Hamas-Linked Charity Sues US Gov't to Unfreeze Funds
A Hamas-linked charity based in
The "Kindhearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development" organization filed a lawsuit in federal court in
In 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department ordered banks to freeze the organization's accounts, due to suspicions it was serving as a conduit to groups that were linked to the Hamas terrorist organization.
"KindHearts is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable giving," said Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in a 2006 statement announcing the move.
"Following the December 2001 asset freeze and law enforcement actions against the Hamas-affiliated Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and the al Qaeda-affiliated Global Relief Foundation (GRF), former GRF official Khaled Smaili established KindHearts from his residence in January 2002," continued the statement. "Kindhearts leaders and fundraisers once held leadership or other positions with HLF and GRF."
Intelligence confirmed the connection between KindHearts and Hamas in
Half a million dollars in support was pledged at a fundraiser that was supposedly intended for a local mosque in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in October 2003 as well; however, the vast majority of funds collected was to be sent to Hamas overseas, noted government officials.
The "Kindhearts" group, which denied the charge, claimed in court that it had not had a chance to defend itself prior to the government freezing its assets.