April 18, 2006
New York – The American Jewish Committee welcomes the agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and Sami al-Arian, whereby the former University of South Florida professor will be deported after he confessed to providing material support for a terrorist organization.
Al-Arian has long been involved with the leadership of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian terrorist group that has carried out numerous attacks in Israel, including yesterday’s murderous suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
“Sami al-Arian’s admission of providing material support to a terrorist organization is vindication of the U.S. government’s vigorous efforts to bring him to justice,” said Yehudit Barsky, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Division on Middle East and International Terrorism, and author of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine.
“The Justice Department has sent a clear message that support for terrorist organizations from U.S. soil for acts of terror that take place abroad will not be tolerated.”