[Ppnews] Palestinian-American Muhammad Salah removed from US "terrorist" list

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Tue Nov 6 12:28:40 EST 2012


  *Victory: Palestinian-American Muhammad Salah removed from US 
"terrorist" list after lawsuit challenge*

Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 16:29
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/victory-palestinian-american-muhammad-salah-removed-us-terrorist-list-after


In an important victory for civil rights, Palestinian American Muhammad 
Salah has been removed from the US Department of Treasury's list of 
"designated terrorists."

The move was, which announced in notice yesterday on the official 
Department of Treasury website 
<http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20121105.aspx>, 
came after the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the People's Law 
Office, the American Friends Service Committee and the American Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee filed a lawsuit 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/us-sued-over-terrorist-designation-has-robbed-palestinian-american-basic> 
against the government in September challenging the designation, made by 
the Clinton administration 17 years ago as unconstitutional.

The designation was made by executive order, with no legal process, no 
limitation in time, and no process to challenge it. Salah was the only 
US citizen residing in the US ever to be subjected to such a designation.

As a result of the designation Salah was "not permitted to get a job, 
pay rent or a mortgage, pay for his children's education, obtain medical 
care or even buy a loaf of bread without first obtaining approval from 
the Treasury Department," a release from CCR 
<http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/us-sued-over-terrorist-designation-has-robbed-palestinian-american-basic> 
had explained at the time of the lawsuit.

The government decision to remove Salah from the list before the case 
came to court may indicate that it judged it would lose a case, and thus 
have its power limited. Salah had previously been tried and acquitted on 
terrorism related charges, but served a 22 month sentence for a 
conviction for giving a false answer in a questionnaire that was part of 
a lawsuit backed by Zionist groups.

A 5 November notice titled "Anti-Terrorism Designations; Anti-Terrorism 
Designations Removal 
<http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20121105.aspx>" 
on the Department of Treasury website lists Salah, along with many of 
his personal details.

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