imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

View article without comments

Reem’s Bakery in Oakland glorifies Rasmea Odeh, and doesn’t like people holding vigils

by Miriam Elman Sunday, Jul. 30, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Reem’s Bakery in Oakland glorifies Rasmea Odeh, and doesn’t like people holding vigils outside for her victims.

America is a free country, and as the owner of Oakland’s newest Arab restaurant, Reem Assil has every right to feature whatever “art” she wants to on the premises—even though she’s glorifying an unrepentant murderer and immigration fraudster.

It’s morally reprehensible, but Assil’s customers are also entitled to dine while admiring the restaurant décor and its wall of shame.

But what they don’t have the right to do in California—even in its private malls and shopping centers—is suppress the speech of those who oppose the “appalling mural” and what it represents.

Bottom line: The effort to stifle and silence Oakland’s vigils in honor of Rasmea Odeh’s victims is even more offensive and grievous than the fact that Reem’s California is decorated with a giant image of her face.

Report this post as:

Call out Reem Assil's Hypocrisy

by Oakland Warriors Sunday, Jul. 30, 2017 at 6:52 PM

This is cold:

"It’s worth noting that in several interviews since the controversy over her restaurant erupted, Assil has said that she “wants her food to stir up a conversation”; and that “even a hard conversation is welcome in her space.”

So Assil says that she wants her guests to “take something out with them” along with the fresh-baked man’oushe—a “challenging conversation” or even a “change of opinion.”

But if that’s true, it just begs the question: why hasn’t she denounced the months-long harassment and abuse heaped on the protesters, or reached out herself to engage with her detractors?"

Report this post as:

Rasmea Odeh, in context

by just the facts, ma'am Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017 at 3:28 AM

Ramsea Odeh was born in 1948 in Lifta, a town just outside of Jerusalem. When she was one month old, her family fled to Ramallah in order to escape the Arab-Israeli War. Odeh began attending Communist Party meetings at the age of 12, and subsequently became involved with the Arab National Movement. She studied political economy at the American University of Beirut in 1968 and returned to the West Bank the following year.

Also in the late '60s, Odeh became an active organizer with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist group designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Odeh famously masterminded PFLP's February 21, 1969 terrorist attack in which two Israeli university students, Leon Kaner and Edward Jaffe, were killed by a bomb blast in a Jerusalem Supersol food market. A second bomb, timed to detonate just as first responders arrived, was defused by security forces before it could explode. A third bomb that Odeh and PFLP placed near the British consulate office in Jerusalem was also discovered and destroyed in a controlled detonation on February 25, though another bomb in that same vicinity did manage to cause structural damage some days later.

Odeh was arrested on February 28, 1969 for her role in the aforementioned bomb plots, and on March 1 and 7 she made a full confession to Israeli authorities. The physical evidence against Odeh was also compelling, as a large quantity of bomb-making materials were found in her bedroom and in the home of one of her co-conspirators.[1]

When Odeh stood trial in 1969, she was convicted on all the charges against her and was sentenced to spend the rest of her life in an Israeli prison. With the exception of a brief period in 1975 when she escaped from that penitentiary, Odeh remained incarcerated until March 14, 1979, at which time she was released as part of a deal in which she and 75 other PFLP-affiliated prisoners in Israeli jails were exchanged for a single Israeli soldier who had been captured in Lebanon.

Upon regaining her freedom, Odeh spent the next four years living in Lebanon, then moved to Jordan, and finally came to the United States, where her father was living, in 1995. When she filled out an application for an immigrant visa and an alien registration, Odeh falsely checked off “no” when asked if she had ever been convicted of a crime. Moreover, she falsely stated that she had resided exclusively in Amman, Jordan since 1948.

In 2004, Odeh, who has used as many as nine aliases over the years, applied for U.S. citizenship and filled out an Application for Naturalization where she again lied about her prior arrest, conviction, and incarceration. She also checked off “no” when asked if she had ever belonged to a terrorist organization. Because Odeh's lies were not detected at that time, her application was approved and she was sworn in as a United States citizen in December 2004.

In 2013 Odeh secured employment as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois, but lost her job when she was indicted that October for felonious immigration fraud (vis-à-vis her 1995 and 2004 applications).

Odeh rejected a plea deal that would have: (a) required her to serve just six months in jail, and (b) permitted her to remain in the United States for another six months following her release. As she prepared to go to trial, Odeh insisted that the presiding judge, Paul Borman, recuse himself because of his close ties to a pro-Israel social-service organization. Borman initially refused to comply, but later—to avoid any appearance of impropriety—he stepped aside when it was learned that at the time of the 1969 Supersol bombing, his family had a small financial interest in the supermarket chain.

In her November 2014 trial, Odeh took the stand and claimed that when she had filled out her fraudulent applications in 1995 and 2004, she thought that the questions referencing arrests, convictions, and incarcerations referred to criminal acts committed on U.S. soil. Her testimony however, was soundly refuted by documentary and testimonial evidence, and in March 2015 the jury found Odeh guilty of immigration fraud. A federal judge stripped the woman of her American citizenship and sentenced her to a prison term of 18 months and immediate deportation to Jordan following her sentence.

Odeh’s lawyer appealed the jury's verdict to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, arguing that his client should have been permitted to introduce evidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in her defense. This was because Odeh alleged—without any proof whatsoever—that she had been repeatedly raped and tortured while in prison and, as result, suffered from PTSD which caused her to suppress memories of her arrest and conviction. While the Sixth Circuit rejected most of Odeh’s appeal, it ruled that evidence of PTSD and its effects on memory should have been allowed into testimony. Consequently, the court ordered a new trial and scheduled it for January 10, 2017. When Odeh’s lawyers then claimed that they needed more time to review the superseded indictment and requested an adjournment, a new trial date was set for May 16, 2017.

In 2015 Odeh participated with the longtime Communist revolutionary Angela Davis in an event that was co-organized by the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter. According to a report in Ebony magazine, the two women “discussed the importance of Black-Palestinian solidarity, political imprisonment in the U.S. and Israel, as well as the need for the abolition of prisons and ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” Moreover, Odeh praised the black liberation movement and proudly stated: “I now more fully understand the prison-industrial-complex that sister Angela Davis so eloquently talks and writes about.” Davis returned the praise and stated that the federal government was targeting Odeh as “part of the broader struggle against political imprisonment in the U.S.”

In early 2017 Odeh co-authored a manifesto laying out the agenda for a March 8th “general strike” called “Day Without a Woman,” an anti-Donald Trump event that was billed as part of a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.” The document instructed women to: (a) wear red as a symbol of solidarity against Trump's “misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies”; (b) block roads, bridges, and public squares; (c) “abstai[n] from domestic, care, and sex work”; (d) identify and denounce “misogynistic politicians and companies”; and (e) boycott businesses supportive of Trump and his agendas. The other co-authors of the manifesto included Angela Davis and Purdue University professor Tithi Bhattacharya, a self-proclaimed “revolutionary socialist.”

The pro-BDS organization Jewish Voice for Peace invited Odeh to participate in a workshop at its 2017 National Member Meeting, alongside Arab American Association of New York executive director Linda Sarsour, BDS activist Alissa Wise, and Ferguson (Missouri) activist Nyle Fort.

In a March 2017 plea agreement between Justice Department officials and Odeh, the latter pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C §1425(a), a statute criminalizing any deliberate effort “to procure, contrary to law, the naturalization of any person.” Moreover, it was agreed that Odeh would be stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported but would not have to serve jail time.

Odeh is revered as a heroine by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as evidenced by the fact that the organization has named a number of its terror cells in her honor.

Report this post as:

Local News

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique du microcosme macrocosme O15 6:44AM

September 2018 Honduras coup update O15 3:31AM

The Nation Unites Against Brian Kemp, Most Racist Secretary of State in US O14 7:34AM

The Nation Unites Against Brian Kemp, Most Racist Secretary of State in US O14 7:23AM

Paraphysique de l'ubérisation O13 7:56AM

22 Ways Trump Has Increased US Deficit By 4 to 5 Trillion Dollars O12 10:34PM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Plus d'hôpitaux, à bas les aéros O12 6:38AM

When Banana Ruled (documentary) O11 3:00AM

Outstanding Report By RAMOLA D &Dr.Tomo Shibata O10 9:17PM

Dark Clouds Gather on Horizon for Financial System, Warns International Monetary Fund O10 1:51PM

Fbi pure evil & immorality O10 5:39AM

Reality Check: Palestinian-Israeli Coexistence is a Big Lie O09 7:40PM

Voiceless Animals: 2018 Candidates They Oppose O09 7:01PM

IMF Lowers Global Growth Projections and Raises Concerns of Financial Crisis O09 3:27PM

Canitie, l'inhumanité vieillit O09 7:13AM

L'anarchie en quelques exemples O07 6:50AM

100 Ways GOP Have Stolen Elections Since 1876 O06 12:03AM

Proximospective de l'univocité réifiée O05 6:27AM

“Kava-no!!!” O04 6:42PM

Trump & Palestine vs. Genesis, Rashi & The Land of Israel O03 6:29PM

The Criminality of the Elites O03 11:35AM

Business de l'inhumanitaire O03 7:51AM

Marriage Rape/Date Rape Highest Rapes O02 2:59PM

Women I Know Get Raped - Too Many Times To Count! O02 2:55PM

Women In USA Have Stockholm Syndrom O02 2:50PM

Shooting Drill's Are Political Actual Shootings O02 2:47PM

Dr. Ford's Father Works With CIA O02 2:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy