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    CANADIAN PEACE ACTIVIST BEATEN, DETAINED IN ISRAEL CAIR-CAN: Foreign mistreatment of Canadians must be a priority for Canadian government (OTTAWA, CANADA -
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 24, 2003
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      CANADIAN PEACE ACTIVIST BEATEN, DETAINED IN ISRAEL
      CAIR-CAN: Foreign mistreatment of Canadians must be a "priority" for
      Canadian government

      (OTTAWA, CANADA - 23/7/2003) - The Canadian office of the Council on
      American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called on Foreign
      Minister Bill Graham to demand that Israel treat Canadian peace
      activist Tarek Loubani in accordance with international human rights
      standards and that Loubani be released immediately from Israeli
      custody.

      Loubani, a Canadian citizen and International Solidarity Movement
      (ISM) peace activist, recently traveled to Israel to protest
      Israeli's policy of land confiscations. Loubani has been beaten by
      Israeli security forces and detained for the last twelve days. He is
      among ten other ISM peace activists currently being held in Israeli
      custody.

      In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

      "The mistreatment of Canadian citizens - whether Zahra Kazemi in
      Iran, Maher Arar in Syria or Tarek Loubani in Israel - must be a
      priority for the Canadian government.

      "In this particular case, a Canadian peace activist was arbitrarily
      arrested, detained and beaten because he was peacefully protesting
      Israel's illegal policy of confiscating land that rightly belongs to
      the Palestinian people. In recent months, Israel has mounted a
      brutal campaign against the ISM peace activists, crushing Rachel
      Corrie to death with a bulldozer and shooting others in the face and
      head.

      "We are calling on the Canadian government to demand that Israel
      abide by international human rights standards in its treatment of
      Tarek Loubani and all peace activists, and that they be released
      without delay."

      CONTACT: Riad Saloojee at 613-24-9704; E-mail: canada@...

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