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Evergreen Park Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Hiding Bombing Conviction

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, appeared in court this week. She is accused of failing to disclose a prior conviction before applying to become a U.S. citizen.

An Evergreen Park woman accused of not disclosing her involvement in a deadly Israeli bombing before applying to become a U.S. citizen pleaded not guilty in court this week.

Lawyers for Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, said before her arraignment on Wednesday that she was being unfairly targeted and that the charges were politically motivated, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Odeh, an activist within the Palestinian community, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to failing to disclosing her conviction in a 1969 bombing that killed two people at a market in Jerusalem, according to reports.

A military court in Israel gave her a life sentence in 1970, according to an Associated Press report. Odeh was released in a prisoner swap 10 years later. She appeared in a Detroit court, the same court where she became a citizen nearly a decade ago.

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Roy Keane November 15, 2013 at 08:50 AM
I almost feel like this woman should simply be left alone.....as a prize for getting past Immigration despite serving years in an Israeli prison for a bombing that killed people....then to live in this country for yet another 17 years without anyone figuring out who she was. She deserves some sort of prize for that.

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