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Victory for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran
26 Nov 2001
Victory for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran
over racist frame-up charges in Brookline, MA
November 21, 2001
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Victory for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran over racist frame-up charges in Brookline, MA November 21, 2001
Victory for Palestinian activist over racist frame-up
charges in Brookline, MA
by Steven Gillis
Nov. 21, 2001

Supporters of Palestinian activist Amer Jubran are
celebrating this week as an attempted frame-up of
Jubran by Brookline, Massachusetts police and the
Boston Israeli consulate has collapsed in the face of
a determined, vocal defense of Palestinian free speech
rights.

On June 10, 2001 - months before the official post-
Sept. 11th unveiling of the U.S. Office of Homeland
Security - Jubran was arrested, shackled hand to foot,
held for 36 hours incommunicado, interrogated and
falsely charged with felony assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon (his shod foot). He faced 10 years
in Massachusetts' maximum security prison, and
deportation to Israel, which practices assassination
of activist Palestinians.

Jubran's real crime was that he dared to lead a
spirited and peaceful protest of Brookline's June 10th
street festival in celebration of the founding of the
Zionist state. To police authorities - who spent 2
hours filming mug shots of the 100 or so Palestinians
and their supporters that day - protestors chants of
"Long live the intifadah," and "Shame, Shame USA,
Funding Israel this way," were an intolerable threat
to the Israeli Festival Committee's attempt to present
a monolithic pro-Israel view. Utilizing known
pro-Zionist provacatuers to finger Jubran, police
moved in under orders to break up the Palestinians'
picket.

Al-Awda-Mass. (Palestine Right to Return Coalition) -
the organizer of the June 10th protest - the
International Action Center Boston and Portuguese
American Relief for Palestine, SUSTAIN, and
the Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights launched the
"Committee to Defend Amer Jubran and Palestinian Free Speech
Rights" as the arrest wagon pulled away. The
committee's international email & fax campaign flooded
the office of the Norfolk County District Attorney
with over 600 demands to "Drop the racist frame-up
charges" - from Australia, Austria,
Canada, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Israel, Jordan,
Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Saudi
Arabia, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Arab
Emirates, England and 33 U.S.
states. The Mass. Civil Liberties Union and the
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee worked to
expose the nature of the fame-up as an overt attack on
Palestinian free speech rights and a precursor to the
thousands of detentions, interrogations and false
arrests of Arab & Muslim immigrants under the
jurisdiction of the post-911 "USA Patriot Act."

Political leaders like Boston City Councilor Chuck
Turner and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark,
and personalities as diverse as A Peoples' History of
the United States author Howard Zinn, Major General Kostas
Konstantinidis from Greece of ex-NATO Generals for Peace and
Disarmament, and Arthur Buonamia, District Chairperson
Democratic Election Committee of the Democratic Party
in Miami, Florida wrote the DA calling for dismissal.
Buonamia wrote, “Having
witnessed firsthand a fascist rent-a-mob deny us the
right to count the votes in Miami on Nov 22, 2000, I
have since become concerned with the denial of basic
democratic rights throughout this country. Amer Jubran
has the right to peacefully demonstrate and I will
defend that right.”

For months, the Amer Jubran Defense Committee met
weekly, producing a mass campaign in the streets from
Brookline and Boston, MA to Washington, D.C. In
answer to Brookline police captain Mello's June 10th
threat to a shackled Jubran to "teach you a lesson,"
supporters not only packed all 9 Brookline court
appearances, they rallied large and growing pickets in
front of the court house each time, with banners and
militant chants of "Free, Free Palestine!" Supporters
distributed hundreds of thousands of leaflets, ran a
defense committee web page viewed by thousands
worldwide (www.iacboston.org/amerjubran), and forced
the issue into the local media spotlight.

Moreover, Amer Jubran's articulate and courageous
leadership of Al-Awda's continuing activities, and in
the burgeoning anti-war movement following Sept. 11th,
became an inspiration to many progressives in the New
England area, especially young student activists who
rallied to his struggle. While facing felony charges,
Jubran addressed 20,000 anti-war marches in
Washington, D.C.'s Freedom Plaza on Sept. 29th, and
lead 500 demonstrators in Boston on Oct. 27th in a
militant 3-mile "March Against the Warmakers",
targetting the Boston FBI office, the Israeli consulate, and
the Northeastern Univ. ROTC. He has spoken by
invitation at dozens of campus and community rallies
and meetings in recent months about how to strengthen
the Palestinian solidarity struggle for freedom and
self-determination.

As Jubran's defense committee mounted its public
offense, the government's case against him fell apart
in court. Through the pro-bono efforts of Boston's
fightin'est people's attorney, Barry Wilson, and the
Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, many elements of
the government's conspiracy against Jubran were
fatally exposed. For instance, Captain Mello and his
whole Brookline squad were in the pay of the Israeli
Festival Committee on the day of Jubran's arrest,
totaling more than $10,000.00. Evidence also showed
that local Brookline cops had been in illegal
and unconstitutional consultation with representatives
of the Israeli government in Boston prior to June 10th
about how to handle the Palestinian protest. The
district attorney was exposed as withholding eye
witness exculpatory evidence from Jubran's defense
team, and discovery of police video evidence showed a
Watergate-type gap of the incident in question in a
clearly and clumsily edited version. That undercover
police agents were illegally allowed by the judge to
film Jubran and his witnesses in open Brookline court
on July 16th caught the attention of Boston Phoenix
investigative journalists, who helped spotlight the
real motives of the police crime on June 10th - a
taped police dispatch from HQ ordering cops on the
scene to break up the peaceful Palestinian protest
that day.

Amid the complete collapse of their public and state
sponsored conspiracy to silence Palestinian voices, on
Nov. 21, 2001, authorities in Brookline, Mass.offerred
Jubran a complete dismissal of the charges against
him, with no admission by Jubran whatsoever.

Afterwards, Jubran told the crowd of supporters
filling the court house steps that, "My case is only
one among thousands of Palesinian, Arab, Muslim, South
Asian and African immigrants who are being wrongly
arrested, detained and interrogated in what the U.S.
government now calls its 'war on terrorism'. We must
use all of our energy and experience gained from this
case to stop this extreme racial profiling and
violations of civil and human rights, made possible by
the U.S.'s continued support of the Israeli war
against the Palestinian people, and the indiscriminate
bombing of the people of Afghanistan."

He urged those present to spread the word about the
Dec. 1, 2001, rally and march in Boston to "Defend
Civil Rights & Civil Liberties." Protest organizers -
the A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
coalition's Boston chapter - are calling on people to
rally at 1:00 PM in Copley Square to demand freedom
for the 1,200 federal detainees locked up for months by the U.S.
Office of Homeland Security. The rally will also
highlight defense of two Somali brothers arrested in
Boston during the current witchhunt of immigrants who
provide hawalah money transfers to relatives back
home, and support for the Hartford 18 peace activists
brutalized and arrested by Connecticut police last
month. Protesters will march to Boston Police
Headquarters, where they will demand police obey local
laws prohibiting racial profiling, and refuse to
cooperate with the Bush administration's new roundup
and interrogation of "5,000" young Arab immigrants.
For further information on the web:
www.iacboston.org/ANSWER



See also:
www.iacboston.org/amerjubran
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