Rasmea 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, on Tuesday boarded a plane to Jordan after a court ordered her to be deported, JTA reports.
Odeh, 70, was ordered to leave last month by a U.S. federal court in Detroit after she lied about her involvement in terror in Israel to illegally obtain U.S. citizenship.
Dozens of Odeh’s supporters gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare airport on Tuesday evening waving signs bearing her picture and words of support, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The supporters, including family and friends, held a two-hour rally outside of the airport surrounded by police and federal marshals.
The supporters were not permitted to enter the airport with Odeh, who reportedly cried as she entered the airport.
“Up until this very moment, I didn’t believe they will throw me out of the place I’ve spent over 23 years, separate me from the people whom I love and they love me,” she told the Sun-Times. “How can I express how I am feeling? I don’t want to understand that this is my last day in the U.S. I don’t want to believe that.”
She told the newspaper that she does not have family left in her home country of Jordan, and that it was not her choice of destination. She is barred for life from reentering the Unites States.
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.
In April she pleaded guilty 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.
According to a plea agreement Odeh signed, she admitted that she lied about her criminal history.
During the time she lived in Chicago, Odeh worked as associate director of the Arab American Action Network, which provides social services and education.
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.”
(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)