CATF Reports Jan. 19, 2017, 2:06pm


A new campaign launched by an individual on the petition website Change.org has somehow gained over 4,900 signatures in an effort to push President Barack Obama to commute the sentences of five leaders of the now-defunct Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. which the U.S. Department of Justice long ago cited had “intentionally hid its financial support for Hamas behind the guise of charitable donations”. Helping to champion the agenda are interconnected organizations like The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), deemed by a U.S. District Court to be an HLF “co-conspirator”, The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) and other pro-Palestinian groups with historic ties to the Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States.

Between 1995 and 2001 alone, HLF funneled over $12 million towards terrorist designated Hamas through income tax evasion, money laundering and conspiracy, prompting the United States government to officially dismantle the terror financier and convict its five leaders – Shukri Abu Baker, Ghassan Elashi, Mohammad El-Mezain, Abdulrahman Odeh and Mufid Abdulqader – via federal jury in November 2008. In fact, the Justice Department claimed in its subsequent press release that “HLF existed to support Hamas”, and that leaders had channeled financial aid not only to Hamas militants, but families of “martyrs.”

Despite the leaders’ laundry list of offenses, including past intentions to raze Israel through jihad, the petition argues the five convicts are mere victims of “anti-Muslim hysteria triggered by the 9/11 attacks” and that there is no concrete evidence of any fault. As Obama leaves office, it becomes increasingly unlikely that HLF leaders will be granted pardon under the incoming administration, which appears committed to a much harder line against Hamas and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, in the U.S.

From World Net Daily:  

“A new Internet campaign is urging President Obama to provide clemency to leaders of the former Holy Land Foundation who were convicted of channeling $12 million to Hamas, a federally designated terrorist organization.

The campaign at Change.org, launched by an individual, portrays the Hamas supporters as nothing more than willing volunteers to help direct money to charities in the Middle East."

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