Roman Abramovich, a wealthy businessman, visited the vicinity of the Gaza Strip and witnessed the work of ZAKA volunteers with the bodies of people killed by Hamas. This experience led him to donate 8 million shekels to the organization. However, on January 4, the Tel Aviv District Court ordered Mizrachi Tefahot Bank to transfer eight million shekels to the organization. The bank refused to transfer the money citing European Union and Great Britain sanctions against Abramovich’s assets. In response, Roman Abramovich and the ZAKA organization filed a lawsuit against the bank for refusing to transfer their client’s money at their request.
On January 4th, a hearing in this case took place in the Tel Aviv District Court. Judge Yardena Sarusi expressed a leaning towards approving the transfer, describing it as unacceptable and irrelevant to its nature. Arguments about European sanctions against Abramovich were deemed inapplicable, as it was all taking place within Israel. Afterwards, on February 2nd, The Supreme Court issued a temporary order suspending the decision to transfer eight million shekels from businessman Roman Abramovich to ZAKA organization while an appeal is pending at Mizrachi Tefahot Bank