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A legal activist group that is based in Israel is encouraging Australian survivors to join the class action lawsuit against insurers with Holocaust-era antecedents who have failed to pay out policies held by refugees or murdered European Jews.

Nitsana darshan-Leitner is an Israeli human rights advocate and Israeli attorney. She founded Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre. The AJN has announced its initiative, Project Last Chance will pursue insurance firms that used the chaos of Shoah to dodge paying out claims for victims, survivors or their descendants.

“My task now is to get victims some compensation at the end of their life. nitsana darshan leitner It’s money that survivors are owed and it’s their money. This is your money when you insure your possessions. nitsana darshan leitner Your home or your life. No one can take it.

Darshan-Leitner stated that US Senate estimates suggest as high as $US200 billion compensations were denied to Jewish policyholders by delinquent WWII-era insurance companies, with a lot of identifiable successor entities in the current market, which have been able to inherit these obligations.

Shurat HaDin will use its experience to pursue financial institutions, including banks that harbour terrorist assets.

“We’ve taken legal action against countries and banks who aid or encourage the spread of terrorism. We’ve got the experience and aren’t afraid to go after big banks, countries or multinational corporations,” she added.

Shurat HaDin, a Shurat HaDin affiliate, is launching legal processes in Israel to access an inventory of around 140,000 Holocaust survivors’ and their descendants. They have listed more than two million assets in Israel’s Project Heart. In coordination with Jewish Agency for Israel (Israel’s government), applicants were invited to join the restitution program. But, the program was abruptly ended, leaving the participants in doubt.

Shurat Hadin Shurat HaDin contacted the government to get clarifications, but was not able to receive a response. The Labour and Social Services Ministry in Israel stated that Project Heart was not intended to be a personal claims scheme. Thus, the claimants’ information cannot be disclosed. One theory is that Israel was unaware of the intransigence of European governments when faced with lists of hundreds or thousands of applicants.

Darshan Leitner explained, however, Darshan Leitner explained, however, that Project Heart participants might be qualified to take part in class actions in Project Last Chance if their identities can be revealed to Shurat HaiDin.

Project Last Chance’s approach differs from that of the 1951 Claims Conference. They petition governments for Holocaust Restitution.