June 01, 2016

All Out to Detroit for Rasmea Odeh June 13th!

On the morning of Monday, June 13th, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters and affiliates will mobilize in Detroit in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, whose case is receiving a status hearing on that date. The hearing will be at the federal courthouse in Detroit, Michigan, where she will appear with her attorneys in front of Judge Gershwin Drain. 

Rasmea Odeh is a Palestinian activist who has dedicated her life to building the Palestinian solidarity movement in the United States. In 1969, she was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces and physically and sexually tortured. She gave testimony about her experience at the United Nations ten years later. Now, even though Odeh is a naturalized US citizen, the federal government has put her on trial under threat of deportation in order to weaken the anti-war movement and the movement of self-determination of Palestine, of which she is an important icon.

Some progress has been made as a result of demands issued by concerned citizens and anti-repression groups: in February, a court of appeals ruled that crucial evidence regarding Odeh’s torture was wrongfully barred from a prior case. For this reason, she has been granted a hearing with the chance for a new trial where she can deliver her testimony about her rape and torture. However, this alone does not entail that Odeh’s charges will be dropped. Further effort on our part is necessary to ensure this outcome.

SDS chapters and affiliates demand an unconditional overturn of Rasmea Odeh’s bogus conviction of immigration fraud.

For more information, visit justice4rasmea.org