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Chicago Hyatt To Host Rasmea Odeh, a Convicted Terrorist, at Jewish Voice For Peace's Annual Conference.

In May, activist Rasmea Odeh will go on trial for a second time for allegedly omitting her 1970 conviction for a deadly Jerusalem bombing from two separate U.S. immigration and citizenship applications. Although she spent a decade in an Israeli prison for her involvement in a bombing that killed two Hebrew University students in 1969the result of a trial that a Red Cross observer deemed fairher profile in the U.S. has been rising lately. She was one of eight signatories of a letter announcing the March 8 women's strike, one of the most successful actions of its type in recent American history. She'll appear at Jewish Voice for Peace's (JVP) annual conference later this month on a panel alongside Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist and BDS proponent who now has a national profile. The event itself will take place at a Hyatt hotel in Chicago. A minority owner of Hyatt Hotels Corporation is J.B. Pritzker, who is Jewish, and who is also a possible Democratic candidate for the Illinois governorship.

Peggy Shapiro, the Midwest community coordinator for the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, says she has been organizing a letter-writing campaign aimed at alerting the hotel, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, of Odeh's presence at the JVP event. "We are concerned that a convicted murder is being transformed into a celebrated martyr," Shapiro said of Odeh. Shapiro says that she sent a certified letter to the hotel's management, but hasn't gotten a response yet. Other Stand With Us activists have emailed the hotel, and received back a "very nondescript" email explaining that the hotel does not necessarily agree with every event held there, according to Shapiro.

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Author:Rosen, Armin
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:Mar 15, 2017
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