Demand the release of Sami Al-Arian

This message was distributed by the National Council of Arab Americans.

The National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) demands the immediate release of political prisoner, Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Dr. Al-Arian is currently under his 60th day of a water-only hunger strike in protest of his maltreatment by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). After an earlier plea agreement that absolved Dr. Al- Arian from any further questioning, he was sentenced up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Virginia.

Dr. Al-Arian is currently being held at a medical facility in North Carolina. He is in critical condition, having lost 53

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pounds, over 25% of his body weight. According to family members who recently visited him he is no longer able to walk or stand on his own.

More information on Dr. Al-Arian’s ordeal can be found in the transcript of a recent interview with his wife, Nahla Al-Arian on Democracy Now.


We ask all people of conscience to demand the immediate release and end to Dr. Al- Arian’s suffering.

Call, email and write:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530- 0001
Fax Number: (202) 307-6777
Email: [email protected]

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5126
(202) 225-0072 Fax
[email protected]

Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
(202)224- 4242
[email protected]

Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

Click here for more from the PSL on Sami Al-Arian.
Click here for the Free Sami Al-Arian website.

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