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August 22, 2002
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Palestinian U.S. professor screams "Death to Israel!"

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the University of Florida has asked a federal court if it can fire a Muslim Arab professor who has screamed "Death to Israel!" and may be linked with Muslim terrorist organizations.

The University of South Florida on Wednesday asked a court if it can fire a tenured Palestinian professor accused of terrorist ties. [...]

He has been on paid leave since last fall, when he was questioned on Fox News Channel about tapes from the late 1980s and early 1990s in which he said "Death to Israel" in Arabic. [...]

"The reality is, this guy's been associated with terrorists for the last 15 years," said Dick Beard, chairman of the USF trustees.

It is interesting to note that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Chief of Military Operations is also named Sami Al-Arian (see "Some American Muslims support the Palestinian Islamic Jihad").

I copy the full article below.

US college moves to fire prof. accused of terror ties
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Tampa, Florida, Aug. 22, 2002
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?
pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/
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The University of South Florida on Wednesday asked a court if it can fire a tenured Palestinian professor accused of terrorist ties.

Prof. Sami al-Arian, who has lived in the US since 1975, has never been charged with a crime and denies any connection to terrorists.

He has been on paid leave since last fall, when he was questioned on Fox News Channel about tapes from the late 1980s and early 1990s in which he said "Death to Israel" in Arabic.

The university is asking a federal court if it can fire Arian without violating his rights to free speech, USF president Judy Genshaft told reporters.

Arian said he never advocated violence and that his words constituted a statement against Israeli occupation.

"The reality is, this guy's been associated with terrorists for the last 15 years," said Dick Beard, chairman of the USF trustees.

Arian and his brother-in-law, Mazen al-Najjar, founded a now-defunct Islamic think tank and charity, and Najjar was jailed for three years, beginning in 1997, on secret evidence he used the organizations to support terrorists.

Najjar, 45, was again detained in November for overstaying his visa, which was issued 20 years ago. He is to be deported this week to an unnamed Middle Eastern country, his attorneys said.

Posted by David Melle at August 22, 2002 08:15 PM
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