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Not-So-Holy Land?

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For many years, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, formerly the Occupied Land Fund, was the largest American Muslim charity. From its offices in Richardson, Texas, just outside of Dallas, the group raised millions of dollars, ostensibly for Palestinian families. In 1993, Israeli agents alleged that the Foundation's motives weren't so innocent. They argued that it funneled money to the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas. In 2001, the federal government froze the organization's assets and prosecuted its leadership. A judge declared a mistrial in that case yesterday. Jason Trahan, a reporter for The Dallas Morning News, will join us in the second hour, to shed light on why jurors couldn't reach a verdict.