November 3, 2015 by socialaction2014
First Monday Vigil at Metropolitan Correctional Center in NYC, this month observing the Holy Land Five who received long prison sentences for merely charitable work helping Palestinians, particularly Ghassan Elashi who was sentenced to 65 years for his charitable work for Palestinian victims of Zionist occupation. The prosecution and incarceration of the Holy Land Five underlines a number of pressing issues related to how terrorism suspects are tried and convicted in post 9/11 America. The prosecution alleged that charity commissions in Palestine through which the HL5 used to distribute aid were controlled by Hamas. This enabled the US government to argue the men were guilty of providing material support to a terrorist group, even though the same charity commissions were also used by the United Nations and the Red Cross to distribute aid. Five former employees of the HL5 are currently serving between 15 and 65 years in prison.
The vigil is also co-sponsored by NYC Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Islamic Movement for Justice, Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine, Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, and others.