[Ppnews] Palestinian community leader Hatem Abudayyeh and supporters claim victory

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Wed May 11 10:27:58 EDT 2011

Palestinian community leader Hatem Abudayyeh and supporters claim victory


Bank returns money, government involvement alleged
By Committee to Stop FBI Repression and Coalition to Protect People's Rights |
May 10, 2011
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On Friday, May 6th, the bank accounts of Hatem and Naima Abudayyeh of 
Chicago were frozen. The bank manager at the TCF (Twin Cities 
Federal) branch could not explain what had happened but stated that 
the Bank Security Act prevented him from releasing any assets.

In a strange turn of events, the bank admitted today that they shut 
down the accounts, stating they no longer want to provide banking 
services to the Abudayyeh family. Simultaneously, TCF management 
informed the Abudayyehs today that they were issuing them a check for 
the value of their accounts.

<http://www.stopfbi.net/profile/hatem-abudayyeh>Hatem Abudayyeh is 
one of 23 anti-war, Palestinian and international solidarity 
activists who have been subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in 
Chicago. Many supporters of the Abudayyehs and the 23 activists 
suspected that the FBI and grand jury investigation against these 
activists was the cause of the seizure of the couple's accounts.

Michael Deutsch, attorney for the family, said, "In my opinion, the 
bank did not act out of the blue. I suspect that the FBI and U.S 
Attorney investigation caused the bank to overreact and illegally 
freeze the Abudayyehs' banking accounts that had been there for over a decade."

In response to the seizing of the couple's accounts, people across 
the country called the offices of US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in 
Chicago, and those of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign 
Assets Control (OFAC) demanding the return of their money and an end 
to the repression.

A Code Pink activist from Washington, D.C., called Fitzgerald's 
office and was told, "We've received hundreds of calls." The OFAC 
office was bombarded as well, and journalists from a National Public 
Radio affiliate, Al Jazeera and other agencies contacted them for an 

TCF is well known for having links to the right-wing think tank the 
Center for the American Experiment.

The <http://stopfbi.net>Committee to Stop FBI Repression and the 
Coalition to Protect People's Rights see the return of the money to 
the Abudayyeh family and the admission by the bank of their action as 
a victory for their efforts and an affirmation of the constitutional 
right of Americans not to be deprived of property without due process 
of law. However, they are concerned that the actions of TCF 
management may violate state and federal public accommodations laws 
by denying the Abudayyehs banking services on a discriminatory basis.

Hatem Abudayyeh expressed his thanks to the many people who called in 
over the past two days. "Thank you all for your work. The pressure 
put on the US Attorney and OFAC no doubt caused them to contact TCF, 
who subsequently broke their silence and ended this frightening incident."


The Committee to Stop FBI Repression and The Coalition for People's Rights

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