Texas CAIR founder Ghassan Elashi tells judge Holyland Foundation terror prosecution is a "Zionist conspiracy"
August 22, 2007
CAIR Kingpin Elashi Admonished By Judge In Holy Land Foundation Prosecution
Texas CAIR Chapter Founder Alleges "Zionist Conspiracy"
By William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz
August 21, 2007 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - A key defendant in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution, Ghassan Elashi - the founder of the Texas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR, a Saudi funded Hamas front group, named by the Holy Land prosecutor as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case] - was yesterday admonished by Judge A. Joe Fish for telling the jury, "This trial is an extension of a Zionist conspiracy."
The trial, U.S. vs the Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development [HLF] which commenced in Dallas late last month, is possibly the most important terror prosecution in U.S. history [see our August 3 piece Holy Land Foundation Prosecution Backgrounder
Lead prosecutor in the case James T. Jacks in his opening statement said that HLF existed for the sole purpose of funding the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and that HLF engaged in a conspiracy to hide its motives, "because to tell the truth is to reveal what they were all about, the destruction of the state of Israel and replacing it with a Palestinian Islamic state."
The defendants in the case are, Shukri Abu Baker, Mohammad El-Mezain, Ghassan Elashi, Haitham Maghawri, Akram Mishal, Mufid Abdulqader and Adulrahman Odeh.
CAIR, whose membership has fallen precipitously over the last few years, is extremely fearful that this trial is harming its self-designated, but faux image that it is a moderate Muslim group.
That fear is based upon a realization which is rapidly advancing into main stream consciousness, that CAIR is indistinguishable from Hamas.
Of note, the Vice President of the Dallas Fort Worth CAIR chapter, Khalil Meek [source http://www.cairdfw.org/updates/updates/2007%20board%20of%20directors.htm ] is working with the battery of attorneys who are defending Elashi and his co-defendants.
Khalil Meek is also the President of the Muslim Legal Fund of America [MLFA]. Both CAIR and the MLFA are significantly involved in Holy Land Foundation defense efforts, a recent press release listed the following individuals as spokesmen for the effort.
Khalil Meek, President, BOD, Muslim Legal Fund of America
CAIR's ties to Hamas are irrefutable.
The organization grew out of the IAP, the Islamic Association of Palestine, the American PR wing for Hamas, with many of the IAP's key functionaries assuming similar positions with CAIR.
CAIR is also inextricably tied to the Holy Land Foundation. Not only was Ghassan Elashi the party responsible for the terror fundraiser's incorporation, but the Washington, DC CAIR office was initially bankrolled by the HLF.
According to evidence provided to PipeLineNews.org from Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism, on October 31, 1994 the Holy Land Foundation made a wire transfer to CAIR. The purpose of this seed money was to help establish the group's Washington, DC office.
Mr. Emerson had previously provided this information in testimony before the U.S. Congress but this document which provides the basis for that claim has not seen wide distribution.