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Woman faces immigration charges for Israel bombing

October 22, 2013 • National News


Rasmieh Yousef Odeh departs the federal courthouse after her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Chicago. Odeh, 66, who was arrested Tuesday, has been ordered to appear before a federal judge in Detroit on Nov. 1 on charges she allegedly lied about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — An Arab-American community activist from the Chicago suburbs was arrested Tuesday on immigration charges for allegedly lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, spent a decade in an Israeli prison for her involvement in a 1969 attack that involved bombs planted at a crowded Jerusalem supermarket and a British consulate, according to a federal indictment. Only one bomb — one of two placed at the supermarket — exploded, killing the two people and wounding several others. Israeli authorities have said the attacks were planned by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

An Israeli military court sentenced Odeh to life in prison in 1970, but she was released 10 years later in a Login to read more

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