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INS, FBI seize and detain Palestinian activist
Amer Jubran  Background

ALL OUT FOR AMER JUBRAN'S DEPORTATION HEARING
THURSDAY NOV 6, 2003
JFK FEDERAL BUILDING, BOSTON
8-9 AM SUPPORT DEMONSTRATION
9 AM TRIAL

Report from Amer Jubran's July 24, 2003 deportation hearing
Amer Jubran's witnesses stand up to Federal intimidation and interrogation

Palestinian Activist Amer Jubran
Released on Bond -

hearing set for February 27, 2003
Peoples Movement Wins Release from Illegal Detention

INS BOND HEARING - PACK THE COURT!
9AM THUR NOV 21 - JFK Federal Bldg (INS Boston HQ)

Send a letter today demanding all charges against Amer be dropped immediately!

Jubran speaking at International ANSWER anti-war rally in D.C.
Sept. 29, 2001

WFN photo: Maureen Skehan

sample letter to BICE (formerly INS) officials

online form to send letter to BICE officials

Chuck Turner letter to INS director

Atty Brill's Bond Hearing Submission to INS with support letter from the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) (pdf -3 pages)

Atty Nelson Brill's 11/7 motion for bond proceeding to INS

Atty Brill's 11/12 letter to INS District Director Farquharson



Background to Amer's arrest

Boston, November 7, 2002


IAC-Boston pages

At 8 am on Monday, November 4 INS and FBI agents raided the Cumberland, RI home of Palestinian activist Amer Jubran and detained him at the INS holding center in Providence. He has now been transferred to the ACI correctional facility in Cranston, RI.

On inquiry, Jubran's lawyer Barry Wilson was told only that Jubran was being held pending investigation of violations of unspecified INS statutes. His INS lawyer, Nelson Brill, was informed on November 7 by INS officer Mike Clifford at the INS service office in Providence, RI that the INS is planning to detain Amer indefinitely. No reasons have been provided for indefinite detention, as required by INS regulations. Attorney Brill has moved for a formal bond proceeding to be scheduled immediately.

Supporters should be prepared on short notice to demonstrate and pack the court whenever this bond hearing is scheduled, and should write immediately to INS District Director Steven J Farquharson (address below) demanding Amer Jubran's immediate release and decrying this illegal raid and detention.

Supporters see the hand of homeland security behind this illegal detention, which follows the pattern of detentions of Palestinian activists around the country. The INS is attempting to use a smokescreen of INS technicalities to try to deny Jubran his right to stay in the country, but the real issue is his refusal to cooperate with the FBI in attacking the Anti-war movement and his outspoken activism in defense of the rights of the Palestinian nation. Two days before the INS/FBI illegal raid and Jubran's detention, on Saturday, Novemeber 2, Jubran had led a march through the streets of Boston past the Israeli consulate to demand an end of all U.S. support for Israel and full rights for the Palestinian nation. The march was sponsored by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, which Jubran co-founded.

Jubran at historic International ANSWER rally of 100,000 for Palestine in D.C., April 20, 2002
WFN photo: Stephanie Simmard

Jubran has been a prominent activist in protests in the Boston area in defense of Palestine. On June 10, 2001 he led a demonstration in Brookline, Mass protesting a Zionist celebration of Israeli independence, and was arrested on fabricated charges made by a Zionist agitator. All charges were dropped after a five month peoples campaign by the Committee to Defend Amer Jubran and the International Action Center exposed the flagrant police and city misconduct in trying to shut down a legal protest while in the pay of the Zionist festival.

Jubran has worked with the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition on numerous protests against the brutal and genocidal Israeli occupation of Palestine, including a march of 2500 on April 6, 2002 from Government Center to the Israeli consulate protesting Israeli massacres and war crimes that intensified in March; frequent pickets in front of the Israeli consulate; and a march on June 9, 2002, organized by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine of International ANSWER, to again protest the Zionist Israeli Independence Day festival, this time held on the Boston common. He has participated and spoken at national A.N.S.W.E.R. demonstrations against the Bush administrations' wars, including the April 20, 2002 march of over 100,000 in Washington DC in defense of Palestinian rights and the Intifada.

"War Now, Hell No!"
Jubran fires up the crowd in front of the Northeastern Univ. ROTC during ANSWER Boston march
Oct. 27, 2001

photo: Dave Roberts

Jubran's detention is part of a pattern of homeland security illegal detentions of Palestinian activists, here in New England and around the country. In May the Cambridge, Ma police, INS and FBI illegally detained Palestinian activist Jaoudat Abouazza (see http://www.iacboston.org/abouazza ) also because of his activism in defense of Palestine. Abouazza was subjected to FBI brutality attempting to coerce him into attacking and informing on the anti-war movement. A vigorous grassroots campaign led by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition succeeded in getting him released to Canada, where he has continued to be harrassed by the FBI.

Supporters of Amer Jubran are urged to write letters to :

Richard D. Neville
Assistant Chief Counsel
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security
JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203

Bruce Chadbourne
District Director
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security
Room 1700
JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203

Michael Garcia
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
425 I Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20536

with copies to:

Director, Office of Internal Audit
425 I Street, NW
Room 3260
Washington, DC 20536

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator John Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Lincoln Chafee
170 Westminster St. Suite 1100
Providence, RI 02903

Senator Jack Reed
201 Hillside Rd, Suite 200
Cranston RI 02920

Senator Patrick Leahy
Senate Judiciary Committee
Courthouse Plaza
199 Main St
Burlington, VT 05401

Amer Jubran Defense Committee
P.O.Box 755
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

demanding that all charges and deportation proceedings against Amer Jubran be dropped immediately!

CONTRIBUTIONS for Amer's Legal Defense and to support the campaign to free Amer should be made out to Amer Jubran Defense Committee and sent to
Amer Jubran Defense Committee
P.O. Box 755
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Sample letter to BICE Assistant Chief Counsel:

Richard D. Neville
Assistant Chief Counsel
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security
JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203

cc: Bruce Chadbourne
District Director
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security
Room 1700
JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203

Michael Garcia
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
425 I Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20536

Director, Office of Internal Audit
425 I Street, NW
Room 3260
Washington, DC 20536

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator John Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Lincoln Chafee
170 Westminster St. Suite 1100
Providence, RI 02903

Senator Jack Reed
201 Hillside Rd, Suite 200
Cranston RI 02920

Senator Patrick Leahy
Senate Judiciary Committee
Courthouse Plaza
199 Main St
Burlington, VT 05401

Amer Jubran Defense Committee
P.O.Box 755
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Dear Mr. Neville,

I am writing to you to demand that all charges and deportation proceedings against Palestinian Amer Jubran be dropped immediately. I view the raid on Mr Jubran's home by INS and FBI agents on Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 as illegal and a politically motivated attack on free speech and all activity and activists in support of Palestinian rights. The alleged violations of INS regulations are baseless and a smokescreen whose real purpose is to prevent Mr. Jubran from continuing his active and energetic advocacy for the Palestinian people. Just 2 days before the raid, Mr. Jubran had led a march through the streets of Boston past the Israeli consulate in defense of Palestine. His detention was an attempt to chill and intimidate the growing anti-war movement and movement in defense of the Palestinians.

The proceedings against Mr. Jubran have been illegal and discriminatory. Federal agents interrogated his defense witnesses for 9 hours or more the week before his July 24 deportation hearing, causing them to fear repercussions if they testified in his defense. Even though no viable case was presented against Mr. Jubran and his defense was strong despite the intimidation, the case was not dropped.

Mr. Jubran's detention and the trumped up charges against him must be seen as part of a pattern of racial profiling and of INS sweeps of Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims. This violates all standards of justice and is an attack on the civil liberties of everyone. Justice must be served. All charges and deportation proceedings against Amer Jubran must be dropped at once.

Sincerely,



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Chuck Turner Letter to District Director Farquharson (click for printable pdf)

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INS Attorney Nelson Brill's 11/7 Motion for Bond Proceeding (click for printable pdf)

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INS Attorney Brill's 11/12 letter to INS District Director Farquharson (click for printable pdf)


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