Protesters rally for detained Palestinian American activist in Detroit

A number of rights organizations and individuals have gathered in Detroit calling for the release of Palestinian American women's rights activist Rasmea Odeh, who faces deportation.

Protesters rally for detained Palestinian American activist in Detroit

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. Palestinian Community Network organized protests in the city of Detroit yesterday in support of Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, a 65-year-old women’s rights activist.

Rasmea Odeh had to stand before the Eastern Michigan District Court on Wednesday where she was accused of fabricating information on her immigration application after being arrested on 22 October. If found guilty, she may face 10-years in prison and deportation.

A number of her supporters, including civil rights groups, faith-based institutions, Arab organizations, women's rights activists and civil liberties attorneys attended the protests. They have accused the authorities of targeting Odeh, who was well-known for her work in the field of women’s rights with the Chicago Cultural Alliance, just because of her Palestinian origin.

Her attorney Michael Deutsch said that the Department of Homeland Security was “behaving in a discriminatory fashion, targeting Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians for selective prosecution.” He also mentioned that her close friend and colleague Hatem Abudayyeh was among 23 Palestinian Americans whose home was raided by police for supporting the Palestinian cause in 2010.

Deutsch also accused the U.S. government of working closely with Israeli officials who were targeting Palestinian Americans in this manner, and questioned why Odeh was being charged “after 20 years of model citizenship and good deeds in service of her community.”

According to Hatem Abudayyeh, almost 100 organizations in the U.S. have written letters or signed statements condemning Odeh’s indictment. “There is no justification for this political attack on a 65-year-old woman who has dedicated her life to progress and social justice. We will stand with her to fight these charges,” he told FightBackNews.

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