Alex Odeh Murder Suspect Leads Blockade of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Washington, D.C. | | March 5, 2024 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has formally requested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) take action following the troubling revelation that Andy Green (also known as Baruch Ben Yosef), a US citizen and a suspect in the 1985 assassination of ADC’s West Coast Regional Director Alex Odeh, is leading Israeli protestors blocking humanitarian aid into Gaza. ADC demands that the DOJ make every effort to ensure that Green is not able to contact American citizens, including one of his suspected accomplices Robert Manning, as he presents a clear danger to Arab and Palestinian Americans.

Since late January, Israeli protesters have been stopping aid trucks at the Karem Abu Salem Crossing between Israel and Egypt as Gaza faces a famine. A growing number of Palestinians, especially children, have died of starvation, according to the World Health Organization.

Green’s role was discovered by Israel Frey, an Israeli journalist who previously went into hiding after his house was attacked by a mob over expressing solidarity with Palestinians. In a March 3rd social media post, Frey wrote that one of the groups organizing protesters to block “humanitarian aid trucks” published “an appeal for donations…The address of the association in the Register of Associations is the office address of Green/Ben Yosef.”

Green was widely reported as a suspect in Odeh’s assassination starting in the late 1980s. Instead of being held accountable, he has been publicly involved in Israel’s thriving extremist political movements.

The assassination of Alex Odeh, a dedicated advocate for justice and equality, continues to cast a long shadow over the pursuit of peace and human rights in the Middle East. That a person suspected of such a heinous crime is now engaged in actions obstructing humanitarian efforts is deeply disturbing and demands urgent attention. Green’s efforts directly obstruct US policy demanding the provision of aid to Gaza.

ADC National Executive Director Abed Ayoub said, “The involvement of a suspect in the assassination of Alex Odeh in current events, particularly in actions that hinder humanitarian aid, is a stark reminder of the unresolved injustices faced by the Arab American community. We call upon the Department of Justice to intensify its investigation of Green and end the impunity that lets him continue his commitment to anti-Palestinian terror.”

As the 40th anniversary of Alex Odeh’s tragic death approaches, ADC reaffirms its commitment to seeking justice for him and his family. We urge all relevant authorities to ensure that those responsible for his murder are held accountable for their actions.

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