Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Save Sami Al-Arian's Life!!

Dr. Sami Al-Arian is in his 59th day of a hunger strike for freedom. Dr. Arian is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice by the United States Government. Please act now to demand Dr. Al-Arian's freedom and save his life.

March 20, 2007
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 hispolitical imprisonment. Dr. Al-Arian is a Palestinian former University ofFlorida professor who is currently on his 58th day of a water-only hungerstrike. He is protesting his maltreatment by the U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ) which violated an earlier plea agreement that absolved Dr. Al-Arianfrom 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 injail.Dr. Al-Arian is currently being held at a medical facility in NorthCarolina. 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 ofa recent interview with his wife, Nahla Al-Arian. See:http://www.democrac sid=07/03/ 16/1410255ACTIONWe ask all people of conscience to demand the immediate release and end to Dr. Al- Arian's suffering.

Call, Email and Write:

1- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Fax Number: (202) 307-6777
Email: AskDOJ@usdoj. gov

2- The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5126
(202) 225-0072 Fax
John.Conyers@ gov

3- Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
senator_leahy@ leahy.senate. gov

4- Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

Thank you, Val