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11/21 8AM AMER JUBRAN INS Bond Hearing - ALL OUT!! (english)
20 Nov 2002
ALL OUT FOR AMER JUBRAN'S INS BOND HEARING TOMORROW, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 8 AM MEET AT GOVERNMENT CENTER T STOP PACK THE COURT
PICKET AFTERWARD
ALL OUT FOR AMER JUBRAN'S INS BOND HEARING

TOMORROW, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 8 AM
MEET AT GOVERNMENT CENTER T STOP
PACK THE COURT
PICKET AFTERWARD

Palestinian activist Amer Jubran has been held illegally in INS detention since the INS and FBI raided his home on November 4, over 2 weeks ago. The baseless alleged INS "technicality" is merely a smokescreen for a politically motivated attack on Jubran designed to silence his efforts in defense of Palestinian self-determination for social justice and against war. 2 days before his arrest he had led a demonstration of the New England Committee to Defend Palestine through the streets of Boston. The prior weekend he was at the 200,000 strong March on Washington to Stop the War on Iraq led by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition. He has been visible and vocal at repeated marches and demonstrations in front of the Israeli consulate with ANSWER. His detention represents an attack on all activists and fits Bush and Aschcroft's pattern of attempting to criminalize dissent. Jubran's detention is another example of the national racist anti-Arab profiling which has resulted in thousands of Arabs illegally detained. We demand an immediate end to the sweeps and illegal detentions of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims and attacks on activists. Defending the Palestinian People and opposing war is not a crime! FREE AMER JUBRAN IMMEDIATELY!

For more information, to sign an online letter to the INS and to download a petition for Amer's release, go to http://www.iacboston.org/amerjubran

More information is also available at www.amerjubrandefense.org

THE FOLLOWING IS THE BULLETIN ABOUT TOMORROW'S COURT APPEARANCE FROM THE AMER JUBRAN DEFENSE COMMITTEE:

For those of you on the East Coast: URGENT

Bond hearing for Amer Jubran,
Thursday, November 21st,
JFK Federal Building, Boston

Assemble tomorrow at 8:00AM, directly outside the Government
Center T stop entrance.

Once enough supporters have gathered there, we'll brief everybody on Amer's situation and then start channeling people into the courtroom. We are planning for an informational picket after the hearing takes place, but our primary goal is to fill Judge Shapiro's court with people unwilling to tolerate anything less than Amer's immediate release from INS detention. Please do not be late; it will take some time to get everyone into the building, and it's vital that the courtroom be full when the proceedings begin.

The support which Amer has received worldwide was instrumental in securing his bond hearing, which the INS originally refused to grant him, and we think that a strong show of support at the courtroom will be an important component in securing his release. It's important to remember,though, that Amer has already spent over two weeks in INS detention, and not one second of that detention was legal, even according to the INS's own rules. Amer, already familiar with governmental abuse of activists from his time in Palestine, has kept his papers in perfect order since he moved to this country, but even the technical violation which the INS alleges he committed would not provide for his detention, since he is a lawful, permanent resident of the United States and has no criminal record.

The will of the INS, as expressed by INS agent Mike Clifford, is to detain Amer indefinitely without having to give reasons. Our will is that Amer be released immediately so that he can continue his articulate and courageous activism on behalf of the Palestinian people, which is the only reason he was put in jail in the first place.

The Amer Jubran Defense Committee
P. O. Box 755, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130
www.amerjubrandefense.org
See also:
http://www.amerjubrandefense.org
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