By NICHOLAS IOVINO
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — A California nonprofit wants two Middle Eastern banks and a Kuwaiti sheikh to pay damages for claims they funded the Islamic State’s systematic murder and displacement of Christians in Iraq and Syria.
St. Francis of Assisi, an Alameda-based nonprofit that assists refugees, sued the Kuwait Finance House, Kuveyt-Turk Participation Bank and Hajjaj al-Ajmi in Federal Court on Monday.
“My clients have lost everything,” St. Francis attorney Mogeeb Weiss told Courthouse News. “They’ve lost their property, livelihoods, members of families that have been murdered systematically. It’s very important, for no other reason than it is so unprovoked, other than religious beliefs.”
In February, the European Parliament issued a resolution condemning the genocide of Christians and other religious minority groups in Iraq and Syria. On Feb. 29, White House Press Secretary John Earnest acknowledged ISIS was targeting religious minorities but refused to use the word…
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