Federal prosecutors are putting pressure on an imprisoned Jewish Defense League activist in hope of solving the 19-year-old killing of an Arab-American official. The case involves Earl Krugel, the JDL’s former West Coast coordinator, and Alex Odeh, the former Western regional director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Odeh was killed in 1985 by a bomb that detonated when he opened the front door to his office in Santa Ana, California.

In a separate case, Krugel pleaded guilty nearly a year ago to conspiring with JDL national chairman Irv Rubin to bomb a Los Angeles mosque and the field office of US Rep. Darrell Issue (R-CA), who is of Lebanese descent. Krugel and Rubin were arrested before the alleged plan could be carried out.

Over the years, the FBI has investigated several JDL members in connection with the Odeh murder, which has become a cause celebre in the Arab American community. No charges have ever been filed and the
JDL has steadfastly denied involvement…


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