[Pnews] 51 Rights Groups stand against the indictment of Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh

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    Statement: 51 Rights Groups stand against the indictment of
    Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh

by samidoun <http://samidoun.ca/?author=1>

/*The persecution of Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh 
is highly political. It is a revictimization and a clear effort of 
political repression against the Palestinian community. */

October 23, 2013

The below-signed organizations are deeply disturbed by and stand opposed 
to the indictment yesterday of Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a 
Palestinian-American community activist who has dedicated 10 years to 
the Chicago Arab-American community, working with women on issues 
ranging from promoting literacy and political education to addressing 
domestic violence and anti-Arab and Muslim sentiment.

Rasmea’s indictment for alleged immigration fraud comes at a time when 
advocates for Palestinian rights and immigration rights activists have 
been facing increasing pressure all over the country.  Exactly three 
years ago, 23 anti-war and Palestinian rights activists were subpoenaed 
to testify before a Grand Jury, and several of their homes were raided 
by the FBI.    There have been no indictments against the 23 activists 
subpoenaed in 2010, presumably because of a lack of evidence. It is no 
coincidence that federal prosecutors are now targeting Rasmea, who is a 
pillar in the same community.

The 2010 raids, the Grand Jury subpoenas that accompanied them, and this 
indictment against a 65 year old woman who suffered for a decade in 
Israeli prisons before coming to the U.S. in 1995, are a clear signal 
that federal authorities, along with Israel and its supporters in the 
U.S., are continuing to search for ways to intimidate and silence those 
who are effective advocates for Arab American communities, and who speak 
out for Palestinian rights.

In the last year alone, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support 
<http://www.palestinelegalsupport.org/>, in partnership with the Center 
for Constitutional Rights, and in collaboration with the National 
Lawyers Guild and other organizations, has documented over 75 cases of 
intimidation and legal bullying. These include perceived surveillance, 
FBI contacts, and discriminatory enforcement of laws against advocates 
for Palestinian rights.  Rasmea’s arrest and indictment must be viewed 
within this wider context of widespread attempts to intimidate people 
into silence on one of the most pressing human rights issues of our 
time.  Rasmea’s indictment is also an illustration of increasingly 
draconian enforcement of immigration laws, which have left immigrant 
communities devastated at the hands of Obama’s Department of Homeland 

Rasmea is an exemplary citizen who recently finished a Master’s degree 
in Criminal Justice, and has a law degree from Jordan.  She has overcome 
amazing odds after being convicted by the Israeli military court system 
in 1969 for her alleged association with a leftist Palestinian 
nationalist group that the U.S. designated a terrorist organization.  
The military courts operate exclusively to subjugate occupied 
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.  They routinely bypass all but a 
modicum of due process, and justify holding individuals without charge 
or trial for months and years, often in abusive conditions and subject 
to torture.  Rasmea’s activism against the Israeli occupation in the 
1960s resulted in her imprisonment in Israeli prisons for 10 years, and 
it is surely her community activism in the U.S. that has made her, and 
by extension, the community that relies on her, the target of this 

We call for solidarity with Rasmea as she undergoes a difficult legal 
battle.  Please support Rasmea at her November 1 appearance in federal 
court in Detroit, Michigan. We are also asking all supporters to call 
Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 
Detroit, at *313.226.9501* or *313.226.9100*, on *Friday, October 25th*, 
from *8 AM to 4 PM CST*, to demand that she *Drop the Charges Now.  For 
further action items, please see the Arab American Action Network alert. 


*Al-Awda New York, Palestine right to Return Coalition*

*American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee*

*American Muslims for Palestine*

*Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East** *

*AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center*

*Bay Area Committee to Stop Political Repression (BACSPR)*

*Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights*

*Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign – Vancouver*

*Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine*

*Canada Palestine Association*

*Center for Constitutional Rights*

*Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights*

*College and University Workers United*

*Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine*

*Council on American-Islamic Relations – Chicago*

*CUNY Law Students for Justice in Palestine*

*Friends of Deir Ibzi’a*

*Grassroots Global Justice Alliance*

*Hampshire College Students for Justice in Palestine** *

*International League of People’s Struggles*

*INCITE! Women and Trans* People of Color Against Violence** *

*Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver*

*Interdenominational Advocates for Peace (IDAP)*

*International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network*


*Jewish Voice for Peace*

*Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area*

*Jewish Voice for Peace — Philadelphia*

*Jews for Palestinian Right of Return*

*Labor for Palestine*

*Legalease Collective, CKUT, Montreal*

*Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign*

*Muslim Defense Project of the National Lawyers Guild – New York Chapter*

*National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee*

*National Students for Justice in Palestine*

*New York City Labor Against the War*

*NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid*

*PAWA: Palestinian American Women’s Association*

*Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago*

*Palestine Solidarity Legal Support*

*Red Sparks Union – Vancouver** *

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network*

*Socialist Action** *

*Solidarity: a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization*

*Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change*

*The Dream Defenders*

*US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel*

*US Palestinian Community Network*

*WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign*

*Women of Colour Collective at the McGill Faculty of Law*

*Voice of Palestine*

*samidoun <http://samidoun.ca/?author=1>* | October 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm 
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