On October 11, 1985 Odeh was killed by a bomb as he opened the door of his office on East 17th Street Santa Ana, California. To this date, the murder remains unsolved. The FBI has attributed it to a terrorist act and is still seeking suspects in its ongoing investigation. The FBI has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Odeh’s killers.
Alex Odeh was born on April 4, 1944 in Jifna, the West Bank, but migrated to the United States in 1972. An ardent antidiscrimination activist within the city of Santa Ana, Odeh eventually was named the Western Regional Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.