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July 28, 2004 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
Moving against a shuttered Islamic charity that was once the nation's largest Muslim American philanthropic group, a federal grand jury in Dallas on Tuesday indicted the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation and its leaders for allegedly funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian group Hamas.
June 21, 2003 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Treasury Department acted properly in freezing the assets of an Islamic charity in Texas suspected of funding the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. In a unanimous decision that upheld a lower federal court ruling, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the government's move to shut down the charity was based on "ample evidence."
A prominent Islamic charity raised $207,000 at a 1995 Los Angeles event at which the keynote speaker exhorted the crowd to "Finish off the Israelis. Kill them all," according to an FBI memo obtained Wednesday. The account is contained in a 49-page FBI document that the Treasury Department used to support this week's decision to freeze the assets of Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
November 25, 2008 | Paul J. Weber, Weber is a writer for the Associated Press.
A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas -- a long-sought victory in the government's fight against terrorism funding. U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis announced the guilty verdicts on all 108 counts on the eighth day of deliberations in the retrial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, once the nation's largest Muslim charity.
The House of David Inscription, a rare relic of the Holy Land, will leave Israel to be displayed later this year at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, in an exhibition that museum and Israeli cultural officials say is a first for a U.S. institution. The exhibit, "The Holy Land: David Roberts, Dead Sea Scrolls, House of David Inscription," will open Oct. 6.
May 13, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI set out on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land but quickly encountered an earthly reality: Politics are inescapable in the contested lands that gave birth to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. While the pontiff's speeches are laced with appeals for unity and hope, his divided audiences hear language that is too tepid for their taste -- or too strong, depending on the camp. He preaches peace in an embattled terrain and compassion to those who are in no mood to compromise.
August 1, 2003 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Countries in crisis often produce their most involving films. As it was with Eastern bloc nations like Poland and Czechoslovakia during the Soviet occupation, so it is today with the state of Israel. As that nation wrestles with its agonizing relationship with the Palestinians and the dynamics of its own divided population, its filmmakers have been doing some of their finest work -- films like Joseph Cedar's "Time of Favor" and Amos Gitai's "Kadosh." You can add "The Holy Land" to that group.
August 16, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Amid extraordinary secrecy and security, the Israeli government took a key role Wednesday in helping the U.S. Justice Department prosecute American citizens accused of supporting anti-Israeli terrorists. An Israeli intelligence official testifying under an assumed name in a closed courtroom told a federal jury here that a now-defunct Islamic charity in the United States was part of a global fundraising network that helped finance terrorism by the Palestinian group Hamas.
November 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
Pope John Paul II will make a millennium pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March--a visit that fulfills a long-held dream even as it thrusts the frail pontiff into the heart of Middle East political and religious tensions. The Vatican is also pushing ahead on an even more politically fraught trip to Iraq. The United States, Britain and Iraqi dissidents have opposed the trip, fearing Saddam Hussein would use it for propaganda.
Scarcely had he been consecrated as the first Arab head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land when Michel Sabbah began sparring with Israel. The year was 1988. The Palestinian intifada, or uprising, was in full swing and moving into the Arab neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem. Sabbah, appointed by Pope John Paul II to the post of Latin patriarch, went on Vatican Radio to make a very public appeal. "I don't think the [Israeli] authorities listen to the church or ever will," Sabbah said.
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