Alex Odeh Day

Washington, DC | October 11, 2007 | |
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 the FBI’s website

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.)

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.


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