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Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe
Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
April 2007 Postcard
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DEAR JUDGE LEE:
IN DECEMBER 2005—AFTER a 10-year federal investigation and a six-month trial—a Tampa, Florida jury of his peers found Dr. Sami Al-Arian not guilty of violent “terrorism” charges, but “hung” 10-2 for acquittal on remaining nonviolent charges. On May 1, 2006, the Justice Department publicly agreed to release Dr. Al-Arian immediately, and to assist his voluntary departure from the U.S. with no other conditions,
in exchange for a guilty plea to a single nonviolent offense.
Now Dr. Al-Arian is serving an extra 18-month jail sentence for refusing to testify before a grand jury. He is on a hunger strike to protest his continuing incarceration.
Please modify Dr. Sami Al-Arian’s current sentence of civil contempt. Allow this professor, a respected member of the Muslim American community, to reunite with his family immediately and live abroad.
City, State, Zip:
Sami Al-Arian with his two youngest children, Ali and Lama. (Courtesy The Al-Arian Family).
DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN has been in prison for
the past four years, much of that time in solitary confinement. After the U.S. government spent $80 million on a 10-year investigation and a six-month trial with 80 witnesses, including 21 from Israel, the Palestinian activist was found not guilty of 17 charges against him in December 2005. The jury failed to return a single guilty verdict—yet Al-Arian remains in jail and the government seems unwilling to release him unless he testifies in an unrelated case.
Gordon Kromberg, the assistant U.S. attorney
in Virginia who violated the Justice Department’s agreement not to make Dr. Al-
Arian cooperate (i.e., testify against others), is on record as stating that he is using his position to prevent the “Islamicization of America.” Show the world that American courts are just, and free Sami Al-Arian now.