Convicted Terrorist and Fraudster Gets New Trial Date

While awaiting trial, Rasmieh Odeh cavorts with fascists and bigots.

Like an insidious virus, the name Rasmieh (also spelled Rasmea) Odeh keeps popping up in the news. This time her name has appeared in connection with a “Women’s March” event where group organizers, including Odeh, have advocated “striking, marching and blocking roads,” in protest against President Donald Trump. Organizers have referred to the Trump administration as “aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist.” The irony of course is that one of the prime organizers of this event was responsible for murdering two Jewish university students simply because they had the temerity to be born Jewish.

Odeh has also been invited to speak at an event hosted by “Jewish Voice for Peace,” a hate group that is neither Jewish nor peaceful and is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and expulsion of its indigenous inhabitants. The list of other featured speakers includes a cacophony of vitriolic Islamo-fascists, well versed in the art of hate and bigotry. Lindar Sarsour, a rancid Jew-hater elevated to the status of Goddess by the radical left and Diana Buttu, a PLO shill who defended Hamas rocket attacks, among a host of other miscreants, will share the dais with Odeh. 

Odeh should have been jailed and deported from the U.S. years ago but a lax immigration system allowed her to fraudulently obtain U.S. citizenship and astonishingly, attain employment as an Obamacare worker.

Odeh was an active member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a violent group that indoctrinates its members in a convoluted mix of Marxism and Islamist supremacy. It is also listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The Odeh saga began on February 21, 1969 when she along with her terrorist cohorts conspired to plant bombs at a Jerusalem supermarket and at the British consulate office located nearby.

As a result of her actions, two university students -- Leon Kaner, 21, and Edward Jaffe, 22, -- were killed and nine others were injured. Odeh and her gang were apprehended days later by Israeli police. Physical evidence obtained at the scene undeniably linked her to the crime and she confessed to her role almost immediately. Odeh was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in a prisoner swap after serving just ten years. Following her release, she lived in Lebanon for four years and then moved to Jordan. From Jordan, she moved to the United States.

In 1995 she filled out an application for an immigrant visa and alien registration and in 2004, she applied for US citizenship and filled out an application for naturalization. She fibbed on both forms denying ever belonging to a terrorist organization. She also denied her past criminal activity, arrest, conviction and prison sentence. She then orally repeated the fabrications when questioned by an officer with Department of Homeland Security.

In October 2013, she was indicted on immigration fraud charges. The single-count indictment charged her with violating 18 U.S.C §1425(a) which criminalizes knowingly procuring naturalization contrary to law. Her fabrications and attempt to conceal her criminal past led to her naturalization, thus constituting a felony.  

On November 10, 2014 a Detroit jury found Odeh guilty of committing immigration fraud and in March 2015, a federal judge stripped her of her citizenship and sentenced her to a term of 18 months and immediate deportation following her sentence.

That should have been the end of it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Odeh’s lawyer appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit arguing that Odeh should have permitted to introduce evidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in her defense. Odeh alleged that she was raped and tortured while in prison and as result, suffered from PTSD which caused her to suppress memories of her arrest and conviction. 

Of course, the entire defense claim is contrived and there is not a scintilla of evidence to back her allegations. Moreover, Odeh candidly acknowledged her role in the supermarket bombing in a videotaped interview after her release from prison making a mockery of her claim of PTSD-induced memory suppression. Nevertheless, while the Sixth Circuit rejected most of Odeh’s appeal, it ruled that evidence of PTSD and its effects on memory should have been allowed into evidence. Consequently, the court ordered a new trial.

Trial was set for January 10, 2017. In a bid to secure a conviction, the Justice Department issued a superseding indictment which alleged additional facts to support the charges. In seeking citizenship, Odeh failed to note her association with the PFLP. That fabrication, standing alone, would constitute sufficient grounds to secure a conviction even if by some miracle, a jury bought her story of PTSD and selective amnesia.

Odeh’s lawyers claimed they needed more time to review the superseded indictment and requested an adjournment, which was granted. A new trial date has been set for May 16, 2017.

This saga has gone on for far too long. Odeh the malevolent terrorist-fraudster has been allowed to walk free while she perniciously denied that basic right to others. She has manipulated the court system at taxpayer expense while partnering with fascists and bigots. The woman has shown not an ounce of remorse for taking the lives of two innocent civilians. Hopefully, on May 16, 2017 justice will be served. 

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