[This] is about my nationality and my organizing work. It is about FBI and local law enforcement entrapment and surveillance and informants sent to our mosques and churches and community centers and workplaces. It is about our government trying to sell the notion that caring and talking and teaching about Palestine, that criticizing our government’s support of Israel, that asking Americans to boycott Israel and to end U.S. aid to Israel, is somehow a criminal act.
Hatem Abudayyeh, Executive Director of Chicago’s Arab American Action Network, speaking at a rally outside Chicago’s Federal Building September 20th. Abudayyeh, who was profiled in Kartemquin’s The New Americans, was one of 23 anti-war protesters targeted back in 2010 by the FBI. At that time, his family’s home was raided and he was subpoenaed to testify before the FBI. Protesters Thursday called for an end to the investigation and the return of items seized from Abudayyeh’s family home.
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