Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

NY Times: DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

Krauthammer: Obama Made “Disturbing Analogy” About Israel

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Video at RCP.

Israel citizens ignore Obama, continue building settlement in West Bank

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Reuters:

JERUSALEM, May 19 (Reuters) – Jewish settler leaders on Tuesday shrugged off U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for Israel to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank, saying Palestinians needed to “halt terror first”.

Dani Dayan, chairman of the West Bank settlers’ umbrella organisation Yesha Council, said he felt assured that domestic political support would allow settlers to continue to live in the occupied West Bank.

“The Israeli electorate set a clear line for this government … we have strong support in the new Knesset (parliament) and the things we hear among politicians certainly encourage us that if Netanyahu (halts settlement building) the Knesset will stand at our side,” Dayan told Reuters.

Newsmax: Hezbollah Smuggling Across Mexican Border

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Newsmax:

America’s porous southern border is an entry point for more than Mexican cartels and their illegal drugs – the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has been smuggling drugs and people into the U.S. as well.

Hezbollah has long been involved in narcotics and human trafficking in South America, and is now using the same routes into the U.S. that the Mexican cartels use for smuggling, according to an exclusive report in The Washington Times.

The group relies on “the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers, and transportation experts as the drug cartels,” said Michael Braun, who recently retired as assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“They work together. They rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected,” he said.

Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006, funds its operations in part from a large Lebanese Muslim diaspora, and some of that funding comes from criminal enterprises.

National security and tennis

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Powerline:

This morning Scott wrote about the Davis Cup tennis match between Sweden and Israel, which Swedish authorities scheduled for Malmo, a largely Muslim city, and then barred the public from attending for “security reasons.” In fact, it seems obvious that the point was to make an anti-Israel political statement.

It’s only fair to note the more positive outcome of another tennis story: the United Arab Emirates’ refusal to grant a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer to enter the country to participate in a WTA tournament in Dubai. The Emirates, like Sweden, cited “security concerns.” The WTA, however, didn’t buy it and fined the tournament’s organizers $300,000; Peer and her doubles partner will receive compensation for the slight.

Several prominent players spoke out against the Emirates’ action, including Venus Williams, who won the women’s singles title:

Venus Williams hailed ‘brave’ Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer after winning the Dubai Tennis Championship on Saturday. Peer was denied entry into the United Arab Emirates for the tournament.

“I felt like I had to talk about her,” Williams said. “I thought it was brave of her to come here and try and play despite knowing that it is not going to be easy for her. My dad grew up in an area where if you spoke too much, it was your life. So I felt I had a small opportunity to say something where everyone will listen.”

She added: “I am not here to rock any boat or upset people, I am just here to do things that are right….”

Andy Roddick, America’s top-ranked player and number six in the world, refused to play in Dubai even though he won the tournament there last year:

America’s Andy Roddick says he won’t defend his title at the Dubai ATP tournament next week in protest at the UAE’s refusal to grant a visa to Israel’s Shahar Peer at the WTA event at the same venue.

“I really didn’t agree with what went on over there,” Roddick told Saturday’s Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know if it’s the best thing to mix politics and sports, and that was probably a big part of it.”