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The Holy Land Verdict in Perspective
My colleagues on the Counterterrorism Blog Matt Levitt and Andrew Cochran have discussed the sweep of guilty verdicts in the Holy Land Foundation case.

I wanted to add briefly, some perspective, which can only be gleaned if one goes through the voluminous exhibits, available at the NEFA Foundation site, which give the reasons for the trial to begin with.

The Holy Land Foundation was a direct outgrowth of the international Muslim Brotherhood, as are CAIR, MSA and other groups under the MB umbrella. The ties, based on the trial evidence, are outlined in this paper I co-authored for the NEFA Foundation. As described, the entire enterprise was not only to fund Hamas, but to set up the architecture to wage jihad in this country, with the aims of radically altering the entire U.S. system of government.

What is still most fascinating to me, after two trials, is that the most damning documents were not contested at all by the defense.

And herein is the main point, as I wrote earlier: The most compelling evidence of the Brotherhood’s true aims is contained in an internal memorandum written in 1991 by a senior Brotherhood leader and titled: “On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.” In the document, the author is strikingly clear about the ultimate goal of the Muslim Brotherhood (referred to as Ikhwan) in the United States, as these quotes make clear:

“In order for Islam and its Movement to become “a part of the homeland” in which it lives, “stable” in its land, “rooted” in the spirits and minds of its people, “enabled” in the live of its
society and has firmly established “organizations” on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and
struggle to obtain “the keys” and the tools of this process in carry out this grand mission as a “Civilization Jihadist” responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top
of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country…”

“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes,
and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.”

Still not clear on what they want to do? What role do the Ikhwan envision for themselves? They are happy to tell.

As for the role of the Ikhwan, it is the initiative, pioneering, leadership, raising the banner and pushing people in that direction. They are then to work to employ, direct and unify
Muslims’ efforts and powers for this process. In order to do that, we must possess a mastery of the art of “coalitions”, the art of “absorption” and the principles of “cooperation”. We need to adopt the principle which says, “Take from people…the best
they have”, their best specializations, experiences, arts, energies and abilities. By people here we mean those within or without the ranks of individuals and organizations. (…) To me, there is no choice for us other than alliance and mutual understanding of those who desire from our religion and those who agree from our belief in work. And the U.S. Islamic arena is full of those waiting…, the pioneers.”

As Andy points out, three is no longer any excuse for anyone in the US government to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood legacy organizations. Their currency is access, and without access they have nothing. If these pioneers want to present their real project to people in the marketplace of ideas, fine. But enough of the veneer of moderate, mainstream groups carrying out civil rights efforts. That much should be clear now.

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