Ghassan Elashi is a member of the Holy Land Five, a US based Muslim humanitarian organization that was shut down by the Bush Administration as part of the largest crackdown on Muslims, especially activists, in recent history. He was sentenced to 65 years in prison.
Born in Gaza City, Palestine in 1953, Mr. Elashi lived there until age 14. He and his family then moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he eventually got his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ain Shams University in 1975. He lived in Saudi Arabia and London for a couple of years until finally migrating to the United States in 1978. He lived in Ohio for several months and then moved to Florida, where he got his Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Miami in 1981. Soon afterwards, Mr. Elashi began working in a company that created the world’s first Arabic computer.
In 1985, Mr. Elashi married Majida and moved to Culver City, Calif. near Los Angeles. They lived there for about seven years before moving to Richardson, Texas near Dallas in 1992. There, he worked at a family-owned computer business and served as a chairman and volunteer for the HLF. Mr. Elashi and Majida have six children: Noor, 22; Huda, 19; Asma, 17; Mohammad, 13; Osama, 12 and Omar, 8.