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Supreme Court Rejects Holy Land Fdn Appeal

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  • ummyakoub
    Holy Land Foundation was responsible for providing mental health counseling to traumatized Palestinian children, supplying families with food rations and
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2004
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      Holy Land Foundation was responsible for providing mental health
      counseling to traumatized Palestinian children, supplying families
      with food rations and paying for books for students, among other
      things. You can still sponsor a Palestinian child or buy Palestinian
      olive oil through the Palestinian Children's Welfare Fund -
      http://www.pcwf.org/artifacts/artifacts.htm

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      Supreme Court Rejects Muslim Charity's Appeal

      Monday March 1, 2004

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jewishactivist/message/9673

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) let
      stand on Monday a ruling that upheld the government's decision to
      freeze the assets of a Texas-based Muslim charity accused of funding
      a militant Palestinian group.

      Without comment, the high court rejected an appeal by the Holy Land
      Foundation for Relief and Development, headquartered in Richardson,
      Texas. The foundation, which called itself the largest U.S.-based
      Muslim charity, was shut down when the government seized its assets.

      On Dec. 4, 2001, the Treasury Department (news - web sites)
      designated the charity a "terrorist" group and froze its assets
      because it said the foundation funneled millions of dollars to Hamas,
      a Palestinian group blamed for repeated attacks in Israel. The United
      States designated Hamas a "terrorist" group in 1995.

      Holy Land Foundation challenged the freezing of its assets and the
      designation. It said it was not linked to Hamas and was not a
      terrorist organization.

      But a federal judge and then a U.S. appeals court rejected the
      charity's arguments. The appeals court cited evidence the foundation
      operated as a fund-raiser for Hamas in the United States and that
      Hamas officials provided it with funds.

      In appealing to the Supreme Court, the charity argued the Treasury
      Department's procedures violated its constitutional due process
      rights.

      The foundation said the high court should determine the process that
      an agency must follow when it brands a charity a terrorist group,
      seizes its assets and puts it out of business. It said the government
      relied on eight unnamed FBI (news - web sites) informants.

      The U.S. Justice Department (news - web sites) replied that the
      appeals court ruling was correct and review of the case by the
      Supreme Court was unwarranted.

      The department said the high court in November rejected a similar
      appeal by Global Relief Foundation, an Illinois-based Muslim charity
      that challenged the government's freezing of its assets.

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