Documents related to the court case and CBSP
Original judgment (in French)
Wikipedia article on CBSP (with footnotes)
FrontPage Magazine article on CBSP (February 2007)
U.S. Treasury Department's assessment of CBSP (bottom third of page)
U.S. Designation Date: August 22, 2003
Background: Commite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP) and Association de Secours Palestinien (ASP) are primary fundraisers for HAMAS in France and Switzerland, respectively. Founded in France in the late 80s/early 90s, like other HAMAS-affiliated charities, CBSP acts in collaboration with more than a dozen humanitarian organizations based in different towns in the West Bank and Gaza and in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. ASP, a subsidiary of CBSP, was founded in Switzerland in 1994. The group has collected large amounts of money from mosques and Islamic centers, which it then transfers to sub-organizations of HAMAS. Khalid Al-Shuli (designated under Executive Order 13224 on August 22, 2003) is the president of CBSP and ASP.
U.S. State Department information on CBSP (bottom third of page)
"Another key focus of terrorist finance effort has been HAMAS, which was first formally designated by the USG as a Foreign Terrorist organization in October, 1997 and has been re-designated every two years since. On August 22 of this year, the President announced the designation for asset-freezing of the following five HAMAS fundraisers: CBSP (Comite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens), ASP (Association de Secours Palestinien), Interpal, Palestinian Association in Austria (PVOE) and Sanabil Association for Relief and Development."
Other sites where this court case appears
Court Case UPDATE! (See below for full story)
Thanks to the generous support of individuals and ministries here in the United States, the CCFOF is pleased to announce that days after the ruling, over $11,000 was raised to defray the fines and court costs for Top Chrétien!
We rejoice to see God's people, through His Spirit, rise up to further His Kingdom in France.
Court Rules against French Ministry
October 1, 2007
On September 27, 2007, Top Chrétien, the largest French internet ministry in the world, was sentenced to pay $12,000 (8,500 Euros) to the Palestinian support organization Committee for Charity and Support for the Palestinians (CBSP) or Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens.
In March 2005, Top Chrétien had republished an article from a Jewish press agency that identified the CBSP as an organization that financed terrorism in Israel. The group sued Top Chrétien for defamation and lost. However, they appealed the decision and won. According to French law, Top Chrétien may not appeal this judgment and is forced to pay 8,500 euros ($12,000) to CBSP by the end of the week. The entire team at Top Chrétien is shocked and saddened by this news.
There are currently over 5 million Muslims in France (almost 10% of the population) whereas Evangelical Christians are less than 600,000 (1% of the population). In addition to often being marginalized and ridiculed by French society for believing in God and supporting Israel, there are also many cases of judicial bias in the French courts. From denied building permits and unlawful seizure of churches and, now a judgment against Top Chrétien for defamation, Evangelicals continue to face a hard road when working in France.
Information on CBSP and Top Chrétien
The Committee for Charity and Support for the Palestinians (CBSP) or Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP) is a French-based registered charitable organization that was founded in 1990. It was listed as a terrorist fundraising group in Israel in 1997. Israeli police claimed the CBSP had provided cash rewards to the families of suicide bombers. In August 2003, the CBSP was listed by the United States Treasury as a terrorist funding organization, also under the allegation that the organization fundraised for Hamas. In November 2003, Australia announced it had frozen the assets of 6 leaders of Hamas, along with those of a number of charitable institutions - one of which was the CBSP. (Source: Wikipedia [with footnotes from original sources])
You can read more about CBSP in the FrontPageMag.com article that appeared in February 2007 by clicking here.
Top Chrétien has 17 full-time workers and counts more than 1,000 volunteers. Every month, more than 800,000 people visit the website www.topchretien.com. In addition, 25,000 people per month indicate that they have said a prayer to accept Christ on their websites – 15,000 of which are visiting Top Chrétien's Arabic language website maarifatallah.com (KnowingGod.com). Top Chrétien also helped to plant a French-speaking Bible school in Jerusalem that opened its doors on September 3rd.