…but it’s okay because she’s a woman, and a “refugee,” right?
There are things to be outraged about, and this story (and the many levels of fail demonstrated therein) is one of them, so we’ll get straight to the facts.
The next Women’s March, “the Day Without a Woman” is scheduled March 8. The group published a screed in the Guardian on February 6, advocating a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.” A co-author of that screed, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, is no stranger to militancy. She is a convicted terrorist.
Odeh, a Palestinian, was convicted in Israel in 1970 for her part in two terrorist bombings, one of which killed two students while they were shopping for groceries. She spent 10 years in prison for her crimes. She then managed to become a US citizen in 2004 by lying about her past (great detective work, INS: Next time, use Google) but was subsequently convicted, in 2014, of immigration fraud for the falsehoods. However, she won the right to a new trial (set for this spring) by claiming she had been suffering from PTSD at the time she lied on her application. Oh, and in her time as a citizen, she worked for a while as an ObamaCare navigator.
She. Murdered. Students.
To advance her cause, she thought it was okay to plot and carry out an attack to kill people who didn’t agree with her. This is not speculation, not a rumor that she was convicted. She confessed the day after she was arrested, then after her time in prison lied and said her confession was false and only given after 25 days of torture and sexual assault by Israeli soldiers.
In the United States, she became (what else) a community organizer in Chicago and received the “Outstanding Community Leader Award” from the Chicago Cultural Alliance. After her arrest and conviction for lying on immigration forms, a “Justice for Rasmea” group was formed. The website paints quite a different picture of Odeh:
Rasmea is a community icon who overcame vicious torture by Israeli authorities while imprisoned in Palestine in the 1970s, and an example for the millions of Palestinians who have not given up organizing for their rights of liberation, equality, and return.
She lost her citizenship post-conviction and was ordered to be deported, but that order is on hold. Odeh appealed her conviction, claiming the court improperly denied the admission of expert witness testimony showing that Odeh’s failure to report her conviction and imprisonment was due to PTSD. The appeals court agreed. She was to go to trial January 10, 2017, but was granted a continuance when the US Attorney’s office filed a new indictment alleging other lies (not disclosing her ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations) on her immigration forms in December 2016.
So, back to the Women’s March. We have a convicted terrorist, who murdered students, who lies about being tortured, and who lied to become a US citizen, leading the charge. There is no longer any doubt about the lengths to which these people will go to achieve their goals.