(JNS.org) DePaul University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter is coming under heavy criticism for its decision to hold a fundraiser for convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
Formerly a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, Odeh was convicted for a 1969 attack that killed two Hebrew University of Jerusalem students, Leon Kaner and Edward Jaffe.
Odeh was eventually released from an Israeli jail during a prisoner swap and in 1995 made her way to the U.S., where she eventually applied for citizenship. But she was accused of committing fraud on her naturalization application by answering “no” when asked if she had ever been charged, convicted, or imprisoned.
Last November, a federal jury in Detroit found Odeh guilty of illegally obtaining naturalization. She is facing up to 10 years in prison and the stripping of her U.S. citizenship.
On DePaul SJP’s Eventbrite webpage for the fundraiser, Odeh is described as a “Palestinian community leader in Chicago” who has “exemplified resilience” and is the victim of a government effort “to silence those who advocate for Palestinian self-determination and human rights.”
In a letter to DePaul President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, the Zionist Organization of America wrote, “You cannot remain silent [on the Odeh issue]. Your silence sends the wrong message to the DePaul community—that the SJP fundraiser is tolerable and acceptable, and that it is just another routine student group event ‘where diverse perspectives can be exchanged and discussed,’ which is the language that a DePaul University representative used in a shamefully indifferent statement about the fundraiser.”
Amy Stoken, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Chicago Region, said, “SJP’s campus activities promoting hatred of Israel have no moral limits.”