Arab activist released from Michigan jail before sentence for hiding role in Israel killings

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FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Chicago is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain reversed his earlier decision that Odeh remain jailed until her sentencing in March. Drain said he no longer believes she will flee and said she can leave by posting a $50,000 bond. She was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT — An Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in Israel in 1969.

Rasmieh Odeh of Chicago paid a $50,000 bond and was released Thursday, about five weeks after her conviction in Detroit federal court. U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain says he no longer believes she might flee the country.

Odeh's sentencing is March 12.

The 67-year-old runs daily operations at Chicago's Arab American Action Network.

A jury last month convicted Odeh of failing to disclose her conviction for bombings in Jerusalem when she applied for citizenship in Detroit in 2004. She says she believed the questions about criminal history were limited only to the U.S.

Odeh faces likely deportation after any prison sentence.

She and her many allies are outspoken supporters of Palestinians in Israel. She spent a decade in an Israeli prison after being convicted in a series of bombings, including one that killed two Hebrew University students at a supermarket. Odeh has said she was tortured into confessing to the crimes.

Israel released her in 1979 as part of a prisoner exchange with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the group behind the bombings. Odeh entered the U.S. in 1995.

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