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By Ed Ziegler
Remember, Never Again 

A terrorist's secret weapon


Fundraising sounds harmless and caring. The vast majority of fundraising is just that.

Many years ago I attended a fundraiser for Afghanistan against Russia, held at Faneuil Hall, the birthplace of the Boston Tea party of December 16, 1773. Feeling moved I donated money not knowing the true nature of Islamic terrorists.

Mainstream media rarely reports on radical Islamists who are attacking us frequently, violently and subtly. Here I present an important tool they use: fundraising. 

Money is of major importance in any war. Radical Islam is well aware of its value. Covertly they are taking our money and sending it to terrorists who, in turn, are using it for weapons that are killing our soldiers.

The Holy Land Foundation (HLF) was the largest Islamic fundraiser in the United States. They were found guilty of funneling $12 million to Hamas. The U.S. government designated HLF a terrorist organization, seized its assets, and closed the charity. HLF and five of its organizers were convicted of supporting Hamas. One of the defendants, Mohammad El-Mezain, who ran Holy Land’s California office, also raised money for KindHearts.   

KindHearts, an Ohio-based charity, allegedly supported the terrorist organization Hamas, as well. It had its assets frozen in 2006. KindHearts made a deal with the U.S. Treasury Dept. in November 2011. It was disbanded after agreeing to distribute its funds to various humanitarian causes.

It has been well established that The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has ties with terrorist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. CAIR was classified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF trial.

A federal jury in Boston found Libyan-born Emadeddin Muntasser, Muhamed Mubayyid, a Lebanon native and Samir Al-Monla, an immigrant from Kuwait, guilty of conspiring to defraud the government by using tax-free donations to support holy war and holy warriors. They raised nearly $2 million. Muntasser, was turned down for U.S. citizenship.

Sami Al-Arian, a Florida professor, was called “a master manipulator” by a federal judge. Al-Arian pleaded guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.” Sami was convicted of fundraising for Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Sabirhan Hasanoff was sentenced to 18 years for funneling around $67,000 to Al Qaeda affiliates. He and another man, Wisam El-Hanafi, also sent bomb-making equipment to terrorist operatives overseas. He also carried out surveillance of the New York Stock Exchange presumably for a potential attack.

Both men were believed to be influenced by another American Islamist, Anwar al-Awlaki, a former AQAP leader who regularly called on Muslims in the west to carry out “lone-wolf” style terrorist attacks, independent of any formal Al Qaeda network. 

The fundraising effort is not reserved for Islamic men only. There were two Islamic Rochester, Minnesota women that were convicted of raising money and recruiting fighters for a terrorist organization (al-Shabab).

In 2012, the Supreme Court declined hearing an appeal from Kifah Jayyousi, a Muslim, who helped fund dirty bomber Jose Padilla. Kifah claimed he raised money for charity as mandated by the Quran.

I do not know how we can completely stop them completely from fundraising. Be astute. Do not donate without proof of charitable works. If you learn who is speaking at such an event notify them of your displeasure.


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