Abdulrahman Odeh is part of the Holy Land Five, Muslim activists targeted during the Bush Administration in their attack on Muslim activists after September 11th. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
A year after his birth in Silwad, Palestine in 1959, Mr. Odeh moved to Kuwait. He lived there for about 20 years before moving to the United States in 1982. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Montclair State College in New Jersey in 1989. He worked in his own vending business for nearly a decade and as a limo driver for three years before opening Holy Land Foundation’s east office in New Jersey in 1994.
During his course of work, Mr. Odeh traveled the world to help those in need. In 1996, he visited the Palestinian city of Rafah and hand-delivered 50 tons of flour, 50 tons of rice and 50 tons of sugar for 294 families. In Ramadan of 1997, he helped distribute 100 food packages to several Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. In 1999, he traveled to Albania for one month and gave out 1,000 tons of flour, two ambulances and a mobile bakery. The same year, he opened up a food pantry in Patterson, N. J. that benefited over 200 needy families. Mr. Odeh also represented the HLF in many United Nation events in Egypt and Jordan.
Mr. Odeh currently has three American-born children: Lena, 21; Abdulkareem, 16 and Mohamad, 14. To family and friends, Mr. Odeh is a humorous, honest and caring individual. In his own words, “I’ve always liked to help others.”