Remember the Photos on My Father’s Prison Walls

09/11/2014  Noor Elashi Yesterday, on the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, I received an email from my father saying that the photos affixed to the walls of his prison cell were ripped down and called “contraband” by the officer who took them. My father is a political prisoner, convicted of terrorism charges in [...]

New evidence hoped to free Holy Land Five

Maureen Clare Murphy Electronic Intifada Fri, 11/01/2013 A motion citing new evidence has been filed to exonerate five humanitarians who are imprisoned in the United States for providing aid to Islamic charities in Palestine, the Muslim Legal Fund of America announced yesterday. The five defendants were prosecuted for their work with the Holy Land Foundation, which was [...]

US confiscating a quarter of “Holy Land Five” wife’s wages

Aviva Stahl The Electronic Intifada New York City 11 March 2014 Majida Salem is no stranger to the heavy hand of the US criminal justice system. Her husband, former Holy Land Foundation chairman Ghassan Elashi, is currently serving 65 years after what supporters believe was a politically motivated prosecution. In their 2008 retrial, Elashi and four other men were found [...]

“Justice has fled the country”: US Supreme Court won’t hear Holy Land Five case

By Nora Barrows-Friedman / Electronic Intifada Mon, 10/29/2012 The US Supreme Court announced today that it had decided not to hear the appeal of the Holy Land Five, despite the obvious violations of the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution that led to the convictions of the five men who headed the HLF and provided humanitarian aid to Palestinians. [...]

SCOTUS to consider fate of jailed Muslim charity leaders

BY NATASHA LENNARD  / Salon.com THURSDAY, OCT 25, 2012 On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the case of the Holy Land Five — a group of Muslim charity leaders who face jail sentences of up to 65 years. On Thursday afternoon, activists, attorneys and family members of the prisoners have planned to rally [...]

‘Let us not be brought down’ : Last legal recourse for Holy Land Five

By Noor Elashi The Electronic Intifada New York City, 24 October 2012 This Friday, the US Supreme Court will likely decide on whether to hear the Holy Land Foundation case in which my father is a defendant. The decision will come after 11 tumultuous years of raids, arrests, trials and appeals. This will be the [...]

My Father Will Not be Forgotten

December 12, 2011 by NOOR ELASHI Exactly three days following the tenth anniversary of the Bush administration shutting down the largest Muslim charity in the United States, the Fifth Circuit Court dismissed the appeal for the Holy Land Foundation case, affirming the conviction of my father, the co-founder of the HLF who’s serving a 65-year [...]

Muslim charity leaders lose appeal in Hamas case

By Terry Baynes Wed Dec 7, 2011 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of five leaders of an Islamic charity on charges of funneling money and supplies to Hamas, designated a “terrorist” group following a 1995 executive order by President Bill Clinton. The organizers of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation [...]

Echoes of Korematsu: The Holy Land Five Case

August 31, 2011 by NOOR ELASHI As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and my father remains incarcerated in a modern-day internment camp, the time in which we live begins to feel less like 2011 and more like 1942. But this week could determine whether today’s justice system is capable of rewriting the sad [...]

Holy Land 5 case reveals double standard in enforcement of US law

The Electronic Intifada 20 July 2010 “I had no intention in my mind and my heart but to help the Palestinian indigenous people who are and have been facing unusual economic distress … nothing in my life was as satisfactory and as self-fulfilling as knowing that I could sign a check. It is the only [...]