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In July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American families, arresting the five dads. The first trial of the “Holy Land Foundation Five” ended in a hung jury. The second, marked by highly questionable procedures, resulted in very lengthy sentences—for “supporting terrorism” by donating to charities that the U.S. government itself and other respected ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 15th 2018 by Just World Books
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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sigh. This blows your ideas of American justice right out the window. These men, our politcal prisoners in a most egregious miscarriage of 'justice,' are some of the most dedicated caring law-abiding citizens you could hope to find. A gift to their communities and to our country. They should be proclaimed as the quiet heroes they are rather than be locked away from their families on ridiculous charges. If you wondered how much influence Israel has in America, this is a good (and shamefu
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Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most painful books I have ever read. The story it tells of the inhumane travesty committed in the name of justice is at times so unbearably heart-breaking, I had to pause several times to wipe away angry tears and calm my raging mind. It made me reassess how truly far America has come from the time I lived in it and loved it so. For a land which espouses “freedom” as its battle cry and that proclaims “liberty” as its truest aspiration, this book serves as an unbearably ugly mi ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As you'll note, it took me a long time to get through this book. I had to keep putting it down because it was so upsetting and infuriating.

(Minor spoilers) Two small instances that really got to me were these: (1) the way one man was punished because his little boy, a child with Down's Syndrome, dared to run to him and embrace him during a prison visit, and (2) the way the FBI deliberately invaded one household and terrorized the family even though they knew exactly where the paterfamilias was
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book expose the harsh reality of how the court system does not always guarantee a fair trial. According to this account, 5 innocent men were charged with prison terms of 15 to 65 years, all because their charitable organization, the Holy Land Foundation, helped Palestinian orphans without distinguishing among them. As a result, it was determined that the HLF had helped some children whose fathers might have been part of Hamas. The reasoning went that if HLF helped these orphans, then that m ...more
Samar Dahmash Jarrah
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent and well researched.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is astounding. I don’t know who the conspirators who put innocent men behind bars can sleep every night.
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Miko Peled is an Israeli peace activist, author, and karate instructor. His first book is The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, and his most recent is Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five. He has travelled extensively, giving talks about his experiences to audiences across the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Born and raised in Jerusalem in 1961, Peled grew up in

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