Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Imprisoned for Aiding Gaza

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Imprisoned for Aiding Gaza

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Imprisoned for Aiding Gaza

MOHAMMAD el-Mezain, who was the imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, NJ, has been arrested and jailed in Texas. Growing up in this country, we are taught to believe in justice and that justice will prevail. I just hope that this is the case with Imam el-Mezain, because he has given so much to his community and other communities as well. He was a vibrant speaker who spoke at many an event, whenever called upon. He believed that we can make a difference in other people's lives. He helped establish a clinic in the Gaza Strip. Without people speaking out about the plight of the Palestinian people we would not be here today. I would like to ask anyone with a heart reading this to kindly write him a letter, so he will know there are people out there who BELIEVE in the kindness of humanity, as he so eloquently taught us all to do. His address is:

Mohammad el-Mezain

Inmate # 92412-198/FCI

Seagoville, TX 75159

I thank all of you who are trying to support justice.

Wafa Hozien, Wayne, NJ

We thank you for providing Washington Report readers an opportunity to express their appreciation and support of Imam el-Mezain. The day our government ends its prosecution of innocent Muslims cannot come too soon.

Genocide in Gaza

The morally bankrupt Bush administration can now add genocide to its long list of war crimes against humanity. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has refused to travel to Gaza and demand a cease-fire to stop Israel's killing machine. Apparently, Rice feels that Israel has not killed enough innocent civilians to justify a cease-fire. The brutal offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza has little to do with Hamas and everything to do with Israel's determination to wage a continuing war of terror on the Palestinians.

Consider Israel's recent actions:

It has impoverished 1.5 million residents of Gaza by its crippling blockade of food, medical supplies, fuel and electricity. It has deliberately targeted homes, medical clinics, ambulances, schools, mosques and the university. It has displayed callous unconcern for human life, bombing high-density areas and killing hundreds of civilians, including a large number of women and children. More recently, Israel deliberately rammed a ship carrying critically needed medical supplies, condemning scores of Gazans to a slow, painful death. Fearful of the images of dead and wounded and the infrastructure damage reaching the world press, Israel has forbidden foreign press photographers and journalists from entering Gaza. I urge readers to contact their representatives and demand an immediate cease-fire and suspension of military aid to Israel. Failure to do so will make us complicit to the genocide of the Palestinians.

Jagjit Singh, Los Altos, CA

On Friday, Jan. 9, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 390 to 5, with 22 members voting "present," H. Res. 34, "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself" and "reaffirming the United States' strong support for Israel." Americans "represented" by the 390 members who voted "yes" may want to call their representatives and inform them that their votes did not reflect the will of their constituents. Those Americans whose representatives voted their conscience and their constituents' views should express their appreciation by calling Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Ron Paul (R-TX), Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Maxine Waters (D-CA), all of whom opposed the motion. Those voting "present" were Reps. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), John Dingell (D-MI), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), James McDermott (D-WA), George Miller (D-CA), Jim Moran (D-VA), John Olver (D-MA), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), Diane Watson (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). …

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