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Dr. Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, spoke at a town hall meeting organized to defend community member and human rights activist Rasmea Yousef Odeh. She was arrested in October, 2013, on a charge that the Department of Justice, in its continued unequal and racist application of law, worked to develop for it's campaign of intimidation of the Palestinian community and solidarity activists.
Dr. Khalidi talks about the years of work that have led to changing the narrative of Palestinian identity in the U.S., the role of the BDS movement, the significance of Palestinian films being screened for the Oscars and most recently the Superbowl and New York State and City controversies that resulted in victories for the Palestinian cause.
Lawyer Andrew Dalack explains the details of Rasmea's case and exposes the Department of Justice's efforts to paint both Rasmea and the Palestinian community in a negative light with accusations having nothing to do with the violation she is accused of committing. A "Know Your Rights" presentation is given by Dima Khalidi & Radhika Sainath from Palestine Solidarity Legal Support.
The Coalition to Protect Peoples Rights - email@example.com
Committee to Stop FBI Repression - stopfbi.net
Arab American Action Network - Rasmea Defense Committee
3148 W. 63rd Street, 2nd Floor
Muhammad Sankari, Arab American Action Network and Deanna Othman, American Muslims for Palestine do the introductions as Co-MCs