Monday, June 04, 2007

CAIR Has No Comment on Conspiracy to Support Hamas

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has been named by federal prosecutors, along with two other Islamic organizations, as an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support Hamas.

As reported by Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun, (“Islamic Groups Named in Hamas Funding Case”):

“Prosecutors applied the label of "unindicted co-conspirator" to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust in connection with a trial planned in Texas next month for five officials of a defunct charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

“While the foundation was charged in the case, which was filed in 2004, none of the other groups was. However, the co-conspirator designation could be a blow to the credibility of the national Islamic organizations, which often work hand-in-hand with government officials engaged in outreach to the Muslim community.”

Gerstein reports that “[s]pokesmen for CAIR did not respond to messages seeking comment yesterday.”

Read the rest of the article, here.

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