In 2004 the FBI raided the Annandale, VA home of Ismail Elbarasse. Confiscated documents established a link between the Muslim Brotherhood and U.S. based terrorist groups. Also discovered within the archives was An Explanatory Memorandum. Dated in 1991, the document outlined the strategic goals of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. This document was later submitted as evidence in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial.
The Holy Land Foundation billed itself as dedicated to humanitarian needs — complete with the catchy motto A helping hand for all mankind. But the trial established that U.S. based Muslim groups, using the Holy Land Foundation, had funneled some $12 million to Hamas. Designated as a terror group by U.S. State Department in April 1993, Hamas is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas was founded in 1987 and within its charter is the goal of establishing an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
A special note should be made of the Hamas Charter, or Covenant. It is littered with antisemitism and the language projects a tone of deep seated rage. It is hardcore. So much so that it is often referenced by foreign leaders to justify reprimands of the organization. Perhaps because the Charter has proved to be a political liability, there has been a public relations effort put forth by Hamas to de-emphasize the Charter. Khaled Meshaal, a top Hamas scoundrel, once said the Charter is “a piece of history and no longer relevant, but cannot be changed for internal reasons.” Apparently they’ve spent all their money for explosives — not for paper shredders.
Anyway, back to the Holy Land Foundation trial.
Frank Gaffney, former Deputy Assistant of the Secretary of Defense, author and founder of the Center for Security Policy, called the trial a “Rosetta Stone” as it unlocked the true nature of the enemy and it’s goals. “It’s ambitions, which are clearly said to be destroying western civilization from within,” Gaffney stated.
The trial also shed light on the money funneling activities of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), founded by convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian. Both organizations were named as “unindicted co-conspirators”.
It is here that things become a little more insidious. As outlined in Michele Bachmann Smells Something Foul there remains deep skepticism about the political motives of the Department of Justice regarding the trial. In short, claims have been made that the DOJ changed the emphasis of the trial to prosecute the organizations rather than the individuals. Thus, the individuals were able to walk out of the courtroom and, with a little bit of re-branding, continue their activities. Proponents of this belief point out that Obama, Hillary Clinton and others within the administration, have documented political associations (fundraisers, pictures, meetings, speeches, etc.) with these individuals and prosecution of them would have shed a negative light upon the administration or key members within it.
This is about the time America started to become saturated with news stories of the Muslim community being singled out and picked on and that their civil rights are being exploited and “Islamophobia” is running rampant within American society.
In 2010, Claire Berlinski, Editor of Ricochet.com wrote, “The neologism “Islamophobia” did not simply emerge ex nihilo. It was invented, deliberately, by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the International Institute for Islamic Thought, which is based in Northern Virginia.” (Continued)