Detroit judge recuses himself from Palestinian woman's terror case
By Niraj Warikoo
A federal judge in Detroit reversed course and recused himself Tuesday from handling the case of a Palestinian-American woman accused by Israel in the 1969 bombing of a supermarket in Jerusalem, saying his family had a financial tie to the supermarket chain.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said that “at the time of the 1969 bombing, my family had a passive financial investment connection to SuperSol,” the supermarket in Jerusalem that Rasmieh Odeh of Chicago is accused of bombing in 1969, killing two people.
She faces immigration charges in Detroit, where she first entered the U.S., for not disclosing that she was convicted in an Israeli court of terrorism.
Defense attorneys for Odeh, 67, had argued that Borman should recuse himself because he “is a lifelong active supporter, fund-raiser and promoter of the State of Israel” who had given money to pro-Israel groups, including the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit.