A Pennsylvania man, who pleaded guilty to aiding the terrorist organization Hamas, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Richard David Hupper, 33, was sentenced in Federal Court in Miami on August 21, 2008, for providing material support and resources to terrorists. Hupper, who pleaded guilty in May 2008, admitted that he donated $20,000 to Hamas, despite knowing that it was illegal. The prison sentence will begin after he finishes a two-year prison term for a related passport fraud charge.
According to his sentencing memorandum, Hupper traveled to the Gaza Strip in 2004 and worked with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), an anti-Israel organization that brings Western volunteers to the Palestinian territories to engage in such tactics as obstructing the activities of the Israeli Army. While he was working with ISM, Hupper donated money to Hamas which he intended to be used to aid the families of Palestinians who had been detained or killed. Hupper was eventually kicked out of Israel by Israeli authorities for his work with ISM, according to court documents.
Upon his return to the U.S., Hupper attempted to obtain a passport in Florida using false information so that he could return to Gaza. He was arrested in July 2006 after it was discovered that he was using someone else’s name, social security number, and birthday in order to obtain a passport.