C’est pas moi c’est lui

Bank Hapoalim and Israel Discount Bank are facing charges in New York federal court that they violated American anti-terrorism finance laws by allegedly serving as a conduit for Hamas. The accusations come from the Arab Bank of Jordan, which was first accused of similar charges and is now striking back by throwing the charges at the Israeli banks.

Thank god the American public institutions are here to be more rigorous than the Israelis in the fight against terrorism:

The Defense Ministry’s Web site, for example, lists 200 organizations as terrorist entities with which Israeli banks are barred from conducting financial transactions. The list’s American equivalent, by contrast, includes roughly 800 organizations. There is only one entry for Hamas on the Israeli list, whereas the American list has some 30 charities and individuals tied to the Islamist group.
The consequences of the muddled situation emerged in September, when Israeli authorities discovered that roughly $745,000 transferred by Israel Discount Bank ended up in the coffers of the Executive Force, Hamas’s main security force in Gaza. The money, which was classified as wages paid out by the Palestinian Authority, was wired to Executive Force-controlled accounts at the Palestine Islamic Bank in Gaza.


7 Replies to “C’est pas moi c’est lui”

  1. saade, there’s something I was discussing with a friend :
    apparently, the people from the two southern villages 3ein Ebel and Rmeish don’t like each other much. Both christian villages, both close to the border, and probably two very different attitudes towards the israeli invasion, but that’s only an assumption on my behalf.. Would you develop something on that ? Is there some kind of military versus militia history there? I think it’s pretty interesting to know for instance how were refugees welcomed in 3ein Ebel in 2006 or did they even go for shelter there ?

    S as in Shedd halak

  2. funny you mention this sandrinette
    because ayn el ebel has a very peculiar history of animosity with neighboring village. first of all, during the French occupation Ayn ebel served as recruiting ground (not the only place of course) for mercenaries, also there was a massacre there perpetrated by certain ‘3issabat’ of Shi’a villages that justified it by claiming that Ayn ebel people were harrassing the women of neighboring village etc. These storied are still told in today’s villages.
    one maronite patriarch was from Ayn ebel, which helped develop the village and favor recruitment from this village into state’s institutions in the early independence days to the detriment of other villages.
    Rmeish is dominated by greek catholics if i’m not mistaken and Ayn ebel by maronites.
    also, during the civil war and even before the LF (Bashir Gemayel version) were very influential there and tried to curtail palestinian activities in the south, allying with Israelis etc.

  3. would be interesting to know more about those shi3a 3issabét. I think I know someone from that village, I’ll ask him sometime.
    Aslane, aslane Greek catholics rock, and always will…. 😛

    S as in Shedd halak even more (and not san…ette)

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