Feds: Woman hid terror conviction to get citizenship


Jason Meisner
Chicago Tribune
October 23, 2013

Over the past decade, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh has made a name for herself in Chicago’s Palestinian community as a peaceful social activist and staunch defender of women’s rights, supporters say.

But federal authorities allege the diminutive 66-year-old Evergreen Park woman has a violent past — one that’s come back to haunt her.

On Tuesday, federal agents arrested Odeh on charges she lied on immigration and citizenship papers by concealing her conviction for a deadly terrorist bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel. If convicted, Odeh would be stripped of her citizenship and face up to 10 years in prison, authorities said.

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