The Associated Press
NEWARK, New Jersey
As he recounted his time in Israeli detention _ describing being tied to a small chair with his hands bound, kept in a freezing cell, and subjected to violence and threats _ several of his supporters in the packed courtroom began quietly weeping.
"Judge, you can not imagine," Qatanani said, his voice breaking. "They say 'We will kill your family.' They say: 'You know what your family is doing now? We will go to them, we will burn them.'"
Qatanani paused to compose himself before telling Immigration Judge Alberto J. Riefkohl, "At that time, you feel that death is better than life."