[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
In an important victory for civil rights, Palestinian American Muhammad
Salah has been removed from the US Department of Treasury's list of
The move was, which announced in notice yesterday on the official
Department of Treasury website
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
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
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
on the Department of Treasury website lists Salah, along with many of
his personal details.
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