PFLP terrorist to be deported from U.S.

Court rules that Rasmeah Odeh, who murdered college students in Jerusalem in 1969, will lose her American citizenship.

Ben Ariel ,

Rasmea Odeh
Rasmea Odeh

Rasmeah Odeh, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist who in 1969 murdered two Jewish college students and injured nine others in a Jerusalem bombing, lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

Odeh will be deported for failing to disclose her convictions for that bombing, the report said.

She was interrupted three times by a judge as she used her court appearance in Detroit to criticize Israel and the United States and deny that she’s a terrorist, according to AP.

“This is not a political forum for you to fan the flames of Israeli-Palestinian disputes. ... It’s about the application you filled out,” said U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain, who threatened to find her in contempt and send her to jail.

Odeh, who was released a decade after the Jerusalem attack in a prisoner swap, managed to immigrate to the U.S. in 2004 under an assumed identity. She was eventually convicted of fraud and stripped of her American citizenship.

Now 70, she pleaded guilty in April to concealing her previous convictions when she entered the U.S. in 1994 and applied for citizenship a decade later. She would have been barred from the country had she told the truth about her convictions.

Odeh now will wait for the government to deport her, probably to Jordan.

In Chicago, Odeh works as associate director of the Arab American Action Network, which provides social services and education, noted AP.

More recently, she was one of the leaders of the feminist International Women’s Strike, which organized a women’s protest against President Donald Trump. Odeh is one of the authors of the group’s manifesto which calls for a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.”