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Monday, December 05, 2005

Statement on Jim Loney from Muslim Detainees in Toronto

From Canadian detainees Mahmoud Jaballah, Mohammad Mahjoub and Hassan Almrei

Electronic Iraq 4 December 2005

To the people holding James Loney and the other Christian Peacemaker Team Members in Iraq,

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and Merciful,

Our names- are Mahmoud Jaballah, Mohammad Mahjoub and Hassan Almrei, and we have been detained without charge for between four and five and a half years. Some of us have spent as many as four years in solitary confinement as well. We are being held captive under security certificates because the government of Canada alleges we are linked to terrorist organizations and that we pose a threat to the national security of Canada. Allah is witness to our innocence of these allegations.

We are suffering a great injustice here in Canada because the government stereotypes Muslims and because of our strong faith and daily attendance to mosque. We have been suffering innocently.

Many Canadians have heard of our injustice and have been supporting us in our fight for freedom by contacting politicians, by holding demonstrations in front of the jail, by writing letters to authorities and spreading the word all over Canada by way of media.

James Loney of the Christian Peacemaker Teams is one of thousands of people who have been fighting to right this wrong. He is a person who has organized and motivated people to participate in this struggle for what is right. We have recently seen a photo of him in the newspaper and it has saddened our hearts to learn that he is being held captive in Iraq.

This is the same James Loney who has travelled to Iraq on more than one occasion to help the people of Iraq. This is the same James Loney who has reached out to the families of the Abu Ghraib prisoners. This is the James Loney who was against the U.S. invasion and is against the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

It pains our hearts to know that a person of this calibre is being held captive. We care about his freedom more than we do our own.

If you love Allah, if you have goodness in your heart, please deal with this matter as righteous Muslims and not let these kind, caring, compassionate and innocent people suffer. Prophet Mohammad, Peace be Upon Him, said, if you do not thank the people, you do not thank Allah." The Prophet, Peace be Upon Him, also said, "If someone did a favour to you, try to return his favour."

We hope and pray to see these captives freed as much as we hope and pray for our own freedom here in Canada, a freedom for which James Loney has worked so hard.

For further information: Campaign to Stop Secret Trials In Canada, (416) 651-5800,

This letter is also signed by Sister Mona Elfouli, who is struggling to free her husband, Mohammad Mahjoub

Sunday, December 04, 2005

urgent action needed, please sign

Please take a moment to sign this petition in support of my friend Jim Loney and his colleagues on the Christian Peacemakers Team who are being held hostage in Iraq by a group calling itself The Swords of Righteousness Brigade.

It is a tragic and terrible irony it is that these 4 men who went to Iraq to bear witness to injustice have been taken hostage and threatened with death.

The hostage takers have so far chosen to remain ignorant of the fact that these four aid workers are in Iraq to document the ill-treatment of and to improve the living conditions of the very prisoners they would like to see freed.

Anything anyone can do to help the hostage-takers to understand this vital fact is appreciated.

Please spread the word. Thanks for your support.