Shuttered by the government in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Dallas-based Holy Land Foundation was the key fundraising arm for Hamas in the United States. Yesterday the subsequent criminal case brought by the government against the Holy Land Foundation defendants ended in a weird mistrial. As I understand the outcome, one defendant was acquitted on all charges but one, while that one charge and the other charges against the remaining defendants ended in a mistrial. Prosecutors announced that they intend to retry the case.
The Dallas Morning News provides a good recap of yesterday’s events (with some background here). Nihad Awad — executive director of unindicted co-conspirator CAIR — makes an interesting appearance in the recap of yesterday’s events:
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, drew links to McCarthyism in the 1950s.
“Today’s campaign has a different name and a different target,” said Mr. Awad, whose group is an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. “The campaign is anti-terrorism and the target is the American Muslim community.”
When Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook was facing deportation from the United States in 1996