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 defense.

Call-in Day to Drop the Charges against Rasmea Odeh
Call U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
Barbara McQuade
313-226-9501 or 313-226-9100
Friday, October 25
8 a.m. to 4 pm CDT
Demand of U.S. Atty McQuade:
Drop the Charges against Rasmea Yousef Odeh!

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

Rasmea Yousef Odeh

Malalai Joya Tour Continues

On the 12th anniversary of  the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, UNAC, in conjunction with the Afghan Women’s Mission is sponsoring a national tour of former Afghanistan legislator, women’s rights and antiwar leader, Malalai.  Joya has had stops in  New York City, Boston, Amherst, MA, Albany, NY, Chicago and Madison, WI. Please see the remaining schedule below.  For more information on the itinerary in each city, please go to http://nepajac.org/malalaischedule.htm or contact the local organizer for the city listed below or email UNAC’s Malalai Joya National Tour Coordinator, Jeff Mackler at jmackler@lmi.netor  UNACpeace@gmail.com