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Complaint filed with Israeli Banking Regulation against Bank HaPoalim for attempting to extort compliance with US IRS regulations in Jerusalem

Bank HaPoalim's Private Banking representative advised the client, resident of Jerusalem, to immediately withdraw cash, before his accounts are frozen by Bank HaPoalim in Jerusalem, for refusing demands by Bank HaPoalim in Jerusalem to filed W-9 and 1040 forms as a resident of Jerusalem. Corruption of the US justice system and US banking regulation have been recognized by experts in the United States and beyond as key cause of the current crisis.The conduct of the US government and Bank HaPoalim, documented in the complaint, amounts to attempt to effectively corrupt of Israeli banking regulation.

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Jerusalem and Los Angeles, August 25 - Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO) has filed a complaint with Israeli banking regulation against Bank Hapoalim. [1]

The complaint in part says:7. Details of the Complaint:...By 2011, I established my residency in Israel and opened my account with Bank HaPoalim. I signed the agreement as a resident of the State of Israel, under my Israeli Tax/ID number. To the best of my recollection, the customer agreement, which I signed at that time was in Hebrew, with an Israeli banking institution, name Bank HaPoalim, LTD. Over the past 2 years, I hardly visited the bank and hardly made any transactions beyond periodic cash withdrawals.On Thursday, August 23, 2012, I visited my branch, and met with a representative from the Private Banking Department. The representative presented for my signature (attached):a) Bank HaPoalim, LTD, papers, including an unsigned demand letter by Bank HaPoalim, LTD, and papers titled "US Person Undertaking and Waiver," (in both Hebrew and English) andb) US IRS Form W-9.The paper in a) above, includes, but is not limited to requirements that I "pay any US federal income tax due with respect to income derived from all accounts", which I hold or will hold with the Bank, and "provide the Bank, upon request, with copies of the applicable Schedule B of IRS Form 1040 ("Individual Income Tax Return").I protested, and asked under what law I was asked to sign such papers. The representative answered that it was pursuant to some international treaty. Eventually, the Branch Assistant Manager was consulted, and it was agreed that the request was made under US law –the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA ). I again protested, saying that as a resident of Jerusalem, banking with an Israeli bank, I was not subject to US jurisdiction. The Assistant Manager explained that Bank HaPoalim, LTD, was a US corporation, and it therefore devised its own procedures in order to comply with US law. I again protested that it was unlawful conduct by the bank. The Branch staff advised me that if I did not sign the papers, my account would be frozen, and I may not have access to my own funds. However, they remained unclear regarding the date by which such action would take place – September 1, 2012, or January 1, 2013. 8. Actions taken so far towards resolving the issue:Following advice by the Private Banking Branch staff, we did the following:a. I immediately issued a request to release some cash, to be executed on August 26, in case my account is blocked on September 1, 2012.b. I left a written letter to the Bank management with my Private Banking representative, asking whether my account will indeed be frozen, either on September 1, 2012, or January 1, 2013.9. Are there any legal procedures in process in this matter before any other agency:None10. Any specific request:I request that the Banking Regulation Unit of Israel Bank would urgently:a. Protect me against unlawful actions by Bank HaPoalim, LTD, against my account, and ensure that I am provided full access to my lawful property – funds deposited in Bank HaPoalim in accounts under my name.b. Protect me against threats by Bank HaPoalim, LTD, to unlawfully block or effectively seize my funds.The conduct of the US government and Bank HaPoalim in this case is particularly unreasonable, given that the bank in question is located in Jerusalem - Corpus Separatum by international law.

Corruption of the US justice system and US banking regulation have been recognized by experts in the United States itself and beyond as key cause of the current crisis. [2-15, see other quotes and links below]

The conduct of the US government and Bank HaPoalim, documented in the complaint, amounts to effective attempt at corruption of Israeli banking regulation.
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LINKS:
[1] 12-08-25 Dr Zernik's complaint, filed with Israeli banking regulation against Bank HaPoalim - for attempting to extort compliance with US IRS regulations in Jerusalem
http://www.scribd.com/doc/103922991/
[2] 11-08-01 Zernik, J: Fraud and corruption in the US courts is tightly linked to failing banking regulation and the financial crisis, 16th World Criminology Congress presentation
http://www.scribd.com/doc/61351562/
[3] Zernik, Joseph: Securities and Exchange Commission v Bank of America Corporation - Simulated Litigation and Simulated Banking Regulation in the United States
http://www.scribd.com/doc/44663232/
[4] 10-08-18 Zernik, J: Data Mining of Online Judicial Records of the Networked US Federal Courts, International Journal on Social Media: Monitoring, Measurement, Mining, 1:69-83 (2010)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38328585/
[5] 11-07-06 Request filed by Windsor and Zernik with US Attorney General Eric Holder for Review of Integrity of Public Access and Case Management Systems of the US Courts
http://www.scribd.com/doc/59480718/
[6] 09-04-23 RE: SEC v BAC (1:09-cv-06829) State of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Letter to US Congress and analysts' responses:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/41079990/
[7] 11-08-08 PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles Superior Court - Widespread Corruption and Refusal of the US Government to Take Action_Presentation in the 16th World Criminology Congress
http://www.scribd.com/doc/62137835/
[8] 10-05-05 Countrywide, Bank of America [NYSE:BAC], and its President Brian Moynihan: Compilation of Records, Evidence of Racketeering
http://www.scribd.com/doc/30975368/
[9] 10-05-05 Chairs of US Congress Committees of the Judiciary and Banking are Requested to Join Senator Feinstein's Inquiries on Comptroller of the Currency
http://www.scribd.com/doc/30979882/
[10] 11-03-20 PRESS RELEASE: Lomas v Bank of America (KC059379) - Bank of America Continues Racketeering in the Los Angeles Superior Court-
http://www.scribd.com/doc/51160102/
[11] 11-06-14 Corruption of the Courts and Failing Banking Regulation in the United States: Dred Scott redux?
http://www.scribd.com/doc/57707808/
[12] 11-07-06 Chemerinsky, Erwin: the Supreme Court Closes the Door to Justice, Los Angeles Times
http://www.scribd.com/doc/60031276/
[13] 11-07-21 Banks to Pay $25 Billion Bribe for Immunity _Information Clearing House_ ICH
http://www.scribd.com/doc/62136091/
[14] 11-11-04 Biographical Sketch – Joseph Zernik, PhD
http://www.scribd.com/doc/46421113/
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BOYCOTT THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION! It only legitimizes the illegitimate...
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OCCUPY!
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GET UP, STAND UP, STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!
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Joseph Zernik, PhD [14]
Human Rights Alert (NGO)

* The 2010 submission of Human Rights Alert to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations, regarding the United States, was reviewed by the HRC professional staff and incorporated in the official HRC Professional Staff Report with a note referring to “corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.”
* The 2012 submission of Human Rights Alert to the HRC regarding the State of Israel, titled "Integrity or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel," is scheduled for review in early 2013.

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Take away justice, then, and what are governments but great bandit bands?
Saint Augustine, Civitas Dei (City of God,4.4)
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WHAT DID THE EXPERT SAY ABOUT THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS?
* "I think it's difficult to find a fraud of this size on the U.S. court system in U.S. history," said Raymond Brescia, a visiting professor at Yale Law School who has written articles analyzing the role of courts in the financial crisis. "I can't think of one where you have literally tens of thousands of fraudulent documents filed in tens of thousands of cases."
Reuters (Jan 22, 2012)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/79572282/
* Foreclosure fraud: The homeowner nightmares continue
CNN (April 7, 2011)
* About 3 million homes have been repossessed since the housing boom ended in 2006… That number could balloon to about 6 million by 2013
Bloomberg (January 2011)
* "...a system in which only the little people have to obey the law, while the rich, and bankers especially, can cheat and defraud without consequences."
http://www.scribd.com/doc/50753639/
Prof Paul Krugman, MIT (2011)
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WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA?
* "...judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit."
Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2001)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/29043589/
* "This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states... and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted."
Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2001)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/27433920/
* "Innocent people remain in prison"
* "...the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of..."
LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/24902306 /
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WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA?
* "...corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California."
United Nations Human Rights Council Staff Report (2010)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38566837/
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WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE STATE COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES?
* "On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations."
Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute (2010)
http://www.nlada.net/library/article/national_dojspeechto%20chiefjustice07-26-2010_gideonalert
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WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE CONDITIONS IN THE PRISON IN MONROE COUNTY, TENESSEE?
* "What goes on there is more like gulags of centuries ago."
ACLU
http://www.scribd.com/doc/72546279/
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WHAT DID THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES?
* "More than 100 law professors have signed on to a letter released today that proposes congressional hearings and legislation aimed at fashioning "mandatory and enforceable" ethics rules for Supreme Court justices for the first time. The effort, coordinated by the liberal Alliance for Justice, was triggered by "recent media reports," the letter said, apparently referring to stories of meetings and other potential conflicts of interest involving Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas among others."
More than 100 law professors, as reported by the Blog of the Legal Times (February 2011)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/49586436/
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WHAT DID CHIEF JUDGE OF THE US COURT OF APPEALS, 5TH CIRCUIT, SAY ABOUT THE US JUSTICE SYSTEM?
* "The American legal system has been corrupted almost beyond recognition..."
Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, Edith Jones, speaking before the Federalist Society of Harvard Law School (February 2003)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/50137887/
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WHAT DID THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SAY ABOUT THE US JUSTICE SYSTEM?
* In a speech in Georgetown University, Senator Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee called for a "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" on the US Department of Justice.
Transcript of Senator Leahy speech (2009)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38472251/
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Added: Aug-25-2012 Occurred On: Aug-25-2012
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Tags: Bank HaPoalim, Banking Regulation, State of Israel, IRS
Location: Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel (load item map)
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