Archive for August 18th, 2008

Israel to Release Terrorist Prisoners Who Murdered Jews

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Israel continues to give and give while the Pali terrorist do nothing toward the peace process.

JAFFA, Israel – Drawing the ire of politicians across the political spectrum here, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today announced that as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority he will release 200 Palestinian security prisoners, including terrorists directly involved in killing Jews.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today the Israeli government security cabinet voted to release the prisoners as a way to bolster Israeli-Palestinian negotiations started at last November’s U.S.-backed Annapolis Summit, which seeks to create a Palestinian state before President Bush leaves office in January.

The exact names of prisoners approved for release was not yet made public, but diplomatic sources said it included one terrorist who directly murdered a Jew and another senior terrorist who led a cell that staged attacks in which Israeli civilians were killed. Most of the terrorists slated for release have been in prison for the past 15 years.

Israeli sources said the PA worked with Israel in deciding which prisoners to free. Palestinian officials said Abbas requested the release of Said Atabeh, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine who has been in prison since 1977.

Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the prisoner release as a victory for terror.

“The cabinet decision is additional proof that the Kadima-Labor government is subverting ethical and security norms,” Netanyahu said.

“Instead of taking a position of attacking terror, the government is freeing terrorists with blood on their hands, in exchange for nothing, while Gilad Shalit continues to rot in jail. The inevitable result is that terror organizations will understand that they can send more terrorists to carry out more attacks in Israel – and they’ll know that one day, they too will be freed,” stated Netanyahu.

National Union Knesset Member Arieh Eldad said the Olmert government would be responsible if any of the freed prisoners go on to kill more Jews.

“The blood of the innocent victims who will be killed by the released terrorists will be on the head of this government,” Eldad said.

“A government that frees terrorists as a gesture, and not even as part of an exchange, is a government that has no regard for the justice system that convicted them, nor for human life, and has blood on its own hands,” he said.

Statistically, previous large prisoner releases resulted in freed terrorists returning to violence and killing more Israelis.

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Pakistani President Musharraf Resigns Amid Impeachment Threats

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I don’t know this is going to play out. Guess we’ll have to see.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation Monday, ending an eight-year tenure that opponents said was hampering the country’s labored return to democracy.

An emotional Musharraf said he wanted to spare the nation from a perilous impeachment battle and that he was satisfied that all he had done “was for the people and for the country.”

“I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes,” Musharraf said in a televised address, much of which was devoted to defending his record and refuting criticisms.

Musharraf said he will turn in his resignation to the National Assembly speaker on Monday but it was not immediately clear whether it would become effective the same day. The chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Mohammedmian Soomro, will take over as acting president when Musharraf steps down, Law Minister Farooq Naek said.

It also was not clear whether Musharraf, a stalwart U.S. ally, would stay in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said leaders of the ruling coalition would discuss later Monday whether to prosecute Musharraf in court on charges that that were being planned for the impeachment process.

Musharraf’s political foes celebrated.

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Liberal Intimidation Tactic May be Illegal

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Liberals tend to use underhanded techniques to get their way. Intimidation and the liberal courts are the only way they can advance their agenda.

A public-interest law firm wants the Department of Justice to investigate a new liberal political group that is allegedly threatening donors to conservative advocacy organizations.

The official-looking document comes on the letterhead of “Accountable America” and begins with the large, ominous word “WARNING” in all capital letters. The document goes on to promise public exposure and criminal investigations of those who financially support conservative political action committees, even though their anonymity is protected by federal law.

“[That law] essentially prohibits anyone from conspiring to intimidate any citizen who is lawfully entitled to participate in our elections from working to support or advocate anyone who is running for federal office,” [Tom Fitton, president of the public-interest law firm Judicial Watch] explains. “And we believe these letters are designed to intimidate those who may want to participate in this year’s election or support conservative groups otherwise.”

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Pro-lifers, Planned Parenthood at war in So. Dakota

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Continue to pray for this situation.

Planned Parenthood is launching a major campaign to defeat a November ballot proposal in South Dakota that would ban most forms of abortion.

Leslie Unruh, who chairs the Vote Yes for Life project, is familiar with Planned Parenthood (PP). Much of PP’s money will come from out-of-state sources, she says.

“I believe they’re going to raise probably $5,000,000 is what they’re saying. They’re going to try to run an air war and that is a huge concern for us because we, so far, have about [perhaps] $50,000 in debt in the campaign,” Unruh explains.

She is hopeful contributions will come in from other states. “We have something they don’t have and that’s grassroots — and we believe that grassroots trumps money any day of the week,” Unruh adds.

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“AAJLJ EXPLORES LEGAL OPTIONS TO AHMADINEJAD” by Fern Sidman

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The offices of the prestigious and internationally renowned law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP in midtown Manhattan was the setting for a special session convened by the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists on Sunday, August 10th. The session, billed as several lectures on “Preventing Genocide; “Legal Responses to Ahmadinejad” drew about 30 Jewish lawyers and jurists from all over the country and explored the “jurisdictional, procedural and substantial legal issues involved in bringing Ahmadinejad to account and to justice” and warned that as “Iran moves closer to acquiring nuclear weapons it is vital that every means, including legal actions, be used to deal with the threat of genocide.”

The featured speaker was constitutional legal expert, the Honorable Irwin Cotler, Esq., member of the Canadian Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Mr. Cotler is also a leading international human rights lawyer and advocate and is a professor of law (on leave) at McGill University in Montreal.

Accusing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of engaging in “state sanctioned incitement to genocide”, Mr. Cotler asserted that even in such constitutional democracies as the United States and Canada, the free speech rights of Ahmadinejad would not be protected because “there is no such thing as absolute freedom of speech”. Citing articles from the the United Nations ratified “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” he said that even heads of state are not “immune to prosecution” and suggested that Ahmadinejad be brought before the International Criminal Court.

He called upon those assembled to galvanize the legal community to seek legal remedial redress for Ahmadinejad’s incitement under the Genocide Convention and to attempt to take legal measures to prevent Ahmadinejad from entering the US and Canada. He said that there were a “panoply of remedies” readily available in the text of the Genocide Convention and in the charter of the International Criminal Court. Saying that despite the fact that the United Nations General Assembly has the right to invite Ahmadinejad to address the world body, because the Iranian president uses the international stage to incite genocide, the United States has the right to override the UN obligation to host him. He stated that in his native country he was involved in preparing “a criminal indictment against Ahmadinejad if he steps foot in Canada.”

No stranger to legally challenging governments who perpetrate genocide, Mr. Cotler mentioned the recent horrific massacres in the Balkans, Rwanda, and Darfur and stated that, “the enduring lesson of these tragedies is that they occurred not simply because of the machinery of death, but because of the state-sanctioned incitement to hatred. This teaching of contempt – this demonizing of the other – this is where it all begins.” He also pointed to the findings of the Supreme Court of Canada that said, “The Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers; it began with words.”

Mr. Cotler intoned that “for quite some time” the world has been witnessing a state sanctioned incitement to genocide whose epicenter is Ahmadinejad’s Iran and qualified his remarks by saying that the incendiary rhetoric that is being spewed forth on a regular basis from the Iranian regime is a “toxic convergence of the advocacy of the most horrific of crimes, namely genocide, embedded in the most virulent of hatreds, namely anti-Semitism. It is dramatized by the parading in the streets of Tehran of a Shihab-3 missile draped in the words “Wipe Israel off the map”. He also stated that the utilization of such chilling epidemiological metaphors reminiscent of Nazi incitement such as Ahmadinejad’s characterization of Israel as “filthy bacteria,” “a stinking corpse” and “a cancerous tumor that needs to be excised,” while referring to Jews as “evil incarnate,” “blood-thirsty barbarians” and the “defilers of Islam” is the prologue to, and justification for, a Mid-East genocide, while at the same time denying the Nazi one.

Citing the fact that Iranian proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah also engage in state sanctioned terror, he reminded the audience that during the Lebanon war of 2006, Hanan Nasrallah of Hezbollah launched into a tirade against the Jews to provide ideological justification for launching a military attack on Israel. He also stated that non-Israeli Jews were not immune to Iranian terrorism and cited evidence that the heads of state in Iran were also responsible for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in which 85 Jews were murdered and over 300 were seriously wounded. He told this reporter that the “Argentinian government has asked for arrest warrants for those in Iran who are responsible for the 1994 bombing of the JCC, yet no governments have come forth to show support for such a venture.”

He concluded his address by urging an “indifferent world” to extricate themselves from their self-imposed morass of political myopia and to work assiduously for the tightening of legal sanctions against Iran for their continuation of their uranium enrichment programs. “The time to act is now” Mr. Cotler declared. “We must stop international genocide by bringing Ahmadinejad to account”.

Following Mr. Cotler was Gil Limon, an adviser to the Israeli Mission to the United Nations who said that Article I of the Genocide Convention required that the International Court of Justice bear the responsibility for preventing genocide. Despite the fact that such UN Security Council member nations as “China, Libya and South Africa” don’t feel that the Iranian nuclear program presents any real danger, he cited UN Security Council resolution 713 that called for an arms embargo against Serbia while genocidal tactics were being employed there. He also chided the UN for maintaining a double standard on the application of the Genocide Convention, but stated emphatically that the International Criminal Court could bring a solid legal case against Ahmadinejad to the International Court of Justice for the crime of incitement to genocide. He urged the International Association of Jewish lawyers and Jurists to prepare a model application and model indictment to bring before the ICC and urged the circulation of such drafts of this indictment to international NGOs of the United Nations.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.