Proud, grateful and not bitter
By Times Staff
Published May 2, 2006
This process, your honor, affirmed my belief in the true meaning of a democratic society, in which the independence of the judiciary, the integrity of the jury system, and the system of checks and balances are upheld, despite intense political and public pressures.
Hence, I'd like to express my deep appreciation for the jury for their remarkable courage and efforts in the service of justice in this case.
It's also my belief that an impartial and conscientious jury, as well as principled judicial rulings that uphold the values of the Constitution, are the real vehicles that win the hearts and minds of people across the globe, especially in the Arab and Muslim world. . . .
As I leave, I harbor no bitterness or resentment . . . I'm grateful that my five wonderful children were born and raised in a society that provided them with freedom and equal opportunities in order to reach their potential. Had they been born anywhere else, they'd still be classified and treated as stateless Palestinian refugees.
During my many years in America, I have tried to uphold the great values of my faith and culture and the honored ideals and principles of this society.
I'm very proud of my contributions to this society. And I'm very grateful to have been able to contribute positively in many endeavors. . .
I want to thank the Almighty for bestowing on me deep faith and calming peace that have sustained me during these past few years.
Dr. Al-Arian, as usual, you speak very eloquently. I find it interesting that here in public in front of everyone you praised this country, the same country that in private you referred to as "the great Satan.'' . . . You are a master manipulator. You looked your neighbors in the eyes and said you had nothing to do with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. This trial exposed that as a lie. . .
The evidence was clear in this case that you were a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. . .
When Iran, the major funding source of the PIJ, became upset because the PIJ could not account for how it was spending its money, it was to your board of directors that it went to demand changes. Iran wanted its representative to have a say in how its money was spent.
To stop that, you leaped into action. You offered to rewrite the bylaws of the organization. . . But when it came to blowing up women and children on buses, did you leap into action then? . . .No. You lifted not one finger, made not one phone call. To the contrary, you laughed when you heard about the bombings, what you euphemistically call "operations." . . .And yet, still in the face of your own words, you continue to lie to your friends and supporters, claiming to abhor violence and to seek only aid for widows and orphans.
Your only connection to widows and orphans is that you create them, even among the Palestinians; and you create them, not by sending your children to blow themselves out of existence. No. You exhort others to send their children. . .
You are indeed a master manipulator.
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