How a Palestinian Guerrilla Gained and Lost U.S. Citizenship”

We are delighted to share the news that Steven Lubet, Northwestern University’s Professor of English will be blogging about the new book.

This is the summary from the publisher:

A bomb went off in Jerusalem’s largest supermarket on February 21st 1969. Two people were killed and many others were injured in the blast, prompting intense searches for terrorists responsible. Israeli security forces swiftly arrested, tortured and tried Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian aged 21, for the murder of her husband. Odeh, who was presently serving a 25-year sentence for murder, did not serve a life sentence at an Israeli prison. Instead, she began a new life in America, starting in Detroit, then Chicago. She eventually became a naturalized citizen, and worked as a community organizer. Her 2013 arrest in the United States by federal authorities on unlawful procurement of citizenship led to her subsequent trial. Defenders and detractors alike were quick to point out the details of Odeh’s case and the evidence against Odeh.

These findings are based on extensive research Trials of Rasmea Odeh separates fact from fiction as it follows the remarkable twists of this story, even―or especially―where those facts subvert one political narrative or another. This rare book is both a remarkable achievement in scholarly research as well as a captivating, accessible and engaging narrative. It makes it an indispensable resource for discussing the topics of citizenship, statehood and legality.

Some blurbs are also available:

This is a shining example of scholarship. Lubet’s combination of deep inquiry and critical empathy has created a masterpiece that all young scholars, no matter their discipline, will enjoy reading. It is one of the best books I have ever read, The Trials of Rasmea Odeh.”―David J. Garrow, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Bearing the Cross Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

“Professor Lubet takes no shortcuts with this book, unflinchingly examining the record of Odeh’s life … Professor Lubet is able to explain the underlying lawAnd legal strategy in a way that is clear and comprehensible without losing any technical nuance. His vivid portrayal of the courtroom brings life to it, showing how political and legal strategies have influenced the outcome. [It]It is well written, and should be enjoyed by a broad audience. “―Cassandra Burke Robertson, John Deaver Drinko – BakerHostetler Professor of Law and Director, Center for Professional Ethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Trials of Rasmea Odeh weaves together an intricate historical and legal account of Middle Eastern conflict and U.S. denaturalization. Rasmea Odeh’s story is as gripping as any fiction thriller. Her writing style is brimming with nuance. It is a highly educational and interesting book that can be used by scholars as well as general readers. “―Irina Manta, professor at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

It is always a pleasure to read the posts of Prof. Lubet!