CAIR Calls for Muslims to Support Islamic Jihad Prof
Radical Islamic front group CAIR is calling for all US Muslims to write letters in support of Islamic Jihad kingpin Sami Al-Arian: U.S. Muslims Asked to Write in Support of FL Prof On Hunger Strike.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to write letters in support of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor currently on a hunger strike in federal detention to protest his treatment by U.S. authorities.
Family members report that Al-Arian collapsed on the 23rd day of his fast and has been moved from Virginia to a medical facility in North Carolina.
CAIR asked that letters urging Al-Arian’s release be sent to Judge Gerald Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and President Bush.
Al-Arian began his hunger strike more than three weeks ago after being given a sentence of up to 18 months for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Virginia. His attorneys say an earlier plea agreement freed him from further cooperation with the government. Supporters say the government’s actions amount to a form of harassment.