“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”

Portraits of Injustice                                Daughters of the

December 5, 2017                                         Holy Land Five

Dear Friends,

The Holy Land Foundation was the nation’s largest Islamic charity. In 2007, five men connected with this charity received prison sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years. Did they commit some horrendous crime? No,  None of them stole anything. None of them killed anybody. None of them were even accused of engaging in or encouraging violence. They were accused of sending funds for food, shelter, health care and education to schools, hospitals and social welfare programs controlled by Zakat committees of different mosques in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The first trial resulted in no convictions, but in the second trial, all five were convicted – convicted of providing humanitarian aid to the needy.

In October, two of the daughters of the Holy Land Five spoke at the NCPCF Family Conference. Their fathers – both very good men – were sentenced to 65 years in prison!

Asma Elashi (left) and Nida Abu Baker at te NCPCF Seventh Annual Family Conference

 Photo by Mariam Abu Ali


Draconian sentences like these are devastating to the prisoner, and they are also devastating to the family members. Please lIsten to Nida Abu Baker and Asma Elashi as they talk about the cases, and what it means when a family loses the father.

Asma Elashi, Daughter of Ghassan Elashi – Holy Land Five [Video: 6 min. 11 sec.]

“. . . knowing that my dad will not be there for his first grandchild  . . .”
Nida Abu Baker, Daughter of Shukri Abu Baker – Holy Land Five [Video: 6 min. 36 sec.]
“Who would have thought that  this would happen to us. It’s something you see only in movies.”


After you watch these videos, please share them. The only hope for change is knowledge!

In solidarity,

Mel Underbakke, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NCPCF

Leena Al-Arian
Deputy Director, NCPCF



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