Rasmea Odeh's Sentence/Appeal

Finkel, David

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/05/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20945

Rasmea Odeh, A Palestinian activist and Chicago community leader, faces 18 months in federal prison and deportation, following her March 12, 2015 sentencing in Detroit for "unlawful procurement of naturalization."



Observing this trial and the sentencing, in an overflow courtroom filled with Rasmea Odeh's supporters, was an emotional experience that brought home the realities of selective and politically motivated prosecution. While a three-year U.S. investigation into her history appears to have been triggered by tips from an Israeli organization, her Israeli interrogators of course were never investigated, let alone charged -- or even identified -- for torture and rape. Israeli doctors who, in the course of their annual military service, have routinely signed documents stating that Palestinian prisoners beaten to death had suffered a "heart attack," can quite truthfully state that they were never arrested or convicted of a crime.

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