ASSOCIATED PRESS – TERESA CRAWFORD
Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday to show their support for a Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem prior to her deportation to Jordan.
Rasmea Odeh posed for pictures with supporters and activists, some carrying signs with her picture proclaiming their support for her and her cause.
Odeh thanked the crowd before getting on a Royal Jordanian aircraft for the 11?-hour flight to Amman.
“Thank you for all you did for me,” she said. “What happened is unjust, it’s inhuman. They tried to destroy my life, but they will not destroy me.”
Some of her supporters vowed to take up her cause.
“We will liberate Palestine,” said Hatem Abudayyeh, coordinator of Odeh’s defense committee. “We will liberate Palestine because of the Rasmea Odehs of the world.”
Odeh pleaded guilty in April to concealing her convictions when she applied for U.S. citizenship in Detroit in 2004. Her record would have disqualified her from entering the U.S. a decade earlier.