Posts Tagged ‘Holy Land Foundation’

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Recap of CAIR’s terror finance role

April 4, 2011

In a letter from writer Alyssa Lappen to Abe Foxman defending attorney David Yerushalmi, Alyssa Lappen summarizes the factual case against CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.  Here’s the relevant portion of her letter, which you can read in its entirety at Gates of Vienna on Mar. 30:

…Perhaps you are unaware that the national leadership of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), on the other hand, has repeatedly been identified by federal law-enforcement officials to have had links with terrorist organizations. This occurred in Nov. 2008 with the Holy Land Foundation Hamas and terror-financing case. The government obtained 108 unanimous verdicts on ALL 108 terror-financing, money laundering and tax fraud charges leveled against five HLF officers. Some of the funds they sent to Hamas had washed through CAIR accounts, proven by canceled check copies.

Federal evidence was again cited in the civil suit by the family of David Boim in the Chicago 7th Circuit Court of Appeals against the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) — CAIR’s predecessor and co-founder — in Dec. 2008. The federal judge in that case ruled that the CAIR predecessor — namely the IAP — was indeed inseparable from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim American Society and he held their agents responsible, fully and finally, for the $156 million judgment in the Boim’s case against them. Thus $156 million less is now available to fund Hamas terrorism.

Then in October 2010, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that hundreds of individuals and organizations named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case — including CAIR — would not be delisted as unindicted co-conspirators, due to the preponderance of evidence against them. CAIR knew and knows that the evidence against its leadership and several CAIR chapters is indeed so strong that it could never have won an appeal, and did not even try. An appeal was filed by another North American Muslim Brotherhood organization with which you may not be familiar, the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

It is a travesty that you brand as a hatemonger a man legitimately attempting — via the U.S. courts — to legally defeat efforts of the above groups, among others, to increasingly impose Islamic law through secular U.S. civil courts and institutions…

Read some prior CAIR coverage here, here, and here.

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Viva Palestina: the next Holy Land Foundation?

October 28, 2010

The Holy Land Foundation trial centered on HLF’s illegal funneling of money from the United States to Hamas.  Muslim Americans are rightfully sitting behind bars for their crimes in the HLF case.  But another organization—Viva Palestina US—seems to be getting away with strikingly similar activities today with impunity.

The back story

The Investigative Project on Terrorism released a report earlier this year on Viva Palestina, a Hamas front group launched by the notorious George Galloway.  IPT finds that Viva Palestina, “and its American affiliate, Viva Palestina US, claim to be involved in providing humanitarian donations to the Palestinian people. The operations of these two connected organizations, however, are clearly political in nature and have provided material and propaganda support to Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).”

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Where are they now?

June 4, 2010

The Treasury Department has designated seven U.S. Muslim charities since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  Critics of U.S. designation procedures love to point out that only one of those organizations involved has been convicted, but what of the others?

Al Haramain Islamic Foundation—The Saudi charity Al Haramain funded Somali and Bosnian Islamists, had ties to Al Qaeda, and helped fund the 2002 Bali bombing.  Its U.S. branch in Oregon was designated by Treasury in 2004.  Al Haramain’s parent organization was dissolved by the Saudi government and the United Nations also blacklisted Al Haramain.  Legal charges in the U.S. were dropped because the two individuals who operated the charity fled to Saudi Arabia.  The charity was shut down and its assets are sold.  Therefore the government determined, “it would be an inefficient waste of resources to proceed against the shell corporation in this case until one of the individual defendants is apprehended.”

Benevolence International Foundation—BIF raised money to arm Al Qaeda.  Treasury designated them in 2002.  The “charity” has been shut down, and their CEO is serving time in federal prison for racketeering.

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The Zakat: Part III

November 8, 2009

On Friday, Money Jihad looked at four major flaws of the Islamic zakat tax.  Yesterday, we explored details in the Hadith about the administration of the tax and the penalties for non-payment.

Today, I’m ranking the top 10 news stories in the past five years exposing the connection between zakat and jihad.   Hyperlinks to original news articles are provided so you can draw your own conclusions:

10.  North Caucasian Islamist admits zakat funding:  Anzor Astemirov, head of the Islamist insurgents in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, denies receiving Arab or Western funds.  Instead, he insists, his Islamist movement relies strictly on local zakat.  Oh, what a relief!  The Jamestown Foundation, Mar. 20, 2009.

9.  Radical U.S. mosques funded by Saudi zakat:  Major funding for U.S. mosques, particularly a new mosque in Boston, is being channeled through charities via Saudi zakat revenues.  Boston Globe, Jan. 10, 2007.

8.  Terrorist fund-raiser advises paying zakat to Bin Laden and Iraq insurgents:  Shah Jalal Hussain, a Muslim in Britain, was found guilty of attempting to raise funds for insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.  He urged followers in London to  “Give your Zakat to the mujahideen. And spend in the cause of Allah and do not throw yourself into destruction and do good. Your money must go to the mujahideen, your money must go to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi … to Sheikh Osama bin Laden, to the Muslims in Falluja.”  Notice that his admonition to spend “in the cause of Allah” is a direct quote from the zakat-for-jihad verse of the Koran 9:60.  BBC News, Apr. 17, 2008.

7.  Taliban commander says he’s funded by the zakat:  In Afghanistan, reporters interviewed “Ezatullah,” a 27-year-old Taliban commander.  “Ezatullah says he receives funds from poppy growers, other Taliban commanders and locals who give him zakat…”  San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 26, 2006.

6.  Bin Laden urges Muslims worldwide to pay the zakat to the mujahedeen:  In a tape released early this year, Osama bin Laden said “Your duty is to support the Mujahideen with money and men. I have experienced Jihad myself and I know how costly it can be. The Zakat of one affluent Muslim merchant is enough to finance all the Jihadi front against our enemies.”  CBS News, Jan. 14, 2009.

5.  Twenty-seven Islamic “charities” revealed to support terrorism:  Prior to Ramadan in 2004, the U.S. Treasury Department designated a long list of Islamic charities determined to support terrorism.  U.S. Treasury Press Release, Oct. 19, 2004.

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