December 14, 2016 1 Commenton
The prosecution of Rasmea Odeh started out quite simply. Rasmea signed a naturalization form that denies she "EVER" (bold and CAPS in original) was convicted or imprisoned. That was a lie. Rasmea was convicted in 1970 in Israel of the 1969 bombing of a supermarket in Jerusalem in which two students were killed, and attempted bombing of the British Consulate. In the first trial, the judge did not allow Rasmea to relitigate the Israeli conviction with good reason -- whether the conviction was correct or not, the conviction and subsequent imprisonment were facts that had to be disclosed in response to the questions. The questions did not ask whether Rasmea "justly" or "rightly" or "fairly" was convicted or imprisoned, so the propriety of the conviction was not legally relevant.