August 2008

I will be in NYC attending the oral arguments for Dr. Dhafir’s appeal on August 28, 2008.

* A press release for the appeal can be found here.
* More about the appeal process can be found here.
* More about how to navigate this site can be found here.


Dear Paul Riede,

Thank you for publishing the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee letter about Dr. Dhafir’s oral arguments in NYC in you paper. However, I am extremely concerned that you used the whole quote form the NYCLU and did not use quotation marks. We are not in the habit of taking other people’s words as our own (more…)

Published 8/27/08
To the editor:

Almost five and a half years to the day that he became the first and only U.S. citizen jailed for resisting U.S. economic sanctions against the people of Iraq, Dr. Rafil Dhafir, a Syracuse oncologist who helped raise almost $5 million in humanitarian supplies for the Iraqi people, will have his appeal heard at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, on August 28, 2008. (more…)

The judges are, Guido Calabresi, Sonia Sotomayor, and Barrington Parker.

People attending the hearing are advised that court commences at 10 am sharp in the Ceremonial courtroom on the 9th Floor, at 500 Pearl St, in lower Manhattan. It would be best to be there at 9.40 am at the latest.

About The Appeal
Press Release

Because it has been so difficult to get media coverage for this case, I set up this shop where people can buy t-shirts, bumper stickers, pins, and tote bags that will help us let people know about this website and, therefore, about Dr. Dhafir’s case.

[Please note, in order to make the merchandise as cheap as possible, there are no longer any profits that go to the appeal fund from the shop. Helping us advertise the site is every bit as important as donating to the appeal fund. Please feel free to do both!]

Thank you,

It’s Dr. Dhafir’s 60th birthday on August 25th, 2008, three days before his appeal hearing in NYC. To send him birthday wishes and thank him for his humanitarian work, write to him at:

Rafil A. Dhafir
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute
IN 47808

Contact: Katherine Hughes
katherinehugh [at]
Dr. Dhafir Support Committee

Syracuse Doctor Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Helping Iraqi People Heads to Appeals Court August 28 in New York City (more…)

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 1-5 PM,

Muslims have been unfairly treated by the Bush Administration since 911. There have been many unjust prosecutions involving guilt by association, innuendo and twisted sting operations designed to entrap those the government has decided it doesn’t like. These cases have trampled the constitutional rights of the defendants and put us all at risk. Come learn about a few of these cases and participate in discussion of where to go from here. (more…)

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