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The Murder of Alex Odeh

Author: Richard Habib
June-July  2016
Volume 49 , Issue 3
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About This Issue
Our July-August 1989 issue of  The Link featured an interview with Ellen Nassab, the sister of Alex Odeh.   That interview took place on Feb. 18, 1989 at Ellen’s home in  California, less than four months before she died of cancer.

In that  interview Ellen cited a L.A. Times article that named a member of the Jewish Defence League as a suspect in her brother’s murder.  But that suspect had fled to Israel, and Israeli authorities had refused to extradite him back to the States.  Ellen’s last words on the subject were: “So, here in the States, we bow to Israel.”
It’s been over 30 years since Alex Odeh’s murder and, as this issue of The Link tells us, much has happened — and not happened.  Richard Habib, our author, was a Los Angeles chapter board member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee at the time of Alex’s murder.  Now a retired businessman, he has followed the case closely over the last 30 years.  In 2015, he received the Alex Odeh Advocacy Award.
 By the end of his article, Richard Habib, it seems, reaches a conclusion not that dissimilar from that of Helen Nassab.

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