Join us on February 22, at 7pm Eastern Time for a LIVE film screening about the the Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity that was persecuted by the US in post 9/11 anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian hysteria.
A live screening will take place on February 22, start time at 7PM (EST) followed by a conversation and Q&A at 8:30 with Nida Abu Baker, the daughter of Shukri Abu Baker, one of the Holy Land Foundation 5, who is still in prison.
Watch in person at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston, 2nd floor, OR, for those unable to attend in-person, watch the film at 7:00 PM (EST), virtually by Zoom, followed by a conversation and Q&A at 8:30 PM. Register here.
If you would like to join only for the conversation and Q&A, then feel free to watch the film at your convenience at the below links. You can join the conversation and Q&A at 8:30 PM (EST)
About the film:
Soon after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, the largest Muslim charity in the United States – the Holy Land Foundation – was shut down, its assets frozen and five of its senior staff arrested by the FBI.
The charity was founded in California in 1989 and provided aid to a number of Palestinian causes. It also offered help to people in crisis in the US; refugee communities in Jordan, Lebanon; and other needy people across the Middle East and the rest of the world.
As the charity grew and revenue increased, claims emerged against the foundation.
The 1990s saw groups like the Anti-Defamation League and politicians such as the former Governor of New York City, Eliot Spitzer, and former Congressman Anthony Wiener lobby against the charity.
These groups appealed to the Clinton administration to shut the charity down, but failed. The US government eventually responded to similar accusations, allegedly made by the state of Israel.
The Holy Land Five is a two-part documentary looking at the controversial trial of the Holy Land Foundation leaders. The films use interviews with defence and prosecution lawyers, family members, phone calls with the men themselves in jail – and reconstruction of court proceedings, to examine the case against the five men.
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