Israeli NGO seeks sale of seized Iranian tanker over 2014 terror attack

An Israeli NGO says it is petitioning Gibraltar’s top court to sell an impounded Iranian oil tanker to compensate parents of a child killed by Iran-funded Hamas.

Shurat Hadin, which wages legal battles worldwide against terror groups, won a $178.5 million US court judgement against Iran and Syria in 2017 over the death of an American infant killed in an attack in Jerusalem.

The Iranian tanker Grace I, capable of carrying two million barrels of oil, was seized on July 4 by police and customs officers in Gibraltar — a British overseas territory on Spain’s southern tip — with the aid of a detachment of British Royal Marines. US officials believe the tanker was destined for Syria to deliver oil, in violation of separate EU and US sanctions.

Shurat Hadin founder Nitzana Darshan-Leitner tells AFP that the vessel’s sale, if ordered by the Gibraltar Supreme Court, would not raise more than a fraction of the District of Columbia District Court’s award, but it could pave the way for the seizure of other Iranian assets.

She says the petition should be filed with the court today, but she does not know when or even if it would hold a hearing. “Anything can happen,” she says.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, seeking to ease tensions with Iran, said Saturday that the tanker would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not bound for Syria.

In October 2014, Palestinian Abdelrahman Shaludi drove a car into two groups of pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and a young woman. He then leapt out of the vehicle and attacked passers-by with an iron bar until police shot him dead. Hamas hailed the attack in a statement, calling Shaludi one of its “hero-martyrs.”


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