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1969′ Palestinan Bomber Lives in USA?

Rasmieh-Yousef-Odeh-AP  Palestinian Woman Convicted in 1969 Israel Bombing

I posted this story about Rasmieh Odeh earlier in the year when she was first charged with lying on immigration forms and U.S. citizenship applications in 2004 when she was granted US citizenship. Ms. Rasmieh Odeh is now 67, and live an active life helping other Arab-American where she lives in Chicago, IL.
This week Ms. Odeh was found guilty by a jury of not disclosing that she had been convicted in a 1969 Israel bombing when she was applying for U.S. citizenship. She claimed that yes, she did mark no on those forms, but she thought the question related to a conviction in the U.S.A. I hate to play devil’s advocate here, but if you are an immigrant applying for citizenship why wouldn’t you think it was referring to where you just came from. Perhaps the form need to ask two questions relating to the country you left and while you have been in the USA. I don’t believe that would have made a difference then nor now, because in general even American born here, who has a criminal past do not want to disclose that information because they know it will immediately disallow/disqualify them of whatever it is they are trying to obtain: most places of business will not hire them, certain living/rental places won’t accept them, and so on.
I believe it is the crime this woman was convicted of (a terrorist act of bombing) that is hard on the heart, even though she claims she was forced into a confession.
The question is of law. Did she break the law and what consequences does the law require? Does the ‘good work’ she has done to assist others in the  Arab American Communities offset the seriousness of her past, the law would say it has nothing to do with anything. We are living in a dangerous time throughout the world and I understand the US government stand on this situation with her or any person. I read that many in the Arab American communities are outraged and see this as a political attack on this woman? Why would the government do that?  If all she is doing is good, and if it is good–good for whom?  Share your opinion by replying. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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