Protest Planned for Palestinian Activist

A rally in Boston will support Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, convicted in Detroit on immigration violations.

Boston-area activists are planning a rally to protest the conviction of a Palestinian activist on immigration violations.

The rally in support of Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday outside the John F. Kennedy federal building.

The 67-year-old Odeh was found guilty in Detroit last week of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction in a 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is associate director of Chicago's Arab American Action Network and is respected for her work with immigrants, especially Arab women.

Her lawyer said she thought questions on immigration papers referred only to crimes in the U.S.

The Boston rally is organized by several groups who said in a statement that Odeh is the victim of "politically motivated government persecution."

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