A day of video evidence (July 31, 2007)

All eyes were on the screen Tuesday, July 31, 2007 as government lawyers played more than a dozen clips throughout the day. Echoing off the high courtroom walls were the sounds of Palestinian nasheed — traditional Arabic songs that express the continuing oppression that Palestinians face. The many sights included children throwing rocks at armed […]

FBI agent testifies 2nd day (July 30, 2007)

Prosecutor Jim Jacks’ back was arched much of Monday, July 30, 2007 as he leaned on the wooden podium and continued direct examination of FBI agent Lara Burns. As he spoke with a monotone voice, some jurors began wiggling, while others forced their eyes to open.

Four witnesses in one day (July 26, 2007)

Hamas author Matthew Levitt cleared his throat, took a small sip of water and continued his testimony on the morning of Thursday, July 26, 2007. During the cross examination, defendant Mohammad El-Mezain’s attorney Josh Dratel asked Levitt about the other terror finance cases where he was previously a witness. Levitt said he testified in about […]

First Witness (July 25, 2007)

His black hair was combed and his dark suit was pressed. Through his round glasses, he glanced at the government lawyers, then the jury. Matthew Levitt was ready for his testimony on Wednesday, July 25, 2007. It was no surprise that Levitt — the author of Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of […]

Trial begins for charity [allegedly] tied to Hamas / LA Times

By Greg Krikorian, LA Times Staff Writer July 25, 2007 DALLAS — The government’s biggest terrorism-financing trial to date opened Tuesday with a federal prosecutor charging that officials of a now-shuttered Islamic charity for years hid their real mission: supporting the violent actions of the Palestinian group Hamas. Assistant U.S. Atty. James T. Jacks said […]

Opening Statements (July 24, 2007)

Every inch of all eight wooden benches were occupied Tuesday, July 24, 2007 when the long-awaited Holy Land Foundation trial began. Among the attendees were many supporters of the defendants, law students, journalists and other anxious individuals. A little past 9 a.m., U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish started by reading brief instructions to the […]

N. Texas Muslims say Holy Land case is political / Dallas Morning News

Monday, July 16, 2007 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News jtrahan@dallasnews.com For many North Texas Muslims, the Holy Land Foundation investigation is a saga fueled by prejudice. Local Muslim leaders have long decried the government’s “witch hunt” of what they say was a charitable foundation dedicated to helping Palestinian refugees caught up in […]