A Palestinian terrorist responsible for the deaths of two Jews in a supermarket bombing in Jerusalem was being deported from the United States to Jordan on Tuesday, after losing her American citizenship.
Rasmea Odeh, 70, pleaded guilty in April to immigration fraud, having failed to disclose her criminal record when applying for a US visa in 1994 and when applying for US citizenship a decade later.
As a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group, Odeh was involved in the bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket in 1969, in which the 21-year-old Leon Kanner and 22-year-old Edward Joffe were killed and nine others were injured. She was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli court in 1970, but served 10 years, being released in 1980 as part of a prisoner exchange.
She lived in Jordan for the next 15 years, before leaving for the US.
In 2014, Odeh was sentenced to 18 months in prison for not revealing her criminal record when applying for a visa and asylum. However, the verdict in that case was overturned. Facing a second trial earlier this year, she reached a deal with the US government whereby she would not have to serve jail time, but would have to leave the country.
In April, Odeh was a speaker at a conference held by the anti-Israel “Jewish Voice for Peace” (JVP) organisation. JVP has continuously defended Odeh, lauding her as “a feminist leader in the Palestinian and Arab-American community in Chicago”, who “survived decades of Israeli and US government persecution and oppression”.
In a statement released by the Joffe family at the time of the conference, they described Jewish Voice for Peace as “another deeply misguided so-called ‘Jewish’ organisation.”
“She [Odeh] will soon be forgotten by her supporters who have so misguidedly championed her,” they said.
“But the memory of Edward and Leon will live on forever.”