Friday, December 10, 2004

$156M awarded in teen's killing

From CNN

"Three Islamic charities and an alleged fund-raiser for the Palestinian militant group Hamas were ordered Wednesday to pay $156 million to the parents of an American teenager killed by terrorists outside Jerusalem."

Full story at http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/12/08/islamic.charities.suit.ap/index.html

Its a sad day for justice in the US. These charities have their funds frozen for their alleged support of Hamas under a federal indictment. They are yet to be proven guilty of the alleged support, but are required to pay millions that they don't have to the family of the victim. One could wonder how the courts would deal with lawsuits from palestinians against jewish charities whose funds are used to build settlements on stolen lands. Or a lawsuit against Caterpillar which made the bulldozer that crushed Rachel Corrie to death.

1 comment(s):

  • You mean the concept of "guilty until proven innocent?" - This is nothing new - the experience of esp. African Americans in the United States has been pretty well documented.

    These are trying times - too often, such cases result in a reaction amongst some members of the Muslim community...such as indulging in only "self-blame" - as if this is all the "fault" of Muslim community/organization/leaders etc.

    What's needed is a sense of balance - recognizing that Muslims as all Americans have the same rights as everyone else. And that we're gonna struggle to re-claim these rights. Of-course in order to do this - we have to build strong coallitions with existing civil rights movements and learn from 'em...

    By Blogger redwood, at 12/11/2004 12:55:00 AM  

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