Emergency Fundraising Event To Benefit the
Emergency Fundraising Event To Benefit the “LA8” Case
Please join us for an evening of friendship and support and help us raise some money to help offset some of the legal expenses of the upcoming trial.
Where: Wahib’s Middle Eastern Restaurant
910 E. Main Street
Alhambra, Ca. 91801
Tel (626) 281-1006
Date: Monday, July the 11th, 2005
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Minimum $ 100.00 Donation
If you cannot attend but would like to help, please send your tax deductible donations to;
International Humanity Center
Malibu, Ca. 90265
Please write checks to: IHC/C4J or to IHC and put C4J (committee for justice) in the memo.
To RSVP please contact; Mary Harb at (949) 369-6510, Samera Sood at (949) 584-6433 or Lily Karam (562) 243-0392
Sign-on Letter to the head of the Home Land Security: Mr. Chertoff
The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Dear Mr. Chertoff,
I (we) write to urge you to review and abandon the government’s efforts to deport a group of Palestinians in Los Angeles. Eighteen years ago, in 1987, the INS attempted to deport seven young Palestinians and a Kenyan woman, under anti-communist laws dating from the McCarthy era. At the time, William Webster, then head of the FBI, said that there was no evidence of any criminal activity by any of the group, and that if they were U.S. citizens there would be no basis for their arrest. Despite several subsequent judicial decisions declaring that the INS’s efforts violated the First Amendment, and that the individuals at stake had engaged only in constitutionally protected activity, the government, now through the Department of Homeland Security, is still seeking their deportation. Students when the case began, most of the individuals are now middle-aged with American children, families, jobs and businesses. Now they face charges that their activities in the 1980s in Los Angeles make them deportable under the Patriot Act, a law passed in 2001.
What FBI Director Webster said almost two decades ago is still true: None of these people have engaged in any criminal, let alone terrorist, activities. But they still face deportation for such acts as distributing magazines and holding community dinners to raise money for hospitals and clinics in refugee camps in Lebanon and the West Bank.
As the FBI headquarters said so long ago, “The circumstances presented concerning his PFLP activities do not demonstrate preparation for terrorism, but rather, the exercise of his rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments.”
We urge you to drop these charges, out of compassion for individuals who have lived 18 years under a cloud, out of a commitment to basic constitutional rights, and because the Department’s resources are better directed toward providing real protection to the American people, rather than spending more time and money trying to deport people for exercising what the FBI itself called their Constitutional rights.
We respectfully request that you review and abandon this case. Thank you for your consideration.