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All out for Rasmea’s April 25 plea hearing in Detroit

By staff |
April 24, 2017
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Rasmea Odeh (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Detroit, MI – A major mobilization is underway to support Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh at her appearance in Detroit Federal Court, on Tuesday, April 25, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. A solidarity rally at starts at 1:00 PM and the hearing begins at 2:30 p.m., at U.S. District Court, 231 W Lafayette Boulevard, downtown Detroit.

A statement from the Rasmea Defense Committee states, “It is essential that we fill the courtroom in support of our leader and shero Rasmea Odeh, who accepted a plea agreement two weeks ago and will be forced to leave the U.S. soon.”

Speaking about the political context of the plea agreement, the Rasmea Defense Committee noted, “The prosecution team is now under the regime of racist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a new superseding indictment re-frames this as a case about ‘terrorism’ rather than immigration. There is the great likelihood that a jury would be prejudiced by hearing the Zionist Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel call Rasmea a ‘terrorist’ and her supporters ‘mobs and hordes,’ as he has done many times before. As a Palestinian who has dedicated her life to the cause of liberation, it is impossible for Rasmea to expect a fair trial in U.S. courts.”

Supporters from Chicago and other parts of Illinois, as well as from Milwaukee, Detroit/Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Cincinnati, Indiana, and other Midwest areas are already committed to attend.

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