WBEZ | Ross Rice http://www.wbez.org/tags/ross-rice Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bank closes Arab-American leader’s accounts, won’t say why http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/Hatem2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Arab-American leader whose Chicago home the FBI raided last fall now has a problem with his bank — make that his former bank.<br> <br> Hatem Abudayyeh, 40, executive director of a city-funded group called the Arab American Action Network, is among <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify">almost two dozen Midwest activists</a> who have refused orders since September to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.<br> <br> Abudayyeh’s subpoena came during a raid that month on the Jefferson Park condo he shares with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. The search warrant named the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a secular group the U.S. government calls a terrorist organization.<br> <br> Abudayyeh, a lifelong Chicagoan, got another jolt last Friday. TCF Bank, part of Minnesota-based TCF Financial Corp., had frozen his family’s checking and savings accounts.<br> <br> TCF spokesman Jason Korstange won’t say why. “There’s privacy issues,” he said Tuesday. “They will be getting their money back, and that’s about all I can tell you.”<br> <br> A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to comment about the accounts. A spokesman of the FBI’s Chicago office said he didn’t know anything about them.<br> <br> But Abudayyeh attorney Michael Deutsch said the feds must have subpoenaed TCF for records on the accounts. “The bank is probably saying, ‘Oh, God, we don’t want this person as a customer,’ ” Deutsch said.<br> <br> Officials haven’t charged Abudayyeh or any of the other activists.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 Feds order more activists to grand-jury hearing http://www.wbez.org/story/antiwar-activists/feds-order-more-activists-grand-jury-hearing <p><p>The FBI is serving more Chicago-area Palestine solidarity activists with subpoenas to appear before a grand jury. <br /><br />Maureen Murphy, 28, said she received a subpoena from two FBI agents at her North Side home Tuesday morning. She said the subpoena orders her to a January 25 hearing at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is an outrageous expedition,&rdquo; said Murphy, who volunteers with the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago. &ldquo;None of us have done anything besides oppose unjust U.S. policies, like bankrolling the Israeli occupation.&rdquo;<br /><br />At least four Chicago-area residents have received subpoenas for the January hearing, according to James Fennerty, an attorney who&rsquo;s gathering information for the activists. <br /><br />Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI&rsquo;s Chicago office, said officials can&rsquo;t comment on grand-jury proceedings.<br /><br />Fourteen Midwest activists defied orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago this October. Their subpoenas suggest an investigation relates to foreign groups the government calls terrorist.</p></p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 22:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/antiwar-activists/feds-order-more-activists-grand-jury-hearing Federal subpoenas hit more Palestine solidarity activists http://www.wbez.org/story/antiwar-activists/federal-subpoenas-hit-more-palestine-solidarity-activists <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/FennertyCROP.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Grand-jury subpoenas Friday afternoon may signal that the federal government is expanding a probe of Midwest antiwar activists.<br /><br />Attorney Jim Fennerty said the FBI served subpoenas to at least two Chicago-area women who visited the Israeli-occupied West Bank this summer. Fennerty represents some antiwar activists who defied an order to appear before a grand jury in Chicago this October.<br /><br />Fennerty said at least one new subpoena requires the recipient to appear before a grand jury on January 25. He declined to name the recipients but said they&rsquo;re both young and frightened.<br /><br />&ldquo;They&rsquo;re widening the scope of this investigation,&rdquo; Fennerty said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re trying to squeeze anybody they can. This is an attack about people who do solidarity work around Palestine.&rdquo;<br /><br />Subpoenas served to 14 Midwest activists in September suggest an investigation relates to foreign groups the federal government calls terrorist.<br /><br />A spokesman for the FBI&rsquo;s Chicago office said officials can&rsquo;t comment on grand-jury proceedings.</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/antiwar-activists/federal-subpoenas-hit-more-palestine-solidarity-activists