Sunday, March 1, 2015
Events

A Woman’s Intifada: The Story of Rasmea Odeh
Thursday, February 26
6:30 pm
Loyola University Chicago – Damen MPR North
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396594390649928/

Nesreen Hasan, an integral member of Rasmea Odeh’s defense committee, will be joining the Middle Eastern Student Association at Loyola University Chicago on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm to discuss the trial of Rasmea Odeh, and overall FBI repression on the Arab community in Chicago.

The event is located at Loyola’s Damen Student Center 6511 N Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL in the Multi-Purpose Room, which is located on the second floor.
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Rasmea Odeh is a 67-year-old Palestinian community leader who has worked with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) on the southside of Chicago since 2004. Rasmea is currently the associate director of the AAAN. She also established the Arab Women’s Committee that has helped hundreds of immigrant women assimilate into the United States. She is a strong beloved leader in her community and has been an icon in Arab-American history in Chicago.

On October 22nd, 2013, Rasmea was arrested on charges of falsifying immigration information. She was indicted in federal court that same morning, charged with Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, an allegation based on answers she gave on a 20-year-old immigration application. In particular, she was charged because she answered “no” when asked if she had ever been arrested or convicted.

Rasmea was arrested by the Israeli government for a crime that she did not commit. Rasmea was arrested during a mass arrest of hundreds of Palestinians. She was forced to confess to this allegation after enduring 25 days of rape and torture at an Israeli interrogation center. Rasmea was put on trial in an Israeli military court, in which the conviction rate for Palestinians is over 99%. Despite her lifetime prison sentence, she was released after ten years in a prisoner exchange. Rasmea eventually moved to the US and became an active citizen and member of the community. Many years later, Rasmea was put on trial once again in a Detroit federal court.

In November of 2014, Rasmea was found guilty by a jury in Detroit of her immigration charge. Rasmea was portrayed to the jury by the prosecution as a terrorist. Rasmea’s conviction in 1969 was discussed, but evidence and discussion of her rape and torture experience was not allowed in court. 90% of the defense’s case was not allowed to be presented because of the judge’s decision.

After Rasmea was found guilty, she was immediately arrested and imprisoned, including time in solitary confinement, before being released in December on a $50,000 cash bond.

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Protest in solidarity with Alain Pojolat
Friday, February 20
1:00 PM
Fontaine Saint-Michel, Place Saint-Michel
Paris
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/652024724921003/
Alain Pojolat is facing trial – on appeal – accused of calling “prohibited” demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against the Zionist crimes in Gaza, demonstrations that were banned by the French state and local authorities as they sought to suppress pro-Palestinian protests. Pojolat was acquitted and cleared of the charges last October, but the state prosecution has appealed the case.

The protest will stand in support of Pojolat, and also of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, whose judgement on his latest parole application will be released on February 26.

WE WILL NOT FORGET – 2 YEARS ANNIV OF ARAFAT JARADAT TORTURED TO DEATH IN G4S SECURED ISRAELI DUNGEON

DATE: Friday 20th Feb 2015, 2-4pm
LOCATION: G4S HQ, 105 Victoria Street, London (near Victoria Station)
FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/536703386469578
Organized by, www.inminds.com
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Please join us this friday 20th February outside the headquarters of British security contractor G4S as we mark the second anniversary of the torturing to death of young Palestinian father Arafat Jaradat, in Israel’s G4S secured Megiddo prison. Arafat was murdered 2 years ago, yet no one has been charged with his murder and we have not heard one word of regret or sorrow from G4S for its role in his murder. For G4S, Arafat Jaradat’s life is of no consequence as it does not register in their profit column. Arafat Jaradat’s murder isn’t an isolated incident, since 1967, 72 Palestinian prisoners have been tortured to death in Israeli prisons. Last September Palestinian father of five young children, Raed Abdul-Salam al-Jabari was tortured to death in Eshel prison following a months interrogation at Israel’s G4S secured Ofer prison. Join us on friday as we demand justice for Arafat Jaradat, Raed Adbul-Salam al-Jabari and all Palestinian prisoners tortured to death in Israeli prisons.

Please note the protest is at 2pm, an hour earlier then our usual time, thank you.

ARAFAT JARADAT – BACKGROUND

Arafat Jaradat, 30 year old Palestinian father of 2 children aged 4 and 2 years old, married with a pregnant wife, died on Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 after being savagely tortured for 5 days by Israel’s secret police Shin Bet. He had been arrested on suspicion of just throwing a stone.. 5 days later he was dead.

At his last military hearing on 22nd Feb Arafat pleaded that he didn’t want to go back to his cell, because he was being brutally tortured. He had severe pain in his back and all over his body due to the beatings and being hung for many hours during interrogation. The judge was dismissive and the torture continued. Arafat died the next day.

Shin Bet claimed he had died of a heart attack but the autopsy carried out at the National Israeli Forensic Medicine Center showed no sign of heart failure or any other illness, but revealed broken bones and found his whole body was covered in “strong and excessive bruising”.. “under the skin inside the muscle and along the spine at the bottom of the neck deep inside the tissue”. The autopsy determined the cause of death : “nervous shock as a result of extreme pain from the intensity of the injuries, which resulted from multiple direct and extensive acts of torture”.

It was revealed that an Israeli doctor was involved in Arafat’s torture who had given the green light for further torture. Shin Bet routinely tortures Palestinians with impunity, some 700 cases of torture have been lodged against them yet not a single one has lead to a criminal investigation. Since 2008 the Shin Bet has been exempt from having to videotape interrogations of “security detainees” – ie the 5,000+ Palestinian political prisoners it holds, with the official excuse being ‘budgetary limitations’. In the meantime 72 Palestinian prisoners have been murdered by torture in Israeli prisons since 1967.

Arafat died in Megiddo Prison following interrogation at the notorious al-Jalame interrogation centre infamous for its abuse of child prisoners. The British-Danish security firm G4S is complicit in Israel’s torture and murder of Palestinian prisoners by helping Israel secure both these prisons. At Megiddo the whole central command room is provided by G4S as are the security systems at Al Jalame. The transfer of Palestinians from the West Bank to these prisons in Israel is in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Short video with voice-over of Arafat Jaradat’s wife Dalal describes what happened
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FY2RiQ819U

Video produced by prisoners rights group Addameer on G4S which includes interview with Arafat Jaradat’s wife Dalal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8u7yBhaUMI

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RAED ABDUL-SALAM AL-JABARI – BACKGROUND

37 years old father of five young children, Raed Abdul-Salam al-Jabari, died on 9th Sept 2014 after being severely and repeatedly tortured by Israeli interrogators at Eshel prison.

Israel had claimed al-Jabari had “committed suicide by hanging himself” in his cell but the autopsy revealed clear signs of torture – Al-Jabari had suffered brain hemorrhage following repeated blows to the head and face. His neck showed no signs of hanging.

Al-Jabari was a car mechanic in Hebron when he was abducted by the occupation on 26th July 2014 following a car accident involving an illegal Israeli settler. After a month of interrogation at the G4S secured Ofer prison, Al-Jabari was to be released on bail until the prosecution appealed and his bail was revoked. He was then moved from Ofer prison to Eshel prison on 3rd September to undergo further interrogation, 6 days later he was dead.

Video – Protest demanding justice for Raed Abdul-Salam al-Jabari (19th Sept 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_fKVyyTnZQ

VICTORY FOR MALAK AL-KHATIB

We are pleased to announce that 14 years old Palestinian schoolgirl Malak al-Khatib who was abducted by Israeli soldiers on her way home from school and caged in Israel’s notorious G4S secured HaSharon prison, has won her freedom! Following international outrage at her abduction and a wave of protests both in Palestine and outside, Israel finally relented and released her on friday 13th February. We would like to thank all those who participated in our protest in London on 30th January demanding her freedom.

Its interesting that initial bogus claims of Malak hurling rocks at military vehicles and trying to stab soldiers with a knife mysteriously vanished and the only “charge” presented at military court was of Malak “picking up a stone” – apparently even that is now a crime for a Palestinian to do.

We should remember that last year Israel abducted 1266 Palestinian children – that’s one child taken from their parents every 7 hours, so the struggle continues for the hundreds of children still caged by Israel. This includes 15 years old Khaled Sheikh who was abducted on Christmas Eve and is being caged at Ofer prison and desperately needs urgent medical care. Also the five Hares Boys whose second anniversary of unjust imprisonment is next month. Please join us when we mark that sad occasion.

Video from our 30th Jan protest demanding freedom for Malak Al-Khatib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ1URe5MBck

Interview with Malak Al-Khatib after her release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_7_-dP_vrc

Fundraiser for Rasmea Odeh
Friday, March 13 – 7:30 pm – 1 am
Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St NW, Washington DC

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/785634374863657

An evening to celebrate the resilience of Palestinian Community Leader Rasmea Odeh and raise funds for her legal defense fund on March 13, 2015. The DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival will screen “Women in Struggle” a remarkable and powerful film by Buthina Canaan Khoury that chronicles the struggles of Palestinian women imprisoned by Israel. The screening will be followed by our Dance for Freedom, an evening to share music and art.

**All Proceeds Will Go Directly to Rasmea’s Legal Defense Fund**

As a community leader from Chicago, Rasmea Odeh has been has been at the forefront of Palestinian activism for decades. She was indicted in October for allegedly falsifying information on her immigration application in support of her US citizenship. The attack on Rasmea was made based on information obtained through torture at the hands of Israel nearly 20 years ago. Although the prosecutor was allowed to present Israeli evidence, Rasmea’s defense team was prohibited from entering any evidence in her defense from that time. After an unfair trial, the court found her guilty of the charges.

After almost a month in solitary confinement, Rasmea was released on a $50,000 cash bond to return for sentencing March 12. Her struggle is not over and her DC community would like to show our support by fundraising for her legal defense team.

So come out and share an evening dedicated to the celebration of a culture of resilience and strength in the face of injustice.

The Prisoners’ Struggle – From South Africa to Palestine

OXFORD ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK 2015

Speaker: Professor Denis Goldberg, ANC fighter and former political prisoner
Chair: Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh F.B.A., Balliol College

Friday, February 20
5pm, South School, Examination Schools
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/710299552402394/

Denis Goldberg is a veteran of the South African national liberation movement. As a member of the ANC led armed struggle, Goldberg was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Rivonia Trial alongside Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders. Upon his release to Israel in 1985 after 22 years in prison, Goldberg resumed campaigning against apartheid and colonialism, condemning Israel for supporting the South African apartheid regime as well as for its treatment of the Palestinians. He has been involved with many struggles for justice since, both in South Africa and abroad, ranging from education justice to work against rape and sexual violence. In 1988 Goldberg was awarded the Albert J. Luthuli African Peace Award, and in 2009 the Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the President of South Africa. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Unison Trade Union in the United Kingdom, and has lectured at many universities around the world.

Sudhir Hazareesingh is CUF Lecturer in Politics and a Tutorial Fellow in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford. He is a fellow of the British Academy and winner of the Prix D’Histoire of the Fondation Napoleon for his 2006 book, The Legend of Napoleon. His In The Shadow of the General (Le Mythe Guallien) was published by Gallimard in France in 2010 and by OUP in 2011 and was awarded the History Prize 2010 by the French Senate.

Oxford Israeli Apartheid week is hosted by the Oxford Students’ Arab Cultural Society.

This event is co-sponsored by the Oxford University Africa Society, Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Oxford University Amnesty International, Oxford Radical Forum, rs21, Oxford Pan Afrikan Forum (OXPAF), OUSU Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), Jewish Students for Justice in Palestine, and Oxford Students’ Palestine Society.

For the other events taking place in Oxford as part of IAW, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/348590942011797/

For our website, please visit:
https://oxfordisraeliapartheidweek.wordpress.com/

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Part of the Week of Action for Rasmea Odeh

Thursday, February 19th
Live Stream with Rasmea Odeh
6pm
518 Valencia Street, San Francisco
#justice4rasmea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/797734336963444

Join AROC on February 19th with a live discussion with Rasmea Odeh. Get updates on her case and find out ways to get involved.

A conversation with Rasmea Odeh on political repression, Palestine, and the targeting of her by the US Federal government. Find out ways to plug into the local defense committee.

As part of a week of action, the Rasmea Defense Committee is organizing 2 live-stream events. One in Chicago on February 13th and another in San Francisco on February 19th.

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The first hour will be a presentation by Rasmea followed by questions and answers. We will then transition into a facilitated discussion about next steps for the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee.

JUSTICE 4 RASMEA
Protests, speaking events, and fundraisers are being organized across the U.S. as part of the growing national movement to win justice for Rasmea Odeh. A new website, justice4rasmea.org, will serve as an information clearinghouse and organizing resource for the growing campaign. This is a critical time, as Odeh will appear in court on March 12 for a sentencing hearing, where she faces up to 10 years in prison and deportation.

Odeh is a 67-year-old Palestinian community leader in Chicago. In November 2014, hundreds gathered for every day of her week-long trial in Detroit, where she was unjustly convicted on charges of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, for allegedly giving untruthful answers on her application for U.S. citizenship over a decade ago. The case was initially brought based on her 1969 arrest in Palestine by Israeli Occupation Forces. She was sexually assaulted and tortured into a false confession, and that conviction by the Israelis in 1970 was used against her in the U.S. case.

Odeh’s supporters say the Detroit verdict was unfair, largely because of decisions by federal Judge Gershwin Drain, who allowed the Israeli conviction into evidence, but did not allow her legal team to present the rape, torture, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This and more will be the basis of her appeal of the conviction, a notice of which will be filed immediately after the March 12 sentencing hearing.

Dozens of letters from faith and labor leaders, national civil rights organizations, community based institutions, academics, and public intellectuals have been written to Judge Drain, asking him to allow Odeh to remain free pending the appeal. Her lead attorney, Michael Deutsch, stated, “Rasmea is entitled to an appeal bond under the law because her case has meritorious legal issues to be decided by a higher court.”

Starting today, as part of a national week of action to defend Odeh, events will take place in Minneapolis, Seattle, New York City, Dallas, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, Tucson, Grand Rapids, the Bay Area, Washington DC, and other cities (comprehensive list here). Some of the events will feature a live stream speech by Odeh, a chance for her to address audiences in cities across the country, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST (7:30 pm EST) Friday, Feb. 13. Additional live streams have been added for Sunday, Feb. 15 (3:00 pm EST) and Thursday, Feb. 19 (6:00 pm PST).

Activists from across the Midwest plan to join Odeh in Detroit for the March 12 hearing. In the meantime, several events are planned to raise funds to support the appeal, including Rock for Rasmea in Minneapolis, and one of which was organized by Students for Justice in Palestine last week.

For more information and background on Rasmea Odeh’s case, visit justice4rasmea.org.

Part of the Week of Action for Rasmea Odeh. See list of events here.

Thursday, February 19
South Florida Speaks with Rasmea Odeh
6:00 pm
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St,
Miami, FL 33199
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1059892270703267/

Join South Florida as welcome long-time activist and Palestinian hero, Rasmea Odeh! She will be joining us via live-stream to hold a conversation about her persecution by the US government and about government repression of political activists in this country. This is an AMAZING opportunity for those of us who have organized around Rasmea’s case for the last year to hear from the woman herself and to ask her any questions we may have for her!

Part of the Week of Action for Rasmea Odeh. See list of events here.

Thursday, February 19
Live Stream with Rasmea Odeh
7:15 pm
Pan African Connection
828 4th Ave.
Dallas, TX
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393585210949766/

Livefeed discussion with Rasmea Odeh, February 19 at 7:15 p.m., at Pan African Connection.

Palestinian American activist Rasmea Odeh has been targeted by the FBI to punish her for the work she has done for the Palestinian community. Last November she was convicted of felonies for errors on years old immigration paperwork. Now she is awaiting sentencing. Her court date is March 12, and she may go to prison.

On February 19, she will join us for a live feed talk about her experiences, the current case, and what this means for her and for other activists.

We are asking everyone who can to come out and show your support. This is government repression based on politics. If we don’t stand up to it, any one of us could be next.

This event is sponsored by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, the Dallas Palestine Coalition, and several Dallas activists.

You can find more information about this case at www.stopfbi.net

International Women’s Day with Rasmea Odeh
Sunday, March 8
6:00pm 
U.E. Hall
37 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/652756228169625/

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2015

Sponsored by Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network

March 8, International Women’s Day, born of the struggle of working women, of immigrants, in New York 100 years ago – is a day of celebration and resistance. There can be no more fitting way to mark the occasion than to revisit the past struggles and victories won, in order to continue to build the struggle for women’s liberation.

We’ll have as our special guest Rasmea Odeh. Her courage and strength as she faces ongoing persecution by the U.S. Dept. of Justice has made her a symbol of the resistance by women in Palestine and in the struggles for national liberation all over the world.

Other guests include:
Mariame Kaba, founder of the NIA Project in Chicago, and one of the members of We Charge Genocide, the group that appeared before the UN Committee on Torture to expose the Chicago Police.

Sarah Chambers, a member of the bargaining committee of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) that led the strike in 2012, and co-chair of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, leaders in CTU.

Kait McIntyre, a leading anti-war activist in Chicago, and a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Plus cultural offerings from Chicago and the Philippines.

International Women’s Day in 2015: the system we live under is waging a war on women. Working class women; African American women and immigrant Latinas dealing with national oppression and racist discrimination; women in the oppressed nations of the world suffering under the wars and occupations of U.S. imperialism: all can take heart on this day. Women’s liberation is part of the bright future, where capitalism is ended and replaced by socialism.

Long Live International Women’s Day!

Part of the Global Call to Action for the Hares Boys.

Sunday, March 15
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Plaza de la Cultura, San José, Costa Rica
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/400661190095156/

The following call to action is being circulated by the campaign to support the Hares Boys:

This year, Sunday 15th March will mark 2 years since 5 teenage boys from the village of Hares, Palestine, were kidnapped from their homes, abused and violently interrogated, and locked in an Israeli prison. All for something they didn’t do.

It began on 14th March 2013, after a car accident resulting in some serious injuries for its passengers was allegedly caused by Palestinian youths throwing stones at the vehicle; except that there is no evidence to suggest that stone-throwing took place at all.

That same night, Israeli army stormed the villages of Hares and Kifl Hares and detained 19 Palestinian youths. Obtaining their “confessions” through interrogation and ill-treatment, some of these youths were eventually released. Five of them, however, are still incarcerated to this day. These are the Hares Boys.

Should the Israeli military courts get their way, the Hares Boys will face long years in prison for a “crime” that carries no evidence of their supposed guilt and which all the boys deny.

To mark the 2 years since the boys’ incarceration, we are calling on campaigners around the world to devise local actions aimed at raising the profile of the case of the Hares Boys and by doing so, put pressure on the Israeli occupation to respect the principles of justice and release these kids from prison.

We invite you to organise leafleting, vigils and protests, boycott actions, petitioning and letter-writing, talksand film screenings.

The on-going fight against Israeli military aggression and occupation is getting stronger with every new atrocity the apartheid state commits; it matters to vocalise opposition to the continuing injustices the Hares Boys – and, by extension, all Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons – face daily, in order to prevent these dangerous precedents from taking place at all.

Join the fight against oppression. Stand on the side of justice.

For more information, see:
Website: haresboys.wordpress.com
Facebook: Free the Hares Boys
Twitter: @HaresBoys