Aug 2, 2006

Akron Geography Professor Released by Israeli Police

Left: Dr. Ghazi Falah, courtesy of University of Akron website

(Akron, OH) A University of Akron geography professor held for 22 days in an Israeli jail said that he was tied to a chair and questioned for 60 hours after being detained on suspicion of spying for Iran and Hezbollah. Ghazi Falah, 53, who teaches at the University of Akron, was detained July 8.

He was released Sunday without explanation.

"There were five interrogators," said Falah. "I had to sit on a chair, sometimes they tied my hands behind my back, sometimes they released them, depending on their mood."

Israeli officials refused to provide information about Falah to family members, and they denied him the right to speak with his attorney for 21 days. At initial detention hearings, Falah's attorney was not allowed to be present.

Israeli officials declined to comment on the case, and have not returned my calls or emails. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the Akron Beacon Journal that "based on the investigation and the evidence we had, he was released."

Falah believes he was detained because some of his writings have been critical of the Israel government.

I think it was a political arrest, because of my writing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and about Israel's policies toward its Palestinian citizens, he said.

Falah originally traveled to Israel to be with his mother, who underwent surgery in a Haifa hospital for a brain tumor.


Anonymous said...

Good news!

Kathleen Marie said...

Thank goodness he was released. I wonder if the same would have happened if the circumstances had been reversed?

For some reason I am not sure they would have. Sad.

Dariush said...

Yes, Kathleen. Israel is a bulwark of Western Civilization in the middle of an ocean of darkness and barbarity.

Truly "a light unto the nations."

The leader of Greece's Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, accused Israel on Sunday of "sacrificing innocent civilians" in its bombardment of Lebanon.

"Israel's actions within its right to self defense have long exceeded any rational limit," Christodoulos said on Sunday.

"[They are] sacrificing innocent civilians by the hundreds, and creating refugees by the thousands," he added, telling the Israeli authorities, "Do not provoke our consciences. Do not feed the world condemnation against you. It is not in your interest...Fear God's wrath."

-- Ha'aretz

Hooda Thunkit said...

Sounds like paybacks, iMO.

You take your revenge when the opportunity presents itself.

If in doubt, just ask our "beloved" Mayor. . .