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Activist faces sentence for lying about Israeli crime record

Chicago activist faces possible prison sentence for not disclosing '69 convictions in Israel

Activist faces sentence for lying about Israeli crime record

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge has set aside extra room in a courthouse for a large crowd to watch the sentencing of a Chicago activist convicted of lying to win U.S. citizenship.

Rasmieh Odeh is returning to federal court on Thursday, four months after she was convicted of failing to disclose a criminal record in Israel. She was convicted of two bombings in Jerusalem in 1969.

The 67-year-old Odeh runs daily operations at Chicago's Arab American Action Network. She faces deportation after a possible prison sentence.

In 2004, Odeh answered "no" on her citizenship application when asked about past arrests or convictions. She says she believed the questions were about U.S. crimes.

Odeh is an outspoken supporter of Palestinians in Israel. A fundraiser was held for her Wednesday in a Detroit suburb.


Updated : 2021-09-24 08:56 GMT+08:00