US-Based Islamic Charity Stops Fundraising, Claiming Unfair FBI Investigation Underway

February 2, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 2, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "An international Islamic charity based in Dallas has suspended operations, saying it's unfairly become the target of an investigation by the U.S. government.

Federal authorities refused to confirm whether KinderUSA was under investigation for financing terrorism. The 3-year-old organization has personnel ties to the defunct Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which was shut down in December 2001 after it was accused of being the primary American fund-raiser for the Palestinian group Hamas, which has been accused of terrorism.

In recent postings on Kinder- USA's Web site, board members accused federal investigators of using illegal tactics. They also said they feared the government would seize the group's donations, as has happened several times since the U.S. crackdown on Muslim charities after the terrorist attacks of September 2001.

KinderUSA's staff in Dallas and the group's chairwoman, Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, declined to comment about the shutdown, its rationale or the potential fallout."