Palestine Activists Protest FBI Subpoeanas

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Four more grand jury subpoenas have gone out to supporters of Palestinian independence, and supporters gathered Thursday to call it a political witch hunt.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, the activists gathered Thursday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Maureen Murphy, of the Palestine Solidarity Group, said she received one of the four new subpoenas to probe what she pictures as her constitutionally- protected right to free speech.

“I am proud of the movement that we have built here in Chicago, and I believe that the FBI raids and subpoenas, and the ever-expanding grand-jury witch hunt, is best understood as a backlash aimed at silencing our successful movement,” Murphy said.

As of Thursday, a total of 23 subpoenas had been issued to compel grand jury testimony. The activists liken the action to McCarthy-era political witch hunts.

In September, the FBI executed several raids on the homes of anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. Among them were local activists Stephanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker, who said the FBI even went through their music collection and their sons’ school notebooks. He said the agents also found more than 20 boxes containing family papers and mementos dating back decades.

Another target of the September raids was the home of Palestinian American anti-war activist Hatem Abudayyeh.

Federal officials do not comment on individual cases, but say generally, they’re trying to fight support for groups listed as terrorist organizations.

  • Steven Mark Tobin

    Disguting and disgraceful. The Jewish/Zionist lobby here in the USA is controlling things, creating a Nazi state, not unlike what the Jews suffered from.

  • Jeffrey Altman

    Just a horrible, frankly ignorant, and anti-semitic , hateful comment. Individuals who aid or abet terrorist groups may find themselves in the crosshairs of the FBI. They are entitled to their views and if they did nothing wrong then they have nothing to worry about. It is too bad that so many who support the Palestinian “cause” are so willing to overlook frank terrorism.

  • mike

    ISRAEL!!!!!! ( no criticism allowed)

  • mike

    Tell us that the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel carried out by IRGUN a militant Zionist group wasn’t an act of cowardly terrorism. Nor was the assisination of the brave peace visionary Rabin by Zionist militant one either. Zionists are evil genocidal facist criminals that are no better than Nazis. They are a disgrace to not only the Jewish people but to Humanity as a whole. THEY are the root cuae of Middle East hatred and the sooner the world is rid of them …the better.

  • Joe

    Oh!!! Let’s NEVER FORGET the 1967 atttack on the USS Liberty by our “friends” the Israeli navy! Don’t worry America!! Israel is right behind you (with a knife ready to stab your back.)

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