ADC Observes Alex Odeh Day
Washington, DC | October 11, 2007 | www.adc.org |
Today is Alex Odeh Day and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) calls on its chapters, members and supporters to have October 11 declared Alex Odeh Day in their cities and towns. ADC marks the 22nd year since the murder of Alex Odeh. Odeh was ADC’s Southern California Regional Director and was killed on October 11, 1985, when a pipe bomb exploded as he unlocked and opened the door of the ADC Regional Office in California.
The bomb injured several others; the FBI investigation into the murder of Alex Odeh remains open and there is currently a $1 million reward for information leading to conviction. No arrests have ever been made in the case though press reports state that the FBI has identified members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) as suspects. For more information, please visit: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seekinfo/odeh.htm
Today, the Los Angeles Times reported that officials have uncovered new evidence in the investigation that may help investigators eventually bring charges in the case (Read the LA Times story: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-odeh11oct11,1,7720507.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=1&cset=true
ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora said, “Alex’s murder is one of the first acts of modern terrorism in our nation and remains a mark of shame on the fabric of our society.” Shora continued, “As we mark Alex Odeh Day, we call upon the FBI to redouble its efforts and use the newly discovered information to apprehend and bring charges against those terrorists responsible for Alex’s murder.”
Alex was a poet, a lecturer and a tireless peace activist. Alex dedicated his life to the defense of civil liberties at home and civil and human rights abroad. He is survived by his wife Norma and their three daughters.
NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC),
which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States and to promote the cultural heritage of the Arabs. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including
chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.
The ADC Research Institute (ADC-RI), which was founded in 1981, is a Section 501(c)(3) educational organization that sponsors a wide range of programs on behalf of Arab Americans and of importance to all Americans. ADC-RI programs include research studies, seminars, conferences and publications that document and analyze the discrimination faced by Arab Americans in the workplace, schools, media, and governmental agencies and institutions. ADC-RI also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Arabs.