Palestinian Convicted of Two Bombings Back in U.S. Court Over Immigration Fraud

Rasmieh Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, was released from Israeli prison in a swap.

Rasmea Yousef.
Rasmea Yousef departs federal courthouse in Chicago, August 12, 2014.AP

A woman accused of covering up her conviction in a bombing in Israel when she entered the U.S. is returning to court for the first time since a new judge was assigned to her case.

Federal Judge Gershwin Drain is holding a status conference Tuesday. He got the case after Judge Paul Borman recused himself. Borman recently learned that his family had a stake in a Jerusalem supermarket that was bombed in 1969.

Rasmieh Odeh is associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She's charged with lying on immigration documents but wants the case dismissed.

An Israeli military court convicted her for two bombings, one of which killed two men at a SuperSol store. Odeh, also known as Rasmea Yousef, was released from prison after 10 years in a swap between Israel and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.