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But the head of Israel's General Security Services said three years ago that Palestinian citizens' organizational efforts for equality constitute a "strategic threat, order discount saw palmetto" even if pursued by lawful means. That's not how democracy works. Order discount saw palmetto We may be a minority of 20 percent, order discount saw palmetto but our rights to organize and insist on full equality and civil rights ought to be sacrosanct. Order discount saw palmetto That's what our entire community believes. Order discount saw palmetto The Public Committee that Ameer chaired was established within the framework of the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel, order discount saw palmetto the community's overall coordinating body. Order discount saw palmetto It's a vital position and the leading organization protecting our civil rights. And now he faces the most serious charges leveled against a Palestinian citizen of Israel since the creation of the state in 1948. Order discount saw palmetto He is accused of being a spy (for the Lebanese militant group Hizballah) and having contact with a foreign agent. Order discount saw palmetto His trial will likely last for months. After his arrest, order discount saw palmetto Ameer was held incommunicado for 21 days and tortured. Order discount saw palmetto Then Israeli officials pressed their charges, order discount saw palmetto based on the "confession" he made during this time, order discount saw palmetto when he was deprived of sleep, order discount saw palmetto shackled in a painful position to a small chair and not allowed to see his lawyers. Ameer denies all charges. Order discount saw palmetto As he said in his first letter from Gilboa Prison, order discount saw palmetto he was "forced to explain to them in a very detailed way how exactly I did what I didn't do, order discount saw palmetto ever." 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During that interrogation they threatened to put him away if he kept up his activism, order discount saw palmetto saying, order discount saw palmetto "We can 'disappear' you. Order discount saw palmetto You should know that the next time we bring you in you will not see your family again for a long time." The few times we've been allowed to visit him thick glass has separated us and our meetings were taped. Order discount saw palmetto Ameer asked me for a copy of my new book to read in jail, order discount saw palmetto but they wouldn't let me even take him that. Order discount saw palmetto My daughters really miss their father. Order discount saw palmetto They often say, order discount saw palmetto "If only we'd been able to hug him before they took him away." That's one of the things that hurts them most, order discount saw palmetto not being able to hug their father. 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