[Marxism] Fwd: Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 19 07:34:25 MDT 2014

NN: What has PSLS uncovered about this interrelationship between Israeli 
government pressure and funding of these groups and US government 
involvement in any if these cases?

DK: In several cases we have encountered, the role of the Israeli 
government has been public, and in many others, we can only guess at the 
influence it is having. We know in big criminal cases that Israel has 
been the impetus behind some prosecutions and has provided the US 
government with much evidence, often tainted by torture and utter 
disregard for human rights and due process. This was the case in 
Muhammad Salah’s trial in 2006 on terrorism-related charges, as well as 
in the Holy Land Five case. It is very likely the case now in the 
prosecution of Rasmea Odeh, a beloved community activist who has done 
amazing work organizing Arab women in Chicago for over a decade. Odeh 
allegedly committed immigration fraud ten years ago because she did not 
mention on her naturalization application that she was arrested, 
convicted by an Israeli military court, and imprisoned for ten years by 
Israel for a crime she says she did not commit. During her interrogation 
by Israeli security forces, she was brutally tortured. Her trial will 
take place in Detroit this fall.


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