Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On March 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported "President, Moran Are Urged to Shun Gifts; Muslim Donors Target of Raids." The article explained that "The American Jewish Committee has called on President Bush and Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) to turn over to victims' families political contributions from officers of Muslim organizations raided by federal agents last week as part of an investigation into terrorist financing. The request created a thorny question for the Bush administration -- whether the president should take campaign cash from a leader of a Northern Virginia group that his own Treasury Department is raiding as part of a terrorist financing investigation. It also highlighted a fierce fight between Jewish and Muslim groups in this country over whether some American Muslims are condoning or indirectly supporting terrorism because of their opposition to Israeli policies and, conversely, whether pro-Israel organizations are exploiting the war on terrorism to marginalize their foes. The article noted that Rep. Moran "will not return the $1,800, he said, because he knows of no illegal activity by the donors. 'In our system of justice, you're innocent until proven guilty -- not the reverse.'"