Ahead of Palestinian Terrorist Rasmea Odeh’s Imminent Deportation From US, Supporters Plan ‘Farewell’ Event in Chicago Starring Angela Davis
A convicted Palestinian terrorist set to be deported after spending over two decades in the US will be seen off by supporters next month in Chicago at a celebration featuring a prominent American feminist activist.
Rasmea Odeh — sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court for her membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and for planting explosives in two 1969 Jerusalem bombings, one of which killed two Hebrew University students, and released in a 1980 prisoner exchange — will be honored as a “farewell” event starring BDS activist Angela Davis.
The program, which will also feature a performance by a hip hop duo called Rebel Diaz, was organized by the Rasmea Defense Committee, which long supported Odeh’s attempts to fight prosecution in court for omitting her criminal record on her US naturalization papers.
Odeh took a plea deal earlier this year and will be deported to Jordan, after the August 12 program to be held at the building of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Odeh has been a popular figure on the US campus speaking circuit, recently giving a talk at Northwestern University as a guest of the school’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The Northwestern Jewish community organized a coinciding silent vigil in memory of Odeh’s victims, which was attended by some 150 students, faculty and administrators, including the university president.
In April, Odeh was an honoree at the annual conference of Jewish Voice for Peace, appearing alongside Linda Sarsour.