Palestinian Terrorist Jailed in US for Lying About Bombing Conviction in Israel
JNS.org – A Palestinian terrorist who served time in an Israeli jail for a 1969 supermarket bombing has now been sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Detroit-based US federal court on immigration fraud charges.
Following her release from prison, 67-year-old Rasmieh Yousef Odeh will face mandatory deportation. Last November, Odeh was convicted of immigration fraud for failing to disclose to US authorities a past conviction in Israel for the supermarket bombing, which killed two people.
“A light sentence in this case would be a signal to anyone who has fought overseas for ISIS (Islamic State) or a similar organization that there is not much risk in coming to the United States, hiding one’s past, and seeking citizenship,” prosecutors said, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Odeh immigrated to the US in 1995. While in America, she had worked as the associate director of the Arab American Action Network, a community center in Chicago. Besides the supermarket bombing, she was convicted—along with terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine—for placing a bomb at the British Consulate in Jerusalem.
Federal prosecutors accused Odeh of failing to disclose her past criminal history when she arrived in the US from Jordan and became an American citizen in 2004.