US freezes assets of group with alleged Hamas ties

The United States moved on Sunday to financially incapacitate a non-governmental organization for its alleged role in funneling money to the militant Palestinian group Hamas. The Treasury Department said the organization, KindHearts, was connected with the Hamas-affiliated Holy Land Foundation, based in Dallas, and the al-Qaida-affiliated Global Relief Foundation, a Chicago-area charity. KindHearts, the department said, operated out of Toledo, Ohio. Treasury's action means that US banks must freeze any assets belonging to the group and Americans are barred from doing business with it. KindHearts officials, the Treasury Department said, have coordinated with Hamas leaders and made contributions to Hamas-affiliated organizations. In 2001, the Bush administration froze the assets of the Holy Land and Global Relief foundations. The two charities were unsuccessful in getting the freeze lifted by US courts.