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Islamic custom against Western law
A Palestinian man abducted his five Swedish children and fled to the Gaza Strip, where he has held them illegally for more than two months, his former wife and the Swedish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.



A relative of the father said the children, ages 6 to 16, will not be allowed to return to Sweden, because the Gaza family does not want them to live a Western life style — and destroyed their Swedish passports.

Swedish and Palestinian officials are trying to resolve the family drama, which pits Islamic custom against Western law.



"If the mother wants to see her kids, she can come here and see them, because we will not let them go back to Sweden," Khail said. "We even burned their Swedish passports."



He said the family does not want the children, especially the teenage girls, to live in the West.



Sara, 16, is the oldest, followed by 15-year-old Miriam, a diabetic; 12-year-old Zakaria; 9-year-old Amena, and 6-year-old Adam.



Khail said the children are living with various Nowajah relatives, because the father does not have a job or an apartment. Khail said the family would not allow reporters to speak to the children.



Palestinian abducts his five children





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Hating America
The principal function of anti-Americanism has always been, and still is, to discredit liberalism by discrediting its supreme incarnation.



An excerpt from Anti-Americanism by Jean François Revel



In September 2001, the nadir of intellectual incoherence was achieved. (Let’s not bother with the moral dimensions; we’re too blasé for that.) After the first gushings of emotion and crocodile condolences, the murderous assaults were depicted as a justified retaliation for the evil done by the United States throughout the world. This was the reaction of most Muslim countries, but also of rulers and journalists in some sub-Saharan African countries, not all of which have Muslim majorities. Here we see the habitual escape hatch of societies suffering from chronic failure, societies that have completely messed up their evolution toward democracy and economic growth; instead of looking to their own incompetence and corruption as the cause, they finger the West in general and the United States in particular. Classic displays of voluntary blindness to one’s own shortcomings though these were, they were but overtures; even more remarkable performances were to come. After a discreet pause of a few days, the theory of American culpability surfaced in the European press—in France above all, it goes without saying—among intellectuals and politicians, of the Left and the Right.



Shouldn’t we interrogate ourselves about the underlying reasons, the “root causes? that had pushed the terrorists to their destructive acts? Wasn’t the United States in part responsible for what had happened? Shouldn’t we take into account the sufferings of the poor countries and the contrast between their impoverishment and America’s opulence?



This line of argument was not only made in countries whose populations, keyed up to fever pitch by jihad, instantly acclaimed the New York catastrophe as well-deserved punishment. It was also heard in the European democracies, where soon enough, insinuations were made that—with all due respect for the dead, of course—a careful look at the terrorists’ motives was called for.



A further step was quickly taken in the direction of intellectual decline when declarations multiplied demanding that the United States not launch a war against terrorism that could cause the entire planet to suffer. A gang of suicidal fanatics, indoctrinated, trained and financed by a powerful and rich multinational terrorist organization—or organizations—had murdered three thousand people in the heart of Manhattan, yet it was the victim who had mysteriously become the aggressor.



America’s mistake was to try to defend herself and eradicate terrorism, according to the America-haters. Obsessed by their hatred and floundering in illogicality, these dupes forget that the United States, acting in her own self-interest, is also acting in the interest of us Europeans and in the interest of many other countries threatened, or already subverted and ruined, by terrorism.



Anti-Americanism: An Introduction

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Roads of terror
From Electronic Intifada EI-EI-O, that bastion of unbiased journalism.



"In its new report, B'Tselem finds that Israel restricts Palestinian travel on forty-one roads and sections of roads throughout the West Bank, totaling more than 700 kilometers of roadway."



"Israel contends that the restrictions on Palestinian travel along these roads result from imperative security considerations and not from racist motivations. Indeed, since the outbreak of the intifada, in September 2000, there has been an increase in the number of attacks by Palestinian organizations against Israeli civilians inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories. More than 600 Israeli civilians, including over 100 minors, have been killed. Attacks aimed at civilians violate fundamental legal and moral norms, and constitute war crimes in international humanitarian law. The attacks are unjustifiable, regardless of the circumstances. Not only is Israel entitled to take measures to defend its citizens against such attacks, it is required to do so. However, its actions must comply with Israeli and international law."



"The roads regime infringes the Palestinians' right to freedom of movement and the right to equality. Israel is therefore in breach of fundamental principles of international law set forth in treaties to which Israel is party, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism, and the Fourth Geneva Convention. "



"An individual's national origin determines their right to use various roads. This policy is based on a racist premise: that all Palestinians are security risks, and it is therefore justifiable to restrict their movement."





Aren't all Palestinians security risks at this point? Palestinian children have been recruited as suicide bombers, Palestinian women have blown themselves up, Palestinian men will take out an Israeli any chance they get. How is Israel supposed to tell the "good" Palestinians from the "bad" Palestinians?



So in other words the report states that attacks on Israelis are "unjustifiable", 600 Jews have been killed, a 100 of them were kids, yes, all right, but let's move on people! Palestinians need freedom of movement and right to equality! So they can kill more Jews! It's all good!



It's a heartless article. Not worth reading but if you insist, here it is.



The Forbidden Road Regime



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