NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jurors in Brooklyn federal court are expected to hear from witnesses of two suicide bombings that happened in Israel as part of a case against a Middle East bank linked to Hamas.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the court has already heard testimony from a well-known terrorism expert.

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Evan Coleman, who has made a career out of testifying as an expert witness on terrorism, told jurors that he studied 24 suicide bombing attacks for the case against Arab Bank of Beirut.

The testimony was intended to establish a link between the suicide bombings of a bus and the Park Hotel in Israel and the bank accounts belonging to Hamas, Cornell reported.

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Coleman cited statements by Hamas on its official website claiming responsibility for the hotel bombing that injured 232 people.

He also called the bombing of the Park Hotel the gift of Sharon — Hama’s answer to what he calls a terrorist government headed by Ariel Sharon, Cornell reported.

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