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  • To Kill a Terrorist

    02/22/2010 4:16:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 331+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 22, 2010 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    I don’t know whether Israel did or did not assassinate the leader of the Hamas military wing, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But assuming for argument’s sake that the Mossad made the hit, did it have the right to engage in this “extrajudicial assassination?” Not all extrajudicial killings are unlawful. Every soldier who kills an enemy combatant engages in an extrajudicial killing, as does every policeman who shoots a fleeing felon. There are several complex legal questions involved in assessing these situations. First, was the person who was killed a combatant, in relation to those killed him? If Israel killed Mabhouh, there can...
  • Shahada and Gendered Spaces

    02/02/2010 8:07:44 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 2, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Shahada and Gendered Spaces Bethany Stotts, February 2, 2010 For the Palestinian people, martyring themselves in an attempt to attack their Israeli “occupiers” has become a sign of honor, not only for men but also women. At a recent convention one Professor of Language and Cultural Studies explored the “gendered space[s]” of Palestinian women’s resistance against Israel in the context of the First Intifada. The First Intifada, from December 1987 through September 2000, claimed the lives of 186 Israelis and 1,491 Palestinians within the “occupied territories,” according to the B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories....
  • Holy Land Foundation Representative Arrested

    01/27/2010 2:07:44 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Detroit.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Holy Land Foundation Representative Arrested United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, a 47-year-old native of Syria, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when he attempted to enter the United States from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Masfaka made his initial appearance in federal court in Detroit on an Indictment charging him with Attempted Naturalization Fraud, False Statements, and Perjury. Joining in the announcement was Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations for Ohio and Michigan...
  • Israel threatens to use force against settlers

    12/20/2009 9:26:37 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 30 replies · 951+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Ian Deitch
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli authorities could soon use special commando units, unmanned spy planes and cellphone-jamming equipment to enforce a moratorium on new settlement construction in the West Bank, military officials said Sunday, deepening a showdown between the government and Jewish settlers. Enraged settlers leaders vowed to resist the plan, prompting Defense Minister Ehud Barak to warn that settlers would face the full wrath of the military if they continue to flout the 10-month construction slowdown. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the settlement slowdown last month in an attempt to restart peace talks with the Palestinians. But the Palestinians...
  • Giving Away Judea and Samaria – or Giving Away Indiana?

    12/15/2009 4:48:13 PM PST · by MarylousAmerica · 2 replies · 429+ views
    Marylou's America ^ | Dec. 15, 2009 | Marylou Barry
    What if, in response to intense diplomatic pressure from the world community, the United States government one day issued the following statement? “We have determined that it is in the national best interest of the United States to disengage from the state of Indiana.” WHAT?
  • United States Transfers a Guantanamo Bay Detainee to... [1 to France;1 to Hungary]

    12/01/2009 4:16:10 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 474+ views
    U.S. DOJ.gov (2 press releases) ^ | December 1, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/December/09-ag-1289.html Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 1, 2009 United States Transfers a Guantanamo Bay Detainee to France WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today announced that a detainee has been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the control of the government of France. As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, the detainee was approved for transfer from Guantanamo Bay. In accordance...
  • West Bank land belongs to Jews, says Israeli army judge

    10/27/2009 5:33:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 1,013+ views
    The Guardian ^ | October 26, 2009 | Meron Rapoport
    Major Adrian Agassi did not make the connection between the Bible, the land and the Jews when, fresh out of university, he left England for Israel in search of his roots. He was not even a practising Jew. But over the past quarter of a century, the Israeli army lawyer and then military judge at the forefront of arguably the most significant battle in the occupied West Bank – the confiscation of Palestinian land for the construction of Jewish settlements – has come to see himself as in service of a higher duty. In an unusually frank interview, which offers...
  • Israel on alert as Abbas pressed on 'third intifada'

    10/09/2009 10:15:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1,127+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 10/09/2009 | World Tribune
    Israel has been placed on alert for the prospect of widespread Palestinian violence throughout the West Bank. Officials said Israel's military, police and intelligence services were ordered on high alert after the military has assessed that the ruling Fatah movement, in cooperation with elements within the Palestinian Authority, were organizing civil unrest as well as ambushes on Israeli soldiers and civilians. Officials said PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been pressed by senior members of Fatah to approve what was termed a "third intifada," or uprising. "Abbas doesn't have to actually approve anything," the official said. "He just has to remain...
  • 60 Minutes sucks even in Australia: Overtly biased report on Israeli Settlements

    09/22/2009 10:35:29 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 2 replies · 548+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 22, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    It seems Liam has trouble with Jews, perhaps more specifically Israelis. He issued a report for the show on the horrors of Israelis in the West Bank Judea and Samaria. We'll start here: Broadcast on Friday September 18, reporter Liam Bartlett starts with the wholly erroneous statement that "hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers are moving into the West Bank, building new towns on Palestinian land."
  • Palestine problem hopeless, but not serious

    08/17/2009 2:28:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 1,241+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | 18 Aug 2009 | Spengler
    "The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable," declared United Sates President Barack Obama in his June 4 Cairo address. Really? Compared to what? Things are tough all over. The Palestinians are one of many groups displaced by the population exchanges that followed World War II, and the only ones whose great-grandchildren still have the legal status of refugees. Why are they still there? The simplest explanation is that they like it there, because they are much better off than people of similar capacities in other Arab countries. The standard tables of gross domestic product (GDP) per capital show the...
  • West Bank Settlers Scorn Obama’s Push for a Freeze (Obama called "racist", "anti-Semite")

    07/29/2009 6:32:33 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 1,043+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2009 | Ethan Bronner
    NERIA, West Bank — In this land of endless history and ethereal beauty, several thousand Jewish settlers gathered on a dozen West Bank hills with makeshift huts and Israeli flags over several days this week to mark an invented anniversary and defy the American president, conveying to his aides visiting Jerusalem what they thought of his demand for a settlement freeze. ... “We are rebuilding the land of Israel,” Rabbi Yigael Shandorfi, leader of a religious academy at the neighboring settlement outpost of Nahliel, said during the ceremony. “Our hope is that there will be roads, electricity and water.” The...
  • What the West Bank Actually Looks Like

    07/21/2009 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Jbny · 10 replies · 1,704+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/21/2009 | Michael J. Totten
    Last week, the New York Times published an article about “signs of hope” in the West Bank (and in the city of Nablus in particular) that refreshingly breaks with the standard narrative of Palestinian desperation and misery. The Israeli military recently closed down its checkpoint into the city, along with other checkpoints elsewhere in the territories. The economy is growing instead of contracting. Downtown is full of shoppers. Islamist scolds have backed off. Police make sure passengers have fastened their seat belts.
  • Israel strikes settlement deal

    07/11/2009 5:46:52 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 953+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 9, 2009 | Jerusalem correspondents
    ISRAEL and the United States have reached a deal allowing the Jewish state to build about 2500 housing units already under construction in West Bank settlements. But the United States dismissed the report in Maariv as "inaccurate". US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said "the bottom line" for President Barack Obama's administration has not changed, "that all parties in the region have to honour their obligations". He was referring to obligations laid out in the 2003 internationally-agreed roadmap for Palestinian-Israeli peace that calls for an Israeli settlement freeze.
  • Analysis: Population increase is marginal at 95 of the 120 settlements

    06/15/2009 11:43:24 AM PDT · by anotherview · 6 replies · 1,082+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 13 June 2009 (Updated 14 June 2009) | Tovah Lazaroff
    The population of 21 West Bank settlements was static or declined in 2007, and the population at another 74 grew by 100 people or less, according to figures compiled by The Jerusalem Post from the Central Bureau of Statistics. Palestinian workers are seen at a construction site of a new housing project in the West Bank Jewish city of Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem, Sunday, June 7, 2009. Photo: AP Yet the overall settlement population grew by 5.6 percent in 2007 - close to three times the growth rate in the rest of the country - primarily because of the increase...
  • Obama and 'Them Jews'

    06/12/2009 6:49:17 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 4 replies · 957+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6-12-09 | Gary Bauer
    Do you remember Jeremiah Wright, the long-time pastor, mentor and spiritual guide to Barack Obama? Obama sat in Wright’s pews for more than a decade and was baptized into his church, as were both of his daughters. All the while Wright preached a hateful mixture of black liberation theology and America-bashing, periodically spiced up with Louis Farrakhan-style anti-Semitism. Once Wright’s rants became public and threatened to derail Obama’s presidential campaign, the candidate distanced himself from his pastor. This is “not the man I knew for 20 years,” candidate Obama explained to America during a high-profile press conference. Well, the good...
  • Jewish settlers say they remain in West Bank on God's orders (BREAKING! "OBAMA HUTS"!)

    06/05/2009 9:30:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,721+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/01/09 | Patrick Moser
    Jewish settlers say they remain in West Bank on God's ordersPatrick Moser Monday, June 1 12:17 am The world outcry over Israeli settlements in the West Bank is absurd since God gave this land to the Jews, says Rabbi Yaakov Savir. The Arabs, he says, should make their home elsewhere. Skip related content "This territory is Jewish territory," says Savir, a settler who runs a religious school in the Havat Gilad outpost which consists of little more than a few tin huts and weather-worn trailers, some horses and chickens and several car wrecks. "This is our home," he says, making...
  • Analysis: Bloodshed becomes focus of PA-Hamas relations (Civil War in the West Bank?)

    06/01/2009 9:33:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies · 960+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/31/2009 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Sunday's confrontation between an armed Hamas cell and Palestinian Authority policemen in Kalkilya shows that the Islamic movement still has a military presence in the West Bank - one that it is hoping to use to topple Mahmoud Abbas's regime there. PA security officials said the two Hamas operatives who were killed in the clash, Muhammad Samman and Muhammad Yassin, headed a cell that possessed large amounts of weapons, including explosives and automatic rifles, some of which had been hidden in a basement of a mosque in the city. The weapons, according to the officials, were supposed to be used...
  • Clinton Spars with Bibi: No Building in Judea and Samaria - ‘No Exceptions’

    05/28/2009 4:45:26 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 33 replies · 2,583+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 28. 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out swinging at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night and specifically rejected his policy for allowing building for “natural growth" in Judea and Samaria.
  • Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case

    05/27/2009 4:27:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 1,322+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case Holy Land Foundation and Leaders Convicted on Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization Today, in federal court in Dallas, U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions by a federal jury in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. "Today's sentences mark the culmination of many years of painstaking investigative and prosecutorial work at the federal, state and...
  • Contiguity for Israel and Jerusalem

    05/27/2009 6:05:22 AM PDT · by marissyb29 · 3 replies · 803+ views
    Israeli construction of E-1 will not undermine Palestinian contiguity, but were Israel to lose control of E-1, the contiguity of Israel would be severely compromised.