True to form CAIR joins in.
"The prosecution is trying to criminalize humanitarian aid," the vice president of the Dallas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Khalil Meek, said. "The Holy Land Foundation and its associates are not charged with any violence. They actually did feed, clothe, shelter, and provide medical support to humanitarian efforts all over the world."
Not so fast CAIR
"Elashi is presently serving a sentence of more than six years in federal prison after being convicted in a separate case of violating American embargoes on Libya and Syria, as well as sending money to a Hamas leader who is one of his cousins, Mousa Abu Marzook.
While the other defendants have court-appointed lawyers, Elashi's defense is being paid for by a Texas charity, the Muslim Legal Fund. Mr. Meek, who serves as the group's president, declined to say how much the group has raised or spent on Elashi's legal bills. The legal fund raised about $435,000 in 2005, according to federal records.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has ample reason to be concerned about the Holy Land case: Elashi was a founder of CAIR's Texas chapter. In addition, prosecutors have named the group as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case."