Rasmieh Yousef Odeh Accused Of Deadly Israel Bombing Pleads Not Guilty

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A woman charged for not telling U.S. immigration authorities about her role in a deadly bombing in Israel pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday in Detroit, where she became a citizen about 10 years ago.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, was convicted of a 1969 attack on a market which killed two people in Jerusalem. She was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court a year later, but was released in 1980 during a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Associated Press reports.

Odeh, who lives in Evergreen Park, Ill., came to the United States in 1995 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in Detroit in 2004.

According to United Press International, if convicted, the associate director at the Arab American Action network could lose her citizenship, face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and be deported.

Odeh was released on bail bond in Illinois on Oct. 22. She refused to speak outside the courthouse where supporters marched with signs that said “stop anti-Arab racism.”

William Swor, her defense lawyer, will be taking over the case from a Chicago attorney.

“The government says they were somehow misled” during the process of immigration, Swor told The Associated Press. “We’ll be asking questions about that.”

In east Jerusalem, Rawda Odeh said Rasmieh should not have her U.S. citizenship be taken away. She spent time with Odeh in prison.

“She spent a sentence in prison for what she did,” Rawda Odeh told AP. “Does she have to be punished 10 times for what she did?”