Palestinian deported from US over 1970 blast lands in Jordan

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Posted: Sep 20, 2017 3:33 PM
Palestinian deported from US over 1970 blast lands in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A 70-year-old Palestinian woman who was deported from the United States for concealing a decades-old bombing conviction arrived in Jordan on Wednesday.

Rasmea Odeh was greeted by several well-wishers after her arrival at Jordan's international airport.

She said that she's "very angry, very upset and tired." She declined further comment.

In 1970, Odeh was convicted of two Jerusalem bombings, including one that killed two people. She says she confessed under torture. She was released in a 1979 prisoner swap between Israel and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Odeh didn't disclose her criminal record when applying for a U.S. visa and later for U.S. citizenship. Her 2014 conviction for lying on her application was vacated after an appeal, but she made a deal with the government when prosecutors said they would take her to a second trial.

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In Chicago, Odeh was associate director of the Arab American Action Network, which provides social services and education.