The Students for Jusice in Palestine – University of Arizona chapter in Tucson is raising bond money for two Palestinian asylum seekers from Israeli occupied and controlled Gaza held in detention at an ICE center in Arizona. We helped out, won’t you consider to do so, also. Go to the funding site: https://www.gofundme.com/freehisham-mounis [Ed.-TEC]
Free Hisham & Mounis from Prison
Students for Justice in Palestine – University of Arizona chapter is seeking urgent help in raising $9000 bond money to free two refugee asylum seekers, Hisham Shaban Ghalia and Mounis Hammouda, and an additional $2000 to assist their resettlement upon release. They have been incarcerated for 466 days as of 24 February 2016.
Both young men are Palestinian from Israeli-occupied Gaza; they left as students in 2010 and 2011 and since have traveled over 7,000 miles and eight countries in an attempt to find a better life for their families and themselves here in the United States.
Within days of presenting themselves to customs agents at the Mexico-U.S. border in November 2014, both Hisham and Mounis were determined to pose no threat to the community and to have “credible fear,” the first step to claim humanitarian asylum.
Currently in limbo after enduring more than a year in indefinite detention, Hisham and Mounis are being held in a Homeland Security facility here in Southern Arizona. Their longterm confinement has forced them to struggle against mental health problems, emotional suffering and even physical deterioration.
A staggering $9,000 bond was set for Mounis while pro bono lawyers on the case have petitioned the government on habeas corpus to release Hisham. In addition to Mounis’s bond, we are raising start-up costs (including food and living expenses) for Mounis and Hisham when they are released so they get on their feet.
UofA Students for Justice in Palestine is seeking this urgent monetary help for Hisham and Mounis who have given up so much in an attempt to create their own Palestinian-American dream.
Any amount is helpful and appreciated!
Learn more about Mounis and Hisham below:
Official facebook page “Free Hisham and Mounis, Libertad para Hisham y Mounis”
Long feature in AZ Daily Star (2/21/16)
Visual graphic by AZ Star tracing Mounis and Hisham’s long journey from Gaza to Arizona
Campaign t-shirts offered by UA Students for Justice in Palestine
#Not1More Deportation petition
“Mariposa Road ” comic zine by Palestinian graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq (published Feb. 2016)
Article in London Guardian on Hisham and Mounis (10/13/16)
*Disclaimer: If you’re donating to the bond fund, please specify when making your donation whether you would like the funds returned to you, pending the court process. (There’s a possibilty, even likelihood, that the bond funds will be returned but please prepare for the possibility that they won’t.) If no specification is given upon donation, the funds, if returned after the court process, will go to Hisham and Mounis for their resettlement costs.