Media Advisory
November 17, 2014
 
Contact: Lina Morales, porcupine@alum.mit.edu, 917-405-4876
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Boston Communities to Protest US Imprisonment of Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh
 
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: JFK Federal Building, 15 Sudbury St, Boston
 
WHAT: A week ago today, Detroit-area Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh was found guilty of “unlawful procurement of citizenship” in a politically motivated government prosecution. .  In response to a call from the Rasmea Defense Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston and Students for Justice in Palestine will protest this unjust verdict tonight outside of the JFK Federal Building.  The protest will feature chants, visuals, and a public speak out.
 
“Make no mistake.  Rasmea came under attack by the U.S. government because she is Palestinian, and because for decades, she has organized for Palestinian liberation and self-determination, the Right of Return, and an end to U.S. funding of Israeli occupation,” said the Rasmea Defense Committee in a statement. “Palestine support work, especially the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, has made a number of recent gains, and the long arm of federal law enforcement has attempted to crack down on it.”
 
Boston activists are standing with Rasmea. “It is no surprise to me that the US criminal ‘justice’ system has once again targeted an individual that publicly expresses their support for Palestine,” said protest organizer Yasmeen Hamdoun of Suffolk University Students for Justice in Palestine. “In the eyes of the US and Israel, a criminal is simply one who is a threat to their imperialist interests. We have seen the backwardness of the US criminal justice system with innocent black youth such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and now with Rasmea Odeh. We will not be silent until justice is restored.”
 
For more information about Rasmea Odeh’s ongoing case, please visit the U.S. Palestinian Community Network at uspcn.org or the Committee to Stop FBI Repression at stopfbi.net.
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/979096592106423/
 
Twitter: #Justice4Rasmea #FreeRasmeaNow
 
Illustration: Leila Abdelrazaq