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Tuesday
Oct192010

Activists Simmer Over Campbell's Soup Alleged Terror Tie

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- From the people who helped bring you the Ground Zero Mosque controversy comes new allegations of Muslim "infiltration" linked to an organization hired to certify Campbell's soup.

Conservative blogger Pamela Geller has begun a grassroots protest against The Campbell Soup Company and the group the company uses to label its Halal certain varieties of soup for sale in Canada.

Geller says she doesn't oppose the company's decision to label soups that conform to Islamic dietary rules, but says the company has employed a Muslim organization with terrorist ties to oversee the certification.

"I have no problem with labeling things Halal," Geller, who founded Stop Islamization of America, told ABC News. "The problem is that they went to [the Islamic Society of North America] for their designation, a named a co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial."

ISNA was named an "unindicted co-conspirator" in a 2007 federal terror trial brought against the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim charity located in Texas, which was convicted of funneling more than $12 million to Palestinian terror group Hamas.

In November 2008, five individuals associated with the Holy Land Foundation were found guilty of 108 charges related to providing material support to foreign terrorist organizations and conspiring to launder money. Two of the group's top officials, Shukri Abu-Baker and Ghassan Elashi, were each sentenced to 65 years in federal prison.

The Campbell Soup Company says it began labeling about 15 varieties of vegetarian soups in January. The company retained ISNA to do the certifications because the organization was commonly employed by other Canadian food manufacturers.

Campbell's doesn't use the labeling for its soups sold in the U.S.

In a statement, ISNA acknowledged being named a co-conspirator in the 2007 trial, but added, "the government admitted that its labeling of ISNA many years ago was nothing more than a legal tactic. Indeed, ISNA now has a very positive working relationship with the federal government."

Created 40 years ago, ISNA, based in Plainfiled, Ind., says it is the largest Islamic organization in North America.

Campbell said the boycott has "not been impactful" on soup sales in Canada or the U.S.

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