Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | October 28, 2021-Earlier today Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) honored the memory and life of Alex Odeh on the floor of the House of Representatives. She spoke about his life, his work, and his tragic and untimely death at the hands of domestic terrorists.
Representative Rashida Tlaib expressed, “Those who support oppressive policies in Palestine that murdered Alex, and those who continue to fearmonger and whip up hate against us today, will not win. We will never give up Alex. I’m proud to be here because of you.”
Her powerful words are a reminder that justice can still be achieved. That by remembering Alex and his work only makes us stronger. ADC thanks Rep. Tlaib for her tireless support of Arab Americans, and all oppressed peoples, and for speaking today to ensure that Alex is not forgotten.
This speech follows the introduction of H.Res 695, which honors the life and legacy of Alex. The resolution recognizes the terrorist assassination of Alex Odeh and expresses condolences to his family and the ADC. The resolution was introduced on September 30, 2021 by Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) , who represents the district where Alex and his family lived, and where the attack which claimed his life occurred. The resolution is co-sponsored by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the first Palestinian woman elected to the House of Representatives, and life long civil rights and peace advocate.
Alex was tragically assassinated when a pipe bomb exploded as he entered the ADC West Coast Regional office in Santa Ana, California on October 11, 1985. Despite knowing who the primary suspects are, those responsible for the attack have not yet been brought to justice, and the investigation into the remains open.
Alex was a tireless Arab-American peace activist who committed his life to protecting civil and human rights in the U.S. and abroad. He was a poet, a lecturer of Middle East History at Coastline College in Santa Ana, and ADC’s West Coast Regional Director at the time of his assassination.