The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Palestinian living in U.S. held in solitary for political views

Dec 15, 2003

Farouk Abdel-Muhti is a Palestinian who had lived in the U.S. for 23 years before his arrest in April of 2002. After 9/11 the Justice Department made up a list of 6,000 people whose "crime" seemed to be that they originally came from the Middle East. Farouk was one of these people.

Significantly, he was arrested immediately after he had arranged speakers for a public radio station in New York on the situation in the West Bank. The policies of the Israeli military had killed numerous Palestinians and Farouk has long spoken out against the Israeli occupations there.

For much of the past year and a half since his arrest, Farouk has not only been held without being charged with any crime, he has also been put into solitary confinement. Prosecutors claim he falls under a 1995 deportation order, yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled immigrants held more than six months cannot be deported.

If further proof were needed that Farouk's persecution was for his political views, in November guards kicked and punched Farouk when they confiscated political reading materials in his cell. The materials included newspapers from three U.S. left-wing organizations which have opposed Israeli policies against Palestinians.

The U.S. government shows its determination to muzzle those who speak out against the murderous policies it represents around the world.

His supporters ask for people to speak out in defense of Farouk Abdel-Muhti. Letters of protest should be sent to David Venturella, Office of Detention and Removal, Department of Homeland Security, fax 202-353-9435 or david.venturella@dhs.gov.

More information on his case can be found at www.freefarouk.org.