U.S. Government Freezes Charity Assets, Alleging Front for Islamic Jihad

May 4, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters


On May 4, 2005 Reuters reported, "The United States on Wednesday froze the assets of a charity it called a front for the militant Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and said it was seeking safe channels for donations to Palestinians in need.

This afternoon we designated the Elehssan Society, including all of its branches, as a charitable front for the brutal terrorist group the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,' U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Enforcement Stuart Levey said.

'Elehssan masquerades as a charity while actually helping to finance PIJ's acts of terror against the Israeli people and other innocents,' he told a congressional hearing. Elehssan operates in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.

PIJ has already been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Wednesday's designation was the 400th by the Treasury aimed at freezing the assets of militants and their support networks since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."