Thursday, December 09, 2004

Making Terror Sponsors Pay

The press has largely refused to report on the extent of sympathy with terrorism among American Muslims, but the extent of this support is revealed in a court ruling holding a Chicago Muslim group responsible for providing funds to the terrorist group Hamas, whose suicide bombers caused the death of an American in Israel.

"$156 Million Award in Terrorist Killing," Matt O'Connor, Chicago Tribune, December 9

"In a landmark ruling in 2002, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in
Chicago said Islamic groups could be held liable if the Boims could establish that they aided and abetted David Boim's killing. In his ruling last month, Keys ruled that the Boims presented ample evidence that three of the defendants
knowingly supported Hamas and its terrorist activities. On Wednesday, the jury concluded the same about the fourth defendant, the Quranic Literacy Institute. Michael Kotzin, executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, said the case marks 'a watershed in the war on terrorism
and demonstrates that there have been significant links to international terrorist operations right here in Chicago.'... Haleem...contended that the
Boims and their lawyers had used 'their lobbying capacity' to get prosecutors to indict Salah and the Holy Land Foundation. 'They have taken this anti-Muslim hysteria and they've just played to it,' Haleem said. 'They've taken it and put it in front of the jury knowing there was a predisposition against us. It is religious persecution.' "