(JNS.org) Convicted Palestinian terrorist and feminist activist Rasmea Odeh was granted a platform to denounce Israel Sunday by the far-left organization Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
Odeh’s appearance at JVP’s Chicago conference came a week after she accepted a plea bargain revoking her American citizenship and forcing her to leave the country for failing to disclose to U.S. immigration authorities her conviction and imprisonment in Israel, over her involvement in a 1969 Jerusalem bombing attack that killed two Hebrew University students.
At the anti-Israel event, Odeh drew parallels between the recent developments in her case and the creation of the state of Israel, stating, “My heart screams against injustice. I thought when I came to [the] U.S., and made it my second home, it would be the last station in a journey of struggle that I share with my Palestinian people in response to the Nakba (“catastrophe,” an Arab term for Israel’s 1948 War of Independence) and the occupation of 1967.”
“Now I face a similar, unjust nakba—[I am] forced to leave the country and the life that I’ve built over 23 years in the U.S.,” she said.
Odeh, 69, also vowed to continue to fight against Israel.
“I will continue my struggle for the right of return [of Palestinian refugees]…and for the establishment of the democratic state on the entirety of the historic land of Palestine,” she said.
The Anti-Defamation League has listed JVP as one of America’s top 10 anti-Israel groups. Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan called the organization’s hosting of a Palestinian terrorist “inexcusable,” saying it made him feel “ashamed” as a Jew.