Volcanic ash swamps Hawaii school, turning tennis court gray

HONOLULU (AP) — Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on Hawaii’s Big Island.

He moved his class to the community of Pahala’s gym nearby after he and his students could no longer stand the volcanic ash covering his classroom floor, chairs and desks.

“I decided today I’m not going back to my classroom for the rest of the year,” he said Wednesday, a brief relocation before school ends next week.

Kau High and Pahala Elementary School is inundated with gritty, gray ash that has been spewing out of a volcano some 20 miles (32 kilometers) away. During intermittent explosions at Kilauea’s summit, including one late Thursday, ash shoots high into the sky and drifts down onto the small, rural campus and nearby areas.

No matter how often Akamu sweeps the floors or how many times custodians spray water on buildings, a dusting of ash leaves a normally green tennis court looking gray.

“It keeps blowing around in the wind,” he said. “It’s like we’re fighting a losing battle. We just keep wiping and wiping.”

The ash is a new irritant for a town that’s used to coping with volcanic smog from noxious fumes seeping from the summit and eruption vents. Pahala, near the southern end of the island, is downwind from subdivisions that needed to evacuate after lava started spewing from cracks in the ground three weeks ago.

The smog and ash has led to many absences, Vice Principal Deisha Davis said. One day last week, 48 percent of students were out, she said.

School officials have been monitoring air quality. Students were kept inside Wednesday morning, when sulfur dioxide emissions were high.

Officials have handed out ash-filtering masks, though they keep running out because some kids misplace them. There’s a “safe room” with air conditioning for students and faculty to go when it’s hard to breathe.

“You walk outside, and you feel like your body is dusty,” Akamu said, likening it to being covered in baby powder. “When wind blows, it gets in your eyes.”

It’s so gritty that when you rub your skin, it leaves small scratches, he said.

Shops in Pahala’s central area have been keeping their front doors closed because of the ash, said Julia Neal, owner of Pahala Plantation Cottages. People take refuge in the air-conditioned bank.

“You see people wearing the masks” in coffee fields, at the store, at the bank, she said.

Residents have been resilient about the ash, she said. Neal’s cottages were filled Friday, when high school graduation will be held in the town’s gym, a focal point of the community.

“Everybody will be there,” Neal said. “Life goes on.”

Another school, Naalehu Elementary, is just 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Akamu’s campus but it hasn’t seen as much ash, said principal Darlene Javar, who lives in Pahala.

An eruption Thursday night sent an ash cloud about 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) into the air. Neal said she didn’t notice much more ash after that, likely because the winds had died down.

The National Weather Service said it expects trade winds to slow this weekend, creating hazardous air quality. Volcanic gases, pollution and ash could increase along with sulfur dioxide levels downwind of lava fissures.

Volcanic ash is the reason the area has such rich soil for crops, such as coffee, Akamu said.

“We’re not complaining about the ash. We’re not complaining about Pele,” he said, referring to the Hawaiian volcano goddess.

But he’s hoping his school could get some help cleaning the campus. Some wonder why it hasn’t closed.

“Their staff is cleaning daily. If there was ever an issue with safety, the school would close,” said Lindsay Chambers, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education. “By staying open and providing that normalcy, the feedback has been that it’s helpful.”


Associated Press journalist Sophia Yan contributed from Honolulu.


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Use of live fire against Palestinian protesters justified by Israel’s Supreme Court

The court’s panel of three justices unanimously rejected a petition by Israeli and Palestinian rights groups to prohibit the Israeli Army from using snipers and live ammunition to quell protests in Gaza.

In a 41-page ruling published by the justice ministry Thursday night, Chief Justice Esther Hayut sided with the government position that the Gaza protesters were not in fact peaceful civilian demonstrators, but rather part of an “armed conflict” between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic political and paramilitary group that currently holds power in Gaza. Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization.

However, the court urged the Israeli Army to continue its own internal review of its handling of recent protests on the Gaza border.

Submitted by two human rights groups (Adalah and Al Mezan) on May 17, the petition accused Israel of using “excessive force” against the protesters, arguing that the country’s “open-fire policy is illegal.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the ruling on Twitter, saying that the court had vindicated the “IDF’s strong and steadfast stance against the enemy in Gaza.”

Addressing the human rights groups, Lieberman added: “It is time for you to understand that while you are trying to strengthen our enemy, the IDF is also protecting you.”

Demonstrations peaked across the Palestinian territories last week, in protest of the United States opening its new embassy in Jerusalem. The embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or ‘catastrophe,’ when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their land after Israel was created in 1948.

More than 60 Palestinians were killed and over 2,000 injured by Israeli fire during the two days of protests, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. In total, 119 protests have been killed since March 30, when the six-week Gaza ‘Great March of Return’ began.

The bloodshed was fiercely condemned by rights groups and the UN Human Right Council.

Lieberman made headlines earlier this week after announcing that Israel plans to build 2,500 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank – in violation of the 2016 UN Security Council resolution. Given the latest developments, the move is likely to further diminish chances for a peaceful settlement to the decades-long tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Weed killer concerns: California takes down GMO giant in court – wins right to add cancer labels



As busy as Monsanto has been in the world of chemicalized agriculture, gene-spliced seeds and other endeavors, the company has also been just as busy in the legal arena.

It all started when Monsanto began suing farmers for patent infringement for cases in which farmers replanted their genetically engineered seeds (even in times where farmers claimed they didn’t know and/or farmers whose crops were damaged by accidental pollen drift).

Now, the company is being forced to defend itself in multiple legal arenas over everything from cancer cases in humans to the carcinogenic nature of its flagship weedkiller.

And according to a recent court decision, the state of California has gained the upper hand in the latest round of legal tussles with the massive multi-national corporation.

State of California Defeats Monsanto in Latest Court Battle

According to this article from the website Yubanet.com, the California Appellate Court has sided with the State of California and the Center for Food Safety by affirming that Monsanto’s glyphosate pesticide may be listed as a “probable carcinogen” under Proposition 65 in the state.

This means that a warning label may be added to the bottle, and discharges of the chemical into state drinking waters are prohibited.

“This is a huge win for all Californians – and a huge loss for Monsanto – as it upholds our right to protect ourselves and our environment from unnecessary and unwanted exposure to the dangerous chemical, glyphosate,” said Adam Keats, a senior attorney at CFS.

While California decided to pursue the action based on the IARC of the World Health Organization’s spring 2015 assertion that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is a “probable human carcinogen,” Monsanto has protested citing government approvals of their chemicals’ alleged safety.

Critics however point out that many of the studies done on glyphosate are submitted by the companies themselves or Monsanto-affiliated laboratories.

“All California consumers have the right to know that glyphosate is considered a probable carcinogen, and Proposition 65 ensures that the public obtains that knowledge,” said Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director at Center for Food Safety.

“We are pleased that the California Appellate Court prevented Monsanto’s attempt to keep the public in the dark about potential hazards from their products,” she added.

Thousands of Cancer Sufferers Prepare to Plead Their Cases in Court

Monsanto continues to deny its products can cause cancer, but there are over 2,400 people currently suing the company claiming a link to the dreaded disease, including one farmer who doctors say only has about six months left to live.

While the science is clear to anyone who has been following the EPA’s recent document releases that there is a link between glyphosate and cancer, the powers-that-be remain unconvinced.

The hope now among everyone from pro-organic California residents to the grieving wives of husbands is that Monsanto’s true role in these cases is finally exposed.

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An appeals court says CA can list the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen

Vicki Batts–After much fanfare, a state appeals court has ruled that California can list glyphosate as a carcinogen — and that the state’s ban on discharging the herbicide into public waterways stands, too. Despite Monsanto’s best efforts to keep the toxicity of their product under wraps, the ruling in California is undoubtedly a small victory for concerned consumers and environmental advocates everywhere. The great debate surrounding glyphosate has been in full swing for quite some time now. But in spite of this ruling, its clear that the drama and the controversies (and the health risks) coming from Monsanto and their flagship product, glyphosate-containing Roundup, are far from over.

Since the Golden State first proposed that Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing products should be recognized as carcinogenic, the biotech giant has been fighting tooth and nail to keep the public from knowing the truth about their products. Indeed, the efforts to which Monsanto has gone to keep the toxicity of glyphosate (and Roundup) under wraps is truly unmatched.

The recent ruling regarded Monsanto’s attempt at discrediting the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Cancer Research  (IARC)– by claiming that California was “was illegally delegating lawmaking powers to an unaccountable foreign agency.”

The WHO is considered part of the U.N., an organization of which the U.S. is a member, and is the world’s leading health agency– hardly an “unaccountable” organization.

Fortunately, the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Fresno has rejected Monsanto’s argument, which means that California’s right to list glyphosate as a carcinogen and prevent it from being discharged into public waterways.

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In an earlier case this past February, a federal judge in Sacramento put the kibosh on the state’s call for glyphosate-containing products bear a warning label. As sources report, U.S. District Judge William Shubb said that the IARC’s results regarding glyphosate “had been contradicted by other studies, including one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that found no link to cancer.”

Clearly, Shubb did not read the heartbreaking letter from a dying EPA scientist, begging her colleagues to “do the right thing” and tell the truth about glyphosate. Otherwise, he’d know that the EPA’s stance on glyphosate is far from reliable.

Or really, any government agency in the US, for that matter — the FDA has been hiding what they know about glyphosate, too.

In spite of their best efforts the truth has come out, but the fight still isn’t over

Environmental activists have been quick to cheer on the Fresno ruling. Rebecca Riley, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, commented, “This is a win for science and democracy.”

“The ruling clearly backs the voters’ choice to rely on expert scientific bodies to add dangerous chemicals to its list,” she continued.

But while the upholding of state rights is always a cause for celebration these days, it’s likely that Monsanto is planning on taking their case to the next level, by asking the Supreme Court for another review.

Monsanto executive Scott Partridge maintained that “no regulatory body in the world has concluded that glyphosate causes cancer,” and claimed that so-called “independent researchers” had concluded that the IARC used ‘“flawed and incomplete science” to draw their conclusion.

Perhaps Partridge is referring to one Bob Tarone — the man who authored a reportdecrying the IARC findings as a “flawed and incomplete summary.” Funny how Tarone used almost the same exact words as Partrdige, eh? Tarone was also featured in a hit piece to salvage Monsanto’s reputation.

It comes as no surprise that this so-called “independent researcher” actually turned out to be a paid shill for Monsanto.

IARC reports that his 2017 “research” paper will be amended to denote the fact that he was paid for his “opinion” by Monsanto, and that the revision will be re-labeled an “opinion paper” instead of a “research paper.”

Monsanto is known for stooping low to keep profits high; who knows what kind of scheme they’ll try to pull off next. Stay current on their latest atrocities at Monsanto.news.

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Finnish court okays Muslim’s rape of a 10-year-old girl as part of his “culture”

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You’ve probably heard of the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” The meaning of that phrase is clear: When you’re in a foreign land, obey their rules and regulations, and respect their customs and laws.

At least, that used to be true. All over Europe today, however, that old axiom is dying a slow, agonizing death as one Left-wing, socialist country after another bends over backward to accommodate radical Islamists and extremist Muslim behavior.

In recent days, and to the outrage of many, a court in Finland ruled that it’s just fine for a 23-year-old Muslim man to rape a 10-year-old girl because, hey, that’s just part of what those Muslim men do…in their countries.

As reported by the Helsinki Times: 

Finns have widely expressed their outrage and bafflement with a recent ruling in a case against a 23-year-old man who had intercourse with a ten-year-old girl.

The Turku Court of Appeal ruled last week that the defendant was guilty of aggravated child sexual abuse but not of aggravated rape and sentenced him to three years in prison, thus upholding a ruling issued in March by the District Court of Pirkanmaa.

The defendant in the case, Juusuf Muhamed Abbudin, has been acquitted of a charge of aggravated rape “on grounds that the prosecution was unable to substantiate its claim that the victim had been unable to defend herself and express her lack of consent because she was in a state of fear and helplessness at the time of the act,” the paper added, quoting another Finnish source.

That, too, is a ridiculous claim: How many 10-year-old girls do you know, unless they’re from Superman’s planet, who can defend themselves against a grown 23-year-old man?

As noted further by Inquisitr, it’s quite clear that Abbudin victimized the girl. Beginning in 2016 he started making contact with her at an abandoned apartment building in the city of Tampere. Later, in another abandoned building he had sexual intercourse with her, then, afterward, would send her sexually explicit messages.

Now, how can a 10-year-old girl consent to having intercourse? First of all, how would she even know what she was agreeing to? And finally, in what country — in the West, anyway — would the ‘consent’ of a 10-year-old to have sexual intercourse ever be acceptable, legally and morally?

The case eventually made it to Finland’s Supreme Court, which let the lower courts’ rulings stand, thereby institutionalizing one sick sex act and setting the stage, no doubt, for future sick sex acts against 10-year-old girls. (Related: Beheadings, pillage and rape: Islamic jihad is heading to America.)

What happens if the next victim of a ‘cultural sex act’ is younger than 10? What if she’s nine? Eight? Five?

At what age in Finland is the age of consent going to wind up being?

As Inquisitr noted further:

Tuula Tamminen, Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Tampere, is baffled by the court’s decision. She told a local newspaper that there is no way a child that age can understand what is happening to him or her, and so cannot give consent to a sexual act.


As noted by Robert Spencer at JihadWatch, there are many Muslim experts and clergy that excuse such sexual activity as normal for their culture.

“Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this,” according to Ishaq Akintola, a professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Nigeria.

“There is no minimum marriage age for either men or women in Islamic law. The law in many countries permits girls to marry only from the age of 18. This is arbitrary legislation, not Islamic law,” notes Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-‘Ubeidi, an Iraqi expert on Islamic law.

Writes Spencer: “Finnish authorities might as well surrender to the local Islamic authorities and establish Sharia rule now. They’re not just Finnish, they’re finished.”

J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.

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Court Allows Cop Who Raped 15 Year Old Girl and Impregnated Her To Walk Free—NO JAIL

Police, we are told, are society’s finest. Heroic men and women sacrifice themselves to protect society from criminals so that we may live long and safe lives. If this assertion were entirely true, when these fine men and women commit a crime they are sworn to prevent, they should be held to higher standards than the rest of society because not only have they broken a law, but they have betrayed the trust of people they serve.

However, as the case below illustrates, all too often, when a police officer betrays this trust—going so far as to prey on society’s most vulnerable, children—their badge grants them a lower standard of justice and they escape accountability.

Rafael Martinez Jr., a now-former Camden County cop was found guilty of having sexual relations with and impregnating a child. This was confirmed with DNA evidence and the officer himself admitted it. However, he will not spend a single day in jail.

As NJ.com reports, Judge Edward McBride accepted a negotiated plea to sentence Martinez to five years probation. As part of the agreement, Martinez pleaded to endangering the welfare of a child.

The New Jersey Age of Consent is 16 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in New Jersey are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity is defined as statutory rape.

Because Martinez’ victim was only 15 years old, she was not legally able to consent to have sex with the 33-year-old public servant, which makes it an act of rape under New Jersey law.

These facts, however, were of no concern to the justice system in New Jersey as they refused to send him to jail. Instead, this police officer, who betrayed his oath to the constitution, who betrayed the citizens he served, and who took advantage of a child, got off scot free with only five years of probation.

As NJ.com reports:

In mid-August 2017, the teen gave birth at Cooper University Hospital in Camden and was interviewed by a social worker there, according to court documents.

The girl told the social worker that Martinez, 33, was the father, which was later confirmed with DNA evidence.

According to Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Grace MacAulay, Martinez’ defense was that he didn’t know the girl was only a child because she told him she was 18.

“Saying the child told me she was 18, that is inexcusable and unacceptable for any person in our society, but especially for a law enforcement officer,” MacAulay said. “They are held to a higher standard.”

Sadly, however, the reference to a “higher standard” was little more than lip service as this former cop’s sentence proves the standards are quite low for law enforcement.

During the closing statements of the sentencing, the judge brought up Martinez’ service as an officer and, in a roundabout way, used it to justify his decision not to send him to jail.

In sentencing Martinez, McBride noted that “his conduct is the result of circumstances that are unlikely to recur” and that the cop had no prior contact with the criminal justice system (besides being part of it).




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Republicans Fill Court Seat They Denied To Obama For 6 Years

WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Michael Brennan to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ― a vacancy that Republicans prevented President Barack Obama from filling for six years.

The vote, 49 to 46, was entirely partisan.

Until now, the seat was the nation’s longest circuit court vacancy. It was empty since January 2010, and it had been up to Wisconsin’s two senators to work with the White House to fill it. The reason it went unfilled for so long largely came down to one person: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

Obama nominated Victoria Nourse to the seat in July 2010. Johnson denied her a confirmation hearing for all of 2011 by refusing to turn in his so-called blue slip, a Senate tradition whereby home-state senators have the ability to stop or advance a judicial nominee in the Judiciary Committee. Nourse withdrew her nomination in early 2012, calling the system “broken.”

Nourse had been recommended for the court seat by Wisconsin’s judicial nominating commission. But after she withdrew, Johnson said he wanted a new system of picking judicial nominees. He disbanded the state’s nominating panel and worked with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to create a new one. That took another year.

Johnson then said the panel couldn’t put forward a 7th Circuit nominee until Obama nominated people to two other district court vacancies in the state. That added another year to the process. By the time the panel was seeking applications for the 7th Circuit, it was July 2014 and the seat had been empty for four years.

The commission had eight candidates to recommend by January 2015, but couldn’t reach a consensus. The process stalled out in May, so Baldwin submitted all of their names to the White House to let the administration pick someone. Johnson fumed that Baldwin’s move was “partisan” and said the nomination process should start all over.

By January 2016, six years after the seat became empty, Obama nominated Donald Schott — one of the eight people chosen by the state panel. Baldwin gave the green light for him to get a hearing by turning in her blue slip, and reluctantly, Johnson did too. Schott got his hearing in June 2016. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked action on Obama’s court picks for the rest of the year, and Schott’s nomination expired.

That left the seat open for a Republican president, Donald Trump, to fill, which was Johnson’s and McConnell’s goal all along.

Mitch McConnell has been very effective at denying Democrats the ability to fill empty court seats, and then filling up all those seats when Republicans are in power. (Alex Wong via Getty Images)Mitch McConnell has been very effective at denying Democrats the ability to fill empty court seats, and then filling up all those seats when Republicans are in power. (Alex Wong via Getty Images)

After years of denying votes to Obama’s judicial picks, McConnell is now aggressively moving forward with filling those empty court seats with young, conservative, lifetime judges. Trump has been nominating people at record-breaking levels, and many of his picks have records of being anti-LGBTQ rights, anti-abortion rights or anti-voting rights.

“This is my top priority in the Senate,” McConnell told conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt last week. “By appointing and confirming these strict constructionists to the courts who are in their late 40s or early 50s … I believe we’re making a generational change in the country.”

Brennan’s confirmation is rich with irony. He wrote an editorial endorsing the blue slip process in 2011 after Johnson refused to return his blue slip for Nourse. He didn’t earn the support of Wisconsin’s judicial nominating commission.

And the same Republicans who used blue slips to deny Obama the seat have now ignored the tradition of blue slips to help Trump fill it. Baldwin never turned in her blue slip in for Brennan, but Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman, gave him a hearing anyway and Republicans sent his nomination to the Senate floor.

Democrats have fumed about the hypocrisy surrounding this court seat. Some already opposed Brennan, a 57-year-old Milwaukee lawyer, on his merits. Among other things, Brennan has discounted the concept of the “the glass ceiling” being real, and raised some eyebrows in his confirmation hearing when he couldn’t say if racial bias exists in the criminal justice system.

“How is Sen. Baldwin’s right to consult on judges for her state any less important than Sen. Johnson’s?” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “It’s mind-bending hypocrisy. It’s an appalling double standard.”

Until this year, it had been three decades since the Senate confirmed a judge without positive blue slips from both home-state senators.

Before Brennan, the Senate held a confirmation vote in January for now-U.S. Circuit Judge David Stras of Minnesota. Then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) did not turn in a blue slip for Stras, but Grassley gave him a hearing anyway and sent his nomination to the floor.


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Iran calls $6 billion US court verdict a ‘mockery’ of justice, Americans

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Accusing Washington of attempts to “rewrite history,” Iran has firmly rejected as a “mockery” of the justice system the US court’s recent default ruling which ordered Tehran to pay over $6 billion in damages to 9/11 victims.

“Issuing such an absurd and unacceptable verdict mocks not only the international legal system but also the survivors and families of the victims of the September 11 attacks,” Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Bahram Kasemi said Sunday, rejecting the New York court’s decision.

Last week, Manhattan’s District Judge George Daniels made a default ruling (issued in the absence of a defendant) that found Tehran liable for the deaths and ordered its entities to pay over $6 billion in compensations to the families of more than 1,000 victims of the September 11 attacks.

Accusing the US of attempting to “rewrite history,” the Foreign Ministry stressed that the country reserves the right to respond to any “illegal procedures” and asserted that the ruling was obviously “politically” motivated.

The spokesman also rejected similar past verdicts against Iran, reiterating that the country had nothing to do with organizing or financing the 9/11 attacks. Previously Judge Daniels had issued default judgments against Iran, in 2011 and 2016, ordering the Islamic republic to pay billions of dollars to victims of the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The rulings against Tehran are especially astounding since none of the 19 hijackers on September 11, 2001, were even Iranian citizens, and no investigation ever found links to Iran. The 9/11 Commission –the organization tasked with investigating the attacks– has said there is no evidence indicating direct Iranian involvement or suggesting that Tehran was even aware of the 9/11 plot. The only known connection is that several hijackers once allegedly travelled through Iran on their way to Afghanistan and supposedly did not have their passports stamped.

In his default verdicts, however, Daniels agreed with the claim that Tehran somehow provided technical assistance, training and planning to terrorists, even though the overwhelming majority of the suspects came from Saudi Arabia, the geopolitical rival and arch-enemy of Iran in the region. Fifteen of the terrorists that took part in the 9/11 plot were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates and one from Egypt and Lebanon.

While Judge Daniels has already found Iran ‘guilty’ of 9/11, he is yet to rule on a number of cases brought on behalf of the victims against Saudi Arabia, over the kingdom’s alleged role in the attacks. Both Iranian and Saudi involvement is being reviewed under the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) guidelines, which paved the way for legal proceedings against foreign states and their officials suspected of supporting terrorism.



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Israel to Top Court: Human Rights Law Doesn’t Apply To Gaza Protests


HAARETZ – The protests by Palestinians on the Gaza border fall into the category of a state of war and thus human rights law does not apply to the rules of engagement, the state said in its response to a High Court petition filed by human rights groups.

According to the response, the Israeli forces’ rules of engagement comply with both Israeli and international law.

“The state opposes the applying of human rights law during an armed conflict,” the state wrote, adding that the Red Cross had acknowledged that such law indeed did not have to be applied during such a state of affairs.

In their so-called March of Return, Gazans have been protesting each Friday at the Gaza border fence. In the demonstrations, the Israeli army has killed 45 protesters and wounded thousands; the army says it is trying to stop the fence from being breached.   

The state said the demonstrations were part of hostile acts by Hamas against Israel, though Israel did not necessarily see participation in violence at the border fence or the approaching of the fence as direct participation in a hostile act. Each case should be examined individually, it said.

The State Prosecutor’s Office distinguishes between protesters demonstrating and protesters trying to break into Israel to attack soldiers and civilians.

The state’s response relied on a 2015 High Court ruling on a petition by a demonstrator on the Lebanese border who was shot by the Israeli army. According to the ruling, the breaking-up of a violent, life-threatening protest allows for the use of potentially deadly force.

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