Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls on all people of conscience to demand that Dr. Sami Al-Arian is immediately freed from his political imprisonment. Dr. Al-Arian is a Palestinian former University of Florida professor who is currently on his 58th day of a water-only hunger strike. He is protesting his maltreatment by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) which violated an earlier plea agreement that absolved Dr. Al-Arian from any further cooperation with the government. According to his lawyer, the DOJ wanted Dr. Al-Arian to testify before a grand jury in Virginia. When he refused, citing his plea agreement, he was sentenced up to 18 months in jail.
Dr. Al-Arian is currently being held at a medical facility in North Carolina. Family members who recently visited him reported that he had lost 53 pounds, equivalent to more than 25 percent of his body weight. He is no longer able to walk or stand on his own.
More information on Dr. Al-Arian’s ordeal can be found in the transcript of a recent interview with his wife, Nahla Al-Arian.
We ask all people of conscience to demand the immediate release and end to Dr. Al- Arian’s suffering.
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
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The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
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Senator Patrick Leahy
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United States Senate
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Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314