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USA vs.Rasmea Odeh: Erasing the Palestinian Immigrant Story

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By Bill Chambers

A 67 year-old award-winning leader of the Arab and Palestinian immigrant community who came here 20 years ago; developed programs supporting women’s rights; has never been arrested or charged with a crime in the U.S.; is indicted for allegedly “lying” on her citizenship application about being convicted by a military court using a confession obtained through torture and sexual assault. Now try to imagine this scenario happening if this remarkable woman was from Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Russia, China, or any other country with whom the U.S. has less than friendly relations. But in this case, she is Palestinian and the country where her rights to a fair trial, as a prisoner, and as a woman to be free from abuse were violated – was Israel.

NSA Spying on Palestinian-Americans for Israel and for the U.S.

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By Bill Chambers

Recent articles have described NSA documents released by Edward Snowden showing that in 2009 the U.S. reached an agreement to routinely share information with Israel including the content and metadata of phone calls and emails from Palestinian-Americans. The information was shared with a secret Israeli spy organization called Unit 8200.  As the Guardian points out, the agreement calls for the material to be “raw” or unredacted, meaning names and personal information have not been taken out. Much of the U.S. coverage of this story has focused on putting the relatives of the Palestinian-Americans living in Israel or the Occupied Territories in danger from the Israeli security services, but no one seems to be concerned about Palestinians living in the U.S. whose personal information is being captured and shared with U.S. security services.

OP ED: Open Letter to Yifat Elrich’s Arab-Jewish Coexistence Proposal

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By Samantha BordersSamantha Borders

Dear Yifat,

In your recent op-ed titled “Arab-Jewish co-existence through a Christian military draft”, you state that rather than a dividing force, Arab Christians joining the Israeli Defense Forces would provide “an entry ticket into Israeli society”.

Palestine’s New Appeal to the United Nations

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

In the aftermath of the Gaza war, head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is using a new strategy to put international pressure on Israel and to lift his government’s standing among Palestinians. The strategy involves a Security Council resolution that would demand an end to Israeli occupation within three years as well as acceding to the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Detroit Hearing Update

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By Bill Chambers

Once again the supporters of Rasmea Odeh came to Detroit for a hearing on her case. This time they had to be content with chanting with confrontational DHS police outside the courthouse and filling up the hallway outside the judge’s chambers during the closed hearing.

Who Really ‘Won’ the Gaza Conflict?

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

After 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five Israeli citizens killed, many analysts are arguing over who really won the war based on the treaty signed in Egypt on Tuesday.  The problem with this analysis, however, is that it does not look at the general effects of the conflict on its participants.

Defense Confirms: Rasmea Odeh Targeted for Palestine Activism

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By Bill Chambers

The defense team for Chicago Palestinian community leader, Rasmea Odeh, have uncovered new evidence that confirms her alleged immigration fraud case is based on her being targeted for Palestine activism. Yesterday, they filled a motion to dismiss the indictment against her.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh – New Judge, Next Hearing

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By Bill Chambers

The judge for the case of Rasmea Odeh originally refused to step down even with a history of giving funds to pro-Israel organizations. After reviewing defense documents showing he had an undisclosed Israeli business interest in a Jerusalem store involved in Odeh’s original arrest, Judge Borman recused himself and Odeh prepares for a new judge and her next hearing on September 2.

Chicago Media Coverage of the Assault on Gaza is Insulting

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By Dania Mukahhal

It’s no secret that the mainstream American media is biased when it comes to covering the assault on Gaza. On July 7, a few days after the start of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan, Israel began a military offensive called “Operation Protective Edge.” Since then over 1,400 Gazans have been killed and over 8,000 injured.

NBC Chicago Made a Mistake by Connecting Hate Crime to Sunday

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By Kiersten Hellegers.sarah-cm

To the editor of the CBS Chicago online publication,

Monday, Jul 21, 2014, NBC Chicago posted a report about a leaflet threatening crimes against the Jewish community if Israel does not end its siege of Gaza. NBC Chicago made a mistake by connecting this hate crime to Sunday’s peaceful Chicago protest against Israel’s strikes on Gaza. The fact is, there are hate crimes against both Jews and Muslims in Chicago, and trying to make the Israel-Palestine Conflict a religious issue only adds to this problem.