Solidarity grows as Rasmea Odeh awaits appeal result
Robin Strauss
volume:  
volume 36
issue 6
December 2015

In October 2015 in Cincinnati, the defense team of Palestinian-American community leader Rasmea Odeh argued her case in the U.S. Court of Appeals. A decision was expected in one to three months.

Odeh was convicted on trumped-up charges of falsifying answers on her immigration application over a decade ago and sentenced in March to 18 months in prison with deportation to follow.

A victim of Israeli torture and fraudulent conviction, she was denied at her trial the right for a full defense when testimony from an expert witness on torture was excluded.

Before the appeal hearing Odeh and over a hundred supporters rallied against this attack on her and the Palestinian liberation struggle. The rally drew solidarity activists from the Puerto Rican independence movement, Jewish Voice for Peace and black liberation groups. Odeh vows to continue to fight for justice regardless of the decision.

Also in October, Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip murdered 60 Palestinians, 15 under the age of 18; and arrested almost 1,000, 144 of them children. The U.S. government endorses such actions with political and financial support to Israel, and retaliation against growing Palestinian activism here. Meanwhile, Israeli shootings of Palestinians are an everyday occurrence.

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