[Pnews] Outrageous Arrest of Palestinian Woman Activist in Chicago

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Tue Oct 22 18:48:24 EDT 2013

    Outrageous arrest in Chicago.
    Stop the repression of Palestinian activists.

*A Palestinian woman, Rasmieh Odeh, was arrested at her home this 
morning, Oct. 22*, by agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

She is charged with immigration fraud. Allegedly, in her application for 
citizenship, she didn't mention that she was arrested in Palestine *45 
years ago* by an Israeli military court that detains Palestinians 
without charge - a court that has over 200 children in prison today and 
does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process.

The arrest today appears to be *related to the case of the 23 anti-war 
activists* subpoenaed to a grand jury in 2010. Well-known labor, 
community and international solidarity activists around the Midwest had 
their homes raided by the FBI when the U.S. attorney alleged that they 
had provided material support to foreign terrorist organizations in 
Palestine and Colombia.

*Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas is leading the investigation 
against the 23. He was at the courtroom* in Chicago this morning, 
consulting with the assistant U.S. attorney who was presenting the 
indictment to the judge. Jonas was also the prosecutor in the case of 
the Holy Land Five, the heads of the largest Muslim charity in the U.S. 
before 9/11. He was successful in getting prison sentences for as long 
as 65 years for the five men, who provided charity to children in Gaza.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression 
(CSFR) denounces this attack as another example of the continuing 
repression of Palestinians and people who stand in solidarity with them. 
Homeland Security, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the 
U.S. Attorney's office now are carrying out enforcement of the Israeli 
occupation of Palestine.

*Odeh will appear in court in Detroit on Nov. 1*, where she will be 
represented by Jim Fennerty of the National Lawyers Guild. CSFR urges 
people to attend the proceedings at the Federal Court in Detroit in her 

 From the AP - Her attorney, James Fennerty, declined to comment Tuesday 
about the allegations but said Odeh worked as an associate director at 
the Arab American Action Network, a Chicago-area nonprofit group that 
advocates for new immigrants and tries to combat anti-Muslim and 
anti-Arab prejudice.

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