US Government Freezes Assets of Toledo-Based Islamic Charity

February 20, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

On February 20, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Treasury Department ordered U.S. banks to freeze assets of an Ohio-based group that the government says funnels money to the militant organization Hamas.

The organization, KindHearts of Toledo, was connected with the Hamas-affiliated Holy Land Foundation and the al Qaeda-affiliated Global Relief Foundation, the Treasury Department said yesterday. The government took similar action against those groups in late 2001.

Under the government action, U.S. citizens are barred from doing business with KindHearts.

KindHearts describes itself on its website as a nonprofit charitable organization administering humanitarian aid to the world's poor. In the past, its officials have denied being connected to any terrorist group or individual.

KindHearts board member and Cleveland lawyer Jihad Smaili reiterated that position. 'This allegation that we support Hamas is unfounded and incredible,' he said."