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As Holy Land 5 appeal begins, Palestinians in Gaza praise charity closed by Bush

As Holy Land 5 appeal begins, Palestinians in Gaza praise charity closed by Bush
Mariam Mohammad Aljamal was one of thousands of Palestinians assisted by the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) during its years as the largest Islamic charity in the United States.

In 2001 Aljamal finished high school and hoped to study electrical engineering at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG).

“I scored very high marks – 97.8 in the science track,” she recalled, speaking from her home in Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp. “But my family was going through very hard financial circumstances. Two of my sisters were already studying at the university at that time. Some of my family’s friends told us that the HLF gave scholarships to needy people.

“So I applied. They asked me to provide some documents and reports to prove my financial status and that I was a high school graduate. After a while, after I had begun studying at IUG, they called to tell me I had been selected for a scholarship. …

As Holy Land 5 appeal begins, Palestinians in Gaza praise charity closed by Bush

As Holy Land 5 appeal begins, Palestinians in Gaza praise charity closed by Bush
Mariam Mohammad Aljamal was one of thousands of Palestinians assisted by the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) during its years as the largest Islamic charity in the United States.

In 2001 Aljamal finished high school and hoped to study electrical engineering at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG).

“I scored very high marks – 97.8 in the science track,” she recalled, speaking from her home in Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp. “But my family was going through very hard financial circumstances. Two of my sisters were already studying at the university at that time. Some of my family’s friends told us that the HLF gave scholarships to needy people.

“So I applied. They asked me to provide some documents and reports to prove my financial status and that I was a high school graduate. After a while, after I had begun studying at IUG, they called to tell me I had been selected for a scholarship. …