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June 6, 2005

"Free Sami Al-Arian," says Andy Martin

“FREE SAMI AL-ARIAN, AND FREE THE PEOPLE OF PALESTINE FROM THE YOKE OF ISRAELI IMPERIALISM AND COLONIALISM” COLUMNIST ASKS U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL TO END SHAM TRIAL IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, PREDICTS PALESTINIAN NATIONALISTS WILL BE ACQUITTED OF MOST IF NOT ALL CHARGES. (CHICAGO) (June 6, 2005) The Bush Administration is determined to make America the laughingstock of the Middle East, and to ensure that every potential opponent of America is energized to action against us. The most ridiculous "show trial" since Stalin's purges in Russia in the 1930's has begun in a federal courtroom in Tampa, Florida. The Israeli government, using neo-con extremists in the Bush administration, is placing the Palestinian People on trial for the "crime" of fighting for their freedom. Sami Al-Arian was a guest on my radio program, "Andy Martin's America." I have never met the man, but from what I know I am happy to call him "friend." Assuming all of the nonsense alleged by the federal government is true, the real criminal in this cast of characters is missing: Ariel Sharon, and his henchmen in the Israeli government. The real criminal organization is the Israeli military establishment that occupies the Palestinian People. Sami Al-Arian is being tried for the crime of assisting in the fight for freedom of his people. Consider the implications, and change for a moment the venue from Tampa to London. The British government fought an "anti-terrorist" campaign to suppress Irish nationalism. The tactics used by British police involved all of the atrocities similarly employed by the Israelis: mass arrests, torture, murder, concentration camps, etc. But the Irish had friends in America. Both the lowly, who contributed money, and the mighty, who contributed publicity and visibility, combined to keep the hope of removing Britain from Ireland alive. As British troops massacred Irish, violence was returned by the occupied. Through all of this extreme behavior on all sides, the U. K. government was incensed at the support shown for Irish nationalism by Senator Ted Kennedy, Representative Peter King and many others. The charges against Sami Al-Arian are just as ridiculous as if the British Government had indicted Senator Kennedy and Representative King and other Irish supporters for supporting the war of Irish liberation. Merely to suggest the prosecution of Ireland's American supporters in British courts is to recognize how absurd the current show trial in Tampa really is. Make no mistake who is behind this abuse of American courts: the Israeli government, which treats the U. S. Government as a puppet and plaything. Sharon's regime wants to destroy existing support for Palestinians in the United States, and wants to criminalize any future support for Palestinians, while encouraging pro-Israel Americans to immigrate and settle on stolen Palestinian lands. The ultimate human right is the right to freedom, as Americans celebrate every July 4th. Palestinians seek the same freedom for themselves. And Israelis will never be able to deny Palestinians their right to freedom. Not now. Not ever. It is not a crime to fight for your freedom, or to assist others to fight for their freedom. Not surprisingly, bloody tactics to suppress Palestinian freedom have begotten bloody tactics in response. The reality is unpleasant for supporters of Israel to admit and accept: Israel is its own worst enemy. American supporters of Israel could some day be placed on trial somewhere in the Middle East for the "crime" of sending decade after decade of financial support to subsidize Israeli colonialism and occupation in Palestine. Without taxpayer subsidized U. S. support the military regime in Israel would be forced to make peace with its neighbors. Which means it is doomed to fall some day, unless Israel awakens to its own moral duty and seeks to undo the damage it has done to world peace. Israel can survive, and even survive as a strong nation, but only if adopts the path of peace, not the paths of occupation, colonialism and imperialism. In essence, every American--whatever his or her political beliefs--is forced to subsidize Israel through federal tax dollars. It is a counterproductive, self-destructive foreign policy and we continue to reap the rewards for this insanity, in fears of terrorism at home and in being ostracized abroad. Now we are turning over U. S. Courts to the Israelis so they can use federal attorneys to conduct show trials against Palestinians. And we wonder why the world hates us. I have sent a letter asking the U. S. Attorney General to end the travesty and direct that the Al-Arian trial be ended. [Copies of my letter to the Attorney General are available on request.] The solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not lie in a Tampa courtroom. It lies in enlightened leadership, sorely lacking, in Washington, to force the evacuation of all land occupied by Israel since 1967, and the immediate recognition of a Palestinian State by the U. S. Government. Before my e-mail in-box is flooded with the usual hate and harassment of pro-Israeli supporters let me state my stand clearly and plainly: I am not an enemy of the Israeli people; their state was created by International law, not God, and they are entitled to live in peace, once they make reparations and restitution for the damage they have caused and withdraw from occupied Palestine. The Palestinian People are entitled to equal status, not vassal status to Israeli overlords. Attempts to make Israelis rulers, and to force Palestinians to submit to Israeli domination, will never succeed, or bring peace. The brutal confrontation between two peoples is perpetuated by political manipulators who seek to prolong conflict for political gain. Unless sanity comes to Washington, insanity will continue to reign in the Middle East. All of the American blood that has been and is being spilled for "peace" and "democracy," rightly or wrongly, will be as wasted as if it had been poured down the drain, in a Tampa Courtroom. Likewise, Middle Easterners must accept that much land all over the world was partitioned after World War II. Religious extremism will never succeed. Arabs have been badly led and sadly misinformed. Just as I criticize Israeli imperialism I also criticize Arab intransigence. And most of all, I implore President Bush to stop kowtowing to religious fundamentalists that have consistently and continuously corrupted our policies in the Middle East. Peace between two peoples is possible. Attorney General Gonzales: Free Sami Al-Arian, and help free the Palestinian People from the yoke of Israeli colonialism and imperialism. Help us all to live in peace; let us all forgive the sins of the past, on all sides, and let us all come together as brothers and sisters, not as parties to an ugly show trial in Florida. My final prediction: As a lawyer, I am painfully aware that no federal criminal trial is ever "fair." The power of the federal government is overwhelming and corrupting to the administration of justice in any case, let alone in a political show trial. But from what little I have seen of how the trial will be managed, I will make an outlandish prediction: the Palestinian freedom fighters will be acquitted of many, if not all, of the charges against them. I hope and pray Sami Al-Arian takes the stand, and I hope he is allowed to tell the American people and the world the truth about why people of good sense and godly direction favor peace for both peoples, and not just peace for one people. I predict the Al-Arian trial will backfire on the federal government, and, ultimately backfire on the Israeli regime that created it, orchestrated it and controls it. We all must condemn terrorism and violence, but we must condemn them on both sides, not only the side of the victims of occupation. Israel has provoked a war of national liberation. It should make peace now, before it is too late and before the American people say "enough" and withdraw their support. --------------------- ANDY MARTIN serves as independent Contrarian Columnist and chief national/foreign correspondent for Martin has been Baghdad Bureau Chief since April 2003; he has been a Middle East expert for 34 years and is America's most respected independent foreign policy analyst. He is executive director of the Revolutionary War Research Center, a Washington, DC consortium that studies guerilla war and unconventional military and political tactics. MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639. Comments/reaction: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Documents & Releases

Statement of Chairs of American Muslim Task-Force on Civil Rights and Elections  (AMT) and  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Howard Zinn Statement on Professor Al-Arian



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To be patriotic is to be able to question government policy in times of crisis.
To be patriotic is to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in times of uncertainty and insecurity.
To be patriotic is to  speak up against the powerful in defense of the weak and the voiceless.
To be patriotic is to be willing to pay the price to preserve our freedoms, dignity, and rights.
To be patriotic is to
challenge the abuses of the PATRIOT Act.
From a speech by Dr. Al-Arian


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Announcement of Book: The Al-Arian Reader

A new compilation of all relevant articles to be released soon by the National Liberty Fund

Selected Poems
by Sami Al-Arian

We Shall Rise

To Maya Angelou
Like the dream of the slave
You rise
And with the scream of the brave
I shall rise
In honoring the memory of your ancestors
You rise
With my stateless brothers and sisters
I shall rise
Like dust in the sunlight
You rise
And as ashes in a fiery night
I shall rise
You offend
Because of your existence
And I
For my resistance
You upset them
Recalling their past
And I
By holding steadfast
They may trod you in dirt
May cause me all the hurt
Inflict upon you excruciating pain
While they shut me up and detain
By they won't see you broken
Neither would my faith be forsaken
As you've never bowed your head
And never lowered your eyes
I'll continue to raise my fist
And hide my mother's cries
They may shoot you with their words
Cut me up with their swords
They may insult you with their eyes
Denigrate me with their lies
Trying to kill you with their hate
Bury me alive to seal my fate
But they'd certainly
Be shamed and fail
As the free chant and sing
On their march to prevail
So keep your head held high
As I follow you and try
And keep your beautiful smile
As I walk my first mile
They'll pressure and blame
Throw us in prison to control and tame
They'll exile and defame
Lynch us all or shoot and maim
Burn crosses with no shame
Target our children in a dirty game
By why is that a surprise?
Despite their evil and terror
Their falsehood and lies
You shall rise
And I shall rise
You're the black ocean
Leaping and wide
I'm the Mediterranean
With a stormy tide
Staying together
Side by side
It's no surprise
We shall rise
Surely shall rise
We together shall rise
No Longer Afraid
For us to feel "secure"
What price is being paid?
If living in freedom
Why are we afraid?
Fear is everywhere
All around
Perhaps irrational
But without any bound
You can see it on our faces
Sense it in our eyes
You can hear it in our whispers
Feel it in our cries
More>>No Longer Afraid
The Bird and The Vulture
The bird was chirping
In a house on a tree
But the vulture was angry
Because it was free
When the bird is singing
The vulture ain't safe
More>>The Bird and The Vulture
The Smile of Freedom
He looked like
A body-builder
Tall, tough, and full
All muscles and no fat
His mind was simple
Suited to follow orders
No questions asked
Acting mean and mechanical
Like any bureaucrat
More>>The Smile ...
In the Name of Freedom
In the name of freedom
We shall rule the world
To spread democracy
And set you free
In the name of freedom
We’ll descend on you
To make you civilized
Modern and orderly
More>>In the Name ...
The Accused: Franz Kafka Meets George Orwell in 21st Century America
Act I: The Mother of all Evidence
Act II- Weapons of Mass Deception
Act III: Silencing of the Lambs
Act IV: Attacks of the Wolves
Act V: Occupied Territory
Act VI: Police State
Act VII: Official Obituary
Act VIII: A Close Encounter of the Scariest Kind
Act IX: The Inquisition
Act X- Conspiracy Theory
Act XI- Secret Trials
Act XII- Silent Pain and Teary Eyes
Act XIII- True Patriot Acts
Do Not Sign
Rights are not for sale
History is not kind
On those who sell their people out,
Betray their cause,
Surrender their land
To tow the line
Do not sign
More>>Do Not Sign
Rachel Corrie: Daughter of Palestine
The most gentle
Amongst all honorable
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
More>>Daughter of Palestine
Ole Jerusalem
O Ole Jerusalem
I feel your pain
I hear your cries
The light thunder
In the darkness
And the heavy rain
I see the steady bleeding
Of your wound
With its mark and stain
More>>Ole Jerusalem
Patrick Henry
A revolutionary
At heart
A patriot
From the start
Loved by his country
To the core
Defended freedom
Even more
Hated arrogance
In shape and tone
Fought tyranny
With every bone
He was the conscience
Of his people
Striking fear in the enemy
And made it feeble
More>> Patrick Henry
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Of hatred and rage
Trapped in a cage
Disappointment and anger
Continuing to linger
Wounding of dignity
Violating your virginity
More>> Injustice
Political Riddles
He sees the world as black and white
His solution to every quandary is fight with might
The economy will not stimulate
Because he can’t articulate
While jobs are gone
He says, “bring ‘em on.”
Who is he?
He likes to be called the General
The head of an agency that’s federal
If you spit on the sidewalk
He’ll send the Incredible Hulk
He hates to cite truth or fact
Because he’s busy promoting his unpatriotic act
He frequents TV cameras with a smash
The first part of his last name sounds like trash
Who is he?
He is the ideal dutiful poodle they say
From an empire where the sun did not set one day
He adores his cowboy friend and considers him a fan
And insists: I’m nobody’s yes-man
When the cowboy says no, I say no
Who is he?
More>>Political Riddles