(JTA) — A Palestinian man who spent time in an Israeli prison for attempting to bomb a bus and later moved to the United States has been stripped of his U.S. citizenship and ordered deported to Jordan.
Vallmoe Shqaire, 51, of Southern California, was granted U.S. citizenship in 2008, two decades after he participated in the 1988 roadside bombing of a bus in Israel in which no one was hurt. Shqaire had ties to the Palestine Liberation Organization at the time of the bombing. He spent four years in an Israeli prison for the attack.
In September, the U.S. charged Shqaire, who was known as Mahmad hadr Mahmad Shakir, at the time of the attack, with lying about his criminal past when applying for citizenship. He pleaded guilty several months later to hiding the bombing conviction and his ties to the PLO on his citizenship application.
Shqaire was sentenced Friday in federal court in Los Angeles to nine months in federal prison, after which he will be deported, CNN reported. He has until May 28 to surrender to authorities and be jailed.