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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.
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.
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.
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 25, 1996 | Margaret Crawford, Margaret Crawford is an architectural historian and chair of the history and theory of architecture program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Her most recent book is "Building the Workman's Paradise: The Design of Working Towns."
As someone who studies and writes about the relationship between ordinary places and everyday life, I felt vindicated by "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir." Finally, a book as complicated as the suburbs themselves. The author, D. J. Waldie, raises their interpretation to a new level of art and understanding. Snobs say, "The suburbs are disgustingly boring." Populists respond, "This is what people want."
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.
Ever since Israel won the 1967 Mideast war and expanded its borders, it has faced calls from some Christian churches to cede back land to the displaced Palestinians. But 10 months of continuing violence in the Holy Land are further raising tensions between Jewish and mainline Protestant and Eastern Orthodox leaders in the United States. As deaths mount and the Mideast peace process grinds to a near-halt, these churches are stepping up criticism of Israeli policy and military tactics.
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