Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour -- who presides over the Arab American Association of New York and prominent speaker at the January 21 Women’s March on Washington -- is scheduled to speak at an event in Chicago in April with Rasmeah Yousef Odeh, who was convicted of a terrorist bombing in Israel in 1969.
 
Odeh was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group and held responsible for two bombings in Israel. She was involved in a bombing in Jerusalem that killed two Americans and wounded nine Israelis. In addition, she bombed the British consulate in Jerusalem. The Chicago event is being sponsored by the left-wing Jewish Voice for Peace.
 
Freed by Israel from prison in 1980 as part of a prisoner engage, Odeh emigrated to the US in the 1990s. Since then, she has claimed that her confession to Israeli authorities was obtained through torture and sexual assault by Israeli military police. 
 
Odeh is a naturalized American citizen and works for the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. However, in 2013 she was arrested on immigration fraud charges and convicted in federal court in 2014. She had failed to say on her application for a visa that she had been jailed in Israel and linked to terrorism. This did not stop her from being employed as an Obamacare "navigator," helping applicants to obtain healthcare insurance contemplated by the Affordable Care Act.
 
Odeh was sentenced to a year and a half in prison and then stripped of her American citizenship. Even though her deportation from the US has been ordered, she still remains in the US pending appeals.
 
Odeh, along with other radicals such as Angela Davis, recently signed on as an organizer for a worldwide women’s strike planned for March 8.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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