According to a report published Feb 7, 2012 by The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, titled “Terrorism in the Decade Since 9/11,” written by Charles Kurzman, – Muslims in the US pose “a minuscule threat to public safety.” The report states among other things that out of 14,000 murders that took place in the US in 2011 not a single one resulted from Muslim extremists. It further states that 20 Muslim-Americans committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009. Besides the fact that the numbers are declining, the worst case was 49 people out of a population of over five million Muslims living in the US. So why are Muslim Americans being singled out at airports? Why is Congressman Peter King, so dedicated to investigating a community where such an insignificant number of people have been involved in violent crimes? It would seem that like the inquisition, which in the 15th century persecuted its victims in Europe and then followed them to the Americas, Zionist persecution of Palestinians (and by default, Muslims in general), has reached the US.
One can understand why Israel, a racist chauvinistic state keeps thousands of Palestinians in jail. Israel is at war with the Palestinians and will not tolerate any significant resistance to its brutal ethnic cleansing campaign. So like any other rogue state, Israel places freedom fighters in prison. Israel uses the security excuse to humiliate and discriminate against palestinians, even when the Palestinians are law abiding Israeli citizens. And in terms of numbers, according to the Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association Adameer’s latest report, the total number of Palestinian political prisoners in Israel is 4610. Out of those there are 322 administrative detainees 203 child prisoners 31 of them under 16 years of age. They site 6 female prisoners and there are 27 Palestinian Legislative Council members who are imprisoned and 456 prisoners from Gaza who have not received any family visits since 2007. A map of Israeli prisons and detention facilities in Israel demonstrates more than anything that Israel is indeed a prison state.
Here in the US, the case of the Holy Land Foundation seems more like persecution than prosecution. Five Palestinian-Americans were given prison sentences of up to sixty-five years although their connections to terrorism and to terror organizations were sketchy and no charges of violence were brought against them. But not only that, some of these men, that on the face of it at least seem more like political prisoners than criminals, have been placed in very strange type of prisons called Communication Management Units, or CMUs.
Compared to other inmates, those placed in the CMU have little contact with the outside world. It is reported that at least $14 million is spent on surveillance of the prisoners in CMUs and that a counterterrorism team in West Virginia monitors all their verbal communication. In contrast with ordinary inmates, in ordinary prisons, where the visitation standard includes unlimited contact during visitation day, CMU prisoners are banned from any physical contact with visiting friends and family, including babies, infants, and minor children. All communication is done using a phone through a glass wall. According to family members who I met, loved ones often travel for over ten hours spending time and money to reach the CMU and once they arrive, if the phone doesn’t work the prison officials will not allow them to continue the visit. According to the Center for Constitutional rights, “Individuals detained in the CMUs receive no meaningful explanation for their transfer to the unit or for the extraordinary communications restrictions to which they are subjected. Upon designation to the unit, there is no meaningful review or appeal process that allows CMU prisoners to be transferred back to general population. Many CMU prisoners have neither significant disciplinary records nor any communications-related infractions. However, bias, political scapegoating, religious profiling and racism keep them locked inside these special units.”
One aspect of the Holy Land Foundation case that should certainly raise serious questions is the fact that two expert witnesses were brought in from Israel. A Mossad agent and an Israeli army intelligence officer, two sources of intelligence known for their illegal activities worldwide and their horrific record on human and civil rights. One would do well not to trust or to take at fee value any information emanating from these sources as they are well known for their lax attitude toward the truth. Both men were identified only by first names which were probably not their own, yet they had provided what the prosecution considered important evidence.
This goes to the childish awe with which Americans hold the Israeli security services. The word of Israeli security seems to be as unimpeachable here as it is in Israel. This is frighteningly similar to court cases in Israel where Palestinian political prisoners are conveniently not allowed to face their accusers who are often security officers with first names only. The excuse is of course, “security considerations.”
In Israel it is acceptable to disguise all crimes against Palestinians with “security” considerations. It seems that today this the case in US as well.