في الوقت الذي يستمر فيه شارون وآلة حربه بجزر الفلسطينين بلا رحمة، قامت محكمة في العاصمة الاردنية عمان بإستصدار حكم مجحف بالاعدام على الامريكي من أصل عربي رائد حجازي بتهمة التخطيط لاستهداف صهاينة وأمريكان في الاردن بعدأن قامت المحكمة نفسها بتبرئته من تهمة الانتماء لتنظيم القاعدة.
وأدناه تجدون رسالة من أحد المعتقلين العرب في سجون الولايات المتحدة يصف فيهاسوء المعاملة التي يتعرض لها في زنزانته الانفرادية منذ إعتقاله في 14 ديسمبر/كانون الاول 2001 هذا المعتقل أسمه رابح حداد، وهو ليس متهما بشئ سوى مخالفته لقوانين الاقامة الامريكية، قهو معتقل لأنه عربي ومسلم، ولأن حكومة ألولايات المتحدة قد أعلنت الحرب على العرب والمسلمين .
بغض النظر عن صحة التهم الموجهة لرائد حجازي، فإن ما لا شك فيه هو أن الجريمة لا تتناسب مع العقاب، خاصة في الوقت الذي يسرح فيه ويمرح قتلة الصهاينة والحكومة الامريكية في فلسطين والعالم دون حسيب أو رقيب.
وبغض النظر عن ما لم يتهم به رابح حداد، فإن الانظمة العربية كلها لا يجوز أن تقبل أن يستمر إعتقال العرب في الولايات المتحدة دون مبرر قانوني ,وان يساء التعامل معهم، وان تنتهك حقوقهم، فهذا يسئ إليها بقدر ما يسئ للعرب المعتقلين.
فسواء حوكم العربي الامريكي في الاردن كي يعدم، أو ارسل العربي إلى السجون الامريكية دون محاكمة، فإن القاسم المشترك هو تحويل العالم إلى سجن أمريكي كبير للانظمة والشعوب .
ولا يعتقدن أحد أنه بمنأى عن هذا الارهاب أو أنه بصمته وتعاونه سوف ينجو بجلده من هذه المحرقة السياسية الكبرى التي تتم تحت ستار محاربة الارهاب، بل أن الانظمة التي تقف حجر عثرة في وجه مخططات واشنطن وتل أبيب، ومنها مخطط الوطن البديل للفلسطينين في الاردن، ستكون على رأس من يتعرض للارهاب الامريكي والصهيوني.
فهذا عدونا قد وضع قوانين المعركة: القتل أو القتال فلا خيار أمامنا سوى التصدي والصمود لأننا نواجه عدواً لا يرحم، ولا مناص من رفع الصوت عالياًلكي لا يتبجحوا أنهم داسوا علينادون أن نجرؤ على الاعتراض
الحرية للعرب المعتقلين في السجون الامريكية الحرية لحملة البنادق في السجون العربية والصهيونية
د. ابراهيم علوش
A Letter from An American Prison
While Mr. Haddad's letter, reproduced below, is initially addressed to one member of the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism (CCAWR), it's really to all who are working to defend civil liberties and end racial profiling. Suggested action is given at the end of the letter.
You may also forward this letter to various human rights organizations worldwide. Mr. Haddad's only crime is that his visa was expired and he overstayed.
Jan. 27, 2002
Dear Mr. Thayer,
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful letter of Jan. 22. I do greatly appreciate your interest and efforts for my release. Please extend my regards and gratitude to all members of CCAWR. I am sorry to say that I was not able to see the protests because the window in my cell is "Whited out" to allow light in but not for me to see anything out. I was able, however, to hear about it from other inmates who own small radios and heard it on the news.
Allow me to take this opportunity to bring you slightly into my world here at MCC [Metropolitan Correctional Center] Chicago. I am in a 6' x 9' solitary cell that seems to have been designed for extremely violent or extremely troublesome inmates. The bed is situated in the center of the room with about a foot and a half on either side of it to the wall. The bed is a metal slab with four legs bolted to the floor and fitted on all four corners with special fittings to hold straps if it should become necessary.
I have a camera fixed on me right outside my door that has completely deprived me of any kind of privacy since that door has a small window which allows them to check and see if I'm still there around the clock. It's for my safety, they say.
I am allowed one 15 minute call to my family every 30 days. My food is handed to me through a slit in the door 2-1/2" x 12". The same opening is used to put the cuffs on me before the door is opened for any reason. I am allowed 3 showers a week for which I have to be cuffed to walk 10 paces to the shower that has a door similar to my cell's door. I'm only un-cuffed after I'm inside and the door is locked.
I also get 1 hour of recreation 5 days a week, and what a joke that is.
I am led, cuffed, from my cell to a cage (literally) just down the hall which is the same size as my cell. In it is a homemade stationary bicycle that has no resistance and thus is worthless for exercising. I have to wait until the cage is empty because I cannot be put in there with anyone else, for my own safety, they say.
I have made numerous pleas to the warden and others to let me speak with my family once a week, but my pleas have fallen on deaf ears. I have been under these conditions for the past month and a half, which can drive a person to the extreme limits of his/her mental, emotional, and psychological capabilities.
Where do we draw the line between justice and oppression? Between prosecution and persecution? Is due process supposed to serve society or is society supposed to be enslaved by "due process"? Many people on this side of the fence, I'm sorry to say, have become Pavlovic dogs of sorts when it comes to "due process." I have been treated like the worst criminal you can imagine when I have not even been charged with a crime, save overstaying my visa, which I was in the process of remedying.
All of this has done nothing but harden my will and strengthened my resolve to overcome and persevere. Your efforts and the efforts of others are like torches of hope that light my way in this deep and dark tunnel that I've entered and I am eternally grateful for that.
Please convey my warmest greetings and thanks to all those who planned, participated or supported your efforts. May God bless you all.
P.S. Please forgive my spelling. I did not realize how dependant I've become on my computer's spell-check until now.
P.S.2 I forgot to mention the waves of cockroaches that invade the cell at night and crawl all over everything, including me.
A Letter from An American Muslim on the behalf of Rabih Haddad:
Bismillah irRahman irRaheem
In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Kind
Salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah & Greetings of Peace,
I must ask you again: What ever happened to our US Constitution and the Civil Rights of those accused? When did our government become a government of secret trials and imprisonment without trial? The above letter from Rabih Haddad is disturbing to me and if you believe in the "WAY OF LIFE IN AMERICA" it should be upsetting to you!!! Why have we blindly followed the same path the German people followed during the rise of Hitler!??? My father fought in WWII to protect our nation and our constitution. My great- uncles, grandfather, uncles, brothers and countless friends fought to protect our freedoms and our constitution...yet it seems we are throwing away all that, for what?
Above is a letter sent by Assistant Imam (Muslim minister) Rabih Haddad from his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in downtown Chicago. Haddad is well known in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area as an ecumenical leader and assistant Imam of a local mosque. He is co-founder of the Global Relief Foundation, the second largest Muslim charity in the U.S., which has had its assets frozen since December 14th, even though the government has yet to produce any evidence against it.
Haddad, along with thousands of others, has been racially profiled by our government for being Arab and Muslim. He has been locked up in solitary confinement since December 14th, without criminal charges, denied bond, without the government releasing any of the alleged "evidence" against him.
The Detroit Free Press, Detroit Metro Times, Congressman John Conyers and the ACLU have sued Atty General Ashcroft to open the heretofore closed court hearings, which even his family, let alone the rest of the public and press, have been barred from. For more information, please go to the following URL:
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW:
You can also help support Rabih Haddad by sending a letter to him at the following address:
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 W. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
As several letters sent to him have not delivered by the prison authorities,
we strongly recommend that you send letters via certified mail, return receipt requested. Please consider enclosing a money order made out to him also. In order for him to mail stuff back, he needs to purchase stamps from the MCC commissary. That's also the only way he can get all but the most basic toiletries and other goods - nothing can be sent in from the outside,
aside from reading materials.
Write/call/fax the following officials and demand that they stand up for fair treatment for Rabih. No prisoner should be treated this way. MCC officials claim he is in solitary confinement "for his own protection," but then why the punitive visitation policies? Why the humiliating shackles? ...all for a man who has no criminal charges. Address messages of protest to:
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney, Northern District, Illinois
219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor, Chicago 60604
Phone: (312) 353-5300 Fax: (312) 353-2067
Metropolitan Correctional Center: 312-233-0567. Push option 4 for "staff directory," and ask the operator if you can speak with Mrs. Kenner, the warden's secretary. Fax: 312-322-0565
Sincerely Your Sister in Peace,
Sister Anisah David, director
Note: while Sharon and his Zionist war machine continue to slaughter Palestinians, a Jordanian court has sentenced an American citizen to death on charges of PLANNING to commit violent acts against Jewish and American targets in Jordan. The same court had exonerated the American defendant, Raed Hijjazi, of belonging to Al Qaeida organization.
On the other hand, the letter from Rabih Haddad above indicates that he has been in solitary confinement in an American jail since December 14, 2001, solely for visa violations, i.e., solely for being Arab and Muslim at a time when the U.S. government has declared war on Arabs and Muslims.
So regardless of the truth of the accusations on which the American-Arab Raed Hijjazi was indicted, there is no doubt that the punishment doesn't befit the crime, especially at a time when the assassins of the "Israel" and the U.S. government roam Palestine and the rest of the planet without any restraint.
And regardless of what the Arab Rabih Haddad was accused or not accused of (we don't know), Arab regimes should not continue to tolerate the unlawful arrest, mistreatment, and violation of the rights of Arabs in America because that tarnishes their image as much as it affects Arab-Americans.
For whether an Arab-American is tried in Jordan so he may be sentenced to death, or an Arab was sent to jail in America without due process or a trial, the common denominator remains the transformation of the whole world into a large American jail for both peoples and regimes.
Let no one think that they can keep out of the way of this terror taking place today in the name of fighting terrorism, or that they can save their hides from this grand political holocaust by offering it their silence and collaboration. On the contrary, the regimes standing in the way of Washington and Tel Aviv's designs on the world, including the project of having a substitute homeland for the Palestinians in Jordan, shall be the first to suffer from American and Zionist terrorism.
Thus our enemy has laid down the rules of the battle: to be killed or to fight back. So we have no choice but to hold out and remain steadfast, because we are facing a merciless enemy.
We have no choice but to raise our voices in protest so they can't brag that they have stepped all over us, without us daring to complain:
Freedom to Arab Prisoners in American Jails,
and Freedom to all Freedom Fighters in Arab and Zionist Jails