DALLAS, July 20 (Reuters) – Islamic charities in the United States complain they are being unfairly scrutinized and persecuted as part of a broader backlash against Muslims since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The issue has come under renewed focus as a major trial gets under way in Dallas in which the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to prove the Holy Land Foundation charity illegally sent money to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

“We feel our faith and charity which are very important to us are under attack in this trial,” said Khalil Meek, spokesman for Hungry for Justice, a coalition of civil rights groups offering support to the defendants in the trial — the charity and seven men linked to it.


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