Friday, August 1, 2008

To: Political Prisoner, Dr. Sami Al-Arian

Hardcopy mailed to Dr. Sami Al-Arian.
This letter was written around July 30th, 2008, to Dr. Al-Arian by my good friend, Jafar Siddiqui.

----- Original Message -----

Political Prisoner, Dr. Sami Al-Arian
Pamunkey Regional Jail
P.O. Box 485
Hanover, VA 23069
My dear Dr. Al-Arian,
It is with a very heavy heart that I write this letter to you today.
We live in a nation that has deliberately walked away from all of its glorified standards and abdicated its responsibility for the most basic of human values, such as equal justice for all, equal protection under the law, freedom of expression and a host of others.
America, our country for which we so desperately wish to be proud of, has relegated its constitution to cosmetic value only as the hysteria against "terror" conceals the "War!" against Islam, Arabs and Muslims. Our articles of the constitution have as much value as did so many other sacred-sounding constitutions of the former Communist nations...constitutions that we derided so often.
We Arabs and Muslims in this nation, are in disarray and cannot seem to organize ourselves out of a burning barn; like frogs in a slowly heating pot, we remain inside, pretending to be calm as we will surely perish.
It is such a climate that you have been hounded into prison and persecuted by people with great power, who wish to silence your opposition to the oppression of Palestinian people, your stance for the rights of the Palestinians and your support for their starving and deprived children.
The people against you are some of the most powerful among the many whom I would identify as the BLIND supporters of Israel; for these misguided people no sacrifice of others, is too great, in order to garner more support for Israel. It is to the shame of this nation, that those very people have the power over your liberty; opportunistic people like Fatherland Security chief, Michael Chertoff, your persecutor, US Attorney Gordon Kromberg and an array of others who mold public opinion through their control of press outlets, politicians and others who, in former Soviet nations, were dismissed by us as Apparatchiks.
The fact that you stand proud and defiant, helps us stand proud but it also grieves us because of the tremendous injustice that you and your family have suffered and are continuing to suffer.
If and when this nation returns to the course followed by its ideals, it will be because of people like you, who stand in spite of bigotry, injustice and values against humanity.
We pray that you will survive your seemingly endless ordeal and will come out vindicated and triumphant...and soon, InshaAllah!
In the meantime, know that there are millions of good people in this country, who also pray for your freedom and who also support you.
Live so that our own hearts may also live with you.
Allah Akbar (God is greatest)!
Jafar Siddiqui
American Muslims of Puget Sound

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