NNAAC expresses disappointment with Rasmea Odeh verdict and detainment

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The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) is disappointed by a federal judge’s ruling Nov. 10, 2014, to detain well-known Palestinian activist and community leader Rasmea Odeh until her sentencing in March 2015. Ms. Odeh was found guilty this week of “Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization.”

The guilty verdict, along with Ms. Odeh’s court-ordered four-month detainment, prior to her official sentencing, is of great concern to NNAAC, especially considering her respected status in the community and her age.  The Network requests that she be released on bond immediately until her sentencing. Ms. Odeh, who is 67 years old, has been serving her community in Chicago for many years.  Throughout this time, Ms. Odeh has been involved in community and human rights work, particularly with regard to women’s and workers’ unions, family and domestic violence groups, human rights centers and the Red Cross.

“Rasmea has a long history of serving her community and is a very active and impactful advocate. We are disappointed in the judge’s decision to enforce such a severe ruling on an individual who has devoted her life to protecting the rights of others,” said Nadia Tonova, director of NNAAC.

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