Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Leave US
JNS.org – Rasmea Odeh, a 69-year-old convicted Palestinian terrorist, has accepted a plea bargain that revokes her American citizenship. Although Odeh will not serve any time in a U.S. prison, she will be forced to leave the country.
Prior to accepting the plea deal, Odeh was sentenced in the U.S. to 18 months in prison for failing to disclose her criminal record to immigration authorities when she applied for American citizenship in 2004. Specifically, Odeh failed to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in Israel for her role in a 1969 Jerusalem bombing that killed two Hebrew University students.
Odeh has previously confessed to planting the bomb in that Jerusalem terror attack, but later claimed her confession was made under duress. In 1970, she was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli court and served 10 years of her sentence before being released early in a prisoner exchange deal in 1980.
Recently, Odeh has taken on prominent public roles in the BDS movement against Israel and the international Women’s March protest.
Following her acceptance of the deal, the Rasmea Defense Committee released a statement containing anti-Semitic overtones, saying, “The prosecution team is now under the regime of racist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a new superseding indictment re-frames this as a case about ‘terrorism’ rather than immigration…there is the great likelihood that a jury would be prejudiced by hearing the Zionist Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel call Rasmea a ‘terrorist.’”