Funding Hamas From America
There was an organization called "Occupied Land Fund". They were occupied with finding solutions for human suffering, focusing on the Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, they said. They had their assets frozen by the European Union and the US, as they were accused of funding Hamas.
They changed their name to "The Holy Land Foundation (HLF) " in 1989 in California. . It’s now the largest Islamic charity in the United States. In December 2001 it was also charged to be a global terrorist organization and again, the European Union froze its European Assets. It could be because one of the founders of this organization is Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, a political leader of Hamas. He was deported to Jordan in 1997. He and two others have been charged with a conspiracy for the last 15 years of raising funds for terrorist attacks against Israel. In 2000 they had raised more than $13 million. Their funds have been used to support schools that encouraged children to become suicide bombers and to recruit suicide bombers by offering support to their families.
In 2004 a federal grand jury in Dallas, Texas had a 42 count indictment against this foundation. They were: consipiracy, providing support to foreign terrorists, tax evasion and money laundering among other charges. The trial was in July 2007, last year. It had a mistrial. Now the government will retry starting on August 18, 2008. I will be most interested in its outcome.
This isn’t the only group operating like this. Another is the "Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). It is created by a Muslim Students Association that Saudi Arabia finances which is a radical group. It has also been identified by the Department of Justice as a Muslim Brotherhood front organization and co-conspirator in a terrorism financing conspiracy. The president of this group is Dr. Ingrid Mattson. Dr. Mattson has been chosen by Barak Obama to represent the Muslim community in his interfaith prayer service at the Democratic nominating convention.
Dr. Mattson doesn’t seem like the liberal Muslim pictured in the book," The Faith Club" by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. Ranya is the Muslim in the book who reaches out to a Jewish woman and a Christian woman and the three have an ongoing dialogue about their faiths to reach what they may have in common.
Dr. Mattson said, "Most Muslim women are content with separate prayer space in the mosque." Ranya would probably be in agreement with Umbreen Shah, who belongs to a more progressive group called "Muslim WakeUp!. They have criticized ISNA for their conservative atittude and misrepresentation of the American Muslim population. Many Muslims in the states are black, perhaps half. ISNA claims to represent all Muslim Americans, but do not consider the black members in their dictates on practicing their religion. Shah feels the ISNA officials have a police state mentality.
Therefore, Dr. Mattson seems to be the typical conservative or more orthodox Muslim found outside the states who has been chosen to lead the Democrats in prayer. She comes from a huge group of Brotherhood members in America, one of whom are on trial as of yesterday for terrorist activities.
Barak Obama showed us in California that he is a Christian and not a Muslim, but it seems that he doesn't want to exclude his Muslim friends and potential voters, so has chosen this lady to lead in prayer. This will most likely help her cause to legitimate the ISNA. Even our Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and former Under Secretaries of State Nick Burns and Karen Hughes have lavished praise on the group and have thus legitimated it by meeting with Dr. Mattson and others. All this lavishness and the trial is just starting again.
Meanwhile, advocates of Palestinian rights accused international organizations of supporting Israeli occupation when the "rights of the real owners of occupied territories" are in jeopardy. Secretary General of Conference Advocating Palestinian people, Hojatolesiam Ali Akbar Mohtashami, said that the big powers are helping the Israeli regime survive, and it is a fake entity. He said that the Islamic republic supports the Palestinian people to overcome hegemony (influence) of the United States and Israel.
This shows where they stand about Israel. They have not shown any understanding about how Judea and Samaria came to be under Israel's government, though they were active players in the cause. Groups continue to collect monies to aid terrorists in causing harm to Israelis, right here in America. I just hope that the trial against HLF is better prepared, this time. If they have been funding terrorists, they have got to be disbanded and tried.
8/29/08 Watch this video that just came in today.http://oldbluewebdesigns.com/MSA.swf
It tells about jihad groups that have organized on campuses throughout the nation. Have you sound on.