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"Arrest me, I'm a terrorist"

June 11, 2010

Bethlehem - Ma'an - Responding to US Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) call for the arrest and prosecution of "any US citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla," several American activists "turned themselves in" Thursday - at Sherman's office.

"Arrest me, I'm a terrorist," said one of the activists, several of whom were affiliated with the Free Gaza Movement, Gaza Freedom March, Code Pink, and Freedom Flotilla, when the group arrived at Rep. Sherman's Capitol Hill office to make themselves available for arrest. 


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June 11, 2010
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“Arrest Me, I am a Terrorist”

Americans who supported, organized, or were on the flotilla headed to Gaza with humanitarian aid stormed the office of U.S. Congressmen Brad Sherman and turned themselves in for their “crimes.” The stunt was in response to Sherman’s call for Americans on the flotilla be arrested for helping “terrorists.”

Col. Ann Wright (ret.), a former U.S. diplomat, Gaza Freedom March organizer, and a passenger aboard the recent Freedom Flotilla, stated that: “Nine aid workers were murdered by Israeli commandos, and more than fifty were wounded. I want to look Brad Sherman in the eye and see if he has any sense for the gravity of this situation. If Sherman wants to have us arrested – we’ll be there.”

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) has publicly called for the arrest and prosecution of “any U.S. citizens who were aboard or involved with the Freedom Flotilla” under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Rep. Sherman serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and chairs the subcommittee on terrorism and nonproliferation.

According to Rep. Sherman: “[It's] absolutely illegal for any American to give food, money, school supplies, paper clips, concrete …so I will be asking the Attorney General to prosecute any American involved in what was clearly an effort to give items of value to a terrorist organization.”

Rep. Sherman also stated that he was planning on working with the Department of Homeland Security to make sure all non-U.S. citizens aboard the Flotilla would be permanently barred from entering the U.S. This list includes Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday, as well as a number of parliamentarians and government officials from Ireland, Britain, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel.
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