Strong links are transpiring between the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which is based in Texas, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Investigations by agencies in the United States showed affiliations to the Muslim Brotherhood by the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
The same links were affirmed by a rule by an American court which punished some of the leaders of this organization for participating in money laundering operations for the sake of the Palestinian Hamas group.
Using the Palestinian issue
An American court sentenced the head of the foundation to 65 years in prison. It handed other leaders of the foundation prison sentences ranging between 15 and 60 years.
The court also revealed that the leaders of the foundation had channeled money to militant groups in the Palestinian territories, even as the same money was specified for the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people.
The same ruling, which was issued in 2008, also threw light on the hidden funding of Muslim Brotherhood arms in North America.
This forced American authorities to close down the foundation all together.
In 2004, a judiciary agency in Dallas accused the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development of backing Hamas, money laundering and conspiracy.
The foundation used to describe itself as the largest Islamic charity in the United States.
On December 4, 2001, the American Department of the Treasury designated the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development as a terrorist organization.
The department froze the money of the foundation for sending millions of dollars to Hamas which was designated by the US as a terrorist group in 1995.
A number of other countries labeled the foundation as a terrorist group.