation and rely upon the assistance of outlawed regimes and rogue states for material support and protection, they continue to remain vulnerable in one area: their wallets. Without funds, terrorist groups cannot recruit members, buy weapons, carry out training and criminal activities, or create civil infrastructure to garner popular support. While previously terror money flowed freely through Western financial institutions, front charities, and apathetic states, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center has succeeded in obstructing terrorist groups from financing their violent crimes through legal action and civil lawsuits.
We tend to think of the fight against terrorism as a burden that falls mainly on the shoulders of government—our military, diplomatic, homeland security, and law-enforcement agencies. However, political and diplomatic pressures, international treaties, and global economic interests constrain the government from pursuing strict justice. As a result, private citizens have become the key players in stopping the flow of funds to terror organizations, and securing a measure of justice for the victims.
Beginning in the 1990s, Western countries, especially the United States, passed laws making it possible for victims of terror to sue the regimes that sponsor terror, banks that transfer funds to terror groups, front organizations that pretend to serve charitable causes, and even the terrorists themselves. For the first time, terror victims and their families have a chance to fight back through the court system.
One of the major goals of Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center is to economically destroy Middle Eastern hate groups by specializing in tracking the assets and bank accounts of the terror groups, legally obstructing and restraining their funds. Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center is recognized by banks, legal organizations and outlaw regimes around the world as the leading authority and resource on stopping the movement of global terror financing.
Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center’s staff works together with western intelligence agencies and volunteer lawyers around the world to file legal actions on behalf of victims of terror, representing hundreds of victims in cases against Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbullah, the Palestinian Authority, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and numerous financial institutions such as UBS AG, the Lebanese-Canadian Bank, American Express Bank, and the Bank of China.
Stop the flow of terror money through civil lawsuits and other legal means by leading the private sector’s war on terrorism.
Achieve justice and compensation for terror victims from terrorist organizations, their sponsors, and the financial institutions that aid and abet their criminal activities.
Educate the broader public about terrorism and terror funding through missions, public lectures, publications, targeted mailings, and our website.
As with the diplomatic and military fronts, the financial war on terror is a never-ending effort. Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center is at the forefront of tracking both the sources and channels of funding and filing court actions wherever we can.