Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Farouk Abdel Muhti 1947-2004 

It makes perfect sense that the Philadelphia media (with the exception of the City Paper) said little about the passing of Palestinian human rights activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti. It reflects a larger ignorance of the injustices he spent his life resisting. The WBAI radio host & former political prisoner died in Philadelphia on July 21 after giving a speech calling for progressive unity.

The American Friends Center & the activist community remembered Farouk at a memorial gathering last Thursday. His longtime partner/comrade/recent fiance Sharin Chiorazzo & Farouk's son Tariq spoke about what the life & death of Abdel-Muhti meant to them & us. They testified to the unstoppable spirit that fueled him, his sense of humor & solidarity. They expressed Farouk's sincerest gratitude for those who supported him in mind, money & court during his two year detention. He was set free just 100 days before he died.

For more on the life of Farouk Abdel-Muhti:

Democracy Now
Free Farouk
Blue Triangle Network

Frank Sherlock

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