personal journey following this story began on
February 17, 1993 when there was a tiny article
in the New York Times "Israel links terrorists, U.S. agents" in
which an anonymous "senior [Clinton]
administration official said that the FBI was
looking into groups Israel had linked to Hamas."
Two weeks prior, the article reported, "U.S.
officials said they believed that support for
Hamas WAS LIMITED TO FUND RAISING. But an
official said Tuesday that such a conclusion might
be premature." [my emphasis added.]
information had come out of the arrest in Israel
of Mohammed Salah, an Arab-American who served
time in Israel after being busted as a money runner
between the Hamas fund raisers in the U.S. and
the Hamas in the territories. Under Israeli
arrest between 1993-1197, Salah described the
Hamas funding infrastructure that also included
handlers operating out of London.
AND WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA MEN AMONG THREE INDICTED
IN RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY IN U.S. TO FINANCE
HAMAS TERROR ABROAD Fugitive Hamas Official In
Syria Among Those Charged"
press release of August 20, 2004
in the United States government, it seems however,
preferred to believe the story Salah told after
he recanted extensive statements in "thick
volumes of records filed by Israel in the case."
trail leads to Hamas Dallas
Morning News July 15, 2005
August of 2004, Salah along with Abdel Haleem
al-Ashqar, and Deputy Political Leader of Hamas,
Mousa Abu Marzook, were indicted on Hamas-related
July 2007, Salah was sentenced to 21 months in
prison on obstruction of justice charges for lying
about ties to Hamas, BUT he was acquitted of the
DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE HLF TRIAL IN DALLAS?
Much in every way.
the autumn of 1994 the Holy Land Foundation and
the Islamic Association for Palestine began to
emerge in news reports as connected to the investigation
FBI agents were conducting into the Hamas fund
raising allegations that came out of Muhammad
News reported this in October 1994, and the Dallas
Morning News on Nov. 11, 1994 in an article
ex-FBI official clash on documentary.
1996, Dallas Morning News Metro reporter Steve
McGonigle began to write the occasional report
on the Holy Land Foundation in Richardson, Texas.
HLF, Infocom and CAIR (the Council on American
Islamic Relations, an un-indicted co-conspirator
in the current HLF trial) went on a public relations
offense against the reporting and the newspaper.
May 1996 the Israeli government outlawed the Holy
Land Foundation in Richardson, Texas saying it
supplied financial aid to Hamas and authorized
the seizure of HLF assets found in Israel.
The U.S. State Department was still unwilling
to place HLF on a list of terrorist organizations
at that time according to McGonigle's article
on June 21, 1996 Israel
bans Richardson foundation.
a Richardson computer company with ties to the
Holy Land Foundation launched a website called
dallasNOTnews.com in which they promoted
a campaign in the Muslim community against reporter
Steve McGonigle and the Dallas Morning News.
Surveillance photos of the reporter appeared on
many pages of the site tagged as "Public
Enemy #1 Steve McGonigle." The
site also offered advice to the Muslim community
about not speaking with the FBI or Dallas Morning
News journalists; several were specifically named
on the site.
April 1996 the newspaper was the target of an
ongoing protest campaign accusing it of anti-Muslim
reporting. An intense media campaign was
waged to make the government and media investigations
about bias in public opinion rather than about
terrorist ties. The newspaper was definitely
intimidated by the accusations and appears to
have reigned in their reporting by the summer
before September 11, 2001. CAIR announced
an agreement had been made with the Dallas newspaper
on April 3, 2001.
Copies from the now defunct Infocom DallasNOTnews
website, and War
of Words, Dallas Observer
5/18/2000 by Mark Donald.
was raided by the FBI on September 5th, 2001.
The Holy Land Foundation was raided in December
HLF investigation had begun in 1992 according
to the 2004 paper of David E. Henifin, Department
of State: The National Defense University
National War College asks, What
Took So Long?
Clinton served from 1993 to 2001. The World
Trade Center was attacked on February 26th 1993.
But it was not until decisive action was taken
by George Bush in 2001--just days prior to the
tragic attack by Islamic extremists on 9/11--that
the United States began to clamp down on the terrorist
infrastructures in the United States that had
been grown uninterrupted under Clinton's watch.
presidents and two opposite responses to the United
States being attacked by Islamic extremists.
One buries his head in the sand about our nation
being riddled by terrorist infrastructure--who
takes no action on the intelligence and investigations
of the FBI, Departments of Justice, Treasury and
State, the CIA, U.S. diplomats in Israel and the
Israeli government. The other President
Holy Land Foundation trial is the result of Presidential
leadership that does not pretend we are helpless
to turn the tide in a war against terrorism and
does not ignore--like the mainstream media does--that
the enemy is operating undercover among us much
like the Mafia did in generations past.
[Please view the U.S. Terror Map on the
InvestigativeProject.com website, "The
Terrorist Network in America, 1991-2007."]
Holy Land Foundation case is critical. Depending
on the verdict, we will either roll out the red
carpet and throw down the 'welcome mat' to any
and all terror fund raisers who wish to operate
in the United States, or we will finally close
up a breach in the judicial wall of our nation's
believe the verdict--and our future--is in the
balance and we must rise to the occasion.
An under-informed public is a very dangerous thing
and that is exactly what we have in this case.
the media does not report, then they are the only
ones privileged to decide our future.
Hamas's Rock Star
By day he was an engineer working for the city
On weekends he entertained at fundraisers for
a terrorist group.
by Todd Bensman The Weekly Standard 02/13/2006,
Volume 011, Issue 21
DAYS after his party's upset landslide in the
Palestinian elections, Hamas's supreme political
leader, Khaled Meshal, was thrust into an unfamiliar
spotlight, on the front page of the New York Times
and in the looping reels of cable news shows.
The whole world seems these days to hang on every
defiant word Khaled utters from his hideout in
Damascus, where he's been ducking Israeli assassins
the last several years.
Terrorist at City Hall
by Todd Bensman D Magazine Jan 2005
of the defendants in the Holy Land Foundation
trial is a half-brother to the real leader of
Hamas—Khalid Mishal who currently dictates
Hamas from Damascus, Syria. A hair raising report
about a man with access to Dallas infrastructure
(gas lines, water plants, electrical grids, and
maintenance tunnels under the commuter rail system)
but also was a top star on the fund raising trail
for his musical and theatrical skits glorifying
murdering Jews and extolling suicide “martyrs.”
Breach Revealed In Dallas Terror Case
By Todd Bensman CBS 11 News Investigative
Unit February 14, 2006
U.S. government’s signature domestic terrorism
case – against the North Texas-based Holy
Land Foundation for Relief and Development –
was delayed by more than five months last year
because federal prosecutors “inadvertently”
released volumes of highly classified intelligence
materials to defense attorneys, newly unsealed
Terrorism Supporters: Lessons from a Recent Verdict
By Matthew Levitt The Washington Institute
February 6, 2007
February 1, after fourteen days of deliberation,
a Chicago jury acquitted Muhammad Salah and Abdulhalim
Ashqar of charges that they were involved in a
racketeering conspiracy by financing and supporting
Hamas terrorist activities in the late 1980s and
early 1990s. The two were accused of laundering
funds, facilitating communications, and providing
recruits for Hamas, but were convicted only on
minor charges of obstruction of justice and, in
Ashqar's case, criminal contempt. Like the 2005
prosecution of Sami al-Arian and several other
Palestinian Islamic Jihad supporters in Tampa,
Florida (where the jury acquitted the defendants
of most charges and deadlocked on others), the
case highlights the difficulty of prosecuting
individuals for providing support to terrorist
groups under the cover of humanitarian or political
Elashi Brothers Sentenced
Hazim Elashi and Ihsan “Sammy” Elashi
Operated Infocom Corporation
U.S. Department of Justice Press Release January
States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that
Hazim Elashi and his brother, Ihsan “Sammy”
Elashi, were sentenced today …to 66 months
imprisonment and will be deported after his sentence
is served. Ihsan Elashi was sentenced to 72 months
imprisonment which is to run consecutive to the
48-month sentence he is presently serving.
These two defendants, along with their three brothers,
Bayan Elashi, Ghassan Elashi and Basman Elashi,
operated a family-run, Richardson, Texas, company
that sold computers and Internet services mostly
to customers in the Middle East. Following a four
week trial, each brother, along with their company,
Infocom Corporation, was convicted by a federal
jury in July 2004 in Dallas of conspiracy to violate
the Export Administration Regulations and the
Libyan Sanctions Regulations. Each of the brothers
was also found guilty of conspiracy to file false
Shipper’s Export Declaration forms. A sentencing
date has not yet been set for the other brothers
or the corporation.
So Holy After All
The Bush administration takes on a Hamas front
by Stephen Schwartz The Weekly Standard
12/17/2001, Volume 007, Issue 14
LAST WEEK President
Bush made a long-overdue decision. He ordered
the closing of the Holy Land Foundation, a front
for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, headquartered
in Richardson, Texas, with branch offices in Paterson,
N.J., Bridgeview, Ill., and San Diego. The Holy
War Foundation would be more like it.