US trial begins for group accused of aiding Hamas

A Muslim charity in the United States funneled millions of dollars to the Middle East to help Hamas try to defeat Israel and replace it with an Islamic state, a US prosecutor told a jury Tuesday. Prosecutor James T. Jacks made the charge as the government opened its case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five of its top officials. The Holy Land case is one of the highest-profile anti-terrorism prosecutions since the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The officials are charged with aiding terrorists, conspiracy and money laundering. The trial in federal district court is expected to last several months and caps an FBI investigation that lasted more than a decade and spanned half the world.