Canada, Italy Join U.S. In Freezing Hamas Funds

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Canada has joined the United States in freezing the bank accounts of organizations connected with Hamas. These include the Holy Land Fund, the Al Aqsa Bank and Beit El-Mal Holdings Co. Italy has also agreed to take similar steps. U.S. President George Bush announced yesterday, \"The message is this: Those who do business with terror will do no business with the United States, or anywhere else the United States can reach… Hamas is one of the deadliest terror organizations in the world today.\" The money raised by the Holy Land Foundation, which is the largest Muslim charity in the United States, \"is used by Hamas to support schools and indoctrinate children to grow up into suicide bombers,\" Bush said, \"and also to recruit suicide bombers and support their families.\" Treasury Secretary Paul O\'Neill said, \"This organization exists to raise money in the United States to promote terror.\"






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