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Friday, April 18, 2008

Conspirator with Palestinian terrorist organization, Sami al-Arian, on hunger strike, held in U.S. on third contempt charge. His advocates consider him a political prisoner.

The NY Times has an article on this. In brief, as explained by anti-terrorist investigator Steven Emerson, al-Arian plead guilty to raising funds for Palestine Islamic Jihad and served his sentence after which he was to be deported. However, the Justice Department has subpoenaed him, for a third time, requiring him to testify in the on-going terrorism investigation. He has refused to testify, for the third time, is being held in contempt, and is on a hunger strike. Al-Arian's supporters want the government to abide by the plea agreement and just deport him.

Read Emerson's take on this, including his criticism of the NYTimes coverage.
Is it cease fire yet? Palestinians Fire Ten Rockets at Israel Thursday. 7 missiles fired Friday.
Jerusalem Post: Friction between US and Israel on settlements.

Caroline Glick: Why the boycott of Hamas is unsustainable

There is no substantive report, yet, as to the meeting Jimmy Carter held today with Hamas in Syria.