Posts Tagged ‘Hatem Abudayyeh’

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FBI raids Arab activist’s home, subpoenas financial records

September 28, 2010
This Muslim AAAN activist is under FBI probe

Hatem Abudayyeh in a 2006 interview

On Friday, WLS-TV in Chicago reported that the FBI has raided the home of Hatem Abudayyeh as part of an investigation into material support of terrorism:

There was no answer Friday night at the Jefferson Park condo where Hatem Abudayyeh lives with his wife and young daughter, but he was there at dawn when the FBI came knocking.

Neighbor Sargon Tamo said that between seven and ten FBI agents came to Abudayyeh’s condo.

“It took a few hours, easily four or five hours, just taking some fingerprints, investigating,” said Tamo.

Abudayyeh is the executive director of the Arab-American Action Network, a Chicago-based community group which has been a critic of U.S. support of Israel.

In addition to being the leader of the Arab-American Action Network, Discover The Networks says that Abudayyeh is the member of another organization that sends delegates overseas to be “indoctrinated with the propaganda of pro-Palestinian militants,” that he refers to the creation of Israel “by the term Al Nakba (Arabic for ‘The Catastrophe’),” and that “In an interview with Dollars and Sense, Abudayyeh defended the Global Relief Foundation (a charity shut down by the United States for funneling money to terrorist groups) and its imprisoned co-founder Rabih Haddad.”

The Global Relief Foundation helped fund the bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.

The FBI also raided the home of Chicago activist Mick Kelly, and issued him a subpoena demanding “all records of any payment provided directly or indirectly to Hatem Abudayyeh.”

Another subpoena was issued to socialist Thomas Burke demanding the same types of records relating to Abudayyeh.

Targets of the raids say it’s all just government harassment of friendly peace activists.  Nothing to see here—just move along.

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