Hyatt, no space for Jewish Voice for Peace unless they remove convicted terrorist R. Odeh!
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Hyatt intl, no conference space for Jewish Voice for Peace unless they remove Rasmea Odeh!
Dear Hyatt Hotels Corp,
Jewish Voice for Peace's 2017 Member Conference is taking place March 31st to April 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Mccormick Plaza, one of your fine properties.
Rasmea Odeh is scheduled to speak at a panel event entitled "All in!" Organizations obviously are free to choose who they wish to have speak at their events. However, we believe that Rasmea Odeh is several bridges too far.
Rasmea Odeh is not merely an activist. She is a convicted murderer who detonated a bomb at the Super Sol supermarket in Jerusalem, Israel in 1969. This bomb killed two Hebrew University students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner. While Rasmea Odeh is now speaking on conference panels Edward and Leon did not get to become whatever they might have become had Odeh not saw fit to murder them in cold blood.
Odeh maintains that her confessions were coerced. That she was physically and sexually assaulted by Israeli guards. However all evidence contradicts these claims.
Rasmea Odeh is only in this country (after being freed in a prison swap) under false pretenses, as she lied on an immigration form that asked whether she had ever been convicted or imprisoned.
Odeh, who was tried, convicted and sentenced to imprisonment and deportation in 2014, is currently facing a superseding indictment regarding not this immigration fraud, but terrorism.
Detailed background information on Odeh can be found at the following links
Rasmea Odeh is guaranteed various constitutional protections that we Americans hold dear, but she is NOT guaranteed a platform in a private space.
Hyatt, your name is synonymous with hospitality. However, if you extend hospitality to Rasmea Odeh, that may well change. Jewish people will certainly no longer make that association.
We implore Hyatt Hotels and the Hyatt Regency Mccormick Place to give Jewish Voice for Peace an ultimatum: either remove Rasmea Odeh from your conference or be denied event and hotel space.
We, the signees pledge that unless Hyatt acts in the manner suggested, Hyatt will not receive our business or conference bookings, and that we will implore others to act similarly.
We hope and believe that you, Hyatt will make the right decision.
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