Apologists Gear Up for Rasmea Odeh’s Last Hurrah
Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh will likely be deported shortly after a federal judge formally sentences her next month for naturalization fraud. So her supporters are planning one final bash in her honor, featuring radical political activist Angela Davis.
A promotion for the August 12 event in Chicago notes that it costs $5 — $6.17 with service fees — and promises “a night of music, poetry, and struggle.”
Odeh pleaded guilty in April, admitting that she failed to disclose her arrest, conviction and 10 years spent in an Israeli prison after being convicted in connection with two 1969 Jerusalem bombings. One bombing targeted a grocery store, killing Jewish college students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner.
Her plea agreement with federal prosecutors calls for no additional jail time, but it includes a stipulation stripping Odeh of her American citizenship; it says “she will not be allowed to remain in the United States” and can never return.
Yet her supporters blindly accept Odeh’s claim that her Israeli conviction resulted from weeks of vicious torture, even though the only evidence to support this claim is Odeh’s word. A Red Cross monitor declared her Israeli trial fair, and her father was in contact with US diplomats at the time, and reported no such abuse.
Further, her sworn plea agreement included language that renders the torture claims moot:
“At the time she made the false statements, [Odeh] knew the statements were false,” the plea agreement says. She “also admits that all of these false statements were material … She made the false statements intentionally and not as a result of any mistake, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or any other psychological issue or condition or for any innocent reason, and not withstanding any other statement or testimony Defendant Odeh may have made at any other time regarding those answers.”
Nevertheless, Odeh stood by her story days after she signed the agreement, calling the government’s case “a phony immigration charge” and blasting “the racist nature of the justice system in this country.”
Her followers appear to have no second thoughts about whether their hero is an honest person, let alone an unrepentant killer. While it’s one last hurrah for Odeh, the August 12 event offers yet another example proving that, for Israel haters, facts really aren’t important.