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Today is the 14th anniversary of the arrest of Dr. Dhafir and other Help The Needy (HTN) charity associates who were subjected to high-profile arrests in the early morning of February 26, 2003, just weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Simultaneous to the arrests, between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m., law enforcement agents interrogated 150 predominantly Muslim families because they had donated to HTN. Dhafir was never released. (more…)

Over the course of the last few years, wonderful allies in the Japanese American community in NYC have provided continued solidarity to the No Separate Justice campaign and helped to shed light on the grave issues facing Muslim Americans in our country’s post-911 landscape. (more…)

The Nuclear Resister 


After full consideration of a document prepared on his behalf, Rafil Dhafir decided he could not sign it as the “Petitioner” for executive clemency. “How can an innocent person like me ask for this alleged commutation from a criminal, regardless of who she/he is?” asks Dhafir.

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As punishment for insubordination, Dr. Dhafir’s personal items have been taken from him for 30 days. A letter he wrote to a prison official was perceived by the recipient as condescending, even though Dr. Dhafir did not intend it to be. He asks our help to alleviate some of the major impact this is having on him, particularly his health.

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Katherine will be giving a short talk about civil liberties and Dr. Dhafir’s case at the Petit Branch Library in Syracuse, New York, today at 3 p.m.

Read Katherine’s two most recent articles: Fairness and Justice? and Anatomy of a “Terrorism” Prosecution

See a Memorandum that Dr. Dhafir’s attorney Charles Swift has recently submitted for a 2255 Habeas Corpus Petition. New evidence from a FOIA request exposes the government’s duplicity in its prosecution of the case.

Today is the 12th anniversary of the arrest and incarceration of Dr. Rafil Dhafir and the interrogation of 150 local Muslim families.  Members of the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee will be giving out post cards with information about Dr. Dhafir’s case on Marshall Street (university area), Syracuse, New York, February 26th, 2015, between noon and 2 p.m.   (more…)

CRIME OF COMPASSION: In response to the brutal US and UK-sponsored sanctions against Iraq Dr. Rafil Dhafir founded the charity Help the Needy, and for 13 years he worked tirelessly to raise money to send food and medicine to starving Iraqi civilians. As a result of this charity, on February 26, 2003, just one week after the arrest of Professor Sami Al-Arian, Dhafir was subject to a high-profile arrest. As in Al-Arian’s case, then-Attorney General announced that, “funders of terrorism have been arrested,” (more…)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2014

Contact:

Charles Swift, Director & Counsel

Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (more…)

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