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Defense moves for new trial for Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh

Odeh’s lawyers continue to press for her release from jail as they argue her trial denied her the right to due process and a fair trial.

Jailing Rasmea Odeh may trigger trauma from Israeli torture, expert tells judge

Community groups, hundreds of women, urge judge to free Rasmea Odeh as defense lawyers motion refutes assertion she has no strong community ties.

Defense promises to appeal guilty verdict against Rasmea Odeh

Palestinian American community leader faces prison time and deportation.

After tense last day, jury begins deliberations on Rasmea Odeh

Prosecution invokes Rasmea Odeh’s 45-year-old record dozens of times in its closing argument.

Rasmea Odeh takes the stand in her own defense

Odeh told her story to a federal jury but under strict instructions from the judge not to mention her history of torture by Israeli occupation authorities.

US government focuses on 45-year-old Israeli military ruling in trial of Rasmea Odeh

Activist “embodies the history of the Palestinian people,” her lawyer tells court.

Dozens travel to Detroit to support Rasmea Odeh as trial begins

By denying Odeh the ability to testify to the torture she experienced at the hands of Israeli soldiers and security forces in 1969, she will be unable to testify “freely, fully and fairly on her own behalf,” says her lawyer.

Bay Area activists declare victory after Israeli carrier cancels all ships

Activists are claiming their most significant victory yet as Israel’s largest shipping company avoids their protests in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Judge deals major blow to Rasmea Odeh's defense

A week before the trial begins, Rasmea Odeh’s defense is severely hampered by judge’s ruling on pre-trial motions.

Claims of anti-Semitism vanish as facts emerge in incident at NY-Tel Aviv game

Man who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime in New York is now accused of taking part in an attack on a Palestinian-American woman.

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