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May 22, 2009
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Yemen denies reports of deadly clashes
(CNN) - Yemen's state-run news agency denied reports that clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators left three people dead and 25 others injured in the southern port town of Aden.

Ex-inmate recalls days of abuse at Abu Ghraib
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Tycoon, ex-cop guilty of pop star's murder
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) - An Egyptian business tycoon and a former police officer have been found guilty of the July slaying of rising Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim.

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ervin   May 22nd, 2009 4:09 pm ET

We see reports about religeous extremism of all religeon exepct judeism.Just recently Israel wanted the brazilian goverment to extradite an extremist jewis sect leader for tourtering kids between ages of 3 and above.Not commenting on important issues like this is bad journalism.You have to be fair to every relegion.If you report negativ things about one specific religeon you have the obligation to report about jewis extemism

Filipe   May 22nd, 2009 5:54 pm ET

ervin,

I agree, there seems to be a lack of coverage. Just as you say. But the most obvious reason is that, in this case, it was Israel who requested that the accused Jewish extremist be brought to justice-- this only flies in the face of those who claim that Israel and the Jews are above the rule of law. To make it a public issue that Israel wants to punish Jews who are guilty of crimes would not suit the agenda of most western media sources.

It's the same for the situation recently where Israel evicted Jewish settlers in the West Bank from illegal settlements and demolished them. Hardly any western media would give this issue 2 sentences in print!!! Why-– because they don't want the world to see that Israel will do the right thing and uphold the rule of law-– even if it means punishment for the Israelis !!

university rector   May 22nd, 2009 8:39 pm ET

Filipe

why do you try to tell the truth

nobody is interested in it, it puts israel in a bad light :-)

John A   May 22nd, 2009 11:38 pm ET

Filipe,

The settlement had 6 families and was a political stunt. Naturally Israel doesn't have the stomach to tear down illegal settlements occupied by thousands of Zionists. And normally when a small settlement is taken down in front of the television cameras, with days they are rebuilt.

Maybe that’s why the world is tired of these hypocritical propaganda stunts from Israel.

By the way the Filipe & University Rector team is starting to look like something out of the Muppet show. Perhaps it’s time again for both of you to invent new blog names.

G.   May 23rd, 2009 1:04 am ET

It's a little interesting that people have a need to group together and categorize everyone, black, white, North American, Catholic, Jewish, whatever. I think that in all groups there are good and bad people. Some might find that shocking. It's harder to find out, but it would be helpful if we categorized based on mean and not mean, nice and not nice, helpful and destructive. Jewish and Muslim, I'm sure the same applies. Groups, whatever they are, need to admit they have stinkers in the midst and handle it, publicly. Some don't.

Filipe   May 23rd, 2009 4:59 pm ET

John A Cut N Paste,

What's the matter??

Is it simply too difficult for you to acknowledge that Israel does in fact have the capability, capacity and willingness to do the right thing??

Have you nothing more to whine and complain about??

Even when some one does the right thing-– you still complain!!!

Why don't you stop your incessant whining and crying and complaining and offer some real answers and responses to those who have questioned the accuracy and validity of the thousands of lines of cut n paste gibberish you've posted????

No--that would be much too difficult !!!!!!

It's much easier to complain about what others post--even thought it is accurate and truthful!

miriam   May 24th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

erwin,

Elior Chen is a criminal accused of child abuse. He is not a member of a sect whose purpose is to commit such crimes nor spread his personal child behaviour ideology

If journalists had to cover every incident of child abuse world-wide unfortunately you would need more that 24 cable TV and we would never hear any other news.

Jews get more than their fair share of media coverage, particularly in the languages you don't probably understand.

Blog Cat   May 25th, 2009 9:23 am ET

Filipe it's about Israel's illegal occupation. Try some reading some real journalism for a change.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8066389.stm

Blog Cat   May 25th, 2009 9:24 am ET

Filipe it’s about Israel’s illegal occupation. Try reading some real journalism for a change.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8066389.stm

Blog Cat   May 25th, 2009 11:49 am ET

Filipe what version of the truth do you refer to. Your own sad version perhaps. Wake up and smell the coffee, "because the times they are a changing"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8066389.stm

Blog Cat   May 25th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

Miriam do you know anything about Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Please read:

http://www.acri.org.il/eng/story.aspx?id=554

miriam   May 25th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

Blog Cat,

Read previous blog's comment.

There is no "illegal occupation"!

Filipe   May 25th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

Blog Cat,

Thanks for the input !!!!!!!

The link you posted is exactly what I was talking about-– the illegal outposts that Israel is removing-- because they are illegal!!!

I'm glad you managed to find mention of it western media. I was beginning to think that the eviction and demolition of the illegal Israeli outposts had gotten no mention in western media.

But, as John A Cut N Paste mentions above-– he claims that it's a political stunt and and amount to 6 families. However, the truth is printed in the article linked that there are 22 illegal outposts affected. So the number is far greater than 6 families.

Nice work there Blog Cat !!!!

Filipe   May 25th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

professor Blog Dog Albania May 25th, 2009 1247 GMT

http://www.acri.org.il/eng/story.aspx?id=554

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professor blog dog albania,

Thanks for the link! I read through it completely and thoroughly and was quite pleased to see that it made no mention of anything it described as being illegal. Discriminatory, yes, but illegal no! I must say that Israel is not alone in the world if one is looking for discrimination. It merely means that they have a way to go to embrace non-discriminatory policies. That can be said for nearly every country on the planet.

But I must say, professor blog dog albania, your comment about "what version of the truth" really says it all. Anyone who who can believe there is more than one "version of the truth" is a truly sad character indeed.

So, I'll need not bother you with any truth, as it will only lead you to attempt to change it.

miriam   May 25th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Blog Cat,

The ACRI article has nothing to do with the Jerusalem Municipality and illegal building.

Area C includes 4% of the West Bank Palestinian population.

Any individual living in the territories can appeal directly to the high court for immediate assistance if they believe their rights are being violated by a government body or the army. This is beyond their responsibilities under international law. Unfortunately, many Palestinians refuse to take advantage of many of the rights they do have if it involves contact with Israeli authorities.

It is fortunate that in Israel there are civil rights organizations that are given freedom of expression. However, as with many independent organizations, they also have their own agendas and are funded by individuals with specific political leanings.

university rector   May 25th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

blog dog

BBC is not a news organiztion, so don't quote them, they are a spineless terror supporting bunch of hypocrites

Filipe   May 25th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Professor Blog Dog Albania May 25th, 2009 924 GMT

Filipe it’s about Israel’s illegal occupation. Try reading some real journalism for a change.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8066389.stm
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Professor Blog Dog Albania.

If you don't mind, take the time to point it out to me and the others on the blog here--the exact passage or phrase in this article you linked-–that contains the words "illegal occupation" or "illegal settlements".

I've taken the time to read the " real journalism" you so thoughtfully provided-–but I just don't see what it is you keep talking about. This " illegal occupation" or "illegal settlements. !!! The only thing remotely close to these phrases is the journalists' reference to outposts "the Israeli government itself considers illegal"-which Israel has determined will in fact be removed.

Nowhere in the entire article is anything mentioned about "illegal occupation" or "illegal settlements" !!!!!!

Is this some "catch phrase" that's been developed by the radical supporters of Hamas in an attempt to persuade people to think there are serious legal infractions taking place daily throughout the State of Israel????

Just cut n paste the passage from the article please!!!! I must have missed it !!!

John A   May 26th, 2009 7:19 am ET

http://www.acri.org.il/eng/story.aspx?id=541

Blog cat thanks for the interesting Website. Nice work there blog cat!!

I read many of the pages and note that ACRI is Israels oldest and largest civil rights organization. And it clearly speaks of Israels illegal and racist behavior.

Filipe & University Rector obviously have a problem with human rights.
They are the Clueless Klux Klan.

The Klu Klux Klan promoted the idea that Negroes were a threat to civilized society, that they were lazy and violent. Nevertheless they were happy to exploit Negro labor in the name of profit.

The Clueless Klux Klan believe the Palestinians are lazy and a threat to society. Nevertheless they are happy to occupy Palestinian land and rob them of their resources.

John A   May 26th, 2009 8:25 am ET

Filipe wrote: But, as John A Cut N Paste mentions above—– he claims that it’s a political stunt and and amount to 6 families. However, the truth is printed in the article linked that there are 22 illegal outposts affected. So the number is far greater than 6 families.
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Filipe, Israel has been promising to dismantle these illegal out posts since 2003. 6 years later they have dismantled one. But the six families were not arrested for breaking the law. Why does the Jewish legal system not prosecute Jews who break the law. Another interesting aspect for the Clueless Klux Klan to BS about. Miriam, the illegal settlements are not illegal under Israeli law. This is the exact problem and thanks for pointing that out.

John A   May 26th, 2009 8:42 am ET

University Rector wrote: BBC is not a news organiztion, so don’t quote them, they are a spineless terror supporting bunch of hypocrites
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Surely anybody who denounces the free press is a spineless promoter of anarchy!

Filipe   May 26th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

John A May 26th, 2009 719 GMT

http://www.acri.org.il/eng/story.aspx?id=541

Blog cat thanks for the interesting Website. Nice work there blog cat!!

I read many of the pages and note that ACRI is Israels oldest and largest civil rights organization. And it clearly speaks of Israels illegal and racist behavior.
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John A Cut N Paste,

What makes you think Israel does not prosecute Jews who break the law?? Are there no Jews in Israeli prisons or jails??? Get a grip!!!! More nonsense and hatred being spewed by an racist bigot!

And you have the audacity to accuse others on this blog of being associated with the KKK!!! Your ideology and views fit the classic membership requirements for enrollment in such an organization.

Stupid is as stupid does!

I believe your comment--"Surely anybody who denounces the free press is a spineless promoter of anarchy!"-–would apply perfectly well to the Islamic Republic of Iran because of their ban of Facebook!

university rector   May 27th, 2009 8:47 am ET

The Clueless Johnny boy believes the Jews are lazy and a threat to society. Nevertheless he is happy to laud Palestinian terror and rob Israel of it lgitimacy.

He has not been able to prove a single matter as true and when I exposed him again and again and again, he ignores the proof

miriam   May 27th, 2009 8:59 am ET

John A,

Illegal OUTPOSTS are illegal under Israeli law.

Settlements are NOT illegal under Israeli nor international law.

In past agreements between the Israelis and the Palestinians, there was never any mention of freezing settlement expansion. The issue is reserved for permanent status negotiations.

Building homes has no effect on the final permanent status. If it did, then neither side would be able to build.

Any self-imposed freeze in building of new settlements has been voluntary and a confidence-building measure and indicative of Israel's willingness to negotiate

John A   May 27th, 2009 9:44 am ET

Miriam thanks for displaying how out of touch you are, it's always funny but at the same time terrifying. Raving mad University Rector continues to claim he has exposed lies without mentioning one case. And Filipe fails to answer the point of illegal outpost builders not going to prison. Instead he makes the obvious claim that Israel has prisoners (Rapists/ Tax dodgers etc..), therefore we can't claim that the Israeli government doesn't take action.

This is another example of KKK attitude. Filipe even white supremacists put white people in prison. But they didn't prosecute white on black violence. As with Israel they also have prisoners, but they turn a blind eye to Zionist aggression on Palestinians. Just as you have pretended the IDF never massacred over 1300 Palestinians last December. And by forgetting that in the last 50 years of Middle East problems the Palestinian death count is 300 times higher than Israels. Good job by the Clueless Klux Klan, history will remember you.

university rector   May 28th, 2009 9:56 am ET

johny baby

just read back and you will find all the lies I exposed

you want me to work for you? fat chance, nitwit

the IDF never massacred over 1300 Palestinians last December

and you know it

John A   May 28th, 2009 12:14 pm ET

University Rector, you are trying to work against me. And your making a very bad job of it.

To uncover more University Rector lies follow this link:

http://lite.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LM736083.htm

G.   May 28th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

There seems to be a common theme. Being extreme is hurtful. Being kind is not. How hard can it be to understand other people? Skin color, religion, vegetarian or meat eaters, male and female, things get complicated. It should be possible to work out, if we are really higher beings. I doubt that we are, in general.

university rector   May 28th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

johnny baby

i am not working against you, i am exposing you

tough, right?

university rector   May 28th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

Johnny baby:

eat this:

The United States Monday said UN expert Richard Falk was "biased" in calling for an investigation on Israel's January offensive in the Gaza Strip on grounds it could be construed as a war crime.

"Look, we've expressed our concern many times about the special rapporteur's views on dealing with that question," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told a press briefing.

"We've found the rapporteur's views to be anything but fair. We find them to be biased. We've made that very clear," he added.

university rector   May 28th, 2009 2:09 pm ET

Johnny

do you understand the question?

do you advocate bringing before a court those who carried out the Ramallah lynch?

Filipe   May 28th, 2009 6:49 pm ET

John A Cut N Paste,

You are the one who claims that Israelis convicted of crimes don't go to prison!!!! I didn't claim that !!! If that's what you claim, then you should be specific about. I do not know that to be true and you have certainly not presented any evidence to claim that Israelis are not punished for their crimes! So, I sidestep nothing-– it's your claim–not mine. I simply don't agree.

If that's what you believe, then prove that to all of us. It's not up to me to prove your nonsensical claims!! Get a grip.!!!

And what is this nonsense of comparing Palestinian deaths to the number of Israeli deaths??? Is that some lame attempt to lay blame on someone because they have superior power??? That makes absolutely no sense in any way shape or form !!!!! It is certainly not a fault on behalf of the Israelis that they are simply a superior power compared to all of their Arab neighbors.

Sorry you feel that it is. But that won't change the fact that if the Arabs choose an aggressive position, they will, as many times before, come out on the loosing end. And, just like you, they'll scream and yell and cry because of Israels' superiority.

As for your claim of the December massacre-- when did the UN appointed Independent Investigative team issue their report and their opinion??? Or is this simply on more thing generated within the confines of a vacuum by Judge John A Cut N Paste???

It's really too bad you don't have the patience or the will power or the desire to allow the international community to investigate and issue an independent, objective and unbiased ruling on the truth of what really happened!!!

Filipe   May 28th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

John A Cut N Paste May 28th, 2009 1214 GMT

University Rector, you are trying to work against me. And your making a very bad job of it.

To uncover more University Rector lies follow this link:

http://lite.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LM736083.htm
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John A Cut N Paste,

That's an interesting article-– although it's 5 months old.

But, as a result of Mr. Falks' concerns and accusations based upon second hand and third hand comments, commonly known as "hearsay", the UN Secretary General appointed an independent team of UN sponsored investigators to look into Mr. Falks concerns. And I refer to Mr. Falks' comments as such because he certainly had no first hand knowledge of anything whatsoever that transpired during the conflict at the time he made these statements.

What has ever become of the investigation, it's report and it's findings??

Is it complete?
Has it been issued to the public?
Has it been issued to the UN membership for review?
Has anyone been accused of any crimes or wrongdoings?

Hmmm!!!! I wonder what ever happened to it????

Was the whole claim of atrocities and war crimes and crimes against humanity blown so far out of whack that it has become such an embarrassment to the UN that they hope the entire issue will simply disappear with time??

John A   May 29th, 2009 9:36 am ET

University Rector wrote; eat this:

The United States Monday said UN expert Richard Falk was “biased” in calling for an investigation on Israel’s January offensive in the Gaza Strip on grounds it could be construed as a war crime.

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But this demonstrates what I have always said. The only nation on earth which constantly vetos the UN's ability to prosecute Israel for war crimes is the USA.

Filipe & Rector say the Americans dont stop the law from being carried out. But then U.Rector posts an American who refuses to accept what the UN says. Again America stands alone as Israels only ally and turns a blind eye to war crimes.

Filipe in previous blogs, you have chosen the The Guardian as a credible source of information.

Here the Guardian reports its findings on some of Israels war crimes.

This time you cant claim the Guardian supports Hamas, as you also quote from the Guardian.

So how do you explain Israels war crimes now?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/23/israel-gaza-war-crimes-guardian

Nice job Rector. Can you provide me with more help

Filipe   May 29th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

John Albania Cut N Paste,

Still no answers to the questions!!!!!!

Are you simply stumped and have no reply??

university rector   May 29th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

Johnny babay

can you answer a straight question without generalizing?

Do you or do you not agree that Palestinian terrorists responsible for planing, aiding and/or carrying out attacks against Israeli civilians should be tried and put away?

Can you answer THIS question ONLY without ifs and buts?

Or are you incapable of doing so?

Filipe   May 29th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

professor John Albania Cut N Paste May 29th, 2009 936 GMT

Filipe & Rector say the Americans dont stop the law from being carried out. But then U.Rector posts an American who refuses to accept what the UN says.

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professor John Albania Cunt N Paste,

But what you fail to acknowledge is that Mr. Falks' comments are neither sanctioned by the UN nor was is "investigation" sanctioned by the UN.

Mr. Falk speaks for himself and represents himself. He does not represent the UN int his matter.

That's why the UN has established and independent investigative team to evaluate what happened in Gaza!!!! If the UN were satisfied in the work of Mr. Falk,-–this special investigative team would not be necessary!!!!

G.   May 30th, 2009 2:42 am ET

Where were all the articles, and I've never read this publication so maybe they existed, that condemned all the missiles attacks, 11,000 plus for 8 years, that Hamas sent into Israel? If that had stopped maybe the war wouldn't have started to begin with in the first place.

Well, there are horror stories all over. I am going to make a conscious choice to think that people are higher beings and will eventually succeed in finding a way to co-exist without shooting or blowing each other up. I won't even mention cutting off hands and heads because that is just too cruel and gross. Perhaps we are just good predators and smarter animals, but I like to believe that we have something else going for us, some kind of God out there that we are remotely, or closely, linked to that makes us capable. That might sound silly to many, but I have to hope it's true.


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