Abdeen Jabara is a civil rights attorney in Michigan, where he was born - he grew up in Mancelona in the north-western part of the state.
Begore opening his own law firm, he worked with Ernest Goodman.
Jabara is former president and national vice-chairman of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). He won a 12-year battle against the FBI surveillance and forced the Bureau to destroy its files and admit that he had violated no laws and had merely exercised his constitutional rights.
From Tracking Americans biography:
Abdeen Jabara has been publicizing the Palestinian-Arab side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 1960s, when he was a young attorney in Detroit. In the early 1970s, he discovered that he'd been the target of an intensive FBI investigation under President Nixon's secretive Operation Boulder. This anti-terrorism program was created after the militant Palestinian group Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Jabara won a lawsuit that accused the U.S. government of violating his civil liberties by tapping his telephone, intercepting his mail, and monitoring his writings and speeches. (contains audio recordings).
From Jabara's Cafe Arabica biography:
In any discussion of who's who in the Arab-American community, a name that is always sure to come up is Abdeen Jabara. One of the founders of the AAUG, PHRC, ADC and ACCESS, Jabara has campaigned for over two decades against harassment and the infringement of Arab-American's First Amendment rights. Amid this, he scored a signal victory in his own suit against the FBI for its years of surveillance and harassment of him. He has led and helped organize fact-finding missions to Lebanon and the Israeli Occupied Territories, most recently leading a delegation of American mothers and grandmothers to Qana (photos) last May after the Israeli massacre of civilians there.
A husky, determined and earthy man- a people's person- Jabara is almost an institution himself, although he is far too humble to admit so. As with other prominent Arab-Americans, he is an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights, with a conviction and vigor shaped by a strong family background as well as his path to cultural and political awareness. (continues)
Chris Hedges reports (10 February 2014):
[Lynne] Stewart , working with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and lawyer Abdeen Jabara in 1995, was the lead trial counsel for Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian Muslim known as "the Blind Sheikh," who was convicted in October of that year for alleged involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. He received life in prison plus 65 years, a sentence Stewart called "outlandish." She said Abdel Rahman was put on trial not for any crimes he committed but because the Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak, as well as Washington, was frightened of his influence over the Egyptian masses. The United States, along with Egypt, wanted to "take him off the scene" and "get him put away where he would no longer exert the influence he had." The cleric, now 75 and in poor health, is imprisoned in the medical wing of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.
This article, dated September 1990, says:
Born and educated in Michigan, Jabara completed law school at Detroit's Wayne State University, then went to Lebanon to study Arabic. After working for the Palestine Research Center in Beirut and traveling extensively in North Africa and the Middle East, he returned to Detroit and established a law practice specializing in civil rights cases, particularly those involving police surveillance against Arab Americans and others. Ironically, he himself was the subject of such surveillance by the FBI, which he successfully sued for invasion of privacy in 1972, winning an acknowledgement that, far from being a "cadre member of Al Fatah," Jabara had done nothing illegal save exercise his constitutional rights.
He was also a founder and president of American-Arab University Graduates (AAUG), and a board member of the local National Lawyers Guild and American Civil Liberties Union chapters.