Renewed push for answers in Odeh murd...

Renewed push for answers in Odeh murder, 28 years later

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Michael Pizzi

Matawan, NJ

#1 Oct 19, 2013
Renewed push for answers in Odeh murder, 28 years later
by Michael Pizzi
October 18, 2013 | 2:00PM ET

Activists demand accountability in the assassination of Arab-American Alex Odeh, killed in a 1985 bombing in California

On Oct. 11, 1985, Alex Odeh opened his office door at the Santa Ana, Calif. Branch of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)– a civil-rights organization where he worked as regional director – when a pipe bomb exploded, killing him and injuring several others.

The FBI initially suspected the radical Jewish Defense League (JDL) was behind the attack – and an investigative report by journalist Robert Friedman later leaked names of members the bureau suspected – but no one was ever indicted. Details about the investigation remain scant, almost three decades later.

Shortly after Odeh's assassination, a grieving corps of “shocked and outraged” ADC members dedicated the regularly scheduled 1985 ADC banquet to the slain activist. The annual Alex Odeh banquet became a tradition for some time, drawing high-profile keynote speakers like academic Edward Said over the years, but eventually fell by the wayside as hopes dwindled that Odeh’s killers would ever be brought to justice.

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