Monday, February 9, 2009

Free Philip Rizk

An AUC graduate student in Middle East Studies and Gaza activist has been kidnapped by Egyptian State Security. He was detained following a pro-Gaza rally in lower Egypt on Friday night, and his whereabouts are unknown. Philip is a filmmaker whose I met last year at a screening of a film he made on nonviolent Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation. It was an excellent documentary made by a very committed activist. The case has been drawing international attention, including a recent story on the BBC, and there are demonstrations planned worldwide. It is getting a lot of coverage on Egyptian and Middle East blogs. I encourage everyone to follow the case and figure out a way to get involved. There is a Facebook group set up. Also you can write letters to Amnesty International, which has, I believe, gotten involved in the case. Here are a few places where you can find more information:

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