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In 1947-8, over 750,000 Palestinians like Rasmea were driven from their homes by European Jewish gangs and militias that eventually became the Israeli state's armed forces.

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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:19 am
The United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) are calling on groups across the country to commemorate Al-Nakba on or around May 15th, with events highlighting the “I Support Rasmea” campaign.

rasmeaRasmea Odeh, a U.S. citizen who was born in Lifta, Palestine, just outside Jerusalem, was exiled along with her family in 1948, when Lifta was forcibly depopulated and ethnically cleansed along with over 400 other towns and villages, to make room for the settler colonialist state of Israel—what Palestinians call “Al Nakba,” the Catastrophe. Last October, she was arrested and indicted for allegedly falsifying information on her immigration application from 20 years ago, a ridiculous claim that is nothing but pretext for another legal and political attack on another Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim leader in the U.S.

In 1947-8, over 750,000 Palestinians like Rasmea were driven from their homes by European Jewish gangs and militias that eventually became the Israeli state’s armed forces. These Palestinians and their descendants make up the largest refugee population in the world, close to 5 million people; and although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights generally, and UN General Assembly Resolution 194 specifically, guarantee their Right to Return to the homes and lands from which they were exiled, Israel and the U.S. have blocked its implementation for 66 years.

When Israel became a state on 78% of historical Palestine on May 15th, 1948, the settler colonialists who declared it owned a mere 6% of the land. The military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, in 1967, gave Israel control of the entirety of Palestine and its people. All of Israel sits on stolen land. All of Palestine is illegally occupied. This is the essence of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, self-determination, and Return.

Rasmea is the Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network and won the “Outstanding Community Leader Award” from the Chicago Cultural Alliance in 2013 for her work with the Arab Women’s Committee and other groups. She also recently completed a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Governors State University. She overcame vicious torture by Israeli Military authorities while imprisoned in Palestine in the 70s, and is a legend to millions of Palestinians who continue to organize for their rights of liberation, equality, and return.

Rasmea is scheduled to go on trial on June 10th in Detroit, where she originally entered the U.S. We are campaigning for these outrageous charges to be dropped and will be asking all friends and supporters to join us in packing the courtroom every day of her trial.

Like so many Palestinian elders, Rasmea is a living embodiment of Al Nakba, a heroic woman who is still standing after being kicked off her land and oppressed for decades by the Israelis, and now facing similar criminalization in the U.S. For this reason, we are asking groups to organize events on or around Thursday, May 15th, 2014, the commemoration of Al Nakba, calling attention to the “I Support Rasmea” campaign. And for those many cities and organizations that already have Nakba Day activities planned, we are asking you to highlight Rasmea’s case as well.

“I Support Palestine! I Support Women! I Support Rasmea!”

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:45 am
The link is to the Thank you page - what you need is
SIGN to Drop All Charges vs. Rasmea Odeh

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:49 am
And the petition itself is on Petition: Drop the Charges Against Rasmea Yousef Odeh!

Animae C (513)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:57 am
i couldn't sign using Chrome, Firefox worked.

Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH!

Tuesday May 6, 2014, 1:23 am
Noted, signed & shared. Thanks Abdessalam & Evelyb B for the link

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 2:57 am
Signed-thx Abdessalam+Evelyn

Apolonia Pl (393)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 3:51 am

Genoveva M M (328)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 5:13 am
Signed and noted. Thanks Abdessalam

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 5:37 am
I remember this petition which is from Nov last year and have already signed it then, thx.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 6:34 am

Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH!

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 11:08 am
signed, thank you Abdessalam and Evelyn for the link

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 11:14 am
I signed, Thanks Abdessalam & Evelyn B for the link.

Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:00 pm
Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH!

Thanks for posting Abdessalam and to Jess for bringing this to my attention -x-

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:09 pm
Signed and noted.

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:12 pm

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SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:16 pm
Thank you Abdessalam and Henriette for the forward.
Thank you Evelyn...
Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 12:30 pm
Not noted, not signed.

That Rasmea Adeh was convicted for involvement in two bombings in Jerusalem, one of which killed two civilians.Then she lied to US when she applied for its citizenship.

And now, Abdessalam, you want people to support this terrorist being US citizen? By you, she is a Palestinian Hero and, the place for such "Heroes" is in Gaza, not in US.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 1:02 pm
Okay, I had to work at this one but was finally successful.

Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 1:11 pm
Thank you, Abdessalam for this. I signed.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 1:46 pm

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 1:53 pm
Petition signed. Thank you very much Abdessalam.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 3:39 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Abdessalam.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 3:53 pm
The failure in her application is not the omission of an arrest or indictment by an authority that arrests without charge. It's the omission of a conviction for a specific crime:

She wasn't arrested and detained without charge. She was fully convicted for her role in the murder of two people in a supermarket, for injuries to twenty others, and for involvement in the bombing of an embassy the same year on behalf of the PFLP.

The terrorism angle on this is immaterial: She omitted a conviction for multiple murder in her citizenship-application. Terrorism-related or not, that's a serious problem.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 5:27 pm
To Defend Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh, Palestinian community leader and icon, begins her trial on June 10th. Despite months of Rasmea Defense Committee organizing in Chicago and across the nation, the U.S. government refuses to drop its case against Rasmea, who they are alleging lied on an immigration application she filled out 20 years ago.

If found guilty, she could face up to ten years in federal prison, an immediate revocation of her citizenship, and then deportation from the United States.


The charge against Rasmea is nothing but another political attack by the U.S. government, meant to defame and criminalize another Palestinian, Arab and Muslim leader who has dedicated her life to the empowerment of her people, as well as to intimidate and repress entire communities that are organizing for justice and liberation.

We know Rasmea never lied about any part of her life. She was brutally tortured into a confession by the Israelis 45 years ago, and now the U.S. is trying to brutalize her once again. After giving so much of her life to others, Rasmea now needs our support. We have already received statements of support from over 100 organizations and more than 3,000 people have signed the online petition for Rasmea. Now, we have to show our presence in the court rom.

That is why we are putting out the call: All Out for Detroit!

Join us on June 10th in Detroit, Michigan, for the beginning of Rasmea’s trial. We will pack the courtroom and rally outside every day of the trial to show the broad support Rasmea has across all communities.

Stan B (123)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 5:36 pm
Jewish Population of Egypt.
1948: 75,000 | 2013: ~100

Between June and November 1948, bombs set off in the Jewish Quarter of Cairo killed more than 70 Jews and wounded nearly 200.2 In 1956, the Egyptian government used the Sinai Campaign as a pretext for expelling almost 25,000 Egyptian Jews and confiscating their property. Approximately 1,000 more Jews were sent to prisons and detention camps. On November 23, 1956, a proclamation signed by the Minister of Religious Affairs, and read aloud in mosques throughout Egypt, declared that "all Jews are Zionists and enemies of the state," and promised that they would be soon expelled. Thousands of Jews were ordered to leave the country. They were allowed to take only one suitcase and a small sum of cash, and forced to sign declarations "donating" their property to the Egyptian government. Foreign observers reported that members of Jewish families were taken hostage, apparently to insure that those forced to leave did not speak out against the Egyptian government.

When war broke out in 1967, Jewish homes and property were confiscated. Egypt's attitude toward Jews at that time was reflected in its treatment of former Nazis. Hundreds were allowed to take up residence in Egypt and given positions in the government. The head of the Gestapo in occupied Poland, Leopold Gleim (who had been sentenced to death in absentia), controlled the Egyptian secret police.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Anti-Semitism is rampant in the government-controlled press, and increased in late 2000 and 2001 following the outbreak of violence in Israel and the territories. In April 2001, columnist Ahmed Ragheb lamented Hitler’s failure to finish the job of annihilating the Jews. In May 2001, an article in Al-Akhbar attacked Europeans and Americans for believing in the false Holocaust.6 On March 18, 2004, ’Bad al-Ahab ’Adams, deputy director of Al Jumhuriya, accused the Jews of the terrorist attack in Madrid on March 11 as well as of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In March 2013, Egyptian security agencies banned an Egyptian film about the Arab nation's once-thriving Jewish community, called "The Jews of Egypt," just a day before it was due to open in cinemas. Producer Haytham el-Khamissy said no reason had been given for the ban, which recalls the worst excesses of the famously censorial regime of former dictator Hosni Mubarak. The film is based on testimony from researchers, political figures and exiled Egyptian Jews, and presents a harmonious vision of early 20th century multicultural Egypt and asks "how did the Jews of Egypt turn in the eyes of Egyptians from partners in the same country to enemies?"


Robert O (12)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 5:38 pm
Signed. Thank you.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 5:43 pm
The Anti-War Committee Stands with Rasmea Odeh
October 25, 2013

The Anti-War Committee condemns the politically-motivated attack on Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian community leader arrested in her Chicago home on October 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. Rasmea Odeh overcame vicious torture by Israeli authorities while imprisoned in Palestine in the 70s. She is one of the millions of Palestinians who have not given up organizing for their rights to liberation, equality, and return. It is shameful that the US government is now attempting to imprison her once again.

Odeh’s arrest this week appears to be related to the case of the 23 anti-war activists, including members of the Anti-War Committee, who were subpoenaed to a grand jury in 2010. We were targeted as organizers of the 2008 anti-war march on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Undercover law enforcement agents spied on our committee and our movement allies for two years, sabotaged a 2009 solidarity trip to Palestine, and then the FBI raided our homes and offices, claiming that we had provided material support to foreign terrorist organizations in Palestine and Colombia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas is leading the investigation against us, and he was at the courtroom in Chicago, consulting with the assistant U.S. attorney who brought the indictment against Odeh. 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 case against Odeh is not about immigration, but an attempt to silence her, to cut short her important community organizing, and to attack the struggle for a free Palestine. She has said, “War and occupation in our home countries leads to political and legislative attacks on us here. So we must advocate and organize within our community to affect change and make our voices heard.”

The Anti-War Committee stands with Rasmea Odeh, and against those who would silence and imprison her. This attack is 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 are carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We ask all those who have stood with us against the government attack on our organizing, to stand with us today to support Rasmea Odeh.

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 6:30 pm
Signed in November, AND yesterday again. Thanks, Abdessalam

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 9:06 pm
Proudly signed in November and again today! I am for justice and sick and tired of the continual attacks on Palestinians. No, I am not anti Israel but am 100% behind a peaceful resolution to a 66 year war, where everyone LOSES! Rasmeh Odeh is NOT the threat she is being made to be.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 9:08 pm
Typo Rasmea Odeh we stand strong with you.

Stevie A (10)
Tuesday May 6, 2014, 10:19 pm
Well, since the FBI harassed a woman into bearing false witness against Leonard Peltier, I can easily imagine that happening in Palest-Israel with the government "enforcers".

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 12:09 am
noted and signed

Debra G (0)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 12:32 am
She was convicted of being a member of the PLFP group that bombed a supermarket (civilian target) and sentenced to life. She was released in a prisoners for peace swap (where's the peace?) It's interesting how this is all overlooked as her (pro-Palestinian) supporters claim this is really about government harassment of Muslims.

Ted W (127)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 1:26 am
Noted!\ signed!! Thanks

Stan B (123)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 2:22 am
In Iraq, Syria and Egypt, Christians face a relentless campaign of murder, kidnapping, arson, bombings and persecution. In Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine, the anti-Christian violence is less overt, but there, too, intimidation and discrimination have fuelled a huge exodus. Islamic extremists and fundamentalists are determined to drive Christianity out of its birthplace in the Middle East—and they are succeeding. A few decades ago, 20 percent of the Middle East was Christian; today that is down to 4 percent. Iraq alone has lost 80 percent of its Christians during just the last ten years. By any standard, this is ethnic cleansing.

Anyone care about persecuted Christians? It's rife in Muslim countries, especially Egypt.

P A (117)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 4:32 am
Signed - thanks Abdessalam and thanks Evelyn for the link.

Shaheen N (64)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 4:35 am
Noted & signed the Petition. Thanks Abdessalam Diab for the post & thanks Evelyn B. for the Petition Link

Wednesday May 7, 2014, 5:25 am
66 years a go our Nation was reborn.

Never again to be uprooted .

Happy independence day Israel .

. (2)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 6:49 am

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 9:13 am
noted, signed, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 9:14 am
Those, who don't mind having Islamic terrorists in our midst, are welcome to sign this petition.

Barry AWAY T (934)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 9:27 am
noted, signed, thanks!!!

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 11:01 am
Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH! After researching again, I see no reason to connect this charge with crimes against humanity...Anyone helping women to progress in this world has my support.

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 2:59 pm
Rasmea Odeh Thanks
Thank you for appealing to US Attorney Barbara McQuade, Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas,, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, the Michigan and Illinois Congressional Delegations and members of the media to DROP ALL THE CHARGES vs. RASMEA ODEH!


Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday May 8, 2014, 2:51 am
If, I repeat " IF " Rasmea is to be blamed for allegations of killing. Isn't the ZIONIST entity to be blamed for terrifying more than 750,000 Palestinians ,kicking them out of their homes before and in 1948,steeling their land,houses and farms.

What kind of birthday the Zionist entity is celebrating ? Certainly Birthday of SHAME.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 8, 2014, 1:01 pm

Your president Nasser was the war leader. Grow up and stop pushing blame on others.

Israel does not need people who desert it during a war to be safe while their neighbors are exterminated.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday May 9, 2014, 1:00 am
Hi Abdessalam :)

Not exactly. There were Zionist militias, Irgun and Lehi, which certainly scared hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The precursor to the IDF, under the control of the precursor to the Israeli state-infrastructure, destroyed them. Certain Zionists should hold a great deal of blame, but generally one does not consider those who disarm or arrest those directly responsible for crimes to be co-conspirators.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:55 am

Thanks for posting this article/petition which I signed and spread.

The crux of the matter is spelled out clearly in the petition text:

“Rasmea has been demanding justice for Palestinians for most of her life. …

Like their Israeli ally, the U.S. federal government has a history of targeting individuals who express public support for Palestine and over and over, Palestinian and Arab American activists are disproportionately targeted in such cases. According to the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, their organization, in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLC) in collaboration with the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations, “has documented over 75 cases of intimidation and legal bullying in 2013 alone. These include perceived surveillance, FBI contacts, and discriminatory enforcement of laws against advocates for Palestinian rights.” Now decades in the making, this U.S. government strategy targets Palestinian immigrants, Palestinian Americans, and their supporters in order to quell any and all support for Palestinian rights in the U.S. and globally. According to CCR and PSLC, it is no coincidence that federal prosecutors are now targeting Rasmea, who is a pillar in the same community where 23 anti-war and Palestinian rights activists, many who’s homes were raided by the FBI, were subpoenaed to testify before a Grand Jury in 2010. There have been no indictments against the 23 activists subpoenaed presumably because of a lack of evidence.

The U.S. government's portrayal of Palestinians as violent and inhuman fuels the case against Rasmea and as a result, the U.S. mainstream betrays Palestinians like Rasmea, leaving them with little support. The corporate media makes matters worse. By telling the story of Rasmea’s past as though she was a possible terrorist legitimately and legally arrested by the Israeli government, the media covers up that Israel occupies Palestinian land and arrests and tortures Palestinians systematically and illegally. The sensationalized media portrayal of Rasmea’s “terrorist past” dehumanizes Rasmea and justifies the ongoing state violence committed against her and the larger Arab American and Arab immigrant communities.”

It is interesting though how the US is treating ex-prisoners from Ireland very differently from Palestinians ... full text see here:

"Unlike Irish activists in the 1980s and ’90s, Palestine activists critical of US policy toward Israel have not only been under surveillance, but have been actively targeted for repression. From the cases of the Holy Land Five, to Sami al-Arian, to the harassment of Students for Justice in Palestine groups, to the ongoing grand jury investigation of 23 anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists, the repression has continued during the Obama administration.

Palestinians and their supporters can’t look to the Obama administration to be sympathetic to their activists or former political prisoners. We can’t expect Arab-Americans to have the political clout enjoyed by Irish-Americans, especially as Arab and Muslim communities are oppressed more generally.

Rasmea Odeh’s arrest is just the latest attack on the entire Palestinian and Arab community and part of the ongoing repression of Palestine activists. Odeh has been a community leader fighting for Arab women’s and immigrant rights in the US for more than twenty years. Any attempt to demonize her for “immigration fraud,” threatening her with ten years in prison, and revoking her citizenship is nothing other than a vindictive attempt to destroy not only a successful Arab community leader, but also a strong advocate for Palestinian rights."

I assume there's no need to sum up the all too obvious conclusion(s) ...?!

Free Rasmea Odeh and stop harassing her with tax payers money!!

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:22 am
A few days ago, Judge Borman changed the date of the status hearing from Friday, August 1st, to Thursday, July 31st.

Join the National Rasmea Defense Committee--United States Palestinian Community Network, Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR), Coalition to Protect People's Rights (CPPR), American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)-Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine, Anti-War Committee (AWC)-Chicago, AWC-Minneapolis, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Committee Against Political Repression, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Chicago, CAIR-Michigan, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Lifta Society, National Lawyers Guild (NLG), National Students for Justice in Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support,Palestinian Youth Movement-USA Branch, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and many others--as we accompany Rasmea Odeh to Detroit for a very important status hearing on Thursday, July 31st, 2014.

WHERE: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

231 W. Lafayette Blvd., in Detroit, Michigan

WHEN: We will gather on Thursday, July 31st, at 1 PM Eastern Standard Time (hearing begins at 2 PM EST)

* There are cars departing Chicago at 6:30 AM on July 31st. If you want a seat in one of the cars, or if you are planning to drive and can take others, please write to Joe Iosbaker of CSFR at

** People mobilizing for the hearing from other cities and states should also email Iosbaker, so that we can get as accurate a count as possible of attendees.

*** In addition, for those who cannot go to Detroit, we are calling for support rallies to be organized across the country on the day of the hearing. Already, Minneapolis' Anti-War Committee has one scheduled, and we will announce others.

**** Lastly, call the prosecutors on July 31st and demand that they drop the charges!

Thursday, July 31, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time

Call Jonathan Tukel in Detroit at 313-226-9749
Chief of National Security Unit, U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Michigan

Call Barbara McQuade in Detroit at 313-226-9100 or
313-226-9501 (voicemail)
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

When you call, you can say, “Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling from _________ to demand that U.S. Attorney McQuade drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh."

Background: On October 22nd, 2013, Rasmea was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security and charged with Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, for allegedly failing to disclose that she had been imprisoned by the Israelis in Palestine over 45 years ago. The wrongful conviction in Palestine was the result of vicious physical and sexual torture by the Israelis, so Rasmea is fighting this U.S. charge in a Detroit courtroom, where the full trial begins on September 8th.

Like so many other victims of political repression in this country, especially African Americans; Puerto Ricans; Mexicans, Latinos, and other immigrants; Arabs and Muslims; and peace activists; she has committed no crime, and is only under attack because she is a Palestinian icon, known worldwide as a leading representative of the legitimate Palestinian struggle for self determination, independence, and the Right of Return.

Please join us in Detroit for this status hearing. We must fill the courtroom, and be outside with our banners, posters, and flags--to show the judge, the prosecutors, and the whole world that Rasmea has broad and unqualified support.

See and for more information, and our recent press release below:

Replace pro-Israeli judge, say Odeh lawyers (published July 16th)

In a major development, attorneys for Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion July 14th, calling for Judge Paul D. Borman to step down from the case. The supporting brief argues that Borman, as a life-long and dedicated supporter of Israel, cannot play the “neutral and detached” role that the law requires.

A spurious report from the Associated Press irresponsibly presumes that the defense is bringing this motion because Judge Borman is an American Jew. Odeh and her attorneys, including Michael Deutsch, who is an American Jew himself, deny this, noting that the motion and supporting brief extensively document Borman’s close ties to the State of Israel, never once mentioning his religion. The AP article has been picked up across the country, and the national Rasmea Defense Committee demands a retraction.

Odeh has pled not guilty to Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, a charge alleging that she failed to mention, in her 2004 application for U.S. citizenship, that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago, and tried in an Israeli military court that “convicts” 99.74% of Palestinians who come before it. Odeh was physically and sexually tortured into a confession by Israeli prison authorities in 1969.

The motion describes how this is important to her defense: “The defendant’s case directly raises issues about the legality of the continuing 47 year belligerent occupation of the West Bank by the State of Israel and the State’s policy of sanctioning the systematic torture of Palestinian detainees by the Israeli military and security police.”

In the papers filed with the court this week, attorneys Deutsch and James Fennerty describe Judge Borman’s long history of support for Israel, including fund raising for, and donating millions of dollars of his own money to the state. They argue: “Clearly, one who has been a life-long supporter and promoter of Israel and has deep ties to the State of Israel spanning over 50 years, who no doubts believes that Israel is a great democracy and protector of human rights, cannot be ‘reasonably’ said to be impartial when these claims of torture and illegality are raised by a Palestinian defendant.

“Further, it is reasonable to conclude that as a result of this Court’s many trips to Israel, and its active support and substantial efforts in fund raising for the State of Israel, that this Court has ‘personal knowledge of disputed evidentiary facts concerning this case.’”

According to one of the defense committee’s spokespeople, Hatem Abudayyeh, “This motion is about trying to get Rasmea a fair trial. Borman’s bias is clear.

“Winning this case is not limited to a legal strategy,” Abudayyeh continued. “Thousands of people from across the country are supporting and fighting for Rasmea Odeh. We are urging the government to drop the charges against her. If they don’t, we are mobilizing to fill the courtroom every day of the trial.”

The trial is set for September 8 in Detroit.

Step Down, Judge Borman!

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