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
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.”
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.
“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."