Holy Land retrial begins
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Holy Land retrial begins

The retrial of leaders of a Muslim charity accused of financing Hamas began in Dallas.

Five members of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development are charged with funneling more than $12 million to the terrorist group before the charity was shut down by the U.S. government in 2001.

In opening arguments Sept. 23, federal prosecutors argued that Holy Land existed to support Hamas and the schools and community organizations run by the movement, according to The Associated Press.

Defense attorneys countered that the foundation’s funds went to humanitarian aid for victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The first trial ended last year with a mistrial on most of the charges.