Palestinian Found Guilty of Hiding Role in Jerusalem Bombing From U.S. Authorities

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh served 10 years in an Israeli prison before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

AP

A federal jury in Detroit has found a Palestinian immigrant guilty of failing to tell immigration authorities about her conviction and imprisonment in a fatal Jerusalem supermarket bombing.

The jury reached its verdict Monday in the trial of Rasmieh Yousef Odeh. She was charged with immigration fraud for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969.

She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The 67-year-old Odeh is associate director of Chicago's Arab American Action Network. She says she thought the question in the 2004 citizenship application referred to convictions under U.S. law.

She also says Israeli authorities tortured her to get a confession. The judge in Detroit barred reference to that at trial.