All Muslims are terrorists—that’s what prosecutors and a witness insinuated Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 during the third day of the Holy Land Foundation retrial after the jury left for the day. It quickly became more apparent than ever before that the five defendants are being targeted for the religion they follow. Individuals who often use … Read more
After 19 days of deliberation during a one-month span, jurors finally reached a verdict for the Holy Land Foundation trial by about 3 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2007. Because U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish is not in town, the verdict will be sealed until 10 a.m. Monday, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Stickney.
They seemed exhausted, yet thrilled. As the 15-member jury walked out of the jury box in two neat rows on the late afternoon of Wednesday, September 5, 2007, some grinned so wide that their pearly whites became visible. Why the joy? They had just been told that after almost seven weeks of the Holy Land … Read more
Jurors wiggled around and rubbed their eyes but were mostly alert on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 as prosecutor Jim Jacks continued the direct examination of FBI agent Robert Miranda. Jacks began the day by playing wiretapped conference calls organized by the Islamic Association of Palestine, where donors can listen to talks by international speakers and … Read more
Prosecutor Elisabeth Shapiro continued direct examination of Avi on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 by further inquiring about the Islamic Charitable Society of Hebron. Avi talked about other charity leaders whom he considered Hamas figures. In addition, prosecutors played a video seized from the Young Muslim Society in Hebron. The tape depicted Palestinian children in black … Read more
The courtroom camera was covered and the doors were locked on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 as prosecutors prepared to put Mohamed Shorbagi’s testimony on hold to call their next witness: A secret agent with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF.) The 40 or so attendees—with an exception to close family members of the defendants, several FBI … Read more
October 25, 2012. This week, the US Supreme Court will likely conference on whether or not they’ll hear the HLF case, making it the last legal recourse for the Holy Land Five.
As the fifth week of the Holy Land Foundation Retrial wrapped up, jurors were still wide awake as defense attorneys continued to cross-examine FBI agent Lara Burns. Linda Moreno—who represents defendant Ghassan Elashi—began her cross-examination of Burns by clarifying that many of the zakat (charity) committees were established before Hamas was founded in 1987. For … Read more
The mostly-attentive jury continued to listen to a witness with no name on Thursday, August 16, 2007. The Israeli official — who went by the pseudonym of “Avi” — repeatedly smiled as he attempted to make one point clear: “Khamas,” or Hamas, indoctrinated Palestinian children through zakat (charity) committees. For the Israeli agent’s protection, the … Read more
Prosecutors walked out of the courtroom with their heads down on Thursday, August 6, 2007 after defense attorneys presented to the alert 15-member jury the long-awaited truth of the Holy Land Foundation. Defense attorneys Greg Westfall (defendant Abdulrahman Odeh’s lawyer) and Nancy Hollander (defendant Shukri Abu-Baker’s lawyer) began the day by briefly redirect examining HLF … Read more