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Student Democratic Pole to French Consul: “Get out of Bir Zeit University!”

Dozens of student organizers from the Democratic Pole, the leftist student bloc at Bir Zeit University, protested and confronted the visit of the French consul of the University on Wednesday, November 19,2014. The students declared him unwelcome at the University, as the representative of a colonialist state. Further, they demanded the liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Lebanese Arab political prisoner ... Read More »

Building Solidarity for Georges Abdallah

By: Joseph Abdallah Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013 On 21 November 2012, a French court finally ordered the release of Georges Abdallah from prison and his immediate return to his country of origin, Lebanon. French Minister of Interior Manuel Valls was given until 14 January 2013 to sign the deportation papers, which he has refused to do until this day. ... Read More »

From Airport to Embassy, Abdallah’s Thwarted Return

By: Robert Abdallah On the day of the French judiciary’s decision to release my brother, Georges Abdallah, my two sons stayed home from school to await the announcement. They were absent the next day too, helping to make preparations for the welcome-home rally. On Monday, when the deportation order was due to be issued, Rawad went to school after I ... Read More »

Georges Abdallah: A Hero Returns

By: Pierre Abisaab There is always room for surprises with the French government, which claims to protect the interests of the region’s peoples, from Damascus to Bamako. After all, did French President François Hollande not say that his government – like that of his predecessor Sarkozy in Libya perhaps – was strongly committed to fostering democracy in “post-Assad Syria”? These remarks ... Read More »

A Letter to the Patriarch: Do the Resistance Fighters of Akkar Not Deserve Tributes?

By: Joseph Abdallah Around this time last year, His Beatitude Patriarch al-Rai embarked on his tours of Lebanese regions, from Sidon and Jezzine to the Bekaa, and reached the south in September. In mid-August this year, the patriarch will begin his visit to the North in Akkar. The Maronite patriarch’s visits, particularly the three days he spent in South Lebanon, ... Read More »

Georges Abdallah: Not a “Humanitarian” Case

By: Joseph Abdallah Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati deserves credit for raising Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s case with the French authorities during his latest trip to France earlier this month. Abdallah’s family and those campaigning for his freedom (which include Lebanese, Arab, and European groups), see it is a major step forward. For 28 years (the time Abdallah, now 61, has ... Read More »

To Whom It May Concern: Georges Abdallah Is Still In Prison

By: Ibrahim al-Amin Simply put, Georges Abdallah is a hostage of the terrorist French authorities. Of course, the esteemed justice system of the Fifth Republic – the birthplace of human rights – would never be described in such terms. But how should we describe it? Successive governments there have actively violated Georges Abdallah’s right to freedom. Their premise is that ... Read More »

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