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Israel-Hizbullah: the foolish swap

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In fact, “foolish” is the less aggressive expression for this decision of the Jewish Government. Yes, I understand that Jewish people want their dead to be buried of a certain way, but is that reason enough for the change?:

(…) The sorrow that swept across Israel with the images of the coffins contrasted sharply with the hero’s welcome that awaited convicted killer Samir Kantar upon his return to a homeland he left 29 years ago to set out on his deadly mission.

ISRAEL OUTIn this Thursday July 7, 2005 file photo, Samir Kantar, ...

In this Thursday July 7, 2005 file photo, Samir Kantar, a Lebanese militant serving multiple life terms for a 1979 attack on an Israeli town in which four Israelis were killed, is seen in his cell at Hadarim prison near the town of Tel-Mond, north of Tel Aviv.

(AP Photo/Reuven Kastro, File )

In the Gaza Strip, controlled by the violently anti-Israel Hamas group, the spectacle of the coffins drew people into the street in celebration, and sweets were passed around. (sweetly peaceful, hein?).

(…) n the dead of night on April 22, 1979, Kantar and three other gunmen made their way in a rubber dinghy from Lebanon to the sleepy Israeli coastal town of Nahariya, five miles south of the border.

There, in a hail of gunfire and exploding grenades, they killed a policeman who stumbled upon them, then burst into the apartment of Danny Haran, herding him and his 4-year-old daughter out of the house at gunpoint to the beach below, where they were killed.

The attack is seared in Israel’s collective consciousness because witnesses recounted that Kantar shot Danny Haran in front of his child, then killed her by smashing her skull against a rock with his rifle butt.

Haran’s wife, Smadar, who had fled into a crawl space in the family apartment with her 2-year-old daughter, accidentally smothered the child with her hand while trying to stifle her cries.

In this undated family photo made available by Israel's Maariv ...

In this undated family photo made available by Israel’s Maariv newspaper,Tuesday, July 15, 2008, Israeli Danny Haran, killed by Lebanese militant Samir Kantar on April 22, 1979, is seen with his daughters Eynat,4, left, and Yael, 2, at the times of their deaths, in the coastal town of Nahariya, northern Israel.

(AP Photo/Maariv,HO)

Kantar, who acted on behalf of a militant Palestinian faction, denies killing the older child and has never expressed remorse over the incident. He was 16 years old at the time.

Israelis think this man is the embodiement of evil. I do too.

These undated photos made available by the families show captured ...

These undated photos made available by the families show captured Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev, 26, left, and Ehud Goldwasser, 31, right. Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas handed over two black coffins Wednesday containing the bodies of Regev and Goldwasser and Israel set free the perpetrator of one of the grisliest attacks in its history, part of a dramatic prisoner swap that promised to boost the radical Islamic militia and close a painful chapter from Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon.

(AP Photo, Files)

This swap is entirely disgusting: changing the corpses of two soldiers to give away such monster alive, along with 4 others, similar guys with no remorse of their crimes. The only positive thing I see is that the poor Israeli soldiers are going to rest in peace with their families finally.

Hezbollah senior officials Sayyed Ibrahim al-Amin (L), Sheikh ...


Hezbollah senior officials Sayyed Ibrahim al-Amin (L), Sheikh Nabil Kawooq (C) and Hassan Fadlallah laugh during celebrations after receiving the remains of Hezbollah and Palestinian fighters at the Naqoura border point with Israel July 16, 2008.


And Nasrallah has reappeared to “celebrate” this victory:


Hasan Nasrala (dcha.) saluda junto a Samir Kantar (izq.) en el estadio de Rayeh, en Beirut. (Foto: AFP)

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July 17, 2008 at 8:56 pm

The responsibility of Arab leaders in Middle Eastern problems

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Especially in the evacuation of Palestinians, normally blamed on Israel, is recognised by several Palestinian journalists:

Palestinian Media Watch has been accumulating instances of admission by Palestinians and other Arabs that the Arab leaders called for the evacuation of the homes. This is particularly significant given the scarcity of introspective self-criticism in Arab society. Perhaps PMW glosses over the instances of forced evacuation, but they are correct in that the Arab leadership bears responsibility for the refugee problem- not only for urging the villagers to flee, but also for invading Israel and initiating the hostilities in 1948 and in 1967 that led to the current refugee situation.

The Arabs who became refugees in 1948 were not expelled by Israel but left on their own to facilitate the destruction of Israel, according to a senior Palestinian journalist writing in a Palestinian daily. This plan to leave Israel was initiated by the Arab states fighting Israel, who promised the people they would be able to return to their homes in a few days once Israel was defeated. The article in Al-Ayyam concludes that these Arab states are responsible for the Arab refugee problem.”

And yet not word of this in international media. Interesting as ever.

It is clear from these statements that there is general acknowledgement among Palestinians that Arab leaders bear responsibility for the mass flight of Arabs from Israel in 1948, and were the cause of the “refugee” problem. Furthermore, the fact that this information has been validated by public figures and refugees in the Palestinian Authority media itself confirms that this responsibility is well-known – even though for propaganda purposes its leaders continue to blame Israel publicly for “the expulsion.

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July 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Jordan: A gunman mistakes Lebanese for Israelis

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and wounds six… who were musicians who had just been playing in a concert by Amman official orchestra with a Lebanese choir. Afterwards he killed himself.

He should have killed himself before.

Anyway, hate is very powerful. So powerful as to kill mistaking the people you want to kill…

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July 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm

UK: pleading guilty of terrorism charges

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And they are… Islamists… not kidding:

Three of the men charged with plotting to bomb transatlantic passenger flights pleaded guilty at a London court Monday to conspiracy to cause explosions, report UK news agencies.

Assad Sarwar, 28, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27 and Tanvir Hussain, 27, all entered guilty pleas at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London, reported the UK Press Association.

At the same time they also pleaded guilty to creating public nuisance by releasing videos threatening suicide bomb attacks in the UK, the agency reported.

Umar Islam, 30, and Ibrahim Savant, 27, two of their co-defendants, also entered guilty pleas to the nuisance charges, added PA.

A jury must still decide if the five men, along with three others, are guilty of conspiring to murder thousands of people by smuggling home-made liquid bombs onto passenger jets.

Exposing Islam has the photos:

3 UK Muslims have pleaded guilty of conspiracy to explode bombs on transatlantic flights

3 UK Muslims have pleaded guilty of conspiracy to explode bombs on transatlantic flights

No need to do any comment on the photos, specially on the one of the guy in the middle.

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How to forbid a comedian to tell jokes

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Just say that he has insulted a minority, when two individuals of this minority agreed voluntarily to take part in his show. First a case we already know:

The pastor (Boissoin) is not specifically barred from communicating hate speech; he must never communicate anything disrespectful about gays. This is a lifetime ban that even covers private e-mails. Anyone who’s ever forwarded an offensive joke might want to think about this for a moment.

Now for the “new” case: a comedian said jokes about two lesbians who voluntarily agreed to heckle in his show. So:

It sounds insane, but at the end of the day it’s completely conceivable that Guy Earle could be banned for life from ever making a joke not pre-approved by the Human Rights Tribunal. Many people think they can ignore a tribunal’s sentence because it’s not a real court. But tribunals register their decision with a real court and they become fully enforceable, just like any court order. A person can be fined into compliance or even jailed.

via BCF.

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July 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Turkey: survey reveals honor killings perpetrators are not rejected by society

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Zaman via Dive Desk:

A study being conducted by a team from Dicle University in the Southeast on honor killings has so far shown that little if any social stigma is attached to the act.

(…) Causes of honor killings vary. “It is not appropriate to associate honor killings with only one section of society. Some people think that it is related to a feudal structure, but this has proven to be false. There are also perpetrators who are well-educated university graduates. Of all those surveyed, 60 percent are either high school or university gradates or at the very least, literate. The victims of honor killing are not always women; males have also been targeted,” Bağlı says.

He also drew attention to a misperception in the society concerning the motive. “These murders are not motivated by rumors such as ‘she wore blue jeans,’ ‘she sent an SMS to her boyfriend’ or ‘she went to the park.’” Suggesting an illegitimate sexual relationship as the primary reason for the murders, Bağlı said cheating is an unforgivable act in the Southeast, even for a woman who “cheats” after divorcing her husband by remarrying.

“The ultimate punishment in such a situation is death. Both the groom’s and the bride’s families agree on this. Murder becomes inevitable when honor is at stake and turning to murder in such a situation is seen as a respectable act by the society,” he said.

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July 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Sudanese leader not fearful of ICC charges

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Omar al-Bashir has emerged tarnished but apparently unbowed from the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court charging him with orchestrating a campaign that the U.N. says has killed 300,000 people and driven 2.5 million from their homes in Sudan’s western region.

“This regime is not in crisis,” said Mahjoub Mohammed Saleh, a respected analyst and co-founder of the independent newspaper al-Ayam.

Life flowed normally in the capital one day after prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the Netherlands-based court to issue a warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest. There were no mass protests or any hint of hasty evacuations by foreigners, U.N. officials or aid workers.

The U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur announced it was temporarily relocating nonessential personnel to neighboring countries, but there were no figures immediately available on how many.

A Sudanese woman demonstrates in front of the republican palace ...

A Sudanese woman demonstrates in front of the republican palace in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, July 15, 2008 to support Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who had genocide charges filed against him at the International Criminal Court on Monday.

(AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

The pro-Khartoum Janjaweed militia. The UN is pulling non-essential ...


The pro-Khartoum Janjaweed militia. The UN is pulling non-essential staff from Darfur as Islamist protesters rallied behind Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir over allegations he masterminded a campaign of genocide in the region.


Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, pictured in March. The UN ...

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, pictured in March. The UN is preparing to fly non-essential staff from Darfur as supporters of Sudan President Omar al-Beshir planned protests in Khartoum to denounce the world court prosecutor’s call for him to be arrested for alleged war crimes

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From WaPo:

Sudan’s U.N. envoy, Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad, called the court’s charges a “catastrophe” that will have “disastrous consequences” on peace efforts in Darfur, where a brutal government campaign against rebels and civilians has left as many as 450,000 people dead from disease and violence, and nearly half the region’s population displaced. The Sudanese government says those figures are exaggerated.

“We will never cooperate with the ICC,” Mohamad said, noting that Sudan, like the United States, is not a signatory to the court’s founding treaty. “This is a criminal move that will torpedo the march forward” of the country.

But the charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity leveled at Bashir — the court’s first charges against a sitting head of state — brought cautious applause from human rights activists and outright celebration in some of the sprawling, straw-hut camps found across Darfur, where more than 2.5 million displaced people now live at the mercy of foreign aid.

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Freedom of expression is recognised to annoy pilgrims at WYD

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The Times via Expat Yank:

Australian anti-pope activists have won the right to “annoy” Catholic pilgrims at the week-long World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney after a court struck down a new law and backed their right to hand out condoms and coat-hangers…

Hmm, what would happen if they would hand out condoms and Danish cartoons to “Muslim pilgrims” in Australia?

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July 17, 2008 at 11:28 am

They tried to kidnap the groom because they didn’t like the bride

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From Islam in Europe and The Gathering Storm via IBA:

Three men tried to abduct their brother and brother-in-law on his wedding day Saturday, intending to bring him to Morocco. They did not agree with the marriage since the bride did not fulfill their requirements, according to the Brussels prosecution.

In their interrogation the three said they did not agree with their brother’s/brother in law’s choice of a bride. The girl was of Moroccan origin but had Spanish citizenship and did not fulfill the family’s criteria. Therefore they wanted to abduct the groom to Morocco. The prosecuting judge decide to keep the three under arrest.

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July 17, 2008 at 10:47 am