War/Sanction Resistance

Holy Land 5

The Holy Land Foundation is a Muslim charity that has provided direct humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees and have also helped in Bosnia, Albania, Chechnya, Turkey and the United States. Theywere convicted of providing money to organizations linked to Hamas, something the HLF has adamantly denied and their individual sentences range from 15-65 years.

Shakir Hamoodi

Dr. Shakir Hammodi - a Columbia business man sentenced to three years in prison for violating trade sanctions - was released from prison to a Columbia halfway house on December 9, 2014.

Between 1993 and 2003, Hamoodi sent more than $200,000 to friends and family in his native Iraq in violation of U.S. imposed sanctions on the country. In 2012, he was sentenced to three years in prison for the violation.

Patrice Lumumba Ford

Patrice Lumumba Ford is a Muslim activist and son of a former Black Panther leader who was planning a trip to volunteer in Afghani refugee camps.  He was arrested in 2002 and falsely accused of attempting to travel to Afghanistan to aid the Taliban. He refused to cooperate with the government and was sentenced to eighteen years in prison (avoiding a possible life sentence) after pleading guilty to seditious conspiracy and levying war against American and allied forces.

Norman Lowry

Norm was arrested at a protest at a military recruitment office on August 1, 2011.  Lancaster County Judge Louis Farina told Norman Edgar Lowry, Jr. that unless he would forswear his nonviolent protest, the court would be obliged to impose the maximum sentence (7 years) for Lowry’s third consecutive arrest at an Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Lancaster.

If only he would make such a promise, the judge implied, his sentence would be much lighter. Did he understand?, the court asked. Yes, Lowry answered. Will you make the pledge? No.

Ghassan Elashi

Ghassan Elashi is a member of the Holy Land Five, a US based Muslim humanitarian organization that was shut down by the Bush Administration as part of the largest crackdown on Muslims, especially activists, in recent history.  He was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

Rafil Dhafir, Dr.

Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir is an American Iraqi-born physician, who was targeted along with many other Muslims post 9/11 in the Bush administration’s “War on Terrorism.”  He started the charity Help the Needy, to respond to the humanitarian crisis created by the Gulf War and US Sanctions on Iraq.  The US government originally charged the charity and Dhafir with violations of the US sanctions.  When he refused a plea bargain, the government falsely charged the charity with fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and a variety of other nonviolent crimes.

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