The same year Hamas was bogusly declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It remains one today. Any individual or group charged with providing material support (true or false) becomes targeted for prosecution.
Founded in 1989, HLF was America's largest Muslim charity. It served needy people in many countries. They included Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia, Albania, Chechnya, Turkey, and America.
Its major activities included:
- financial aid to needy and impoverished families;
- a sponsorship program for orphaned children;
- various social services;
- educational ones;
- medical and other emergency work; and
- community development that included helping Palestinians rebuild homes Israel lawlessly destroyed.
On July 27, 2004, five HLF principles were bogusly accused of providing material support to Hamas. Multiple charges included prohibited financial transactions, money laundering, conspiracy, and filing false tax returns.
Charges were false, outrageous and unconscionable. HLF had no connection to terrorism. Its activities were entirely legal. Islam's third pillar mandates charity. Aiding those in need is considered a moral obligation.
Compassion became criminalized. Humanitarian giving to "unworthy" recipients risks long prison terms in gulag hell.
At the time, HLF asked, "Is it a crime to feed" hungry children? HLF did far more glorious work. In its own words, it said, "We gave:
- books, not bombs;
- bread, not bullets;
- smiles, not scars;