She's been a darling of the Left for quite some time but gained prominence recently as an organizer of the Day Without a Woman strike. She also happens to be a convicted terrorist who, in 1969, took part in the murder of two Israeli students. Now, Palestinian murderer Rasmea Yousef Odeh will be forced to leave the U.S.
Odeah, who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 20 years, never disclosed her terrorist conviction on her U.S. visa application (it's unclear how even the most rudimentary vetting process wouldn't have revealed her terrorist past) and it's time to pay the piper. According to reports, the terrorist struck a deal to plead guilty to unlawful procurement of naturalization and leave the country, rather than face up to 18-months in prison. The Washington Times reports:
She had been scheduled to undergo another trial after a U.S. appeals court vacated her 2014 conviction, saying an expert witness should have been allowed to testify that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from allegedly being tortured in prison when she gave the false answers.
The 69-year-old Palestinian activist was convicted in the 1969 supermarket bombing in Israel that killed two Hebrew University students.
She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner exchange.
Her supporters said it would be “impossible for Rasmea to expect a fair trial in U.S. courts.”
“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,” said a Thursday statement on the websites Justice for Rasmea and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network.
“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’ and her supporters ‘mobs and hordes,’ as he has done many times before,” said the post.
Odeh, a feminist and Palestinian activist, was among those who organized the worldwide general strike Day Without a Woman. She is slated to speak next weekend at the Jewish Voices for Peace conference in Chicago.
Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson applauds the decision.
"She was convicted of immigration fraud in the first trial, and would have been convicted in the re-trial," Jacobson said in an email to the Times.
"Her new defense that PTSD caused her to falsely answer simple questions on her naturalization papers about past convictions and imprisonment was laughable. Rasmea and her supporters invented an alternate universe based on hatred of Israel, but alternate universes tend not to do very well in court when faced with real world evidence."
Best of all, news of Odeh's demise broke on Thursday, the same day unabashed-Zionist David Friedman was confirmed as our new Ambassador to Israel.