This month we marked the 28th anniversary of the assassination of Alex Odeh. In addition to our action alert and press release, many of our partners, including the NAACP and JVP, have sent out messages to their members and supporters. We also co-wrote this Huntington Post op-ed.
ADC held a press briefing during which ADC President, Warren David, Congressman Conyers, Congresswoman Sanchez, Ben Jealous, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, renewed their calls to hold Alex Odeh’s murderers accountable. (You can listen to the full recording of our press briefing by clicking here.) During the briefing, Congresswoman Sanchez announced her intent to send a sign-on letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting an update on the investigation of the terrorist attack that killed Alex Odeh 28 years ago.
Please urge your congress member to join this important sign-on letter now! The deadline to join the sign-on letter is Friday, November 1. A number of congress members have already joined, including Representative Conyers (MI-13) and Representative Lewis (GA-05).
On October 11, 1985, Alex Odeh, ADC’s Southern California Regional Director, was killed when a powerful pipe bomb exploded as he entered the ADC office in Santa Ana, California. Alex, a published poet, lecturer of Arabic Language and Middle East history at Coastline College in Santa Ana, and tireless peace activist, dedicated his life to the defense of civil liberties at home, and civil and human rights abroad. The bomb injured several other victims in addition to killing Alex.
The FBI’s investigation into Alex’s murder remains open. There is a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Yet, no arrests have been made–in spite of the fact that the FBI identified members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) as suspects shortly after the attack.
ADC and the Arab American community are deeply troubled that, despite all the available leads to resolving Alex’s murder, the perpetrators have been at large for nearly three decades.
Take a stand for justice. Please ask your representative to join Congresswoman Sanchez’s letter today.