Instead, Ms. Assil has filed for a restraining order to keep away Michael Lumish, a writer and former college professor who joined a handful of others at protests last month outside Reem’s in Oakland, California.
The request for the court order alleges that Mr. Lumish “engaged in harassing and aggressive behavior repeatedly over the last month,” while he says he participated in two peaceful protests along with mostly older Jews.
“There were four or five of us. A guy named [Matthew] Finkelstein. It’s me and him and a couple of old ladies,” Mr. Lumish said of the July 22 protest. “We’re not exactly antifa. We’re not wearing black masks or anything.”
By now, Odeh may be living out of the country after being slated for deportation to Jordan at an Aug. 17 court hearing in Detroit, but the uproar over her legacy is far from over.
A member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, she was convicted in the 1969 supermarket bombing in Jerusalem that killed two Hebrew University students, then released 10 years later in a prisoner exchange.
Despite that, she’s a heroine on the anti-Israel left for her Palestinian advocacy and work with Arab women for more than 20 years in Chicago, where she landed after lying on her U.S. visa application about her criminal past.