March 8 marks International Women's Day, and to show how valuable the gender is to society, a nationwide event has been planned.
According to Boston.com, women who want to partake in “A Day Without a Woman” are encouraged to:
- Take the day off and refrain from engaging in both paid and unpaid labor.
- Avoid shopping anywhere that isn't a small business owned by women or minorities.
- Wear red clothing to show your support for A Day Without a Woman.
While the event is meant to raise awareness for gender inequality, it ended up raising serious red flags about one of the organizers.
Co-organizer and co-author of an open letter published in The Guardian, Rasmea Odeh called for the beginning of a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.”
Just how “militant” Odeh thinks women should get in their resistance of President Donald Trump is wherein the problem lies.
According to The Daily Caller, Odeh was convicted in Israel in 1970, for her participation in two separate bombings the year before. One bombing took place at a supermarket in Jerusalem. It killed two Israeli students and injured nine others:
The second bomb was discovered and disarmed at the British consulate, as reported by The Daily Mail.
She confessed to involvement in the bombings.
She later claimed that the confession was a result of torture and sexual assault by Israeli military police.
But, according to court transcripts, two explosive bricks similar to the ones used in the bombings were found during a search of her apartment.
Odeh was also named one of the leading women of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the book “Daughters of Palestine: Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement.”
One section of the book, shared by Legal Insurrection said:
“The other three guerrillas — Fateh's Fatima Bernawi, Democratic Front's Eiseh Odeh, and Popular Front's Rasmiyeh Odeh (who is apparently unrelated to Eisheh — were living in the West Bank in 1967 when the armed resistance movement erupted. The three women soon became part of the first recruits but all were captured by the Israelis within a year or two.”
After 10 years behind bars, Odeh was freed from an Israeli prison as part of a prisoner exchange. In 1990, she emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 2004.
Although she now refers to herself as “Rasmea,” a photo of her alleged citizenship application obtained by the Daily Mail has her name spelled as “Rasmieh.”
It also has the surname “Joseph Steve” instead of “Odeh.” The spelling of her name has also been seen as “Rasmiyeh.”
Also in 2004, co-conspirator Ayisha Admad Odeh described Rasmiyeh's involvement in the incidents:
After Odeh failed to disclose on her visa application her ties to the designated terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and her conviction in Israel, she was arrested in 2013 on immigration fraud charges.
The co-organizer of "A Day Without A Woman was convicted a year later. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison, stripped of her citizenship, and ordered to be deported from the United States.
A Michigan attorney reflected on the trial and told ABC:
“An individual convicted of a terrorist bombing would not be admitted to the United States if that information was known at the time of arrival.”
Now, pending her appeal, she remains in the U.S. and is encouraging large groups of women to resist the leader of the free world.