Take Action: Outrageous arrest in Chicago. Stop the repression of Palestinian activists.

Take action to support Rasmea Odeh, Palestinian American activist and community leader – and former political prisoner – politically targeted by the US government.

The following actions were issued by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (stopfbi.net)

SIGN ON: Online Petition to Support Rasmea: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/drop-the-charges-against?source=c.url&r_by=9356477

Facebook Pages to Support Rasmea:

English: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drop-The-Charges-Against-Rasmea-Now/678264732186412

Arabic: https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B6%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%B3%D9%81-%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%A9/534098690010938

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.

rasmea-protestThe arrest today appears to be related to the case of the 23 anti-war activistssubpoenaed 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.

Send photos of support for Rasmea!

Support Rasmea!
Send us your pictures

Right now we want to get Rasmea’s story out there! We are calling on everyone to send us their picture holding up the following message:

‘I am ________ and I support Rasmea!’

You can fill in the blank with any self-identifier: your name, your occupation, or any other description. Some examples may be:

“I am a stay-at-home dad and I support Rasmea!”

“I am a youth organizer and I support Rasmea!”

“I am a supporter of Palestinian human rights and I support Rasmea!”

Hold the sign up and snap a selfie, then send it to cppr@aaan.org.
Put it up as your Facebook/Twitter profile pic, Google Account image, or anything else!
Just remember we may use your image in future publications and informational pamphlets that get published online or distributed as hard copies.