On October 26, 2015, the victims of 22 suicide bombings perpetrated in Israel between 2000 and 2002 filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging Chevron Corporation’s funding and complicity in the attacks.

Between July 2000 and December 2002, Chevron illegally purchased over 78 million barrels of Iraqi oil and paid approximately $20 million in illegal kickbacks which went into a “slush” fund controlled by Saddam Hussein, who used the illegal payments made by Chevron to fund terrorist activities. During this period, Saddam Hussein established a major funding operation to incite, induce and contract mass murderers to commit suicide bombings in Israel, targeting Israeli and American civilians. Information about this mass murder contract scheme was published in hundreds of newspaper and other media reports across America and throughout the world.

Chevron made these payments with the specific knowledge that they were illegal under both US Federal law and international law, as well as in contravention of the conditions of the UN Oil for Food Program (OFF). Chevron also knew the reason for sanctions against the Saddam regime and consciously disregarded them. In addition, money tracing confirms that the money was sent to the families of 22 suicide bombers.

The lawsuit seeks compensation for the victims from Chevron because the corporation’s assistance to Saddam’s regime in the form of illegal kickbacks was crucial to enable these terrorist acts.