Through the Holy Land Foundation, which was closely tied to the putatively moderate Council on American Islamic Relations. From Reuters, with thanks to Barbara:
ATLANTA (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen has pleaded guilty in a federal court to providing material support to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.
Mohamed Shorbagi, 42, of Rome, Georgia, was charged in August with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
“Shorbagi provided the support through donations to the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development knowing that some or all of the money was in fact destined for Hamas,” a Justice Department statement said.
The Islamic group, which operates primarily in the West Bank and Gaza, won parliamentary elections in the Palestinian territories in January. The United States designated it a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.
“This case illustrates that people who illegally support foreign terrorist organizations may be found anywhere in the United States, even in quiet and pleasant places like Rome, Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias in a statement.