November 26, 2008

Widows, orphans and terror

There was a curious report yesterday about a guilty verdict in the trial in America of a Muslim charity and five of its leaders. Here's the BBC's report on the case:
A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders have been convicted of funding the Palestinian militant group Hamas, designated a terrorist group in the US.

Jurors reached the guilty verdict after eight days of deliberations in the retrial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

The group - once the largest US Muslim charity - was accused of giving more than $12m (£8m) to support Hamas.

It was the largest terrorism financing trial since the 9/11 attacks.

The former head of the charity, Ghassan Elashi, and the former chief executive, Shukri Abu-Baker, were convicted of 69 counts including money laundering and tax fraud.

Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulrahman Odeh were convicted on three counts of conspiracy, and Mohammed El-Mezain was convicted on one count of conspiracy to support a terrorist organisation.
Where are the specifics? What did they actually fund?
The prosecution argued that Hamas controlled the charities to which $12.4m was sent between 1995 and 2001.
Ok, that's the amount of money involved but what did they fund?
The indictment against the group said it sponsored orphans and families in the West Bank and Gaza whose relatives had died or been imprisoned as a result of Hamas attacks on Israel.
Ah I see now. It funded widows and orphans. That's terrorism? So what does that say for the many many zionist charities on both sides of the Atlantic?

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