Arab activist's past catches up with her
DETROIT — A Chicago activist might plead guilty in Detroit to failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction in a deadly bombing in Israel in 1969, her attorney said on Saturday.
A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago.
“We are engaging in serious negotiations, which could lead to a guilty plea,” defense lawyer William Swor said. “If she enters a guilty plea, she will likely have to leave the country.”
Odeh's case has angered pro-Palestinian activists in the United States who accuse the government of trying to silence dissent on Israel.
Odeh, who is in her 60s, entered the United States from Jordan in 1995 and became a naturalized citizen in 2004. She is charged with not disclosing her past when she applied for citizenship in Detroit.
Odeh was convicted of an attack that killed two people at a Jerusalem market in 1969.
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