USA v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development   [open pdf - 96KB]

"From its inception, HLF (Holy Land Foundation) existed to support Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya) or (Islamic Resistance Movement). Before HLF was designed as a Specially Designated Terrorist by the Treasury Department and shut down in December 2001, it was the largest U.S. Muslim charity. It was based in Richardson, Texas, a Dallas suburb. The 'material support statute,' as it is commonly referred to, was enacted in 1996 as part of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. That statute recognizes that money is fungible, and that money in the hands of a terrorist organization -- even if for so called charitable purposes -- supports that organization's overall terrorist objectives. The government presented evidence at trial that, as the U.S. began to scrutinize individuals and entities in the U.S. who were raising funds for terrorist groups in the mid-1990s, the HLF intentionally hid its financial support for Hamas behind the guise of charitable donations. HLF and these five defendants provided approximately $12.4 million in support to Hamas and its goal of creating an Islamic Palestinian state by eliminating the State of Israel through violent jihad." The documents found in this link are those that were entered as evidence in the federal court case: USA v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

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