The jury was selected Friday in the case against the Holy Land Foundation charity and some of its organizers. Holy Land is accused of raising millions of dollars for the terrorist group Hamas. The trial will include at least three months of testimony and a decade of secret wiretap evidence gathered on the foundation. One of the government’s expert witnesses is Matthew Levitt, author of Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad.
Prosecutors expect the terrorist expert witness will help convince the jury that Holy Land and its organizers raised money throughout the U.S. and sent it to Palestinian charity committees, who spent it on humanitarian aid. As reported in DallasNews.com:
The government says those Palestinian committees were controlled by Hamas, which the U.S. designated as a terrorist organization in 1995. Supporting any designated terrorist group is illegal.