Arab Terrorist Bomber Sentenced to 18 Months Prison & Stripped of US Citizenship
A Chicago community activist, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, was arrested in October 2013 on immigration charges after lying about her bombing conviction more than 40 years ago. Rasmieh placed a bomb in an Israeli supermarket killing two people and wounding several others.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying about her terrorist past to immigration officials.
Chicago activist Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was sentenced to 18 months in prison for failing to disclose her terrorist bombing convictions when she applied for US citizenship.
Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in the 1969 bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem, which were carried out on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist organization.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
A Chicago-area activist was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday for failing to disclose her convictions for bombings in Israel when she applied to be a U.S. citizen.
Backed by dozens of supporters, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Evergreen Park, will remain free while she appeals. She was sentenced in Detroit’s federal court.
Judge Gershwin Drain noted that Odeh was a “terrorist” decades ago but has changed her ways. Nonetheless, he said she lied.
Odeh faces mandatory deportation once she is done serving her time.
Decades ago, Odeh was convicted of two bombings in Jerusalem, including one that killed two people at a market. She said she was tortured into confessing.
Prosecutors alleged Odeh omitted information about her arrest and conviction when she applied for a U.S. visa in 1995 and again when she was granted U.S. citizenship in 2004.
A jury deliberated only about two hours before convicting her in November.
Odeh murdered two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf.
Odeh worked for the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) which was founded by Columbia University professor and Obama pal Rashid Khalidi (the former Director of the PLO press agency and onetime moderator of the PLO Advisory Committee) and his wife, Mona Khalidi.