Defending My Father … and the Constitution

by NOOR ELASHI June 25, 2010 The case perhaps most notably authorized by the Material Support Law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, was that of the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in the United States. My father, Ghassan Elashi, co-founded this charity, and after two lengthy, expensive trials, […]

My Father Co-Founded the Largest Muslim Charity In America; Now He’s Been Branded a Terrorist

June 7, 2010 Alter-Net This summer, I won’t get to wrap my arms around my father’s shrunken body and inhale his familiar scent of chamomile fused with cedar. I won’t get to rest my head on his frail shoulders and listen to him breathe. I won’t get to sample the pistachios that he often shells […]

My Father’s Unjust Incarceration: The Case of the Holy Land Five

by NOOR ELASHI March 23, 2010 A decade before my father received a 65-year prison sentence, he handed me an unusual book, one that ultimately shifted the way I perceive the world. It was titled Magic Eye, and it contained pages of what seemed like simple multicolored patterns. But each page had a hidden gift, […]

Two Holy Land Foundation defendants sentenced to 65 years

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis on Wednesday morning handed down sentences that will likely mean two founders of the Holy Land Foundation will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for financing the terrorist group Hamas. Shukri Abu Baker, 50, of […]

Perverse justice

By Wajahat Ali, The Guardian Wednesday December 3 2008 21.30 GMT The Bush administration’s “war on terror” paraded a feather in its tattered cap with the Holy Land Foundation convictions delivered last week. Most observers accurately characterised this legal charade as a witch hunt, using Muslims and Arabs, specifically Palestinians, as its targets. In doing […]

In Terror Financing Trial, Jury Convicts HLF Defendants on All Counts

Miriam Rozen
Texas Lawyer
 November 25, 2008 After a 42-day trial and 8 1/2 days deliberating, a federal jury in Dallas convicted the five individual defendants in United States v. Holy Land Foundation, et al. on charges that they engaged in a conspiracy to help funnel at least $12.4 million to Hamas through a now-defunct Richardson, […]

Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts

Monday, November 24, 2008 By JASON TRAHAN and TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group […]

Leaders of Muslim charity in US found guilty of providing funds to Hamas

Daniel Nasaw in Washington and agencies The Guardian November 24 2008 A Dallas, Texas jury today convicted a once-prominent Muslim charity and five of its former leaders of financing the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, rejecting the defendants’ assertion the men were aiding Palestinians oppressed by the Israeli occupation. The US government has described the prosecution […]

Five Convicted in Terrorism Financing Trial

By GRETEL C. KOVACH New York Times November 24, 2008 DALLAS — On their second try, federal prosecutors won sweeping convictions Monday against five leaders of a Muslim charity in a retrial of the largest terrorism-financing case in the United States since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Related The five defendants, all leaders of […]

Jury still out in Holy Land terror-financing trial

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press Writer © 2008 The Associated Press Nov. 23, 2008, 3:06PM DALLAS — Noor Elashi waits in a luxury hotel each day while a jury in the federal courthouse nearby mulls whether her father helped run one of the biggest terrorism financing schemes in U.S. history. “Every time my phone […]