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Palestinian Activist Amer Jubran Released on Bond (english)
21 Nov 2002
Palestinian Activist Amer Jubran Released on Bond -
hearing set for February 20, 2003
Peoples Movement Wins Release from Illegal Detention
Palestinian Activist Amer Jubran Released on Bond -

hearing set for February 20, 2003

Peoples Movement Wins Release from Illegal Detention


Thursday, November 21, 2002





Amer Jubran and Samia Halaby speaking at anti-war rally in Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C. Sept. 29, 2001






After 17 days of illegal detention at ACI Cranston in
Rhode Island, a federal immigration judge ordered Amer
Jubran be freed on bond this afternoon. Judge Shapiro
said there were no grounds for the illegal detention
of Jubran, a leader in the Palestinian and anti-war
movement.


In releasing Jubran on bond, the judge acknowledged
the dozens of letters he had received from Jubran's
supporters attesting to his character and community
involvement fighting for justice for all. Jubran
supporters packed the courtroom and the entire lobby
and corridor outside.


But the INS's effort to deport Jubran on baseless
allegations of INS technicalities continues. The judge
set the next hearing date in the case for February 20,
2003. Supporters must continue to send letters to the
INS and the judge demanding the baseless charges be
dropped. (see address below)


Immediately following the hearing, Jubran's supporters
- including the Amer Jubran Defense Committee, the New
England Committee to Defend Palestine, and the
A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition, and others - held a spirited
picket line outside the building, demanding freedom
for Palestine and that the frame-up against Jubran end
immediately.

Supporters see the hand of homeland security behind
the illegal detention and proceedings against Jubran.
On November 4, INS and FBI agents illegally raided his
home. He was told he would be home by noon if he
cooperated with the FBI, or else he would "rot for 50
years". The INS told his lawyer it was their intention
to detain him indefinitely, but gave no justification
or grounds for doing so.


A strong peoples movement immediately went into
action, sending letters, holding pickets at the INS,
and protesting this illegal frame-up. The INS is
attempting to use a smokescreen of baseless
allegations of INS technicalities to try to deny
Jubran his right to stay in the country. But the real
issue is his refusal to cooperate with the FBI in
attacking the anti-war movement and his outspoken
activism in defense of the rights of the Palestinian
nation. Just 2 days before the raid on his home and
Jubran's arrest, he had led a march through the
streets of Boston past the Israeli consulate in
defense of Palestinian rights. The march was sponsored
by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine,
which Jubran co-founded. His detention was an attempt
to chill and intimidate the growing anti-war movement
and movement in defense of Palestine.


This is not the first time the state has tried to
silence Amer Jubran. In June 2001, Jubran was targeted
by Brookline police and arrested for leading a
demonstration against the Zionist Israeli Day
"celebration." A defense committee was quickly formed
out of the offices of the International Action Center,
and after many months of struggle, he finally won
justice. Racist profiling and illegal prosecution is
not new for this long-time activist for Palestinian
liberation.


Jubran has worked with the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition on
numerous protests against the brutal and genocidal
Israeli occupation of Palestine, including a march of
2500 on April 6, 2002 in Boston from Government Center
to the Israeli consulate protesting Israeli massacres
and war crimes that intensified in March; frequent
pickets in front of the Israeli consulate; and a march
on June 9, 2002 organized by the New England Committee
to Defend Palestine of International A.N.S.W.E.R., to
again protest the Zionist Israeli Independence Day
festival, this time held on the Boston Common. He has
paraticipated and spoken at national A.N.S.W.E.R.
demonstrations against the Bush administration's wars,
including the April 20,2002 march of over 100,000 in
Washington DC in defense of Palestinian rights and the
Intifada.


Today's partial victory was an example that Jubran's
release was forced by the struggle in the streets. It
should be known that there are countless, nameless
others being illegally detained on racist, frame-up
charges who, without the benefit of organized defense
committees, are languishing in prisons across the U.S.
Working to free Jubran is also working to free others
like him, and that work must be stepped up.


It should also be noted that this attack on Amer
Jubran is part of the broader attack on the anti-war
movement as a whole. The Bush administration has made
it clear, through the Homeland Security Act, that its
top priority is to stop the anti-war movement with a
3-prong strategy: incarceration, intimidation and
disinformation. The people must resist! As a united
movement, we can win Amer Jubran's unconditional
freedom! In solidarity, we can free all illegal
detainees, free all political prisoners and end
imperialist war.


Supporters should continue to write to

USINS District Director Steven J Farquharson

Room 1700, JFK Federal Building

Boston, Ma 02203

with a copy to

USINS
Commissioner James W. Ziglar
Immigration and
Naturalization Service
425 I Street, NW
Washington,
D.C.
and to the
Amer Jubran Defense Committee
P.O.
Box 755
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
to demand that the
charges be dropped immediately.


To sign an online letter to the INS District
Director and for updated information on how you can
support the case, go to
http://www.iacboston.org/amerjubran


Further information is also available at
http://www.amerjubrandefense.org
and http://www.onepalestine.org


--------
International A.N.S.W.E.R. Boston
(Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
31 Germania St (enter 284 Amory St)
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-6626
http://www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
ANSWERBoston (at) iacboston.org


Weekly volunteers meetings Friday nights 6:30 pm
284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (near Stonybrook
on Orange line)
http://www.iacboston.org/directions


Jan. 18, 2003: Mass Anti-war Demonstrations in DC & SF
Jan. 19, 2003: Grassroots Peace Congress in
Washington, D.C.!
http://www.internationalanswer.org
See also:
http://www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
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