As PJM reported on October 12, federal investigators have targeted — and federal agents have raided — home-grown revolutionaries spread across America suspected of materially supporting terrorism. Summoned before a Chicago grand jury, self-styled peace activist Mick Kelly faces government inquiries into his relationship with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN).
Though hardly a household name, Abudayyeh’s own connections run deep into enemy territory. The Obama administration saw fit to invite Abudayyeh to the White House for an April 22 meeting of “Arab-American leaders.” But Abudayyeh’s home in Chicago was raided on the same day as Mick Kelly’s in Minneapolis. Given the extent of Abudayyeh’s professional relationships with officially designated terrorists and their associates, the raid should come as no surprise.
As Chicago’s Channel 7 News has reported, AAAN received “as much as $457,000” in government funds since 1998. Organizations led by Abudayyeh’s associates have long been targeted by federal actions against those who fund terror. Last month’s raid suggests that the government suspects Abudayyeh of funneling money to Hamas while siphoning public dollars.
According to corporate documents, Abudayyeh is also the national coordinator of the U.S. Palestine Community Network (USPCN). As its filings with the state of Illinois reveal, USPCN was co-founded by Rafeeq Jaber. A prolific co-founder, Jaber is behind the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Mosque Foundation, and the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), where he also served as president.
Jaber is no run-of-the-mill Islamic activist. The IAP, for instance, was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. In 2007, the federal government charged the Holy Land Foundation — formerly known as the Occupied Land Fund — with financing Hamas and other Islamic terror groups. By 2009, Holy Land Foundation officers and founders were convicted and sentenced to years in prison in the first case, and given life sentences in the second.
In echoes of this September’s events, a federal grand jury indicted the Holy Land Foundation in July of 2004. And in December, in the case of Boim vs. Quranic Literacy, the Holy Land Foundation was found jointly liable with the IAP to the tune of $52 million — a sum tripled by the District Court to $156 million. In that case, the family of David Boim — shot dead outside Jerusalem by Hamas in 1996 — sued the Islamic groups under federal anti-terror law.
Abudayyeh’s connection with Hamas runs deeper still.