Letters of Support for Amer Jubran (page 2)
|This page will collect letters in support of Amer written by groups or notable academic or political authorities. Here is a link back to the first page, and here is the contact page.|
|November 12, 2002
Dear Mr. Farquharson:
The detention without charge of Mr Amer Jubran by the Immigration and Naturalization Service has the effect of damaging the fabric of society in ways which are perhaps invisible to the INS. Mr. Jubran is deeply respected and truly loved by a wide circle of people in many walks of life. I count myself fortunate to be among these friends and admirers.
A widening circle of individuals will hear of the many violations of his rights while in INS custody. They will hear as well of the physical and verbal abuse he was subjected to while being arrested. As reported to us, even while demanding the presence of a lawyer, the INS facilitated the interrogation of Mr. Jubran by the FBI. It is now widely know and will be known by many more that an agent of the FBI, agent Atkins, illegally pushed his way into Mr. Juram's apartment. The rude entry was conducted in a macho-cowboy manner without a search warrant.
Above all, it is known that even his lawyer could not at first discover any charges against Mr. Jubran. Then the charges turned out to be of a nature that does not justify arrest and detention. It is clear to all that the INS has political intentions that are hidden from public view. This reveals the willingness to disrespect the democratic society which gives the INS is legitimacy the citizens of the U.S.A.-- thereby severely damaging the relationship of trust and producing serious confusion in widening circles.
I join the chorus of voices demanding an immediate hearing to set bond so that Mr. Jubran may pursue the responsibilities of his life -- work and friendship -- while issues of his arrest and detention are cleared up. I also join the chorus of his friends and admirers in requesting an explanation from the INS explaining its conduct. Please mail such an explanation to my address listed above.
I have known Mr. Jubran for a couple of years and consider him a most honorable friend. I have admired his work on behalf of Palestinian rights and hope for his continued commitment for the rights of all those who suffer. Like Mr. Jubran, I too am of Palestinian origin and proud of its contributions, both socially and culturally. I have been a professor of art in American Universities. This included ten years of teaching at the Yale School of Art in New Haven. I have exhibited my work internationally and in many New York City venues. My work is represented in numerous museum collections in the U.S.A.
I look forward to you prompt reply and to the immediate release of Mr. Amer Jubran,
I remain sincerely yours,
Samia A. Halaby
|Dear Mr. Farquharson:
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a physicist, Nobel Laureate, and US citizen. I have been alerted by my daughter Julia Steinberger, PhD student at MIT, concerning an action by your agency, and take the liberty to communicate to you my concern.
Julia informs me that on Monday Nov.4, your agents arrested Mr. Amer Jubran, a young Palestinian working in Boston with a green card. He was told that this was for questioning, and that he would be released the same morning, but has been in your custody since that time. I am told by my daughter, whose honesty and judgment I know that I can trust, and who has worked with Mr. Jubran for a year, and knows Mr. Jubran very well, that he is a fine and dedicated person, very concerned about the sad plight of his people, but also unquestionably correct and honest.
While I do not necessarily agree with all of Mr. Jubran's views (I am of Jewish origin, and support a two-state solution to the Palestine-Israel problem), I consider it of the highest importance that America continues to be a land of freedom, where people, citizens as well as foreigners, have the right to free speech and opinion, without the governmental repression which we do not hesitate to criticize in less democratic countries. It is my understanding that the pro-Palestinian demonstration in Boston, on November 2, which Mr. Jubran helped organize, was peaceful, and was permitted.
I may mention my own sad experience with the FBI. During the McCarthy era I was personally denounced by the FBI, for several false reasons, as I could later learn through the Freedom of Information Act, and so prevented for two years from working at the Brookhaven Ntl. Laboratory, where a few years later the work was done which was recognized by the Swedish Academy and resulted in my recieving the Nobel prize. Luckily, for science and for me, the US Navy had different security procedures than the Atomic Energy Commission, and through its procedures, my clearance was restored.
I fervently hope that you can give my concern for Mr. Jubran's unjustifiable detention your kind attention.
Dr. Jack Steinberger
To Mr. Farquharson:
We the undersigned, representing the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, a group of over 300 members in the Northeast, working for peace and democratic change in South Asia, and civil and human rights for all, demand the immediate release of Amer Jubran who was arrested by agents of the FBI and the INS on unspecified charges on November 4th.
Amer Jubran is known throughout the Boston area as a person of integrity and principles. His activism for the Palestinian cause, and his leadership in organizing peaceful protests against Israel's discrimination towards the Palestinians have been in the spirit of the best American traditions of promoting democratic freedoms and liberties. On Saturday November 2nd, two days before the INS/FBI illegal raid and Jubran's detention, Jubran had led a march through the streets of Boston past the Israeli consulate to demand an end of all U.S. support for Israel and full rights for the Palestinian nation; that he should be arrested for exercising his right to dissent within the US concerns us deeply. Indeed, no reasons have been provided for his detention, as required by INS regulations in a facility where he is housed with people with criminal convictions.
We demand that he be released immediately and be allowed to continue his work. The reputation of the INS and the FBI are at stake here for indulging in an action that is thoroughly anti-American.
The Alliance for Secular and Democratic South Asia
|November 9, 2002
Dear Mr. Farquharson,
I am writing to you to demand the immediate release of detained Palestinian Amer Jubran. I view the raid on Mr Jubran's home by INS and FBI agents on Monday, Nov. 4 as illegal and a politically motivated attack on free speech and all activity and activists in support of Palestinian rights. The alleged violations of INS regulations are baseless and a smokescreen whose real purpose is to prevent Mr. Jubran from continuing his active and energetic advocacy for the Palestinian people. Just 2 days before the raid, Mr. Jubran had led a march through the streets of Boston past the Israeli consulate in defense of Palestine. His detention is an attempt to chill and intimidate the growing anti-war movement and movement in defense of the Palestinians.
I demand Mr. Jubran be released immediately, His INS attorney Nelson Brill has filed a motion for a formal bond proceeding. This must be conducted at once. INS Officer Mike Clifford in Providence RI told Attorney Brill that the INS is planning to detain Mr. Jubran indefinitely, but no reasons for indefinite detention have been provided to his attorney, as required by INS regulations.
Mr. Jubran is an established and respected member of his community, admired by his employer and co-workers, who extends himself to defend the rights of others. He is responsible and takes his obligations seriously. Nothing that has been presented to his attorney provides any justification for indefinite detention or denial of bond. Release Amer Jubran now!
Chuck Turner, Boston City Councilor, District 7
|November 8, 2002
Dear Director Farquharson--
We are writing on behalf of Amer Jubran and respectfully ask that the Court set a reasonable bond in this matter. We will briefly describe ourselves, for the sole purpose of providing a basis for our request. We are a husband and wife law firm in Michigan, specializing in mediation, conflict resolution and criminal appeals. We have been in practice for twenty years, and each of us has lectured several times in our specializations. If interested, you can review our attached resume.
We have gotten to know Amer Jubran quite well in the last year. We visited him several times on the East Coast and he stayed with us this last summer while visiting relatives in Michigan. Both of us have developed not only a great liking for Amer but also a deep sense of his personal integrity. He is bright, articulate, compassionate, sincere, generous and much more. As parents, we have observed that each of our three daughters, aged 20, 16 and 14, respects Amer a great deal. We would have no reservation whatsoever leaving our children under Amer’s care.
We are certain that Amer will treat the judicial process respectfully and would appear as directed by the Court. We respectfully urge the Court to consider Amer’s outstanding character and to set a reasonable bond. Please feel free to contact us as needed.
Very truly yours,