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Israeli security forces take position outside Israel’s Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah

The Palestine Scholars Association in the Diaspora in a statement on Saturday rejected an American request to extradite, Ahlam al-Tamimi, the female Palestinian prisoner freed from an Israeli jail.

“We have been closely following the issue of the US request from Jordan to extradite the freed prisoner Ahlam al-Tamimi and we are deeply concerned about the oppressive policies of the Americans,” the statement said.

Image of Ahlam al-Tamimi

The association observed that US citizens had joined Israeli forces and had taken part in the “killing” of Palestinians. It said US citizens had also helped in the desecration of holy sites and had assisted the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.  It said those citizens who had killed Palestinians were often cleared of the “crime”, but when killed while fighting for the Israeli military, they were referred to as “civilians.”

Meanwhile, the statement described the extradition request as a shocking policy of “double standards” as it coincided with the anniversary of the death of the American activist Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israeli bulldozers in Gaza on 16 March 2003.

The association noted that the US have not requested the extradition or prosecution of, what it referred to as, the “criminals” who killed Corrie, the 23-year-old unarmed American peace activist.

Addressing an audience in the Jordanian capital Amman, the Palestinian scholars stressed that it will not be handing over Al-Tamimi as the association considered such a move as a clear violation of “religious rules” based on the Holy Qur’an.

Concluding the statement, the scholars called on the Jordanian government and parliament, who also rejected the US extradition request. They also decided to grant Al-Tamimi “honorary membership” of the association as a reward for the sacrifices she had made for the Palestinian cause.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

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This is a beautiful church so once again thank you to the pastor for allowing us to use this is really beautiful and thank you all for being here tonight and and for caring enough to take the time and listen and participate and be active I always begin my remarks with a disclaimer and that disclaimer is this if anybody here came hoping to hear a balanced presentation then they're going to be sorely disappointed I say this because a lot of things that you're about to hear tonight are difficult to hear and also because I don't believe that a balanced presentation on this topic is possible anybody that cares enough to speak about this probably has a very strong opinion one way or the other almost everybody has feelings and strong emotions on this issue one way or the other for me it's deeply personal and the issue itself is not a balanced issue there is no balance in this issue so therefore I say this because there cannot be a balanced presentation on this and I think if anybody claims that their presentation is balanced they're either misleading themselves or the misleading of their audience this whole issue of Israel and Palestine is covered in so much myth and there's so much there's so much double standard when people talk about this issue and I'll give you two examples

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