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Convicted Terrorist Rasmea Odeh Sentenced to Deportation, Loss of Citizenship

Convicted Terrorist Rasmea Odeh Sentenced to Deportation, Loss of Citizenship

Few supporters show up, pledges: “We will liberate our Palestine, all Palestine”

Rasmea Odeh appeared in federal court in Detroit this afternoon for sentencing on immigration fraud charges.

As expected and agreed to in her plea agreement, the Court sentenced Rasmea to deportation and loss of U.S. citizenship. She will serve no further jail time beyond the 33 days already served prior to being released on bail, and is fined $1000.  It is not clear when she will be deported, but is now under ICE supervision (but was not taken into custody, per order of the Judge).

Numerous anti-Israel groups promised to bring large crowds of supporters to the sentencing to support Rasmea. Instead, the turnout was paltry, as these tweets from her supporters show.

Even busing people in couldn’t raise the crowd size to a face-saving level:

Expect Rasmea supporters to grossly exaggerate the size of the crowd supporting her, they always do.

Background on Case

Rasmea’s and her supporters have concocted an elaborate conspiracy theory portraying Rasmea as the victim of Zionist and Racist American machinations. In fact, Rasmea’s guilt on immigration fraud charges was clear.

Rasmea’s immigration plea resulted from her lies on immigration and naturalization forms in which she concealed a prior conviction and prison term for a 1969 supermarket bombing in Jerusalem that killed two Hebrew University students, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner. Rasmea also concealed her conviction for the attempted bombing of the British Consulate that same year. Rasmea was released in a 1979 prisoner exchange for an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon.

[Graves of Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner Jerusalem, photo by William Jacobson]

Rasmea and her supporters have thrown up phony defense after defense to both the underlying bombing and the immigration charges, all designed to portray Rasmea as a victim. A summary of these false claims and the truth rebutting the claims was in my December 2012 Op-Ed in the Detroit News, Rasmea Odeh is no victim.

The following posts at Legal Insurrection, among others, methodically rebut the propaganda put out by Rasmea and her supporters:

I told the story of Rasmea’s guilt and the fake victim narrative in an interview with the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The video, screenshots and a partial transcript appear in our post, On Eve of Sentencing, The Lies of Rasmea Odeh and Her Supporters Exposed

The Sentencing Hearing

The only reports I have are from people who attended the sentencing.

Apparently Rasmea was as defiant as ever. She never has shown any remorse for any of her crimes, and continues against all evidence to claim that she is the victim.

Local News reporter Rod Meloni observed the sentencing, and tweeted some details of the proceedings.

According to Rasmea supporter Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada, Rasmea launched into a long tirade against Israel, and repeated her claims that she was tortured into confessing (I explain in the video above why her story does not hold up):

According to reports, the Judge made the following statements during the hearing:

“All this history doesn’t have any bearing”

“I’m not really interested in whether you are or are not a terrorist”

“Even if you suffered from PTSD I find it hard to believe that caused you to make false statements” to obtain visa and naturalization

“These questions [on the immigration forms] were unmistakably clear”

You made false statements “and you did it intentionally”

“I don’t think the PTSD defense you were putting forth would have been successful”

“When people come here we expect them to be honest and truthful, and you weren’t”

“This case is really more serious than you think it is.”

Outside the Courthouse, Rasmea’s lawyer Michael Deutsch lambasted the Judge in very pejorative terms, even claiming the Judge was “controlled by the U.S. media, by the U.S. power” and didn’t want to hear about the “occupation of Palestine.”

Rasmea also spoke, also attacked the Judge, and declared her right to resist occupation. “We will liberate our Palestine, all Palestine.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office released a statement which reads, in part:

“Today’s court action clears the way for this defendant’s removal from the United States and should serve as an unequivocal message that the U.S. will never be a haven for those seeking to distance themselves from their past atrocities,” said Steve Francis, HSI special agent in charge.

Rasmea Odeh Sentencing Press Release – US Attorney’s Office by Legal Insurrection on Scribd


Sentencing Court Documents

Rasmieh Odeh Case – Notice of Intent to Request Judicial Order of Removal by Legal Insurrection on Scribd


Rasmieh Odeh Case – Defendant’s Statement in Support of Judicial Order of Removal by Legal Insurrection on Scribd


Rasmieh Odeh Case – Judicial Order of Removal by Legal Insurrection on Scribd


Rasmieh Odeh Case – Order Revoking United States Citizenship by Legal Insurrection on Scribd

[This post was updated multiple times]


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That sentence can’t be executed fast enough.

Let her out in ISIS controlled territory. With a pork chop.

It must be deflating, to lose in front of a patient court that treats you like somebody ordinary.

    Ragspierre in reply to Valerie. | August 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    The Court treated here like an American citizen against whom very serious allegations had been laid and required a careful, legal, and impartial vetting.

    Excellent job, and excellent outcome.

It is not clear when she will be deported

Get on with it.

Justice delayed (and delayed … and delayed … ) is justice denied.

Now that she’s in Europe, she can rent a van and murder a few people.

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proof the Federal Judge was an activist leftist.. any reasonable Judge would have immediately stopped the irrational tirade, ordered contempt of court jail with immediate deportation after said sentence fulfilled.

    Milhouse in reply to mathewsjw. | August 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Don’t be ridiculous. The judge is not an “activist leftist”. This was a real court, not a Hollywood court set.

Close The Fed | August 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Very disappointed with the low fine. Understand that’s standard, but she cost U.S. citizens a boatload of money with this farce of hers.

Why wasn’t she put in ICE custody for immediate deportation? I don’t get it. Or doesn’t the judge believe in deportation of illegal aliens?

Good riddance. The Left’s drawn-out, dishonest farce in portraying this vile terrorist as an alleged “victim” now comes to an end. That said, the increasingly mainstream Leftist/Dumb-o-crat anti-Israel zealotry and warped moral compass that enables Leftists to unabashedly make common cause with, and, lend their support to, Muslim terrorists under the rubric of “resistance” to the “occupation,” needs to be confronted with unrelenting vigor.

They’ll be another odeh. The supply is endless.

Odeh herself is not the problem. The system that allowed her in is the problem.

    How was the system supposed to know about her past?

      Duh, let’s see: duh, she was a convicted terrorist in one of the most infamous bombings in the world prior to her arriving in the US. Duh, she was a principal in the bombing of the British Consulate four days after the bombing in Israel.
      Odeh was on of 78 prisoners in a famous prisoner exchange in the Middle East.

      You’re right. Impossible to have vetted her when she came into the country in 1995, which is way before the invention of the Internet and the computer, and apparently, common sense.

      You nailed it again, Milhouse.

        BS. It was not “one of the most infamous bombings in the world”, not even in the top 1000. There was no bombing of the British Consulate; there was a foiled plot, which got little publicity at the time, and was completely forgotten by the time she applied to come to America. The prisoner exchange was not famous even at the time — I doubt it even made the front page of the NYT — and it certainly wasn’t famous 15 years later. Even a week after it happened I wouldn’t expect a clerk in the State Dept to recognize her name; I certainly wouldn’t expect it 15 years later. In 1995 there were no news archives to search, no Google, and no reason to suspect that she was anyone but who she presented herself as.

      Gunstar1 in reply to Milhouse. | August 18, 2017 at 1:27 am

      Maybe check with a close ally in the region just to make sure a person applying was not on their radar for something? Much less on their actual list of criminals.

      I guess that is too much to ask.

They must be crying over at Reem’s Bakery.

Just get her the f@$k out of America already!!!

Good riddance.

The only problem I have with the outcome is the delay in getting Ratsmea Odious physically booted out and that delay is, unfortunately, completely understandable. At this point, considering her ratting-out some 80 of her fellow terrorists, what country in that region would want her?

Denaturalizing a murderer and booting her out of the country hardly seems just. She needs an appointment with a poxk-marked wall or a short rope on a tall platform.

    You have a very weak grasp of the concept of justice. In this case please review the crime she was charged with, and plead guilty to. Execution is not a valid punishment.

    Note that she wasn’t on trial for events occurring in Israel in the past.