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“Arrest Me, I am a Terrorist”

Posted by alanmirs on June 12, 2010


Posted by codepink at 11:14 am
June 11, 2010

“Arrest Me, I am a
Terrorist”

Americans who supported, organized, or
were on the flotilla headed to Gaza with humanitarian aid stormed the
office of U.S. Congressmen Brad Sherman and turned themselves in for
their “crimes.” The stunt was in response to Sherman’s call for
Americans on the flotilla be arrested for helping “terrorists.”


Col. Ann Wright (ret.), a former U.S.
diplomat, Gaza Freedom March organizer, and a passenger aboard the
recent Freedom Flotilla, stated that: “Nine aid workers were murdered
by Israeli commandos, and more than fifty were wounded. I want to look
Brad Sherman in the eye and see if he has any sense for the gravity of
this situation. If Sherman wants to have us arrested – we’ll be there.”

Congressman
Brad Sherman (D-CA) has publicly called for the arrest and prosecution
of “any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom
Flotilla” under the Antiterrorism
and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
. Rep. Sherman serves on the
House
Foreign Affairs Committee
, and chairs the subcommittee on terrorism
and nonproliferation.

According to Rep. Sherman: “[It’s]
absolutely illegal for any American to give food, money, school
supplies, paper clips, concrete …so I will be asking the Attorney
General to prosecute any American involved in what was clearly an effort
to give items of value to a terrorist organization.”

Rep. Sherman
also stated that he was planning on working with the Department
of Homeland Security
to make sure all non-U.S. citizens aboard the
Flotilla would be permanently barred from entering the U.S. This list
includes Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, former UN assistant
secretary general Denis Halliday, as well as a number of
parliamentarians and government officials from Ireland, Britain, Spain,
Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine,
and Israel.

Ramzi Kysia, an organizer with the Free Gaza
Movement
, said that: “Rep. Sherman is welcome to arrest me and try
to make his case to a jury of my peers. Delivering humanitarian aid to
people in need is not ‘terrorism.’ Brad Sherman is a prime example of
just how degenerate our political discourse has become on Capitol Hill.”

The
action illustrates the disconnect between a U.S. Congress which
supports Israel unrelentingly, a White House that calls policies in Gaza
unsustainable, and an international community condemning Israel’s raid
of the flotilla.

You can help share
the truth about the Gaza flotilla with your
Congressperson
and friends
and also donate
to send Ret. Col. Ann Wright on a speaking tour about the
flotilla and siege of Gaza.

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