New US lawsuit alleges Qatar secretly funded terror attacks that killed US citizens

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Qatar secretly funded Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) groups with millions of dollars who carried out terror attacks that killed US citizens, according to a new lawsuit filed in New York seeking compensation for the victims’ families.

The new lawsuit was filed in a New York court on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained and first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

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“Qatar coopted several institutions that it dominates and controls to funnel coveted U.S. dollars (the chosen currency of Middle East terrorist networks) to Hamas and PIJ under the false guise of charitable donations," the lawsuit read.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants participate in a military show in Gaza City October 4, 2018. (Reuters)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants participate in a military show in Gaza City October 4, 2018. (Reuters)

The lawsuit was filed by US attorney Steven Perles, who has prosecuted notable cases involving terrorism and terror-financing on behalf of families and victims seeking compensation of past terror attacks.

The new lawsuit alleges that Qatar used its charitable institutions to funnel illegal funds to terror groups, namely Hamas and the PIJ, using the US banking system. That money was then later used by the groups – both designated as terrorist organization by the United States – to carry out attacks that killed US citizens.

Perles specifically alleges that the money used by Hamas and PIJ were used to carry out at least six attacks between 2014 and 2016. The new lawsuit said that between March and September 2015, Qatar Charity gave $28 million to groups in the Palestinian territories that may have been then transferred to Hamas and PIJ.

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