Before the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) was closed by the U.S. government as a designated global terrorist fundraising entity just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Monzer Taleb (aka Munzir Taleb, Monzer Talib, et al.) was part of the infamous Al-Sakhra band, which toured the U.S. raising money for the HLF and the terrorist group Hamas. Taleb was so active in his fundraising pursuits that he was personally named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF terrorism finance trial, which concluded this past November with guilty verdicts on all 108 counts for the defendants.
Monzer Taleb continues his Hamas fundraising this weekend as a keynote speaker at the annual banquet of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). During the HLF trial, FBI Agent Lara Burns testified that CAIR was a front for Hamas, and CAIR was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. As a result of the substantial evidence presented during the trial tying CAIR to the international Islamic terrorist network, the FBI recently cut its ties to CAIR, as has the Columbus Police Department.
As part of Al-Sakhra, Monzer Taleb sang of violence, terror, and hatred. Investigative reporter and PJ Media contributor Todd Bensman described the group of terror crooners in an article titled “HAMAS Rock Stars“:
It wasn’t exactly feel-good music in the conventional sense. Mufid’s Al Sakhra (“The Rock”) band crooned a gospel of death and hatred toward the Jews at Hamas fundraisers, while the collection plates moved through wildly enthusiastic Arab-American audiences.
In the indictment of HLF executives, federal prosecutors said that skits and songs performed by Al-Sakhra at HLF events “advocated the destruction of the State of Israel and glorified the killing of Jewish people.” (p. 13)
One of the defendants in the HLF trial, Mufid Abdulqader, who was convicted on conspiracy charges, was the founder and leader of Al-Sakhra. After he was indicted along with the other Holy Land Foundation executives, a Dallas TV station revealed that Abdulqader is the half-brother of Hamas leader Khaled Mishal. HLF trial exhibits also revealed that Al-Sakhra had performed at 25 HLF fundraisers in one year alone.
As noted above, Monzer Taleb also figured into the Holy Land Foundation trial, as he was personally named on the federal prosecutors’ list of unindicted co-conspirators (p. 6, no. 40).