Mother of Rasmea Odeh Victim: My Son’s Murder ‘Overshadowed All My Joy’

In a recently surfaced video containing her dying message to her children, Roslyn Joffe, the mother of Edward Joffe, a Hebrew University student killed in a terrorist bombing in 1969, told her children that she “could never get over” his murder and it “overshadowed all her joy.”

The video was posted by Legal Insurrection’s William A. Jacobson, who has been chronicling the story of the convicted bomber Rasmea Odeh at length. Here’s the transcript of the video, recorded shortly before Joffe’s death at 89 in 2009:

Hello, my darling children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is a farewell message to all of you. I love you and I’ll miss you all. Unfortunately I’ve got to go. Anyway, I’ve outlived lots of people and I’ve been blessed with wonderful children, grandchildren and fantastic great-grandchildren. Not everyone has that blessing in life. So, it’s my final farewell, with love and kisses. 

What’s overshadowed all my pleasure has been the loss of Edward. I could never get over that and it overshadowed all my joyOtherwise, I wish my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren lots of health, happiness, success in life and to achieve all their ambitions. Goodbye and I love you all.

Jacobson provided some context for Joffe’s tragic message:

Rasmea Odeh was convicted in Israel of the 1969 bombing of the Super Sol supermarket in Jerusalem, in which Hebrew University students Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner were killed, in addition to the attempted bombing of the British Consulate.

Rasmea served 10 years of a life sentence before being released in a prisoner exchange in 1979 for an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon. Rasmea later immigrated to the United States, where she has made Chicago her home since the mid-1990s.

In November 2014, Rasmea was convicted in federal court in Detroit of falsely procuring naturalization, by concealing her Israeli convictions and incarceration. Sentencing is March 12, 2015.

The evidence supporting both the Israeli and Detroit convictions is overwhelming and from multiple sources, as I demonstrated in Rasmea Odeh rightly convicted of Israeli supermarket bombing and U.S. immigration fraud.

Rasmea, Jacobson explained, has now become a celebrated “hero to the anti-Israel activist community,” particularly in Chicago. Despite the multiple convictions, she has been defended in a letter campaign and honored at various events and fundraisers for her activism. 


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