Winter Flowers by Author Jumana AlDalou-Brown



The book is a memoir of a Palestinian woman (the author) as she takes the readers on a journey from childhood all the way to her adult life. In the book, she provides detailed accounts about life in the Middle East, striving for peace amid political conflicts, and just trying to find out who she is. You can find the Amazon.com page here (click me).

You can also read a sample of the book by going on the Amazon page. 



by Laila Yaghi


Ziyad Yaghi: Sentenced to 31.5 years in prison
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan: Sentenced to 15 years in prison

Please take a few minutes out of your time to write to them:

Ziyad Yaghi: Sentenced to 31.5 years in prison
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan: Sentenced to 15 years in prison

Please take a few minutes out of your time to write to them:

Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056) 
Federal Correctional Complex-USP-2
P.O. Box 1034Coleman, FL 33521-0879
USA
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Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan #51769-056 
USP Coleman IU.S. Penitentiary
P.O. BOX 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
USA
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I want people to understand how corrupt our system is and how it is solely designed to keep the rich rich and the poor poor and how it has no conscious what so ever! Its goal is money and to use people as scapegoats to fulfill their political goal
My son, Ziyad Yaghi, was only a teenager when he and his friend Omar Hassan (originally from Egypt) and Ziyad originally from Palestine and Jordan went to visit the country of their origin! All what they did was go sightseeing and visit family members and were looking for a future bride. Nothing out of the ordinary took place overseas in Jordan and in Egypt and after two years and a half of my son and his friend coming back from overseas the FBI decided to arrest them!
On July 27th, 2009 our apartment complex was invaded by armed FBI agents and a SWAT team who arrested my twenty-one year old son from the pool!
They made it seem like they were arresting a “terrorist”! This big hype for the media so who ever wants to get elected will claim that they arrested a “terrorist” to help keep our country “safe”
Safe from what? When my son has not done one thing wrong or hurt as much as a hair on anyone’s head! He was refused a speedy trial based on there was “secret evidence” and remained in jail for over two years till his trial took place by a very biased jury who were not of my son’s peer and fill asleep during the trial and most of them were older people, some who could barely walk! The trial was very unfair and very unclear tape recordings of “The Ring leader” were played filled out by the prosecutors in a transcript given to the jury was used against my son who was not in any of these tape recordings! Of course even though there was not any evidence against my son, and even though the “ring leader” when basically forced under duress to testify against my son, when cross examined said that he never conspired with my son, Ziyad Yaghi, to do anything!!! Yet the jury convicted my son and the Judge gave him 31.5 years!


The judge also allowed biased material in court that had nothing to do with my son like video tapes of people beheading other people and so on which of course scared an ignorant jury!


This entire ordeal has caused us so much grief, depression and sadness. Many days I wake up crying or go to sleep crying or have to leave my job because all of a sudden I burst out crying while I am at work and cannot stop!
I am constantly spaced out because I keep thinking about my son and the situation that he is in! He is in (Special Housing Unit) which is even worse than solitary confinement! Not only that, they fined us, because they wronged us, $8200 which will be taken out of the money that I send him for commissary!
The assistant manager at our apartment complex said that she never saw a more gentleman than my son!
My son who did not like me killing any insects in our apartment now is convicted of material support and conspiracy to kill and maim people!!! We still don’t know material support to whom since my son did not give any money to anyone and to kill who since he never even thought of hurting anyone!!!
Just because some people want to be promoted or get elected we have to suffer! Our family has been shattered our lives interrupted from people with no conscious!
Muslims are being discriminated against, oppressed and denied any rights in America!!!
A country that I was born in took our rights from us and discriminated against us just because we are Muslims
It is you who can us help when you speak out, when you stand by us the oppressed. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” Desmond Tutu


Please help Ziyad!
I need ALL of you to do this. If you have already done so, PLEASE take a few minutes to pass it along and urge others to do the same?
• Share my story with your friends
• If you know any great lawyer who will take my son’s case (pro-bono) let me know
• Sign the petitions and write letters to the people in charge. Come on, just think about it. What would you do if this was your own child?
• Speak about the injustices and the discriminations that are going on against Muslim people and the unfair targeting of the FBI towards Muslim people
• Don’t vote for Presidents/Congressmen who encourage this type of discrimination or who stay quite while these kind of injustices are taking place under their reign


It's the little things we do that can make a difference.
Every society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate amongst them. If you feel that you can just sit back and read about Ziyad and do nothing to repel this injustice and that it can never happen to you, think again.
Donate generously because his appointed lawyer barely defended him just watched my son sink. I need to get him a private lawyer so he won’t spend the rest of his life in jail
Also sign this petition to stop torture and solitary confinement
http://www.nrcat.org/%20www.aclu.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=429&Itemid=3


DONATE : http://widget.chipin.com/widget/id/554ba4325ae49540


Also read this article
http://freedetainees.org/14668
Also visit: http://www.FreeZiyadYaghi.blogspot.com/


Read the Indictment for yourself:
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20090728_terror_indictment.pdf


If you don’t like sending money through PayPal you can always send me a money order to my address. In box me and I will give you my address or the lawyer’s address and you can send him directly.


After thinking for over two years about what is happening to my son, me, and a lot of innocent people in the same situation, I concluded that there are a lot of people in positions of power who are simply evil.


It began when a SWAT team arrested my son on July 27, 2009, for a simple trip he took overseas. Everything that happened, including the arrest, was all preplanned.


Everything prior to the arrest until this day has been preplanned by the FBI, the media, and who ever works at the top.


A SWAT team came to arrest my son who was an innocent young man swimming at the pool in our apartment complex. At the time, he was contemplating which college to go to.


Now you might ask, why a SWAT team would come for an unarmed young man! But because everything was pre-staged, even the media also (who is in on it) portrayed it in a way that will send shivers down your spine to create a scare for an audience of uninformed people.


People who have never learned from their past mistakes like the Red Scare that created fear in the hearts of all Americans to justify the evil things the government had done.


Now it is a different scare that they are using; the Muslim scare, i.e. Islamophobia!


This young man, Ziyad, my son went overseas to get married and to visit family members and was accused of material support and conspiring to kill and maim people abroad! Just think, this young man has family members living in Jordan and Jordan is one of the most peaceful countries. Further, Jordanians do not practice or support Jihad!


If you think a little bit more, why would a person suspected of committing a terrorist act or Jihad, come back to the US and resume a normal life? This in fact shows you how things are pre-staged, and how the FBI desperately wants to convince people that these young men, my son and his codefendants, are in fact guilty. So the FBI went ahead and arrested an acquaintance of my son, a young man who is illegally in America, scared him and threatened to deport him, then paid him to write lies against some of these accused young men.


To make it worse also for the defendants, the trial was set in September to remind people of September 11th. As if this is not enough, because these young men are innocent, it was decided to accuse a young man named Jude of coming to the US to commit an act of terrorism on US cities! Jude is no more than 22 years old. He is overseas and the FBI is looking for him yet he was supposed to miraculously come back to the US, mind you at the time of the trial, knowing that he will be arrested if he comes back to the US in spite of all the heightened security, to do an act of terrorism!


These ugly lies that have been created by the FBI have destroyed innocent lives! I wonder how these people can sleep at night! I wonder how some people will destroy innocent lives just so they can get paid!


I began to learn of the ugly reality of human greed at an early age and saw how many people will do so much harm and damage to others just for money! But I never imagined that my own country would betray my son and me. But since money is the root of all evil, evil seems to always prevail.
-Laila Yaghi


Additional Info: http://www.projectsalam.org/events/09-19-11.html


Trial Set to Begin September 19th, 2011

Tired of explaining all of this over and over again to the moderators. You guys are being extremely unfair and accusing me of things I have no capabilities of doing, ie hacking, so I am going to make this public because others need to be aware of the prejudice you guys are putting on me. This was from a PM sent to Hamzah. NOW, THE MODS ARE SUSPENDING ME AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 14 DAYS BECAUSE I APPARENTLY TRIED TO HACK THE SYSTEM, WHEN THAT IS NOT EVEN THE CASE. LOOK AT PIC BELOW. WHY THE HYPOCRISY HERE? ALOO/SPUD HAD TWO ACCOUNTS AND THE MODS KNEW AND DID NOTHING. THEY LAUGHED AT IT. FREELANCER HAD TWO ACCOUNTS AND THE MODS KNEW AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. YOU GUYS ARE BEING EXTREMELY RACIST AND PREJUDICED TOWARDS ME BECAUSE ONE MM MEMBER WAS SO HYPED UP ON BEING SO HORMONAL AND EXHIBITING PMS-Y SYMPTOMS. I UNDERSTAND SHE'S A BIT MENTAL AND DERANGED BUT PLEASE! AND ALSO BANNED ME FROM THE CHAT. THE MODS EXTENDED MY SUSPENSION WITHOUT TELLING ME, ACCUSED ME OF HACKING, ACCUSED ME OF THINGS GOING ON OUTSIDE THE FORUMS, MORE APPROPRIATELY THE LACK OF THINGS GOING ON OUTSIDE THE FORUMS. AND YOU EXPECT ME NOT TO GET PISSED OFF ABOUT THIS?

THEN THEY ACCUSED ME OF LOGGING IN FROM DIFFERENT IP ADDRESSES. UMM GO CHECK MY LOGIN HISTORY, MY IP WOULD BE THE SAME BECAUSE MY LAPTOP HAS NOT MOVED FROM MY ROOM SINCE JUNE 6TH!! THESE ARE MODERATORS YET THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IP ADDRESSES?

FER SURE THIS IS GOING TO BE LOCKED SO I WILL MESSAGE ALL YOU MM'ERS WITH A LINK TO THIS SO YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON!
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PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE THING

Salaam 'Alaikum Hamzah:

My suspension was supposed to end today at 5.20 PM but when I tried logging in, it said my username and account wasn't recognized. I know my account is still there because when I open Firefox and try to log in from there, it has me logged in but not able to access anything.

I wasn't aware that my suspension was being extended and no moderators or anyone told me that they were planning on extending it. I made this account not to defy forum rules but because I had no other way to access the moderators.

Then, the mods accused me of hacking into the forum. For one, I am not even Internet-savvy and 2- I don't even know how to hack anything, and especially not MM. What actually happens is that whenever I try to read MM , the offline contents, skim through it, etc (because as far as I know, I am allowed to read the public board), Firefox has me logged into MM but I can't access anything and it won't even log me out. Right now I am using Google Chrome because FireFox won't even let me refresh the page without showing me the error message. On Firefox, it has me signed in but unable to see the forum but on Google Chrome, when I am viewing the public contents, I can see myself signed in.

The mod also told me that my suspension was being extended because I was angsty and all that to the girls on the boards. I don't know how that is possible when I don't even have access to the forum, the girls, and even most MMers aren't even on my FB page, I don't have them on MSN or anything. I was on TinyChat only twice but that was 2 weeks ago and I was only chatting with 2 females and it was casual talk. Even if I did have arguments with them on MSN or FB (which I don't recall), how does that relate to MM? The mods always enforce that whatever happens outside the forums should stay outside the forums so I don't understand the relevancy of bringing those issues into penalizing me. Furthermore, I was told I wouldn't have access to the SS for another 2 weeks after my suspension is over and now the mod is telling me I might not have it at all. I am not even asking for access to the SS, I just don't understand what it has anything to do with me being on the public forums. I can think of a few members who have not only been inappropriate and nasty (with me too) and when I complained to the mods, nothing happened. This particular user was able to post and continue posting this way. Ask Musa if you must.

I don't really care for the segregated section. I don't need access to that anyway. However, I have a few PMs in my other account (Mujahid E Musafir) that were notes another member PMed me and I have classes starting this Wednesday and I need to get those notes before class starts. I wasn't worrying too much about it because I thought I would have access to the account this evening.

Then I got an email earlier today saying that an administrator changed my username for my other account but when I log in, it takes me again to the error page.

The attachment below is what it looks like from Firefox and also what it looks like when I try to sign in after I received the email.
Is there any way I can have access to my account, at least for a short while so that I can retrieve the contents and notes I need for class from my inbox?

JazakAllahu Khair and thank you for reading.

As I stand here I ask my self why does this keep happening to people from different backgrounds
Medgar Evers an African American civil rights activists who was assassinated by the Ku Klux Klan in 1963 is an example of what is happening to Muslim people these days, except that people like Medgar Evers are replaced by the Muslims and the Ku Klux klan are replaced by the FBI
I wonder how a country that I am born in and so proud of does this to its own people
An innocent trip my son, Ziyad Yaghi took overseas has shattered our lives
When I heard that my son was jailed, I ran screaming upstairs and downstairs ripping my clothes apart
Why would my own beloved country do this to its own people? Where are our rights as human beings?
If anything this country should be ashamed of how it treats its minorities
As our founding father Thomas Jefferson said; No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief
Well my son is suffering because of his religious belief! My son would not be in jail had he had been from a different religion
Ziyad’s heart is made of gold. He never hurt an animal and would not let me kill ants that crept on our kitchen sink
What is going on here is so unjust. So hurtful So unfair
This treatment of innocent Muslim young men has to stop because my son is not a criminal and will never hurt anyone
And you Obama have not lifted a hand
From all the injustices that is going on in your land
The people have been oppressed under your rule
Their mother’s hearts have been ripped and undressed
The scene is surreal
Their voices are echoed beyond the hills
Their screams at night have caused the church bills
To quiver
And the lakes, the ponds and the rivers
To shiver
And yet Obama you have not lifted a hand
Does our soul come from a different creator?
A different species when we bleed we don’t feel?
Are our tears made from a different substance?
Or are our tears the same tears as human tears
Obama we have pleaded for you to stop the oppressors
To stop the shredding of mother’s hearts with scissors
Too many games are being played under your rule
Do not turn your head… take the time to listen
To the whispers of the oppressed

-Laila Yaghi ©

A short message from the mother of Ziyad Yaghi:

It is always the poor and the disadvantaged who get thrown in jail! My son was looking for colleges and trying to get into a college when for no reason got thrown in jail! After he was in jail, I received all these phone calls from colleges that he had called and was waiting for a response! Every minute of the day I think of you my son and how they took you and now you are in jail for doing nothing wrong but just because you were a good person who minded his own business and was trying to better himself! Every minute of the day I hurt for you my son and realize that yes it is a world aimed to do injustice on innocent people, aimed to get money; an industrial prison (where people of money rule) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison-industrial_complex A young man, who had his whole life ahead of him, is thrown in jail because 3 years ago he took an innocent trip overseas! If any ordinary American non-Muslim took this trip, it would have been gone unnoticed, but because my son took it, it became a crime! How is one supposed to visit his grandmother, uncles and aunts? How is someone supposed to learn Arabic and learn more about his heritage and culture if he does not visit his ancestor’s land!? Sign the petition and paste it onto your wall. If you know any pro-bono lawyers let me know. Educate your friends and family about what is going on to Muslim families in this world. DON’T STAY SILENT, SILENCE MEANS THAT YOU AGREE TO THE INJUSTICES THAT ARE BEING DONE ONTO INNOCENT PEOPLE. Read SILENT NO MORE by Paul Findley who was a member of congress for 22 years; Findley explains why these things are happening to Muslim people and how to stop it.

Sign the petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?GVFJAHR&1
Contact: FreeZiyadYaghi@Yahoo.com
Please read the following carefully.

NOTE: TO OBTAIN THE PO BOX ADDRESS, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO FreeZiyadYaghi@Yahoo.com
STAMPS MUST BE USA STAMPS

A few of us, including myself, have been dedicating our time to collecting and writing letters for prisoners to mail to them for those of you who would like to remain anonymous or cannot mail it out on your own. We do this at our own cost in exchange for your words of inspiration and hope for numerous prisoners who have been stripped of their basic human rights and needs. In order to help with fundings for stamps and envelopes and materials, we have decided to initiate an Ink & Stamps for Prisoner Drive. This is your chance to help out prisoners from ALL different faiths, backgrounds and locations to show them that you truly care. Many of them do not have families and receive maybe one letter every 3 months; some do not receive any at all.

In order to be able to send mass letters out per day or week, we need your help on collecting stamps & ink. What you can do is purchase one sheet of standard stamps [44 cents] or less or many or however much you can and donate them toward the cause of prisoners. In addition, if you would
like to send checks [or cash--don't know how safe that is] instead of stamps & ink, you are welcome to do the same as well. All donations and stamps will be used 100% toward the cause for the plight of prisoners.

We have reserved a PO Box for those of you who want to participate in this. Please realize that the address will only be given to those who are seriously intending to contribute in any way you can. To minimize abuse of the PO Box and for security reasons, you will only be given the address once you have secured a message agreeing to send stamps/donations/letters.

You can also use the PO Box to send letters to prisoners for those of you who want to write it by hand to make it more personal yet want to remain anonymous. Any prisoners who reply through this PO Box for
anyone who writes, we will scan the letter and send it to you. Please include your email address on an index card if you send anything through the PO Box, especially letters so we can send the replies
to you and thank you.

You can send:
1. Standard USA 44 cents stamps
2. Envelopes of any size, color shape [prisoners prefer colored envelopes]
3. Colored/decorative paper or stationery
4. your hand-written letters or typed if you prefer for prisoners
5. empty postcards/cards
6. printer ink [ask for model]


Please reply if you are interested or email at FreeZiyadYaghi@Yahoo.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PO BOX ADDRESS EXPIRES ON JUNE 4TH. WE WILL SET UP A NEW ONE AFTER THAT,

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REMEMBER THE PLIGHT OF PRISONERS. REMEMBER, THEY ARE LONELY AND HUMANS, TOO. WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO RECEIVE LETTERS IF YOU WERE LOCKED IN A CELL FOR 23 HOURS
A DAY FOR 17 YEARS TO A LIFE SENTENCE?