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Dr. Sami Al-Arian

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, March 12, 2007

A Federal Witchhunt

The Persecution of Sami Al-Arian

By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

One of the first big show trials here in the post-9/11 homeland was of a Muslim professor from Florida, now 49, Sami al-Arian. Pro-Israel hawks had resented this computer professor at the University of South Florida long before Atta and the hijackers flew their planes into the Trade towers, because they saw al-Arian, a Palestinian born in Kuwait of parents kicked out of their Homeland in 1948, as an effective agitator here for the Palestinian cause. As John Sugg, a fine journalist, then based in Tampa, who’s followed al-Arian’s tribulations for years, wrote in the spring of 2006 on this website:

“When was al-Arian important? More than a decade ago, when Israel’s Likudniks in the United States, such as [Steven] Emerson, were working feverishly to undermine the Oslo peace process. No Arab voice could be tolerated, and al-Arian was vigorously trying to communicate with our government and its leaders. He was being successful, making speeches to intelligence and military commanders at MacDill AFB’s Central Command, inviting the FBI and other officials to attend meetings of his groups. People were beginning to listen and to wonder why only one side of the Middle East debate was heard here. That was the reason for Al-Arian’s political prosecution.”

 

Read the rest at: http://counterpunch.com/cockburn03032007.html

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Sami Al-Arian poses for a picture with, then Presidential Candidate, George W. Bush (just prior to the contentious election of 2000). Besides the obvious, this picture is also interesting because it was taken exactly seven years ago. The picture also includes Al-Arian’s family and a smiling Laura Bush (arm placed warmly on what appears to be the shoulder of Al-Arian’s son).

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2 Responses to “Dr. Sami Al-Arian”

  1. abu abdillah said

    akhee you need some original updates they are enjoyable to read

    assalamu alaikum,
    abu abdillah

  2. […] [Sami Al-Arian poses for a picture with, then Presidential Candidate, George W. Bush (just prior to the contentious election of 2000). Besides the obvious, this picture is also interesting because it was taken exactly seven years ago. The picture also includes Al-Arian’s family and a smiling Laura Bush (arm placed warmly on what appears to be the shoulder of Al-Arian’s son).] [Source] […]

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