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#Justice4Rasmea: Palestinian activist receives support as US deportation order is served

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Date of publication: 18 August, 2017

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The US citizenship of Rasmea Odeh was revoked after she failed to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.
A Palestinian activist in her 70s has received a flood of support after her US citizenship was revoked on Wednesday.

Rasmea Odeh will be deported and has to pay a fine for failing to disclose her full records when entering the country and applying for citizenship. She reportedly failed to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.

She pleaded guilty in April to obscuring her previous convictions when she entered the US in 1994 and applied for citizenship a decade later.

She would have been barred from the country if she had disclosed the convictions at the time.

The #Justice4Rasmea hashtag emerged on social media in solidarity with the Palestinian activist.

There was also a solidarity protest held in Detroit.

US District Judge Gershwin Drain ordered no prison time, but he ordered her deportation. She has agreed to be deported to Jordan, or elsewhere.

In 1970, Odeh was convicted in Israel of two bombings, including one that killed two men at a supermarket in Jerusalem.

She insists she was tortured by Israeli military into confessing.

Odeh was released in 1979 as part of a prisoner swap with the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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