One of the “Women’s March on Washington” and “Day Without a Woman” organizers, is being kicked out of the United States.
Rasmea Yousef Odeh failed to disclose on her U.S. visa form 20 years ago that she was convicted of murdering two Israeli students in a supermarket bomb attack and for an attempted bombing of the British Consulate in 1969.
After a 10-year prison term, Odeh was freed in a prison swap with Palestinians.
William Jacobsen, a Cornell University law professor who runs the website “Legal Insurrection” says that the terror group Black September agitated for her release:
While she was imprisoned, the PFLP [People for the Liberation of Palestine] formed the “Rasmea Odeh Brigade” to try to free her and others by taking hostages, and Rasmea was on the list of prisoners whose release was sought by the Black September terrorists who took Israeli athletes hostage (and killed them) at the 1972 Olympics
For the last 20 years, Odeh has lived in Chicago. But in 2014, she was tried and convicted for immigration fraud for lying on her U.S. visa application.
The Washington Times reports that this week, Odeh found out that she’d lost her appeal. The court gave her two choices, get out of the country or go to jail:
Odeh, a resident of Chicago who has lived in the U.S. for about 20 years, plans to plead guilty to unlawful procurement of naturalization in a deal that will allow her to leave the United States rather than face the possibility of an 18-month prison sentence, according to Justice for Rasmea.
Odeh’s critics are gloating that the Woman’s March and “Day Without a Woman” organizer is leaving the country:
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) March 24, 2017
— William B. (@willbarrett_1) March 24, 2017
— The Tower (@TheTowerDotOrg) March 24, 2017
— Jewhadi™ (@JewhadiTM) March 24, 2017
— Blue Citadel (@Blue_Citadel) March 10, 2017
The group Jewish Voices for Peace had planned to have Odeh speak, but those plans have been put on hold:
— JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) March 23, 2017
And Odeh’s friends on social media took the news hard:
— laurederich (@laurederich) March 24, 2017
This Black Lives Matter activist says Odeh is an inspiration:
Rasmea Odeh is a Palestinian political prisoner who inspired my activism so much…yesterday she accepted a plea deal and will be deported pic.twitter.com/f116MIZyIq
— Samer/سامر ?? (@WaladShami) March 24, 2017
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) March 14, 2017
“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.
The convicted terrorist is scheduled to have one more court date in Detroit in April before she leaves the country.