The latest cause célèbre of the "Its all Israel's fault" folk is Rasmea Yousef Odeh, currently under arrest on charges she lied on immigration and citizenship papers by concealing her conviction in a terrorist attack over 40 years ago . If convicted, Odeh could face up to 10 years in prison, and lose her American citizenship. The 66 year old woman was arrested Tuesday.
According to reports, Rasmea Yousef Odeh was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine She was involved with a 1969 bombing in a crowded Jerusalem supermarket, that killed two, and with another bombing at the British consulate. An Israeli military court sentenced Odeh to life in prison in 1970. She was released 10 years later in a prisoner exchange.
According to U.S. authorities Odeh withheld information regarding her terror record on immigration papers when she came to the U.S. from
Jordan in 1995 and again in 2004 when she became a US citizen.
From the FBI
“The United States will never be a safe haven for individuals seeking to
distance themselves from their pasts,” said William Hayes, acting
special agent in charge for HSI Detroit. “When individuals lie on
immigration documents, the system is severely undermined and the
security of our nation is put at risk.”
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara L. McQuade
said in a statement that anyone convicted of terrorist attack is barred
from entering the United States.
"Upon discovery that someone convicted of a terrorist attack is in
the United States illegally, we will seek to use our criminal justice
system to remove that individual," she said.
This convicted terrorist is now the poster child of the SJP National Conference who claim her arrest is "part of a campaign of political intimidation", and somehow neglect to mention her role in terror attacks on Israeli civilians.
Extremist group American Muslims for Palestine and its affiliates (AMP) have also taken up the cause, and they too neglect to mention Rasmea Yousef Oded's involvement with terror attacks in Israel. Rather they state "She has overcome amazing odds after being convicted by the Israeli
military court system in 1969 for her alleged association with a leftist
Palestinian nationalist group that the U.S. designated a terrorist
Oh, yes. Just a model citizen.
This case was investigated by agents of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations along with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.