TRACKING AND BLOCKING TERROR FUNDING
Even the most clandestine terror organizations 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. Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center has succeeded in obstructing the free flow of funding to terrorist groups through legal action and civil lawsuits. Beginning in the 1990s, Western countries passed laws so victims of terror could sue regimes that sponsor terror, banks that transfer funds to terror groups, front organizations that pretend to serve charitable causes, and even the terrorists themselves. As a result, attorneys are key players in stopping the flow of funds to terror organizations and giving victims and their families a chance to fight back through the court system. Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center specializes in tracking the assets and bank accounts of the terror groups, legally obstructing and restraining their funds.
TERROR FUNDING CREATES TERRORISTS
A terror organization is, fundamentally, a business. Day-to-day, every terror group primarily works to raise, invest, allocate, and transfer money. Palestinian terror requires hundreds of millions of dollars of annual financing, according to documents recovered during operation “Defensive Shield” in 2002.
Suicide bombers aren’t crazy; they’re conditioned and terror funding enables that conditioning. It begins in elementary school, where he is taught to idolize the Shaheed, a martyr who kills as many civilians as possible on the road to Heaven.
Terror funded youth programs, sports camps, and health clinics convince him that terrorists are really working for him. PR efforts (like posters and trading cards) promote past suicide bombers as heroes. Payments to the families of martyrs’ can make suicide bombing the financially prudent choice. Every stage of this indoctrination requires vast resources.
Finally, filled with visions of martyrdom from his childhood, he is offered the chance of a lifetime: become a Shaheed and solve his family’s financial woes forever. An explosive vest or car bomb alone is inexpensive. But the creation of suicide bombers and Jihadis is a long and expensive process – this is why stopping funds is critical in the fight against terrorism.