Arab American Action Network
A Palestinian immigrant who hid an Israeli terrorism conviction from U.S. authorities when she moved to the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and will likely be deported to Jordan upon her release.
Federal prosecutors are recommending at least five years in prison for a Chicago activist who didn’t tell immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students at a supermarket.
An Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in Israel in 1969. Rasmieh Odeh of Chicago paid a $50,000 bond and was released Thursday, about five weeks after her conviction.
A federal jury found a Palestinian immigrant charged with immigration fraud guilty on Monday for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people.
Rasmieh Odeh is the final witness at her trial. Lawyers also are expected to give closing arguments Friday.
Rasmieh Odeh faces trial in a week, but her lawyers want more time. She failed to disclose convictions for bombings in Israel when she applied for U.S. citizenship in 2004.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh of Evergreen Park turned down a plea agreement last week in Detroit federal court and fired her attorney. Her new lawyer, Michael Deutsch, has made a career of representing political activists.