(CHICAGO 11/11/2014) –The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization, condemns the unjust conviction and imprisonment of beloved community activist, Rasmea Odeh. We call upon our supporters and all lovers of justice and Free Speech to take action for Rasmea this week.
Rasmea’s conviction in a Detroit courtroom is another dimension of continued Palestinian dispossession.
Rasmea was convicted of one count of unlawful procurement of naturalization for allegedly not disclosing she had spent 10 years in an Israeli prison on her application for naturalization. In 1969, Rasmea – along with 500 other Palestinians – was rounded up by Israeli Occupation Forces. She confessed to a crime she did not commit, after enduring 45 days of torture, including sexual assault.
Bringing Israel into the courtroom, prosecutors based their case on this episode from 45 years ago. Then, stripping her of her due process, presiding Judge Gershwin Drain prohibited Rasmea from telling the jury about the torture, the resulting post-traumatic stress disorder and how the occupation authorities forced her into confession to a crime she did not commit.