A Detroit jury on Monday found a Palestinian Arab immigrant guilty of not disclosing that she had been convicted in a 1969 terrorist attack in Israel when she was applying for U.S. citizenship, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Rasmieh Odeh, 67, was accused by prosecutors of being a terrorist who killed Israelis in 1969 and then lying about it when trying to become an American citizen. Odeh used to live in Michigan and is now in Chicago, where she works for the Arab American Action Network. She was not charged with any terrorism crime, but with immigration fraud.
The jury reached their verdict Monday morning, after just a couple of hours of deliberation. Saying she was a flight risk, Judge Gershwin Drain revoked her bond and Odeh was detained, taken away in handcuffs. Her sentencing was set for March 10.
Odeh could face up to 10 years in prison for her conviction, be stripped of her citizenship, and deported, noted the Detroit Free Press.
She was part of a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) attack planting a bomb at a supermarket in Jerusalem. Two Hebrew University students, Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe, were killed in the attack and ten others were wounded. The bomb was reportedly hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf of the store.
Odeh also planted bombs at the British Consulate in Jerusalem, one of which malfunctioned, and another of which was discovered and neutralized. Later another bomb was left that damaged the British Consulate building.
She was arrested and given a life sentence, but ten years later and after a failed escape attempt, Odeh was released to Lebanon as part of a prisoner swap with PFLP.
Odeh immigrated to the United States in 1995, coming to Michigan to help take care of her father, who had cancer. She also had a brother in Michigan who owned a restaurant. She became a U.S. citizen in 2004. On her immigration forms in 1995 and later on her application forms for citizenship, she said she was never convicted of a crime.
Prosecutors call her a terrorist who used deception to enter the U.S.
After Monday’s verdict, Odeh said outside the courthouse, "We can't find the justice ... in this court. Maybe in another place, there is justice in this world. We will find it. We will find the justice."
"I don't like to be weak in this situation," said Odeh, who added, "I'm strong, and I ask all of you to be strong. ...We are the strongest people, not the government."