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IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: Palestinian Rights Activist's Deportation Hearing Approaches; FBI Intimidates Witnesses
24 Jul 2003
On the morning of November 4, 2002, well-known Palestinian activist Amer Jubran was arrested at his home in Cumberland, Rhode Island by FBI and INS agents. Only two days earlier, Amer had lead the first demonstration organized by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, a group which he had helped to create. Today, after eight months of letters, faxes, phone calls, and office visits, the INS (now called the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is still trying to have Amer deported. The BICE, which originally accused Amer of several serious violations, has dropped all charges except the claim that two forms certifying Amerís marriage were filled out on different dates. Although the government has repeatedly claimed that this case is not political, FBI agents have harrassed and intimidated Mr. Jubranís witness pool in a last-ditch effort to silence those who will testify on his behalf.
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