Monday, May 28, 2007

The Case of Sami Al-Arian

"As the son of Palestinians forcibly removed from their land after the creation of Israel in 1948, he considered it his obligation to bring attention to the plight of the Palestinian people from his position of influence in the United States. He held conferences and published literature to tell the story of Palestinians living under occupation. "

Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian professor who has been unjustly incarcerated for four and half years now because of his criticism of the apartheid state of Israel.

He has faced much harassment and abuse during his detention. His daughter desrcibes,

Upon my father's arrival, a prison guard remarked while strip-searching him: "Where are you from? Afghanistan?" Though my father refused to answer the demeaning question, the guard repeated it several times.
"It doesn't matter where you're from. If I had my way, you wouldn't be in prison. I'd put a bullet in your head and get it done with. You're nothing but a piece of s***."

We must continue in our stuggle to protray the truth of the apartheid state.
Keep Sami Al-Arian and his family in your prayers.

For more information about his case,

1 comment:

phixit said...

Should we not also pray for Ali Shakeri? An Iranian American working for peace, working to help his Muslim brothers and sisters...and now he's gone. Vanished.