Monday, February 12, 2007

An Insidious Idea Who Time Has Come

The huge Jordan-based Arab Bank is offering life insurance policies for suicide bombers, but there's a twist reports Der Spiegel in explaining what happened after a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a Jerusalem bus:
A few weeks after the suicide bombing, the phone at the home of Bassam Takruri's parents rang. On the other end of the line was a representative of Muassafat Usar al Shuhada, or "The Organization of Martyr Families." He told Bassam's mother that the family had received money, but that they would have to open an account at the Arab Bank in order to withdraw the first deposit. The Takruris were puzzled, but they did what the man said. Shortly thereafter money was transferred to the new account. From then on, Bassam's family received $200 (€152) each month for more than a year.
The Arab Bank has long been suspected of directing money used to finance Palestinian terrorism and U.S. authorities shut down its New York City branch some time ago although it continues to operate in the U.S.

Now attorneys are attempting to terminate all of the bank’s U.S. ties, as well as the suicide bomber insurance program.

Hat tip to Captain Ed at Captain’s Quarters

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