Rasmea Odeh, the Palestinian terrorist who was embraced by the liberal feminist movement, has pleaded guilty to charges of immigration fraud. As a result, she is losing her U.S. citizenship and has agreed to be deported to Jordan. Earlier this month, Odeh was one of the leaders and organizers of the “Day Without A Woman” Marches across America.
It appears Odeh, who has criticized America but praised Islamic rule, did not persist enough.
Before she joined the modern feminist movement in America, Odeh was convicted of terrorist acts in Israel. That was not a deal-braker for liberal feminists, because she killed Israelis, who liberals hold in lower regard than actual Islamic terrorists.
An activist with the Arab American Action Network, Odeh was alleged to be a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terror group. She was convicted in Israel in 1970 of taking part in two bombings the year before, one at a supermarket in Jerusalem and another at the British consulate. Two Israeli students were killed in the supermarket bombing. Nine were injured in the two blasts.
Odeh was freed from prison in 1980 as part of a prisoner exchange. She emigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s and gained citizenship in 2004. She has denied taking part in the terrorist acts and has claimed that she was tortured and sexually assaulted by Israeli police to elicit her confession.
Odeh’s case has become a rallying cry for anti-Israel, left-wing and feminist activists. She recently helped organize the “Day Without A Woman” protests that took place on March 8.
Odeh’s history of terrorism and Islamic extremism is well known, and yet, she was embraced by American feminists. These women, however, would have no voice under the Muslim rule Odeh advocates for.
In 2014, Odeh was convicted of fraud in her naturalization application. She failed to mention her terror conviction and ties to Palestinian terrorist groups. Her plea deal means she will spend no time in an American prison, which prosecutors wanted. Instead, she agreed to deportation to Jordan, which to many, is far worse than being in an American prison.
Instead of focusing on Odeh, however, we should focus on Hebrew University Students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner. They were shopping for groceries in Israel in 1969 when Odeh’s bomb killed them.