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Amer Jubran FREE on bond!!! (english)
by Amer Jubran Defense Committee
21 Nov 2002
Modified: 29 Nov 2002
Palestinian activist Amer Jubran, arrested illegally and
held by the INS without charges since November 4 is released today!
Press release is below.
Amer Jubran Defense Committee November 21, 2002
P.O. Box 755, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
For further information, contact Scott Cooper at 617-964-8029
DETAINED PALESTINE ACTIVIST RELEASED ON BOND;
INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN VICTORIOUS
Palestinian human rights activist Amer Jubran was released this
afternoon from the custody of the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization
Service after 17 days in illegal detention. At a morning bond hearing,
INS Judge Shapiro stated that he saw "no reason" not to grant the
request for bond. The government's attorney, while asking for a
hearing on an immigration technicality now scheduled for Feb. 20, 2003,
raised no objection and deferred to the judge's decision.
Jubran walked out of the INS office in Providence, Rhode Island, after
being incarcerated in ACI Cranston since Nov. 4, in the early afternoon.
Jubran's release comes after a concerted international campaign that
compelled the INS first to agree to set a bond hearing and then not to
contest the setting of bond. The Boston INS office of District Director
Steven J. Farquharson has been deluged with hundreds of letters and
faxes from ordinary citizens across the United States and the world.
In addition, dozens of prominent people, including members of several
European parliaments, a Nobel laureate, and noted jurists in France and
Spain have demanded Jubran's release.
Upon his release at the INS office in Rhode Island, Jubran stated:
"All of this is part and parcel of the roundup of Arabs and the attempt
to chill all voices of dissent. Nothing new happened here. But this effort
to silence the voices of those of us seeking justice for Palestine will
not succeed. There are hundreds of Amer Jubrans - men and women, white
and Black, Jews and Muslims - who will continue to come forward until
Palestine is free."
Jubran was detained on Nov. 4, after FBI and INS agents entered his
Cumberland, Rhode Island home. Jubran had led a legal march and rally
in Boston only two days earlier commemorating the 85th anniversary of
the Balfour Declaration. He was held and threatened with "indefinite
detention" after refusing to answer questions in an FBI interrogation
because he did not have a lawyer present.
The courtroom and hallway on the 3rd floor of the JFK Federal Building
in Boston was packed today, as dozens of Jubran's supporters entered
the building to show their solidarity and demand his release. Others
picketed outside. A cheer went up in the building when the news got
out of the courtroom that the judge had set bond, and that Jubran would
be released today.
The Amer Jubran Defense Committee has consistently characterized the
detention of Amer Jubran as a politically motivated attack on free
speech and legal activism. It is the local face of "homeland security,"
and threatens the civil liberties and constitutional guarantees of all.
While the government today offered the pretext that Jubran's detention
was because of an immigration technicality, it is clear from the extended
detention that this is an ongoing effort to silence those who speak out
loudly for the rights of Palestinians to resist oppression. The next
task is to bring an end to the continued prosecution of this matter.
Good Riddence to Bad Trash (english)
by Little Bill
(No verified email address)
29 Nov 2002
I have watched this asshole for the last two years calling everone but himself Hitlerites, I think it is time to boot he and his PKK pals out, the man is trash.