Drop the charges against MN Uprising defendants. Sign the Petition
1) Mobilize to support Rasmea at her next hearing in Detroit on September 2nd, 2014.
2) Sign the petition to drop the charges against Rasmea:
4) Join the Facebook page: Drop The Charges Against Rasmea Now! and Tweet using #justice4rasmea
5) Have your organization sign or write a solidarity statement (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Outrageous arrest of Palestinian activist in Chicago
A Palestinian woman, Rasmea 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. 13th, 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 defense.
More solidarity statements:
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
- American Friends Service Committee (Chicago)
- American Party of Labor
- Anti-War Committee (MN)
- Arab American Action Network
- Arab Cultural and Community Center
- Cardiff Palestinian Solidarity
- Cardiff Stop the War Coalition Wales, UK
- Center for Consitutional Rights
- Committee for Just Peace in Israel Palestine
- Committee to Stop FBI Repression
- Critical Ethnic Studies Association
- Elizabeth Bishop (TSU Professor)
- Father Robert Bossie, SCJ
- Hammerhard Media Support
- International League of Peoples’ Struggles-US (ILPS)
- Jewish Voices for Peace-Chicago
- Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
- Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression
- National Lawyers Guild
- National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
- St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
- Students for a Democratic Society
- Students for a Democratic Society at the U of MN
- The Palestine Solidarity Group
- The Palestinian Youth Movement
- The Peace and Justice Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
- United African Organization
- United National Antiwar Coalition
- US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
- US Palestinian Community Network
- War Resisters League
- Welfare Rights Committee
- Women Against Military Madness