Palestinian Activist Sentenced To Prison For Not Disclosing Alleged Terrorist Ties

A federal judge in Detroit is sentencing a Palestinian activist to prison time for lying about her alleged role in a bombing in Israel.

Prosecutors say the sentence should be so harsh it would deter terrorists from seeking shelter in the US

The judge ruled that 67-year-old Rasmieh Odeh lied on her citizenship application by not disclosing that she was convicted of aiding a 1969 terrorist bombing at a supermarket in Jerusalem.

She was sentenced to 18 months in prison for immigration fraud and ordered to be deported afterwards.

Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo/ WDET

Prosecutors had argued Odeh should serve at least five years as a warning to terrorist groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State that they cannot lie in order to gain access to the US.

Defense attorneys countered that the Chicago-based activist was tortured into confessing to the bombing.

They say they will appeal the sentence.   

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Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

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