经济学人:阿拉伯银行 恐怖分子的共犯
日期:2014-10-09 12:44



Arab Bank
Consorting with terrorists
A venerable Jordanian bank is found complicit in terrorist attacks
AFTER a six-week trial it took only two days for a jury to find Arab Bank guilty of knowingly providing assistance to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, and consequently of complicity in two dozen terrorist attacks Hamas launched between 2001 and 2004 in which Americans were hurt or killed.
The case was originally filed a decade ago and this week's verdict notwithstanding, it is far from over. Damages will be assessed in another trial. Arab Bank, which is based inJordan, has vowed to appeal, labelling the proceeding “a show trial”, in which it was prevented from providing exonerating evidence by other countries' laws on bank secrecy.

The case was the first test of an anti-terrorism law passed in 1990 in response to the murder of an American tourist by Palestinian militants in 1985. Arab Bank faces additional claims from hundreds of others harmed during the same period but by other Palestinian groups. Similar cases have been filed in American courts against various foreign banks, including Bank of China, CréditLyonnaisand a unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
At the nub of these cases is the question of how far a bank can reasonably be expected to go to understand its clients' activities. Arab Bank argued that it had never intended to provide any service that contributed to terrorism, and to that end had screened its clients using official lists of known terrorists. It failed only by mistake, when the spelling of names on the lists did not match its own.
The plaintiffs argued that it must, or at least should have, known better. Bank documents, for example, showed payments tied to “martyrdom operations”; the most notable misspelt name was Ahmad Yassin, the founder of Hamas.
原告认为阿拉伯银行必须,或至少应该对其客户有更详细的了解。例如,银行文件应显示与“自杀式袭击”相联系的支付记录;最著名的姓名拼写错误是哈马斯创始人的名字:Ahmad Yassin。
Among the most important legacies of the case will be the standard used to determine complicity. Arab Bank argued that there must be a direct causal relationship between a service and a terrorist act—that but for the service, the act would not have occurred. But the court ruled that the assistance need only be substantial and its consequences foreseeable. There are conflicting precedents, but on September 22nd the appeals court hearing the case involving RBS ruled that the standard for culpability need only be “material support to a terrorist organisation”, not whether it “aided terrorist activities.” That is a much lower bar.

1.terrorist attack 恐怖袭击

This will be their first meeting after the terrorist attack in Bombay.

And digging out of this hole is what the next election has to be about and is going to be about—even if it is interrupted by a terrorist attack or an outbreak of war or peace in Iraq.

2.prevent from 阻止,制止;妨碍

To prevent and investigate illegal activities; to attack and take precautions against terrorism; to maintain the public order and prevent from activities against public order.

Ridgewell calculated that, with current carbon prices, farmers could earn 23 euros per hectare for the CO2 they prevent from reaching the air.
3.in response to 回答;对…有反应

In response to the question “How satisfied are you with your life in general?

But with coevolution-change changing in response to itself-you can win without beating others.

4.expect to 期待

First, review what you can expect to learn from this tutorial and how you can get the most out of it.

In almost every instance, I come away convinced that we've reached greater understanding. And that understanding serves as the base for whatever else we expect to do together.

  • trialadj. 尝试性的; 审讯的 n. 尝试,努力,试验,试
  • additionaladj. 附加的,另外的
  • electionn. 选举
  • appealn. 恳求,上诉,吸引力 n. 诉诸裁决 v. 求助,诉
  • substantialadj. 实质的,可观的,大量的,坚固的 n. 重要部份
  • basen. 基底,基础,底部,基线,基数,(棒球)垒,[化]碱
  • decaden. 十年
  • convincedadj. 信服的
  • venerableadj. 庄严的,值得尊敬的
  • foreseeableadj. 能预测的;可预知的