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“Guilty of Being Palestinian”–Imprisoned Student Describes Harsh Treatment By U.S. Forces In Iraq

StoryDecember 23, 2003
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We speak with Fadi Elayyan, a Palestinian student attending university in Baghdad when U.S. forces arrested him and five of his friends in April. He was imprisoned for two months without charge before being released.

As the U.S. occupation of Iraq extends into its ninth month and into 2004, thousands of Iraqis and other Arabs languish in U.S. jails across the country. In an effort to stem a mounting Iraqi resistance to the occupation, U.S. forces have been conducting mass detentions in cities and towns across Iraq. The Pentagon recently reported the U.S. has arrested more than 200 Iraqis based in part on intelligence gained from Hussein’s capture.

Today we are going to take a look at the story of one man who spent two months in an Iraqi jail after being detained by U.S. forces. Fadi Elayyan is a Palestinian student who was studying at the Mustansariya University in Baghdad when the U.S. began its invasion of Iraq in March.

On April 10th, Fadi was arrested and imprisoned along with five other friends by U.S. forces. Fadi and one of his friends, Jihad Tahboub, were released in June. His four other friends are still in prison.

  • Fadi Elayyan, imprisoned for two months, without charge, by US Occupying forces. He joins us on the phone from Amman, Jordan.

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