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Cindy Sheehan’s Holy Land Connections

In the rush of events and the holiday we almost allowed the Holy Land Foundation verdict to pass by without comment.

From an outraged Associated Press:

Flanked by supporters Valley Reed, left, and Hadi Jawad, Noor Elashi speaks about the guilty verdict rendered against her father, Ghassan Elashi, in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, finally handing the government a signature victory in its fight against terrorism funding.

Holy Land charity and leaders found guilty on all 108 counts

Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press

By Paul J. Weber
November 25, 2008

Reporting from Dallas — 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. It was the biggest terrorism financing case since the Sept. 11 attacks…

After Monday’s verdict, family members showed little visible reaction until the jury left. Several women sobbed loudly…

Ghassan Elashi, Holy Land’s former chairman, and Shukri Abu Baker, the chief executive, were convicted of a combined 69 counts, including supporting a specially designated terrorist, money laundering and tax fraud.

Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulraham Odeh were convicted of three counts of conspiracy, and Mohammed El-Mezain was convicted of one count of conspiracy to support a terrorist organization. Holy Land was convicted of all 32 counts…

Holy Land was accused of giving more than $12 million to support Hamas. The seven-week retrial ran about as long as the original, which ended in October 2007, when a judge declared a mistrial on most charges…

The U.S. designated Hamas a terrorist organization in 1995 and again in 1997, making contributions to the group illegal. Government officials raided Holy Land’s headquarters in December 2001 and shut it down.

Prosecutors labeled Holy Land’s benefactors — called zakat committees — as terrorist-recruiting pools. The charities, the government argued, spread Hamas’ violent ideology and generated loyalty and support among Palestinians…

Bizarrely, many of the articles about this verdict did their best to portray it as a show trial and to make these terrorist enablers as sympathetic as possible.

But there is an ancillary part of this story that is of particular interest to us here at S&L.

For, lest we forget, one of the Holy Land Foundation’s staunchest supporters and defenders is Hadi Jawad:

John Wolf, left, and Hadi Jawad hold signs supporting the Holy Land Foundation defendants while standing outside the federal courthouse in downtown Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007.

Longtime readers of this site should recognize the names John Wolf and Hadi Jawad.

They are the founders and owners of the “Crawford Peace House,” the organization that first sponsored Cindy Sheehan’s peace vigil in Crawford.

They were celebrated back in 2005 by the Dallas Peace Center:

Hadi Jawad, speaking on behalf of the Crawford Peace House, Friday Nov 25th, 2005.

John Wolf and Cindy Sheehan uncover a memorial to Cindy’s vigil in Crawford for the first time, Friday Nov 25th, 2005

Hadi Jawad and Johnny Wolf

You would be hard-pressed to find two more honorable, spiritual, and dedicated men than Hadi Jawad and John Wolf. They have very diverse backgrounds, and yet agree that their values and morals are so close that they could have been raised in the same family. Jawad and Wolf are being honored by the Dallas Peace Center on December 1 as 2005 Peacemakers of the Year for their tireless work for peace and justice

[O]n August 5th of this year, Jawad heard that Cindy Sheehan wanted to go to Crawford. He sent her an e-mail inviting her to the Peace House, and the next day drove her down to Crawford. The CPH became the in-town connection for the month long vigil at Camp Casey. The Peace House in Crawford is a busy place these days, with renovations, meetings, and a “homecoming” for Sheehan on Thanksgiving. Jawad says, “How easy it is to feed hundreds of people is the essence of what we do.”

Jawad and Wolf feel that the efforts of the Dallas Peace Center and the Crawford Peace House have raised the consciousness of this whole area…

Jawad and Wolf’s vision for the Crawford Peace House post-Bush is that it will be a center for community. Wolf states, “The Peace House is so much more than President Bush – it is a centralized location where we perform miracles, offering hope to humanity to counter the cult of war.” Jawad adds, “I’d like it to be a permanent memorial to peace and justice, with an historical marker which says, ‘Peace began here’.”

We often wondered who was funding Ms. Sheehan’s noble mission, and now we know. (Though, to be fair, we knew it at the time as well.)

It was a natural enough fit, given Ms. Sheehan’s oft-expressed anti-Semitism.

But, gee, why would Muslim terrorists want the US to leave Iraq? And why would they help fund someone who was leading the charge for our withdrawal?

Aren’t these the kind of inquiries that our watchdog media should be making?

And while we are asking questions, why aren’t Messrs Wolf and Jawad in jail for their own tax problems with the “Crawford Peace House” anyway?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Cindy Sheehan’s Holy Land Connections”

  1. VMAN says:

    I don’t know how often presidents pardon people but I’m sure the first chance Mr TIBS gets he will pardon these scum. I just can’t believe that these idiots think the whole world is peaceful except the US of A.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    One thing I notice about this and other related topics like this report; there is no difference between Muslim Orgs. supplying money to Hamas and crack dealers. If you shut either one down, there are a dozen others willing and ready to take their place. I like the last photo…..they still use the Great American Chicken Footprint as a Peace Symbol.

  3. Helena says:

    So – Hadi is an “idealist” and not a paid agent of foreign interests seeking to overthrow western civilization in general and the US in particular. Little Cindy was such a convenient idiot, wasn’t she?

    How surprising and delightful the Holy Land verdicts are. How welcome. The evidence must have been completely overwhelming for an idiot jury not to let them off – because you know they played the innocent, injured party role to the hilt. Hope they go after them for their tax ‘irregularities’ as you mention, SG.

  4. 1republicanscientist says:

    hooaaahhh. “Jawad and Wolf feel that the efforts of the Dallas Peace Center and the Crawford Peace House have raised the consciousness of this whole area” yah, they are good places to take a hud when visiting Dallas, don’t forget to use their literarure as TP.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    They raised no consciousness at all in the most conservative part of TX (for those that don’t know – Crawford is at the north border of Fort Hood (which is the largest (land) US Army Post) – and Bell and Coryell Counties have the highest retired military populations in TX (I believe that is still true) – what a crock. Having been there and met some of the people from the Crawford Peace House – they are nasty people – most especially when compared to the locals from Crawford – who have taken having a POTUS and the outragious media spotlight with more than a grain of salt.

    Jawad & Wolf only enjoyed Mother Sheehan’s Bitch-in-a-Ditch Tour for the amount of money that they were able to skim from the CPH coffers and of course the massive amount of msm coverage their little stinking house got for that dreary August.

  6. proreason says:

    Surely Cindy Sheehan is one of the stupidest creatures to ever capture the attention of the American public.

    Which, I guess, would make her an above-average member of Congress.

  7. Gila Monster says:

    Just a simple question here.

    Now that these mooselimbs at Holy Land have been convicted of providing monetary support to a known terrorist organization and since technically, we are at “war” with these same said terrorist organizations, can we now try these a**hats for sedition or treason?
    Or at the very least, deport them back to their precious homeland sandboxes?
    And how about the same for their openly supportive libtard tools like Jawad, Wolf and “The Snag”?

    Yeah, yeah, I know, wishful thinking on my part. :o(

  8. DEZ says:

    “Surely Cindy Sheehan is one of the stupidest creatures to ever capture the attention of the American public.

    Which, I guess, would make her an above-average member of Congress.”

    Or at least earn her a career in acting!

  9. wirenut says:

    Thank GOD for grown-up’s , now let’s finish it .

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