News & Action Alerts
******Please forward widely and act TODAY!**********
Early in the morning of Friday April 11th IDF troops invaded the home of the AbuMaria family and arrested Mousa AbuMaria. Mousa is a well known nonviolent activist and a co-founder of the Palestinian Solidarity Project. He has been a lead organizer in peaceful protest involving hundreds of Israelis and internationals and has been committed to nonviolence for several years.
When Mousa was arrested his family was not told of the reason of his arrest or his whereabouts.
When his lawyer managed to locate him it turned out he was being held in military jail but still no reason for his arrest was given. Only days later was his lawyer finally told that he was suspected of membership in a terrorist organization but when his interrogation did not turn up any evidence the prosecution has admitted that there 'may' not be enough evidence to put him on trial.
With no evidence against him and a long history of nonviolent activism Mousa's family should be celebrating his impending release. However, the Israeli military court system that presides over Palestinians in the Occupied Territories does not work that way and the prosecution has said they are considering putting Mousa in Administrative Detention, in which he has no right to trial. For Palestinians, when there is no evidence for a trial, they are simply jailed without one. The decision on whether Mousa will be placed in Administrative Detention will most likely be made TOMORROW.
ACT NOW to support Mousa.
Register your outrage to imprisonment without trial. Please write to the Chief Military Attorney,
Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit , and demand that Mousa AbuMaria be released immediately.
Below is a suggested draft of a letter addressed to the Chief Military Attorney. Your own version should be emailed from gmail, yahoo hotmail or riseup to:
This will then be faxed to the Chief Military Attorney's office. Please cc PSP so we can keep track of the letters of support: email@example.com
Those who have a fax machine or do not have an email account at either gmail, yahoo, hotmail or riseup can fax the Chief Military Attorney's office directly at
972 3 608 0366
Chief Military Attorney
6 David Elazar Street
Military postal code 9605,IDF
Fax: +972 3 608 0366
Monday 14th April, 2008
F.A.O: Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit,
I am writing with regards to the arrest of Mousa AbuMaria on Friday 11th April, 2008 in the village of Beit Ommar, West Bank, Occupied Territories. His lawyers have informed the international community of the conditions surrounding his arrest and said that although there is currently not enough evidence to put him on trial, he may soon be placed in administrative detention.
I would like to highlight my concerns and call on you, the Chief Military Attorney of Israel, to ensure that Mousa is not administratively detained without charge or trial.
Mousa has for many years been a lead organizer in peaceful, non violent protest and worked alongside hundredss of international and Israelis activists in resisting the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. He is well known as a passionate advocate of non violent resistance and has many Israeli friends who can vouch for his peaceful political commitments and his character.
I, the undersigned, would like to see this issue addressed through the appropriate channels and ensure that he is released immediately.
Thank you for your time.
PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DEBBIE ALMONTASER'S LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DOE, THE CHANCELLOR, AND THE MAYOR
Debbie Almontaser was the principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy before she was forced to resign in a firestorm of controversy stirred up by anti-Muslim groups. While the school was getting ready to open she kept a low profile, but now is starting to fight back.
Previous posts on this subject:
Below is a community bulletin, virtually verbatim:
A bulletin from Communities in Support of Khalil Gibran International Academy (CSKGIA):
Subject: PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW TO SAY NO TO ANTI-ARAB AND ANTI-MUSLIM RACISM
PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW--YOUR SUPPORT WOULD BE SO MEANINGFUL
STAND WITH US TO SAY NO TO ANTI-ARAB AND ANTI-MUSLIM RACISM
Monday, November 19, 2007
5:00 PM @ the new Federal Courthouse
500 Pearl Street, near Foley Square
Worth Street entrance
[Worth St. between Baxter & Mulberry Streets, a block east of Foley Sq.: J, M, Z train to Chambers or Canal; #4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; N, R, W to Canal St.; #1 to Franklin; A, C to Chambers (at Church); 2, 3 to Chambers (at West Broadway). map at http://tinyurl.com/mg9bb/
PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DEBBIE ALMONTASER'S
LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DOE, THE CHANCELLOR, AND THE MAYOR
This Monday, Debbie will be filing a lawsuit against the DOE, the Chancellor, and the Mayor for violation of her free speech rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. As Debbie's lawyer announces the filing of the lawsuit,
We want to show the DOE, the Mayor, and the media, that this is more than just a lawsuit--this is a movement of communities and individuals standing together to say NO to racism and discrimination (Watch Debbie's speech about her forced resignation: Press release
Stand up for Multicultural Education!
Stand up Against Racism & Xenophobia
Stand with Debbie Almontaser!
Justice for Debbie! Justice for the Community!
We are individuals and organizations from a multitude of communities and backgrounds, who have come together in support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy. Both the school and its founding principal, Debbie Almontaser, have endured a vicious anti-Arab and anti-Muslim smear campaign for the past several months, which resulted in Ms. Almontaser's forced resignation.
For more information: http://kgia.wordpress.com
A COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENT
Monday, August 20, 6pm
52 Chambers Street
Subways: 4, 5, 6, N, R, W, M, J, 2, 3, A, C
As New Yorkers and others in support of quality public education for all of our communities, we stand in solidarity with the Khalil Gibran International Academy, which has sustained hateful and false attacks by anti-Arab media and extremists. In the post-9/11 world, a school educating our children about Arab history, culture, and language is not only crucial for the next generation to become informed leaders for positive change in our communities; it is also an extraordinary place of hope for peace, understanding, and justice for our embattled world. We regret that Debbie Almontaser was pressured to resign and applaud her work to establish this school and promote intercultural exchange in this diverse global city.
Those who seek to equate the study of Arabic language, culture, and history with religious fanaticism and violence are irresponsibly aggravating a present moment of hysteria against Arab and Muslim communities, and are using this moment to promote hatred in a time of war. We urge our public officials to reject these racist and inaccurate attacks, and continue to work towards building a lasting educational institution that promises to bring our communities together, rather than divide and pit them against each other. We call on all communities who want to see peace on our streets and in our world to stand with us in support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy.
Sponsors Sign on!
Arab Resource and Organizing Center, San Francisco, CA
AWAAM: Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media
Brown Memorial Baptist Church
Center for Immigrant Families
Council on American Islamic Relations - NY
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Muslim Consultive Network
WFD Program Steering Committee at First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn
Organizational Endorsers Sign on!
Adalah-NY: Coalition for Justice in the Middle East
The African American Islamic Institute (AAII)
Brooklyn For Peace (formerly Brooklyn Parents for Peace)
Ethical Action Commitee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Independent Commission on Public Education
Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Brooklyn
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Oakland Chapter
Peoples MEDIA Center
Sunset Park Alliance of Neighbors
Individual Endorsers Sign on!
Katherine Acey, Concerned Brooklyn Resident
Rev. Elizabeth Alexander, Church of the Gethsemane
Reshma Baig & Yahiya Emerick, Islamic Foundation of North America (IFNA)
Aleise Barnett, NYC Public School Teacher
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Pastor, West-Park Presbyterian Church; Pres, Interfaith Assembly on Housing & Homelessness
Lisel Burns, Clergy Leader, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Ashaki H. Taha-Cisse, Executive Director, African American Islamic Institute (AAII)
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, Brooklyn for Peace
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Alice Fisher, Abrahamic Network of NY & Member of Congregation B'nai Jeshuran, NYC
Martha Gallahue, Concerned Parent in Brooklyn
Carol Horwitz, Concerned Brooklyn Resident
Valerie Kameya, Concerned Brooklyn Resident
Youme Landowne, Artist and Educator
Gail Lerner, NYC
Laura Liben, Teaching Artist, NY Public Schools
Dr. Lucinda Mosher, Interreligious Relations Consultant
Saul Nieves, Activist and Union Organizer
Robert Patterson, Theatre Professional and Community Organizer
Steve Quester, UFT Member
Malika Rushdan; Consultant & Artist: Modern Age Art
Rev. Charles H. Straut, Jr., DMin, Member, KGIA Advisory Committee
Eileen B. Weiss, Managing Director, Same Difference Interfaith Alliance
[A new book from Monthly Review Press, by the editors of Weekly News Update
on the Americas and Immigration News Briefs; please forward widely.]
THE POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION
Questions and Answers
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"Guskin and Wilson have identified the hot-button points in the
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thought on the subject. This book is a great reality check, a
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As Congress debates immigration "reform," polls show the public
increasingly divided, with the immigration debate framed as a
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For immigrants and supporters, the book is an effective tool to
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provides a useful framework on the current debate, and ample
opportunities for students to reach out and explore the
Those who believe immigrants steal jobs from citizens, drive down
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from Desis Rising Up and Moving:
it is with great joy, and much praises to the Most High and to all those who supported, that I share this news....
The Siraj Family, members of DRUM-Desis Rising Up and Moving celebrate?.
VICTORY FOR A MUSLIM FAMILY TARGETED BY HOMELAND SECURITY as father is RELEASED from Detention!! THE FIGHT FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CONTINUES?
Another chapter in a nightmare that has torn up a loving Muslim family caught up in the U.S. "War on Terror" brings a VICTORY. With their entire family detained by the US government in various facilities, the father of the Siraj family was released last week. The entire Siraj family was arrested in January---just hours after their 24 year old son, Matin, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for false terrorism charges (based on an NYPD-paid informant), Matin's mother, father and sister were violently arrested in their homes by more than a dozen ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers of the Dept. of Homeland Security. The arrest and detention of the entire family was a clear intimidation tactic to silence a family speaking out against the US War on Terror's criminalization of South Asian, Muslim and Arab communities.
2 weeks after the family's detention, buoyed by community organizing by DRUM and countless supporters in solidarity with the family (including hundreds of letters of support to ICE!), the mother and sister were released, albeit on $35,000 bond. The community has continued to support and organize in support of the family and last week, the father was finally released, after languishing in jail for 6 months.
Mr. Siraj, an elderly man with several medical conditions including a hearing impairment, was released under an intensive governmental supervision unofficially known as the ankle bracelet program (involving electronic surveillance); curfew/nighttime house arrest; and parole-style regular check-ins . While Mr. Siraj will continue to live under close watch though he poses no threat, the family continues to face an uphill legal battle, both for their own immigration cases as well as in their son's appeal.
We know that Siraj's release, while a victory for the family and a testament to the power of organizing, also opens up a detention bed for one more and leaves behind over 20,000 of our immigrant brothers or sisters to languish in private detention centers and county jails around the country. Our work must continue?as Congress continues to propose bills that will most likely deepen the crisis for communities, particularly through increasing detention and deportation?we must keep up the fight for legalization without compromising away raids, surveillance, due process, detention and deportation.
SUPPORT THE FAMILY: The family is facing over $50,000 in legal fees; bond debt as well as trying to send their daughter to community college?financial support is desperately needed. Make checks out to: "Shaheena Parveen Siraj". Mail donations to DRUM at: P.O. Box 720187, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Again, thank you for your incredible support as we continue fighting for this family's freedom and the larger political attack on our communities.
Lynne Stewart has for decades been a valued member of the New York progressive community and until recently a lawyer who defended the rights of many. Targeted under some of Attorney General John Ashcroft's most blatantly unconstitutional "anti-terrorism" laws, Lynne's arrest and persecution was unfolding in the same time period as Farouk's -- yet she still took time away from her own dire situation to remain a staunch supporter and friend to him. Now convicted and disbarred, she needs and deserves the help of human rights supporters everywhere.
-- Konrad Aderer
So embarrassing to have to write a letter like this. However, the Lynne
Stewart Organization (formerly the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee) is
having severe financial problems. Our work which is completely
outreach--using the case and its many issues, and my legal/political career
to organize people and keep supporters informed in these days of mounting
Perhaps we were too ambitious after the euphoria surrounding our sentence
victory, but at this moment we are without funds to even pay Pat Levasseur
for her dedicated and ongoing work.
As you may know, I am now disbarred and have not worked since 2004. Ralph
and I scrape by with Social Security and direct gifts from family and
supporters. (If you remember, Judge Koeltl described me as "destitute"! !
Not true, but close!!) I am able to carry out a rigorous personal
appearance schedule only because the LS Organization pays the expenses.
So, if I do a fund
raiser for WBAI(the local Pacifica radio station) on Central Park West in
New York, there is still the cost of transportation and parking etc. So
far in 2007, I have been in Boston on 3 occasions, Philadelphia 4x,
Washington DC, Chicago, California ,Oregon Florida, Washington and local
(NY) appearances and
speeches too numerous to mention. While we fund raise when appropriate, the
vast majority of my speaking engagements are not compensated, because I am
there for other worthy causes (Leonard Peltier, Mumia, Anti War, Immigrant
Rights, Muslim Anti Discrimination, Political Prisoners, Death Penalty,
etc) Not to
whine, but it all costs and we find ourselves at the bottom of the
proverbial financial barrel.
If you are able, please send something to get us through the next few
months. We are putting together fund raisers for the fall and hope to be
able to bring news of the issues on my appeal at that time. But Now is Urgent.
Please send donations to Lynne Stewart Organization, Suite 700, 350
Broadway, NY NY, 10013. You can do it by credit card via Paypal at our
website (lynnestewart. org) Checks can be made out to Lynne Stewart
Organization or to National Lawyers Guild Foundation, memo LS Organization
for a tax deduction. All
mailed to above address.
The work is there to be done and I want to do it but we need a little
(pardon the analogy) gas for our engine.
**urgent: please fwd widely**
What: Emergency Press Conference and rally for immigrant communities to speak out against the Senate-White House Immigration Deal and demand that our Senators not compromise immigrant lives.
When: 11am on Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Where: Outside Senator Clinton's office (780 Third Ave, between 48th and 49th Streets)
Who: Organized by Immigrant Communities in Action and the American Friends Service Committee.
Immigration "Grand Bargain" = Grand Sellout
With this week's upcoming vote on the Senate's Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (resulting from the bipartisan "Grand Bargain" between Senators and the White House), immigrant communities face one of the most repressive immigration plans in decades: an enormous report-to-deport program, a punitive pseudo-legalization plan, expanded enforcement at the border and interior, a guestworker program with tougher worksite enforcement and minimal worker protections, as well as devastating cutbacks in family immigration to be replaced with merit-based requirements. Community groups in the New York metro area are coming together to challenge the Senate "Grand Bargain" on Tuesday May 22nd as part of a national coordination of press conferences (officially on Wednesday May 23rd throughout the country) with the National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights.
JOIN US in front of Senator Clinton's office to URGENTLY condemn this "bargain" which compromises away our lives.
To endorse, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
[from a D.R.U.M. bulletin]
A quick update on the Siraj family's situation and some quick support actions you can take.
Background: The Siraj family has been a victim of the government's so-called "War on Terror" against Muslims, Arabs & South Asians. First, their son was targeted and entrapped by a paid ($100,000) informant to incite and then entrap Matin in a false "terrorism" case. After a trial in which there were many irregularities, Matin was found guilty and on January 8th, 2007 sentenced to 30 years in prison. As an act of intimidation, less than 12 hours after the sentencing, the Siraj family home was invaded by more than 15 ICE officers and the father, mother and sister of Matin were dragged away to an immigration detention center. 2 weeks later, after community pressure and a campaign & rally organized by DRUM, the mother and daughter were released, but on an outrageous $35,000 bond.
The father, 3 months later, still remains in prison, while the son has been moved to a jail in Indiana. As this government-created nightmare continues, the mother and daughter are fighting for the freedom of their brother/son and father and speaking out against the injustices against their family. More background at www.drumnation.org
Some actions that you can take to support this family:
The father, Siraj Rehman, still remains in detention at Elizabeth Detention Center, having been held for over 3 months now. His severe health problems persist as he suffers from a severe hearing disability, arthritis, breathing problems, depression, and a history of hernias. His detainment has further exacerbated the problems. His file is scheduled to be reviewed for consideration of release on April 19th by ICE. We are requesting another round of support letters to be MAILED IMMEDIATELY to the address indicated in the sample letter included/attached below. Please respond ASAP if you can so they reach ICE in time! **Organizational letterhead is best if you're affiliated, but your personal name and address is fine, too.**
The family is in desperate financial circumstances and needs support for basic survival, attorney's fees, and exorbitant bond of $35,000 they had to pay. Please donate what you can. Your donations are tax-deductible. Please make checks out to:
DRUM, with "Siraj Family Support Fund" in the memo line.
PO Box 720187
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
The son, Matin Siraj, has been moved out of NY, 800 miles away to the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Institution in Indiana. This facility has received some minor media coverage for the fact that it is instituting a policy of segregating Muslim and Arab prisoners into a special Communications Management Unit whereby the freedoms and communications of the prisoners in the unit are being severely restricted and closely monitored. These policies raise several civil rights, racial profiling, prisoner rights, and procedural issues, all within the context of increasing repressive measures by this government in its so-called "War on Terror."
On a practical level, this has meant that the family is unable to visit Matin due to the financial and logistical obstacles posed by the distance and the "special" procedures for visitation. It has also limited the amount of phone calls Matin is allowed to make to his family, who he may speak to, and the language in which the calls are conducted. For more information:
Again, thank you for your incredible support as we continue fighting for this family's freedom and the larger political attack on our communities. For more information, or an attachment of the letter, please check at DRUM's website. (http://www.drumnation.org ). For more information please contact Fahd Ahmed at email@example.com.
Sample letter available at: http://www.drumnation.org/resources/RehmanLetter.doc
Or select & paste the text below:
April 10, 2007
Deportation Officer Keith Cozine
US Dept of Homeland Security
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Elizabeth Detention Center
625 Evans Street , Room 148A
Dear Officer Cozine,
RE: Release from Detention of Siraj Abdul Rehman
I am writing to support the immediate release of Siraj Abdul Rehman who has been held at Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey since Tuesday, January 9, 2007. I fully support his immediate release on recognizance or a reasonable bond and understand that his case is being administratively reviewed by your office.
Mr. Rehman is a deeply loved member of a peace-loving family that has worked hard in this country for several years since escaping persecution in Pakistan. Mr. Rehman is hard-working, cares deeply about civic and family matters, has no criminal record, and is simply looking to live peacefully with his family intact. Under no circumstances does Mr. Rehman represent a flight risk for several reasons; the family is deeply rooted in New York's South Asian community and is absolutely committed to staying in this country in order to seek justice in their son's criminal case as well as to apply for asylum. In no way does the family pose a flight risk due to their deep commitments, obligations, and solid community roots to community organizations and religious institutions. As such, Mr. Rehman should be released on recognizance or a reasonable bond as he poses no threat to society, is not a flight risk because he intends to pursue an appeal in his son's case, and is deeply rooted within the community.
For a father that has already lost his son to imprisonment, Mr. Rehman's spirit and health is on the verge of breaking due to detention. If continuously detained, Mr. Rehman will be prevented from a fair opportunity to follow through on appealing for justice for his son's case as well as being separated from his wife and daughter who are in desperate financial and emotional straits. As you may know, Mr. Rehman's suffers from disabling health problems ranging from a severe hearing disability to chronic breathing problems, depression, severe arthritis and a history of hernias.
Out of respect of civil rights and due process, as Mr. Rehman's entire family was detained on Tuesday January 9th, I am concerned that the Siraj family was indiscriminately chosen for arrest due to the alleged charges of terrorism against their young son, Siraj Matin. Approximately 12 hours after receiving the devastating news of an indiscriminate and lengthy sentence for their son, they were arrested for relatively minor immigration violations that do not necessitate detention. Due to countless legal and constitutional irregularities connected to their son's case, the family has overwhelming community support, and the family should not be punished through detention for pursuing justice for their son. If deported, a young son will be left to perish in prison and the lives of an entire, peace-loving family will be ruined. I respectfully request that ICE exercises compassion and justice for Mr. Rehman in granting release.
[name, address, organization, if applicable]
PLEASE FORWARD FAR & WIDE!
STATELESS & DEPORTED....
Bi-Weekly Picket in Solidarity with Palestinian Refugees Facing Deportation
THURSDAY MARCH 29th, 4 pm -> 6 pm
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
1010 St. Antoine W. [corner of Peel]
REFUGEE CAMPS ARE NO ONE'S HOME!
STOP THE DEPORTATIONS OF STATELESS PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
After more than FIVE YEARS of organizing and fighting back, hundreds of
Palestinian refugees in Montreal and across Canada continue to face imminent
deportation to the Occupied Territories and to the refugee camps of Lebanon.
Based on this continued and urgent situation, the Coalition Against the
Deportation of Palestinian Refugees calls on supporters to participate in
the re-launch of bi-weekly solidarity pickets, in front of Immigration
Canada, to demand:
- An END TO THE DEPORTATIONS, and
- An IMMEDIATE REGULARIZATION of all Palestinian refugees in Canada.
Over the past few months, integral members of the Coalition Against the
Deportation of Palestinian Refugees have received final rejections of
their cases and await deportation dates back to the Occupied Territories and
to the refugee camps in Lebanon.
An elderly Palestinian couple are also fighting against their deportation
back to the refugee camp of Sabra in Lebanon, where Farouk Za'atar has
lived since he was forced to flee Palestine as a child in 1948. The elderly
couple will be forcibly separated from their three children and five
grandchildren in Montreal, all of whom are Canadian citizens or permanent
residents. Once again, the Coalition is faced with fighting a situation
where some family members refugee claims have been accepted, while other's
have been refused. The Za'atar's son was granted refugee status in Montreal
years ago, while the parents, though based on the same sequence of events,
were later rejected by a different refugee board member.
Conditions for Palestinians in both the Occupied Territories and in Lebanon
are horrific and are worsening daily.
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are systematically prevented from owning
property, working in over 70 professions, receiving proper health care, and
moving and traveling freely. The intensified mistreatment of Palestinian
refugees inside the camps has left their lives in real and immediate peril.
If deported, those Palestinians who had escaped the dire situation in the
Occupied Territories, would face daily terror at the hands of the Israeli
state which continues to enforce a deadly and illegal military occupation.
Palestinian refugees from the Occupied Territories have fled from the
killings, extra-judicial assassinations, house demolitions, illegal arrests,
trials without evidence, torture, land confiscation, and constant
We must stand united, in support of the long and courageous fight against
deportations waged by the Palestinian refugees in Montreal.
Your support, solidarity and participation are needed....!
REFUGEE CAMPS ARE NO ONE'S HOME!
STOP THE DEPORTATIONS OF STATELESS PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees
APATRIDES ET MENAC?S DE D?PORTATION
Piquetage bimensuel de solidarit? avec les r?fugi?s
palestiniens menac?s de d?portation.
JEUDI le 29 MARS de 16 ? 18 heures environ
Citoyennet? et Immigration Canada
1010, rue St-Antoine O. [coin Peel]
LES CAMPS DE R?FUGI?S NE SONT UN FOYER POUR PERSONNE !
METTONS FIN AUX EXPULSIONS DE R?FUGI?S PALESTINIENS APATRIDES !
Apr?s plus de CINQ ANS de lutte structur?e, des douzaines de r?fugi?s
palestiniens de Montr?al et de partout au pays continuent d??tre menac?s
d?expulsion imm?diate vers les Territoires occup?s et les camps de r?fugi?s
du Liban qui existent depuis 58 ans.
Vu cette situation urgente et qui persiste, la Coalition contre la
d?portation des r?fugi?s palestiniens lance un appel aux personne qui la
soutiennent pour participer au relancement des piquetages bimensuels de
solidarit?, devant les locaux d?Immigration Canada, afin de demander :
- la FIN DES EXPULSIONS, et
- la R?GULARISATION IMM?DIATE de la situation de tous les r?fugi?s
palestiniens au Canada.
Au cours des derniers mois, des membres ? part enti?re de la Coalition
contre la d?portation des r?fugi?s palestiniens ont re?u des avis de rejet
d?finitif de leur demande et attendent la date de leur expulsion vers les
Territoires occup?s et les camps de r?fugi?s du Liban.
Un couple de Palestiniens ?g?s lutte ?galement contre son expulsion vers le
camp de r?fugi?s de Sabra, au Liban, o? Farouk Za'atar a v?cu depuis qu?il a
?t? contraint de fuir la Palestine en 1948 alors qu?il ?tait enfant. Ce
couple ?g? sera s?par? de force de ses trois enfants et de ses cinq
petits-enfants qui sont tous citoyens canadiens ou r?sidents permanents et
vivent ? Montr?al. Une fois encore, la Coalition se trouve aux prises avec
un cas dans lequel les demandes de statut de r?fugi? de certains membres de
la famille ont ?t? accept?es, tandis que d?autres ont ?t? rejet?es. Le fils
des Za'atar a obtenu le statut de r?fugi? il y a des ann?es ? Montr?al,
tandis que ses parents, bien qu?ayant v?cu les m?mes ?v?nements, ont vu leur
demande rejet?e ult?rieurement par un autre membre de la Commission de
l?immigration et du statut de r?fugi? du Canada.
Les r?fugi?s palestiniens au Liban se voient syst?matiquement refus?s de
d?tenir une propri?t?, d'exercer plus de 70 professions, de recevoir des
services de sant? ad?quats, de se d?placer et de voyager librement. Les
mauvais traitements des Palestiniens ? l'int?rieur des camps se sont accrus,
mettant en danger imm?diat et r?el la vie de ces personnes.
Les Palestiniens qui ont ?chapp? ? la situation d?sastreuse qui r?gne dans
les Territoires occup?s, sont soumis ? la terreur quotidienne que leur fait
subir Isra?l, qui continue d?imposer une occupation militaire ill?gale et
meurtri?re. Les r?fugi?s palestiniens des Territoires occup?s ont fui les
tueries, les assassinats extrajudiciaires, les d?molitions de maisons, les
arrestations ill?gales, les proc?s sans preuve, la torture, la confiscation
de leurs terres et les humiliations continuelles.
Nous devons rester unis pour soutenir la longue et courageuse lutte des
r?fugi?s palestiniens de Montr?al contre les expulsions.
Nous avons besoin de votre soutien, de votre solidarit? et de votre
LES CAMPS DE R?FUGI?S NE SONT UN FOYER POUR PERSONNE !
METTONS FIN AUX EXPULSIONS DE R?FUGI?S PALESTINIENS APATRIDES !
La Coalition contre la d?portation des r?fugi?s palestiniens
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls on all people of conscience to demand that Dr. Sami Al-Arian is immediately freed from his political imprisonment. Dr. Al-Arian is a Palestinian former University of Florida professor who is currently on his 58th day of a water-only hunger strike. He is protesting his maltreatment by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) which violated an earlier plea agreement that absolved Dr. Al-Arian from any further cooperation with the government. According to his lawyer, the DOJ wanted Dr. Al-Arian to testify before a grand jury in Virginia. When he refused, citing his plea agreement, he was sentenced up to 18 months in jail.
Dr. Al-Arian is currently being held at a medical facility in North Carolina. Family members who recently visited him reported that he had lost 53 pounds, equivalent to more than 25 percent of his body weight. He is no longer able to walk or stand on his own.
More information on Dr. Al-Arian's ordeal can be found in the transcript of a recent interview with his wife, Nahla Al-Arian. See: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/16/1410255
We ask all people of conscience to demand the immediate release and end to Dr. Al- Arian's suffering.
Call, Email and Write:
1- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Fax Number: (202) 307-6777
2- The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0072 Fax
3- Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
4- Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
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