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Sundown: Abbas Wins Backing for Talks Halt

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• The Arab League backed President Abbas’s suspension of peace talks pending a freeze extension. [Haaretz]

• The IDF killed two senior Hamas operatives in Hebron, in the West Bank, drawing (eminently not-Hamas) Prime Minister Fayyad’s condemnation. [NYT]

• Our very own Liel Leibovitz chats about his new book, The Chosen Peoples. [The Jewish Star]

• Hezbollah continues to train in Syria. [Haaretz]

• Columbia University initiated a first-of-its-kind Center for Palestine Studies, co-directed by Professor Rashid Khalidi. There is little if any controversy surrounding it, although the David Project has yet to make a documentary about it. [Forward]

• If you’re in the mood for some off-color but orthodox Freudian sex advice, Bambi Shlomovich is your new girl (on) Friday. [Jewcy]

Shalom Rubashkin was convicted of massive financial fraud. So naturally he is worthy of a “We Are The World”-style tribute.

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Daniel says:

MArk

You suggestion is that because he was convicted of fraud, he is not deserving of outside support. Perhaps. But are not there many people who were convicted of crimes, but because of outside support, later had their convictions overturned on grounds of innocence, or prosecutorial or judicial misconduct or rights-issues? Are you suggesting no one who has been conviceted by a court of law should be given support?

Perhaps you are saying something different — that in fact this guy is fully guilty and the sentence is commensurate with the crime. But that is not what your comment suggests.

Though he was convicted there was extensive Judicial misconduct by the Judge which is the grounds for a current appeal. Here is one report, and from that you can find further follow-up:

http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2010/08/defense-lawyers-in-rubashkin-case-question-federal-judges-ties-to-prosecution.html

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