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SFSC Event April 5: Why is Canadian professor Hassan Diab still held in French jail? What can we do?

Dr. Hassan Diab, a sociology professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the deadly bombing of a Paris synagogue that occurred in 1980. Throughout his long ordeal – imprisoned and under house arrest in Canada for 6 years, extradited to France in 2014, and now nearly 2 ½ years in a French prison without being charged – Diab has maintained his innocence.

The Canadian judge who extradited Diab described the French case as “weak” and concluded that a conviction was unlikely if tried in a Canadian court. However, France’s new anti-terrorism laws permit courts to rely on secret “intelligence,” that has never been disclosed to Mr. Diab and could be potentially derived from torture. Human rights and civil liberties groups–including the BCCLA–opposed the extradition.

Don Bayne, a leading criminal defence lawyer who fought the six-year extradition battle pro bono, called Diab “Canada’s Alfred Dreyfus.” Diab, a Lebanon-born Muslim, is a victim of mistaken identity, sacrificed to make France look tough on terrorism. Dreyfus was a French Jew wrongly accused a century ago – a time when anti-Semitisim was strong as Islamophobia is today.

The support committee calls on the Liberal government to intervene with French authorities. “We have the gravest concern that this case represents a profound miscarriage of justice and the time to act is long overdue. One way to oppose Islamophobia is to support Justice for Hassan Diab.”

www.justiceforhassandiab.org
Facebook: friendsofhassandiab Twitter: @friendsofhdiab

Sponsored by BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and Hassan Diab Support Committee (Vancouver). Endorsed by Critical Muslim Voices, Independent Jewish Voices, Canadian Association of University Teachers and Seriously Free Speech Committee.

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SFSC: Valentino’s Ghost and Wanted 18 – Vancouver Film Premieres Feb 13

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SFSC Event: Stolen Land – First Nations, Palestinians at the Frontline of Resistance

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SFSC Event Sept 24: Big Brother is Watching – A discussion of Bills C51 & C24

Thursday September 24, 5:30pm-7pm
Rm 7000 SFU Downtown, 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver

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SFSC Event: First Peoples, Palestine, and the Crushing of Free Speech

New! Watch video of Stephen Salaita’s talk at SFU on Jan 12

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SFSC Video: Palestine Today and in the Future

Watch a video of the talk by Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

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SFSC Event March 9: Israel’s War on African Asylum-Seekers

UPDATE: Listen to an audio recording of David Sheen´s talk on Vancouver Coop Radio’s Redeye this Saturday, March 15th during the third hour, 11:00 AM – Noon (Pacific Daylight Time). Listeners should tune in at about 10:50. The talk will be trimmed down to fit time constraints.

People in Vancouver can tune into 100.5 FM; streaming audio is available at coopradio.org. A raw show archive will be available for a few months at the website. A proper podcast will be prepared a few days later and posted (permanently) at rabble.ca as well.

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SFSC Event Video: Historical Context of the Palestinian Maps – Fact and Fiction with Dr Hani Faris

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