The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) said it would monitor the cases of seven men charged today with
supporting Palestinian militants to make sure they are granted all their
The men were all associated with the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for
Relief and Development (HLF), shut down by the government in 2001.
The charity had been targeted by pro-Israel organizations and individuals
for several years because of what they said was the group’s support for
terrorism. HLF officials consistently denied those charges.
Today’s New York Times reports that HLF officials claim the FBI falsified
evidence against it and based its indictment on “distorted” translations of
Israeli intelligence materials. HLF officials cited 67 translation errors
in an FBI document used in the case.
“ISLAMIC CHARITY SAYS F.B.I. FALSIFIED EVIDENCE AGAINST IT”
In its statement, CAIR said: “We will monitor the progress of these
indictments to help ensure that the defendants are accorded all of their
constitutional rights. The government should not use evidence apparently
tainted by foreign intelligence sources from a nation that has its own