Thursday, March 22, 2007


Sami Al-Arian Hunger Strike Update

Dr. Sami Al-Arian--a Palestinian activist and US political prisoner for 1,491 days--has now been on a hunger strike for 60 days, he has lost 53 pounds, and is now in a prison medical facility. Al-Arian is protesting his imprisonment on contempt charges stemming from his refusal of the government's demand that he testify before a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va.

The Tampa, FL-based Friends of Human Rights is calling for a "rolling hunger strike" in solidarity with Al-Arian. Those who would like to join are asked to please send an e-mail to with the day they will fast.

Also, keep an eye out for, or better yet arrange a showing of, the new Norwegian documentary film, USA vs Al-Arian.

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