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Court Upholds Freezing Muslim Charity's Assets

A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the government’s freezing of the financial assets of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the designation of the Muslim charity as a “terrorist” group. A unanimous three-judge panel upheld the dismissal of a challenge by the foundation, which is based in Richardson, Texas, to the government’s actions. On Dec. 4, 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department designated the foundation a terrorist group and blocked all its assets because it allegedly funneled millions of dollars to Hamas, a Palestinian group blamed for repeated attacks in Israel. “We hold as other courts have held that there is no First Amendment right nor any other constitutional right to support terrorists, and that the record supports no conclusion that the designation or blocking violated any constitutional right of the (foundation),” Judge David Sentelle said in the ruling. Full Story

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