Yesterday, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression announced that the bank account of Chicago Palestinian community activist Hatem Abudayyeh, had been frozen. Many suspected the direct hand of the Treasury Department through it’s Office of Foreign Assets Control as the first salvo against Abudayyeh, as a Federal Grand Jury subpoenas him.
But today it was revealed that the bank, Twin City Federal, took it upon itself to freeze and suspend Abudayyeh’s account, and that of his wife, Naima. It’s assumed that the bank did so after having been informed in one way or another about the FBI investigation of Abudayyeh and Grand Jury. Today the bank gave the family a check for the amount in the account and told them to get lost.
Whether or not this violates civil rights laws–and it sure looks that way– it’s disgusting behavior by a bank. If you have your money there, or you know somebody who does, you might want to consider putting your money somewhere else.
Here’s the Committee to Stop FBI Repression’s account of the situation.