Defunding Hamas

Houston Chronicle:

The Holy Land Foundation and seven of its officers were charged Tuesday with funneling millions of dollars to Hamas, a terrorist group responsible for suicide bombings in Israel.

The Richardson-based charity, its president, chairman and five other men were named in a 42-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury here.

The indictment alleges Holy Land, once the nation's largest Muslim charity, sent at least $12.4 million to individuals and groups linked to Hamas after 1995, the year the United States designated it a terrorist group. After the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush closed the charity by executive order in December 2001.


Holy Land had close ties to InfoCom Corp., a computer and Internet-hosting company with an office across the street from Holy Land that was raided a few days before the Sept. 11 attacks.

InfoCom and five of its employees, including Elashi, were convicted this month on charges of making illegal computer shipments to Libya and Syria, which were designated as state sponsors of terrorism. They are scheduled to be sentenced in October. They also face trial later this year on separate charges of funneling money to a relative who is a high-ranking Hamas official.


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