Defendants Shukri Abu Baker, center left, and Abdulrahman Odeh, hug after a mistrial was declared in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial at the federal courthouse, Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Trial and Conviction of the Holy Land Foundation Five

Accusing Holy Land Foundation Five of “funding terrorism” required a great deal of creativity but also a collaboration between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.

February 09th, 2018

By Miko Peled

On December 4, 2001, less than three months after 9/11, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13224, which designated Holy Land Foundation (HLF) as a terrorist organization. On February 27, 2002, the Wall Street Journal quoted Bush as having said:

The facts are clear… The terrorists benefit from the Holy Land Foundation, and we’re not going to allow it. … Money raised by the Holy Land Foundation is used by Hamas to support schools and indoctrinate children to grow up into suicide bombers [and] to recruit suicide bombers and support their families.”


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