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FREE PALESTINE: There Ain’t No Holding Back – an Aldin Entertainment Production

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Introduction by Tim King Salem-News.com

“TJP and Collective Consciousness says, It’s time to Free Palestine” – Siraj Davis in Occupied Palestine

Free Palestine
The new song, FREE PALESTINE: There Ain’t No Holding Backis an Aldin Entertainment Production

(SALEM / BOSTON) – “My brother brings fire to the edge of the world and lights the way for all lions of the desert. The hunt is on for Truth, Justice and Peace. ” – Dr. M. Dennis Paul

M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D.

If Agron Belica has anything to do with it, this world is going to do some serious healing in the future. His musical talent is the expression of incredibly charged, pent up anger that we carry like a burden. A particular form of energy results from knowing about the cruelty that is taking place in this world unchecked, without even the attention of the failed western media… so much of it could be avoided if the world’s governments and media outlets simply applied fair attention to people, they do not.

The most important part is that his music inspires people to act. While we tremble with anger, the spirit of resistance that manifests in his music, guides us to look at human inequity through a clear eye; when we do we’re slapped with the bare, abrasive reality of people suffering and rejected; denied permission to live freely in the country of their birth.

Agron challenges Israel and the rest of the world to recognize the suffering of the Palestinians. He offers no quarter for his observations and neither do we. We dare all Palestinians and Israelis to simply hope and believe that peace is possible and to demand regime change in Israel. Peace is impossible under apartheid, and by no means is Israel the only violator of international law in the Middle east, obviously; however it is the one that draws massive U.S. taxpayer support, far far more than other countries.

A tremendous amount of raw power is required to end the horror of apartheid Israel and all other state terror governments that murder children en mass and then are portrayed as wonderful political/military allies by western media in spite of their foul crimes which make a mockery of international laws designed to protect citizens.

Agron believes an end to the misery is in our power, in our hands. This is certainly the point our friend and fellow writer Ken O’Keefe has made for years, often while in Gaza dodging Israel’s bullets, literally.

People who died trying to make a difference, and others still going strong and making
a difference: Juliano Mer Khamis, Thomas Hurndall and Rachel Corrie, all deceased; Ken
O’Keefe, Tim King, Jamal Belica at far right. Center row: Gilad Atzmon, Agron Belica.
Bottom: Vittorio Arrigoni, now deceased, and Siraj Davis. Truth, Justice and Peace!

In fact Ken just reaffirmed his belief in human capability with me today in an earlier conversation, and if anyone can prove that one dedicated human being can make a difference, it is Ken.

With the contemporary all-too-real images of death in Palestine, the video also uses footage from an incredible documentary that was shown at Sundance Film Festival.

It depicts an invincible Palestinian woman with super hero capabilities. An armed group of armed men try to kill her, but they can not. This is the main message; no amount of Israeli and American bullets will ever end Palestine; no human being is more entitled to justice than the next.

We have word from Aldin Entertainment that there is much more to come, stay tuned….TJP!

FREE PALESTINE: There Ain’t No Holding Back/Aldin Entertainment Production
Music Produced by Nine Diamond & JB/Aldin Entertainment
TJP & Collective Consciousness Production
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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Al Franken and Tim King in Afghanistan

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he’s covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980’s.

 

He holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press andElectronic Media Association; he also holds awards from theNational Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a ‘Good Neighbor Award’ for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.

Tim’s years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu, India.

The notorious list comprising Tim’s ancestors includes Pedro de Alvarado, the lieutenant of Hernando Cortez of Spain; King Phillip IV, Eleanor of Aquitaine and William the Conqueror. Perhaps most interestingly, King John; the dark force in the story Robin Hood, and also the last Spanish governor of California, a real person fictionalized as the arch rival of the character in Zorro, are in reality both Tim’s multiple-great grandfathers.

Others include a Confederate officer in the U.S. Civil War and a decorated ‘hero’ of the Mexican-American War and the so-called ‘Indian Wars’. In fact on the east coast, Tim’s lineage with the Slaughter and King families, pre-dates the Mayflower and several members of his family were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. He says his family’s past; some of which is very dark; some quite chivalrous, presents a certain responsibility, and that in part drives his desire to see that people in today’s world are not exploited or allowed to suffer in silence as victims of Human Rights violations, as people of previous times were.

In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim’s life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.

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The Beatles on Jews and the Media

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Terrorists cannot bring democracy to nations: Jalili

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Secretary of Iran

Terrorists have never brought democracy to nations.”

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili says terrorists have never been able to bring democracy to nations.

In a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Baghdad on Thursday, Jalili said even the Western states have admitted the presence of foreign militants in Syria.

“Terrorists have never brought democracy to nations,” the senior Iranian official pointed out.

He was referring to the insurgents fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad under the pretext of establishing democracy in the Arab country.

Jalili later reiterated Tehran’s principled policy on the nations’ right to deciding their own destiny.

“The present dilemma in Syria is that outsiders have disguised their illegitimate demands as public demands, and are trying to abuse the ongoing crisis in a bid to implement their colonial and interventionist policies,” Jalili stated.

Syria has been flooded with terrorists since the insurgency began in the country 18 months ago. Many people, including large number of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames outlaws, saboteurs and the insurgents for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.

Jalili further turned to the foreign interference in Iraq in a bid to create insecurity there, stressing that wise measures taken by the Iraqi government to restore stability have thwarted the enemies’ plots to undermine the Iraqi nation’s peace and progress.

Zebari, for his part, lauded Iran’s active approach vis-à-vis Iraq and regional developments, stating that the recent abduction of a group of Iranian pilgrims in Syria is not justifiable and must be condemned.

Forty-eight Iranian pilgrims, who were traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (AS) on the outskirts of Damascus, were abducted by insurgents on August 4.

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Otto Does Foreign Policy

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Does anyone remember Otto, the brain damaged ex-CIA assassin played so deliciously by Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda? Otto cruised around London in a massive old Chrysler, driving on the right and forcing British drivers off the road while screaming that they were a**holes. Described by one reviewer as a walking id, Otto’s most famous line was “Oh, you English are so superior, aren’t you? Well, would you like to know what you’d be without us, the good ol’ US of A to protect you? I’ll tell you. The smallest f***king province in the Russian Empire, that’s what! If it wasn’t for us, you’d all be speaking German! Singing ‘Deutschland, Deutschland über alles’….”

Exit Otto, who is a fictional character, enter stage right Mitt Romney, who is, unfortunately, all too real. Mitt demonstrated his international savoir faire shortly after arriving in London by telling NBC’s Brian Williams that he had concerns about the preparations for the Olympics. This presumably was at least in part intended to highlight the splendid job he did in Salt Lake City after receiving massive subsidies from the federal government to prevent the total collapse of the enterprise. He wanted to compare that well-oiled machine to the work of the hapless Brits who, per Mitt, seem to be unable to control their own labor unions. Labor unions are a bit scarce in Utah. Unfortunately, the hapless Brits found out about the interview and Romney learned that the first rule in visiting foreign countries is not to insult your hosts.

Mitt followed up with several gaffes worthy of our last Republican president, the greatly missed W. He forgot the name of Labor Party head Ed Miliband and referred to him as “Mr. Leader,” and he later expressed his admiration for the Olympic venues visible from the “backside” of the prime minister’s residence. Though his wife’s horse is participating in the Olympic dressage event, Mitt belatedly discovered that he actually knows little about horses and horsemanship despite riding frequently, thus demonstrating his common-man credentials even if his spouse has allowed herself certain aristocratic airs. It was a poker-faced denial worthy of Michael Corleone taking the Fifth Amendment in front of the Kefauver Committee. Mitt then tried to explain himself with characteristic flip-flopping on what he had actually said or meant to say and also let slip that he had met privately with the head of the British intelligence service MI6, a definite no-no, as such meetings are strictly confidential. Fortunately, he kept his mouth shut on his last day in the British capital.

Then Mitt was off to Israel to consult with Benjamin Netanyahu before attending a $25,000-a-plate fundraiser to which the media was initially not invited despite an earlier pledge to open all fundraisers to the press. Romney may have wanted to speak candidly to casino mega-mogul Sheldon Adelson and his friends, i.e., tell an adoring group of potential big donors how he would squash Iran like a cockroach. Two weeks ago at the VFW convention in Reno, Mitt (or was it Otto?) set the stage for his fireworks display by stating his view that an Iran with the capability to develop a nuclear weapon would be the greatest threat facing the world. Actually, as Iran already has that capability, Mitt was either poorly informed or knowingly giving a green light for the military option.

But after arriving in Israel, Romney also went several steps further. His Middle East spokesman Dan Senor, a former AIPAC employee, endorsed an Israeli unilateral attack on Iran sooner rather than later because there are reports that the mullahs are hardening their nuclear sites. Mitt said that as president he would support whatever the Israelis see fit to do. And then, with an over-the-top flourish, he denounced Iran’s “radical theocracy” as the “leading state sponsor of terrorism and the most destabilizing nation in the world. We have a solid duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran’s leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.” Otto could not have expressed it better, giving short shrift to the pinkos and appeasers who seem to have forgotten that it is actually 1938 and we are in Munich. Along the way, Mitt made sure that everyone heard him assert that Jerusalem really is Israel’s capital, pledging himself to move the U.S. embassy there if he is elected. It might be a bit lonely there, as it would be the only foreign mission in the city.

Romney did not directly mention the Palestinians except to note that their poverty is their own fault, a direct result of their despicable culture, while the Israelis benefit from their entrepreneurial spirit and the hand of Providence. It was a version of “with God on our side,” or, as the kaiser’s army belt buckles used to proclaim, “Gott Mit Uns,” which from now on might be translated “God and Mitt are with us.”

Through all the perfectly coiffed, serious-demeanor photo ops culminating in a solemn march to the Wailing Wall escorted by a squadron of rabbis, Mitt regularly dropped thoughtful, carefully scripted asides meant to provoke deep contemplation. But he did not bother to explain exactly what American national interests might be served by endorsing a shooting war while angering every Muslim in the world by granting Jerusalem to Israel and denigrating Islamic culture. Nor did he linger over what consequences America might face if a major armed conflict were to erupt. But Otto was not big on explanations either, and he would have approved of America’s leader again promising to kick ass.

Mitt ended his Innocents Abroad tour in Poland, where he praised the Polish people while carefully avoiding taking a swipe at Russia, which he has called “public enemy number one.” That’s a bit confusing, actually, since he has also said the same thing about Iran and it is hard to envision a world with two number-one enemies. And what about China deliberately unbalancing American trade? And Mexico, which suffers from the same culture deficit as the Palestinians, according to Mitt, and has been corrupting America’s youth with all those drugs it sends up north of the border?

Romney had assiduously avoided the press throughout his pilgrim’s progress, allowing them only three questions in London and never drifting back to the tail end of his plane to talk to them. At the conclusion of his time in Poland, he refused to hold a press conference afterward, and his media spokesman Rick Gorka told a group of waiting reporters to kiss his ass and “shove it” when they shouted out some questions. Otto, who understands that American exceptionalism means never having to say you’re sorry, must have been proud.

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White House official says Syria no-fly zone not off table

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A senior aide to President Barack Obama did not rule out on Wednesday the eventual creation of a no-fly zone over a patch of Syria that increasingly appears to be controlled by anti-government rebels.

Some Republican critics of Obama’s handling of the Syria crisis have been advocating international enforcement of a no-fly zone to prevent Syrian warplanes from operating over designated zones, as well as more directly arming the opposition forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States has so far declined to provide weapons directly to a fragmented opposition as U.S. officials say it is difficult to identify factions and who they represent. Instead, Washington has focused on humanitarian aid, communications gear and other non lethal support.

“The United States government always looks at situations and looks at what types of scenarios might unfold, and then accordingly looks at what types of contingency plans might be available to deal with certain circumstances,” said John Brennan, Obama’s senior counter-terrorism adviser.

“So rest assured that various options that are being talked about in the press, and sometimes being advocated, these are things that the United States government has been looking at very carefully, trying to understand the implications, trying to understand the advantages and the disadvantages,” he said.

Asked during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations more pointedly about a no-fly zone, Brennan replied: “I don’t recall the president ever saying that anything is off the table.”

Brennan’s remarks came as the Obama administration is incrementally increasing its backing for Syrian rebels, and accelerating planning for a post-Assad Syria.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to have talks on Syria in Turkey on Saturday. She said as recently as Tuesday that the rebels reportedly held territory from northern Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, to the Turkish border.

Still, the United States sees few good options in the 17-month-old Syrian uprising and is wary of becoming involved in another military conflict as it seeks to leave behind wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We have done a number of things in support of the opposition,” Brennan said, without going into detail. “There is a lot of humanitarian assistance that is going in there. What we want to do is to make sure that we understand exactly who are going to be the recipients of any type of aid.”

While al Qaeda will try to exploit the situation in Syria, “when you look at the Syrian opposition as a whole, the overwhelming majority of them are not of al Qaeda ilk. They are Syrians who are truly trying to gain control of their lives and their future,” Brennan said.

DEFENDING YEMEN OPS

Brennan also defended U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen, where the use of drone strikes on suspected militants has raised criticism about the killings – including that of militant Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen.

He said U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen are conducted in concert with the Yemeni government.

“And contrary to conventional wisdom, we see little evidence that these actions are generating widespread anti-American sentiment or recruits for AQAP,” he said, referring to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group’s Yemen-based affiliate.

“In fact, we see the opposite. Our Yemeni partners are more eager to work with us. Yemeni citizens who have been freed from the hellish grip of AQAP are more eager, not less, to work with the Yemeni government,” he said. “In short, targeted strikes against the most senior and most dangerous AQAP terrorists are not the problem, they’re part of the solution.”

On another topic, Brennan denounced recent leaks of sensitive national security information, and disputed critics who said that some of those leaks came from the White House itself to burnish Obama’s image as commander in chief.

“There have been some devastating leaks,” Brennan said without mentioning specific instances. “It’s unconscionable what has gone out. The president has made his displeasure abundantly clear to his senior team” and that anybody responsible should be held accountable, he said.

Reuters reported in May that Brennan, in a private teleconference with former counter-terrorism advisers who are now TV commentators, may have unintentionally led to the public disclosure of a Western informant who helped thwart a new “underwear bomb” plot being planned by AQAP.

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Sectarian slaying: Syrian rebels attack Alawites, Christians – reports

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Debris is seen on the floor of Im Al-Zinar church that was damaged during clashes between Syrian Rebels and the Syrian Regime in Bustan al Diwan, Homs July 23, 2012 (Reuters / Yazen Homsy)

Debris is seen on the floor of Im Al-Zinar church that was damaged during clashes between Syrian Rebels and the Syrian Regime in Bustan al Diwan, Homs July 23, 2012 (Reuters / Yazen Homsy)

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The ongoing conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly sectarian amid reports that rebel fighters have attacked a housing compound for employees of a power company, killing 16 civilians, mostly Alawites and Christians.

The massacre took place in Jandar village near the western city of Homs on Tuesday, Syria’s state news agency SANA reports.

Armed men stormed the Jandar residential compound, firing indiscriminately and killing 16 Syrians, among them six Christians, six Alawites – including the compound director – and four Sunnis,” said the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO.

Abdel Rahman said the gunmen targeted only the Syrian employees of the Jandar power plant. The other employees were Japanese and Iranians, who live with their families in the compound in Jandar village. “The village and its surrounding areas are Sunni,” he added.

Syria is a predominantly Sunni country, but it is also home to Christians and other Muslim denominations, among them the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam. Syria’s President Bashar Assad and the country’s ruling elite belong to the Alawite minority.

The latest attacks against minorities come after Bassam Mohieddin, an Alawite film director, was killed near his home in the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday.

“Treacherous hands assassinated Bassam Mohieddin on Sunday,” Syria’s General Cinema Institute said in a statement on Tuesday, adding the murder occurred in Jdeidet Artuz, the scene of recent clashes between government troops and rebels, AFP reports.

Also on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned against Syria descending into a sectarian war. “We have to set very clear expectations about avoiding sectarian warfare,” she said during her trip to South Africa, Reuters reports.

Those who are attempting to exploit the situation by sending in proxies or terrorist fighters must realize that will not be tolerated, first and foremost, by the Syrian people,” she added.

The collapse of the Assad regime could lead to the repression of minority groups, former Russian prime minster and Middle East expert Evgeny Primakov has warned in an interview with the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

Should the armed opposition manage to oust Assad, it would try to impose a Sunni regime, which would immediately lead to the persecution of Alawites, who comprise a significant part of the population,” he said adding that everyone who does not share the opposition’s religious views would face repression.

Primakov also explained that Al-Qaeda is supporting the Syrian rebels because it is a Sunni organization.

The ongoing violence in Syria has reportedly claimed some 21,000 lives since the uprising against the Bashar Assad regime started in March 2011.

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Mosque burning alarms US Muslims

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Muslim communities in the United States have been cautioned to be extra vigilant after two apparent mosque attacks in two days.

The warning from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) also came after the mass killings at a Sikh temple on Sunday, with Sikhs often mistaken for Muslim due to their turbans and beards.

Cair’s Ibrahim Hooper said the advocacy group had released an advisory since mosques are busier during Ramadan, especially the Holy Month draws to a close.

“We felt it was necessary to put something out there,” Mr Hooper said, suggesting mosques in isolated communities were particularly vulnerable.

The advisory was issued after a man armed with a hammer was caught on video apparently destroying a sign at a mosque in Rhode Island on Tuesday.

On Monday morning, a mosque burnt to the ground in Joplin, Missouri. Local authorities and the FBI were trying to determine whether the fire at the Joplin Islamic Center was arson.

Cair has also called for more police protection at mosques and other houses of worship following the attacks and has offered a US$10,000 (Dh36,700) reward for information about the mosque fire.

The investigation was still in its early stages, said Bridget Patton, an FBI spokeswoman, but the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were already offering a $15,000 reward for information about a previous suspected arson attempt at the same Joplin mosque.

On July 4, an unidentified white male was caught on surveillance video throwing a burning object onto the roof of the mosque. That time, the fire caused only minimal damage.

Imam Lahmuddin, the mosque’s leader, said he was “sad and shocked” by the latest fire. “Maybe there is something we are supposed to learn from this.”

Yesterday, St Philip’s Episcopal church was to host an iftar dinner for the town’s Muslim community, now with nowhere to congregate. Along with the Islamic Center, the United Hebrew Congregation and three other local churches, St Philip’s has hosted a number of interfaith events in the past and Father Frank Sierra, St Philip’s priest and director, said it was an important time to be involved.

“When a part of the family is hurt, another part of the family steps in to help.”

The interfaith meetings began after Joplin, a town of some 50,000, was devastated by a tornado in May last year that killed 161 and injured more than 900.

The UAE Embassy in the US has been particularly active in helping the town rebuild. The UAE donated more than $6 million to help rebuild a local hospital and high school, and, in August last year, volunteers from the Emirates travelled to the small town to assist Habitat for Humanity, a national volunteer group that build homes for those in need, with their efforts there.

Muslims across the US were already on alert after a man opened fire inside a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, killing six.

The FBI was investigating the shooting as a possible case of domestic terrorism, and Sikh community leaders have described the killings as a hate crime.

The shootings have raised fears in both Muslim and Sikh communities that they may face a spike in crimes targetting their respective communities.

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First indictments filed in IsraHell pedophile scandal

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Jerusalem man accused of attempted sexual harassment, attempted sodomy; according to indictment, defendant tried to arrange sexual encounter with police officer posing as 12-year-old boy

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A first indictment was filed in the pedophile affair which was exposed through a police sting. A 57-year-old Jerusalem resident was accused of speaking to a police agent masquerading as a 12-year-old boy and setting up a meeting with the intention of having sexual intercourse.

During one of the online chats, the defendant was asked: “What was the youngest age (you had sex with),” to which he replied: “Your age, and we had a lot of fun.”

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The officer then asked: “Do you like (boys) my age?,” to which the defendant replied: “Yes.”

An indictment filed in the Petah Tikva District Court accused him of sexually harassing a minor under the age of 15, attempted sodomy and statutory rape. The prosecution has asked to extend the suspect’s remand.

According to the indictment, the defendant told the “child” on the other side of the keyboard that he likes to “kiss and have a lot of physical contact, but only if (you) want to, and most importantly I like to take my time so that we enjoy it.”

At a later stage of the investigation, the police added a female officer, who held phone conversations with the suspect, posing as the young boy. On July 25 the defendant set up a meeting with the “boy” with the intention of having sexual intercourse. When he arrived at the prearranged address, he was arrested by police officers waiting at the scene.

Last month, police arrested more than 30 suspects as part of an extensive undercover investigation, headed by the National Fraud Unit, and described as the first and largest of its kind to ever take place in the country.

The majority of the suspects have no criminal record; and include students, civil servants, a defense establishment official, a former police officer and an agronomist – to name a few.

According to the police, they range in age from 20-57 and reside all over Israel. “We can’t put our finger on anything specific and say ‘this is the profile,”” a source privy to the investigation said.

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Nazi Settlers more likely to become reservists than rest of population

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Nearly 35% of settlers who complete IDF service are called in for reserve duty; percentage significantly lower in other parts of country

ed note–the settlers are nutcase fundamentalists who believe in all that ‘blood-n-guts’ business of the Old Testament and how the Jewish god ‘Yahweh’ gets his kicks when his chosen people go about the place killing gentiles and stealing their land. It makes perfect sense therefore that these people make up the bulk of IDF reservists.

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West Bank settlers who complete their mandatory army service are more likely to become reserve troops than residents of other parts of Israel, according to a report released by the IDF on Wednesday.

According to the report, 34% of IDF troops who hail from the West Bank are called in to report for reserve service. In comparison, 29% of former troops from northern Israel are summoned for reserve duty, while the percentage stands at 28% in central Israel, 28% in Jerusalem and 27% in southern Israel.

Of those who are summoned, 69% are combat troops.

The data shows that more than 80% of discharged troops who are called upon by the IDF actually report for reserve duty. The IDF estimates that in a state of emergency, the rate could hit 110%.

The report indicates that only 5% of the eligible population serves in the reserve forces; although it should be noted that the army has no use for most of potential reservists.

In order to bolster group cohesiveness within the reserve units, the IDF increased the number of days each soldier serves annually. The change went into effect this year and was expected to be implemented next year as well.

Army officials say that reservists don’t get the respect they deserve despite their contribution.

“According the an extensive poll that we conducted, 50% of businesses refuse to employ reservists, and I understand them,” Chief Reserve Officer, Brig.Gen. Shuki Ben Anat, said.

“The authorities must realize that they can and should by all means ease up on reservists,” he added, noting that the benefits that the troops receive fail to legitimize reserve service.

Also according to the data, the average age of reservists is 31. About half are married. Nearly three quarters have received higher education, Twenty-two percent are self-employed.

Moreover, 14% of reservists who were called up this year were women – compared to 8% in 2008.

Nearly a fifth – 19% – were born abroad. Of them, 1,200 were born in Georgia, 720 are from Iran, 30 are from the Philippines and five are from Bahrain.

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Zionist Evacuated Military Outpost near Rafah

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Israel evacuated military outpost near Rafah hours before Sinai attackThe Israel Defence Forces knew about the attack which targeted an Egyptian army post on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, and evacuated an outpost close to the area where the attack took place in advance of the incident. The IDF’s southern area commander was involved in taking the decision to evacuate army personnel.

According to reports on Hebrew Radio, intelligence warning about Sunday’s attack was received last Friday; this pushed the IDF to take a number of preventive measures a few hours before the bombings. The moves included ordering all Israeli tourists and nationals to leave Sinai and the evacuation of an Israeli military outpost near the attack site.

The radio reports claim that the IDF noticed a small Egyptian armoured vehicle about two kilometres from the border which started to weave its way around concrete barriers before it was fired upon by the Israeli soldiers. Nevertheless, the vehicle managed to make its way towards the Karam Abu Salem crossing point where heavy machine guns were used against it. It is alleged that the focus was on a small cart which apparently contained high explosives and exploded as soon as it was targeted by the Israelis.

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