Not Guilty, But Jailed for Five Years: Al-Arian’s Third Hunger Strike Under Way

This case is unbelievable. Dr. Al-Arian was a tenured professor at the University of South Florida and was accused by the Bush regime of having “terrorist ties”. Even though in 2005 he was found not guilty in a court of law, he is still locked up.

Miscarriage of justice isn’t even a suitable term to describe this man’s ordeal of harassment, repression, civil rights violation and racist detention, inflicted on him by the Bush Gestapo.

Dr. Al-Arian’s Third Strike

By Chris Hedges

The Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian, imprisoned for five years despite a jury’s failure to return a single guilty verdict against him, has gone on a hunger strike in Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va. Al-Arian, who has abstained from food and water since March 3, began his hunger strike after being informed he would be called before a third grand jury. He has lost 15 pounds and has been moved to the jail’s medical unit.

“A great nation is ultimately defined and judged by its system of justice,” Al-Arian said in a statement released through his family. “When the system is manipulated by the powerful and tolerates abuses against the minorities or the weak members of society, the government not only loses its moral authority and betrays future generations, but will also be condemned by history.”

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