Rasmea Odeh, a convicted Palestinian terrorist and a prominent figure in the January’s Women’s March, will be deported from the United States. She has accepting a plea deal that allows her to avoid any potential prison time.
Ms. Odeh will forego U.S citizenship and leave the United States to be returned to Jordan. This, after she failed to disclose on her immigration application that she had served prison time in Israel for committing a pair of terror attacks.
A key condition of her plea bargain dictates that Odeh would not be imprisoned in the U.S or sent to a detention facility, according to the Rasmea Defense Committee.
Ms. Odeh gained prominence recently in the U.S. as the result of her involvement in the Women’s March and “A Day Without A Woman” protests. In a letter published in The Guardian newspaper, Odeh, along with her activist co-authors, urged women to join in a worldwide “wave of militant feminist struggle.”
However, the New York Post reported on February 25, 2017 that Odeh had previously been convicted for her role in a pair of terrorist attacks in Israel. A 1969 attack, in which killed two students were killed, was carried out against an Israeli supermarket. In 1980, Odeh was ultimately released from prison as a participant in a prisoner exchange.
At the time, Odeh admitted planting the bomb in the 1969 attack. However, in later years, she claimed that the confession was obtained under duress and torture. Israeli government officials continue to dispute her account.
In 2004, Odeh was able to acquire her U.S citizenship by withholding the pertinent facts about her past terrorist activities. She cited post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the reason for lying in connection with her citizenship application.