Jerusalem terrorist bomber arrested in US faces prison and loss of citizenship


Rasmieh Yousef Odeh received a life sentence for a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed 2.
• Odeh was arrested in the U.S. on immigration fraud charges for failing to report her terror conviction.

By News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff


A U.S. federal judge has scheduled a Nov. 4 trial for a Chicago-area Arab leader accused of covering up her conviction in a fatal terrorist bombing in Jerusalem when she moved to the U.S.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh allegedly hid her conviction when applying for U.S. citizenship – Photo: AP

Detroit U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain on Tuesday also scheduled motion hearings for Oct. 2 and 21 in the immigration fraud case against Rasmieh Yousef Odeh.

Drain received the case after Judge Paul Borman withdrew because his family held an ownership stake in the supermarket that Odeh and others were convicted of plotting to bomb in 1969. Two men died in the blast.

According to the indictment, Odeh was sentenced to life in prison by Israeli authorities, but released after a decade as part of a prisoner exchange with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Now known as Rasmieh Yousef, she is associate director of Chicago’s Arab American Action Network.

Odeh, 66, was accused of immigration fraud and arrested at her home in October by federal agents. A federal indictment alleges that she failed to reveal her criminal history when she immigrated from Jordan in 1995 and again when she was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2004.

She faces 10 years in prison and would lose her U.S. citizenship if convicted.

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