Was it just lax? Or was it intentional as ordered by the pro-Palestinian Obama Regime? Palestinian pressure groups in Chicago are outraged after indictment of a Muslim woman accused of hiding her conviction for two 1969 Jerusalem bombings when she applied to become an American citizen.
Algemeiner The anger is not about Rasmieh Yousef Odeh’s alleged lies and secret, murderous past. Rather, the activists are upset with Federal law enforcement officials for daring to charge her. “An attack against any community organizer is [an] attack against us all. Rasmieh Odeh is not alone,” the U.S. Palestinian Community Network wrote in a Twitter post Tuesday.
Odeh’s arrest represents “another example of the continuing repression of Palestinians and people who stand in solidarity with them,” a group called the Committee to Stop FBI Repression said in a statement. “Homeland Security, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s office now are carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”
Odeh spent 10 years in an Israeli prison after being convicted in connection with two February 1969 bombings by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); one at a crowded supermarket that killed two people, and one at the British Consulate in Jerusalem that caused property damage.
She failed to disclose her arrest, conviction and incarceration when she applied for a visa to come to America and then, in 2004, for naturalization as a citizen. Immigration forms specifically ask about an applicant’s background and associations. Odeh’s failures to disclose, and her sworn signature that her applications were true, are the basis for the new prosecution.
“The United States will never be a safe haven for individuals seeking to distance themselves from their pasts,” William Hayes, acting special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit, said in a statement. “When individuals lie on immigration documents, the system is severely undermined and the security of our nation is put at risk.”
Odeh is an associate director with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) in Chicago. Last spring, she was honored as a “2013 Outstanding Community Leader” by the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a group which describes itself as a “consortium of Chicago’s ethnic museums, cultural centers, and historical societies whose mission is to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.”