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Woman pleads not guilty to immigration charge

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  • Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is accused of lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing in Israel when she immigrated to the United States.

      Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is accused of lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing in Israel when she immigrated to the United States.
    Associated Press/Oct. 22

 
Associated Press

DETROIT -- A South suburban woman accused of failing to tell U.S. immigration authorities about her role in a deadly bombing in Israel has pleaded not guilty in her first court appearance in Detroit.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh became a naturalized citizen in 2004. Nearly a decade later, she's charged with covering up her conviction in an attack that killed two people at a Jerusalem market in 1969.

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Odeh lives in Evergreen Park, but the case is filed in Detroit federal court because that's where the 66-year-old gained U.S. citizenship. If convicted, she could lose her citizenship.

Odeh was released on bond. She declined to comment outside court. She is associate director at the Arab American Action Network, a Chicago-area group.

Odeh's supporters marched outside the courthouse with signs that said "stop anti-Arab racism."

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