Holy Land Foundation Document - Feds Case Stating CAIR's Intimate Ties To Hamas And The Muslim Brotherhood

December 23, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The following items were culled from the government's memorandum in opposition to the Council on American Islamic Relations' attempt to remove itself from the U.S. vs Holy Land Foundation [HLF] prosecution's list of named co-conspirators.

The complete document is available in .pdf format at Government's Memorandum

We believe that it is important for this information to be made available to decision makers whose organizations have had or plan to have dealings with CAIR. In far too many cases these groups [government entities, faith-based organizations and journalistic enterprises] have entered into relationships with CAIR having no idea that the group has serious and demonstrable ties to terrorism.

As a consequence CAIR has been granted undeserved legitimacy and allowed to represent itself as a spokesman for American Muslims, when in fact it actually functions to serve the interests of the terrorist organizations Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

This text explains what "unindicted co-conspirator" means in this case with CAIR having been, "identified as a participant in a network of U.S.-based organizations affiliated with the designated foreign terrorist organization, Hamas." [source, Gov't Memorandum p. 2]

This section delineates the defendants in HLF and notes that one of them, Ghassan Elashi was the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR.

"On July 26, 2004, a federal grand jury indicted HLF; Shukri Abu Baker,HLF's Secretary and Chief Executive Officer; Mohammed El-Mezain, HLF's Director ofEndowments; Ghassan Elashi, HLF's Chairman of the Board (as well as the founder ofCAIR's Texas chapter); Haitham Maghawri, HLF's Executive Director; Akram Mishal,HLF's projects and grants director; Mufid Abdulqader, one of the HLF's top fundraisers;and Abdulrahman Odeh, the HLF's New Jersey representative." [source, ibid, p.3]

This section details how the HLF defendants were part of a criminal conspiracy that acted as a support group for Hamas.

"Although the indictment in this case charges the seven named individual defendants and the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, it will be obvious that the defendants were not acting alone. . . . the defendants were operating in concert with a host of individuals and organizations dedicated to sustaining and furthering the Hamas movement are referenced by name in the indictment. A list of unindicted coconspirators is attached to this trial brief. (Attachment A). The object of the conspiracy was to support Hamas. The support will beshown to have take several forms, including raising money, propaganda, proselytizing, recruiting, as well as many other types of actions intended to continue to promote and move forward Hamas's agenda of the destruction of the State of Israel and establishment of an Islamic state in its place." [source, ibid, p. 4]

This section speaks to the group of unindicted co-conspirators to which CAIR was assigned.

"CAIR is listed in the attachment under the third heading (individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee and/or its organizations)." [source, ibid, p. 6]

This language expressly links CAIR to Hamas and identifies [in numbered exhibits] the dozens of pieces of evidence which prove the government's allegation.

"CAIR is listed in the attachment under the third heading (individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee and/or its organizations). its principals; the Palestine Committee in the United States, headed by Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook; and the greater HAMAS-affiliated conspiracy described in the Government's case-in-chief. See, e.g., Government Exhibits 3-1, 3-12, 3-15, 3-17, 3-75, 3-85, 4-1, 5-130, 5-131, 5-133 through 5-149, 5-160, 5-161, 11-33, 14-31, 16-3, 16-53,16-63, 17-1." [source, ibid, p. 6-7]

CAIR's effort to remove itself from the co-conspirators' list was rejected by the court and on November 24, 2008 the jury in the HLF trial found all defendants guilty on all 108 charges.

November 24 should be looked at as a date of official notice. No longer can organizations and/or individuals claim ignorance as to the nature of the terror-linked Council on American Islamic Relations and no longer should such contacts be tolerated.

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