Farouk Abdel-Muhti, 1947-2004San Francisco Bay Area 24 Jul 2004 18:20 GMT
7/22/04: Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti, died Wednesday, apparently of a heart attack. He was 56 years old, just two weeks shy of his next birthday. Abdel-Muhti was giving a talk in Philadelphia and immediately afterwards rested his head on the table in front of him. “I think we all thought he was just resting,” said one person who was in the audience. Farouk Abdel-Muhti had been released from jail on April 12, 2004 after being held for two years without charge by U.S. immigration officials. As a Palestinian who came to the U.S. four decades ago, Abdel-Muhti argued he was "stateless" and had no country to which he could have been deported. His supporters considered him to be a political prisoner. He was a former producer of the Wake Up Call show on Pacifica Radio station WBAI in New York City.