The U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit in Texas has upheld the convictions of five jihadists behind the Holy Land Foundation, the piggy bank set up by the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., under the guise of “charity,” to fund Hamas to the tune of tens of millions of dollars during the deadly intifada in Israel.
Ghassan Elashi, a Holy Land Foundation founder, received 65 years for support of Hamas,money laundering and tax fraud. Shukri Abu Baker, who was Holy Land”s CEO, received 65 years for support of Hamas, money laundering and tax fraud. Mufid Abdulqader, was a top volunteer fundraiser received 20 years, Abdulrahman Odeh, who started Holy Land”s office in New Jersey, received 15 years in prison and Mohammad El-Mezain, an imam who ran Holy Land”s office in California, received 15 years in prison for providing support to Hamas.
The HLF, once the largest Muslim charity in the United States, had been under investigation for years before it was shut down by the Bush administration months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The investigation into the activities of the Holy Land Foundation also uncovered an internal memorandum in which the Brotherhood”s American leadership asserted:
The Ikhwan [i.e., the Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers, so that it is eliminated and God”s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
The three-judge panel”s unanimous 170-page opinion recounts that Hamas was created by Brotherhood operatives in 1987 as the Brotherhood”s “Palestinian branch.” Thereafter, “the Muslim Brotherhood directed its world-wide chapters to establish so-called “Palestinian Committees” to support Hamas from abroad.” In the U.S., the “Palestine Committee” was led by Mousa Abu Marzook (who, for a time in the early Nineties, actually ran Hamas from his home in Virginia). The Palestine Committee created not only the Holy Land Foundation but a number of other Islamist entities in the U.S. The leaders of one of those entities, the Islamic Association for Palestine, subsequently created CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which was cited as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.