U.S. jury deliberates fate of Palestinian bomb convict

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is charged with immigration fraud for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is charged with immigration fraud for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969.

A federal jury in Detroit is resuming deliberations on whether a Palestinian immigrant broke U.S. law when she failed to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is charged with immigration fraud for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969.

She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Deliberations began Friday and resume Monday morning.

The 67-year-old Odeh is associate director of Chicago’s Arab American Action Network. She says she thought the question in the 2004 citizenship application referred to convictions under U.S. law.

She also says Israeli authorities tortured her to confess. The judge in Detroit barred reference to that at trial.

 
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