AMT Calls for Fasting in Solidarity with Florida Professor

Washington, DC: The American Muslim Taskforce for Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major Muslim organizations, Feb 18 called for a worldwide "rolling fast" in support of Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian is the former Florida professor who has been on a hunger strike since January 21 to protest his detention and treatment by federal authorities.
AMT is asking Muslims and other people of conscience around the world to fast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for as long as Al-Arian continues his hunger strike.
Al-Arian, who has been imprisoned for almost four years, began a hunger strike after being given an additional sentence of up to 18 months for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Virginia. He and his attorney say an earlier plea agreement freed him from further cooperation with the government. Al-Arian's supporters say the government's actions are a form of harassment.


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