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Thank you to all who called U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and/or the US Treasury to demand the government unfreeze bank accounts belonging to Chicago activist Hatem Abudayyeh and his wife.

We just received word the bank admitted to closing the accounts and issued him a check for his funds, telling him they no longer want to provide services to him and his family.

While this is egregious and should not be tolerated at all – at least Hatem has his funds and he can breathe easier knowing the U.S. government did not freeze his accounts.

Below is the article sent out by the Stop FBI Committee.


Palestinian Community Leader Hatem Abudayyeh and Supporters Claim Victory
Bank Returns Money, Government Involvement Alleged

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 announced 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.

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 100s 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 explanation.

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

The 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.”

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Protest latest FBI tactics at rally Monday in Chicago


Federal agents subpoena three more Chicago pro-Palestinian activists

(CHICAGO 12/04/2010) – Federal agents issued subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to three more Chicago pro-Palestinian activists on Friday. Two of those served are college students active in campus pro-Palestinian events.

The federal government is targeting peaceful anti-war and pro-Palestinian activists and the newest subpoenas signal that probe is expanding.

National Lawyers Guild attorney Jim Fennerty, who is representing some of those affected, said at least two of the three are Chicago-area women who visited the West Bank last summer. One of them has been requested to appear before the grand jury on Jan. 25.

“They’re widening the scope of this investigation,” Fennerty was quoted as saying in a WBEZ report. “They’re trying to squeeze anybody they can. This is an attack about people who do solidarity work around Palestine.”

This action comes on the heels of the Sept. 24 FBI raids on several homes throughout the Midwest, including in Chicago. At that time, 14 people active in anti-war and pro-Palestinian efforts, were issued subpoenas to testify before a grand jury in Chicago. To date, all have refused to testify. Subpoenas were re-issued to three activists from Minnesota in attempts to force them to answer questions about those in the anti-war movement, in contravention of the Fifth Amendment. If the refuse to testify again, they face imprisonment for the life of the grand jury.


The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) stands in solidarity with the activists being targeted by the FBI. AMP strongly condemns the actions by the FBI and the Department of Justice in targeting people who are practicing their constitutionally guaranteed rights of dissent, assembly and freedom of speech.

Protest FBI repression against Chicago Palestinian solidarity activists at 4:30 p.m. Monday in front of the Dirksen Federal Building, 203 S. Dearborn (on Jackson and Dearborn), Chicago.

Further action

AMP calls on our supporters and all people of conscience to call U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, write to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, or sign a petition by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.


U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald: 312.353.5300

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder .

To sign the petition, click here.


  • I demand justice and an end to the FBI’s continued harassment of antiwar and international solidarity activists, activists who are guilty of no crime but opposition to U.S. foreign policy.
  • This is a dangerous attack on the constitutional rights of free speech of every social justice, antiwar and human rights activist and organization in the U.S. today.
  • The right to speak, meet and write opinions is guaranteed under the constitution.
  • Grand Jury subpoenas investigating material support of terrorism are being used to silence highly respected and well known human rights activists. This is a dangerous national effort to shut down growing opposition to U.S. wars. It cannot be allowed.



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