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Hadith/Sunnah OF THE DAY -
If the Prophet (SAW) saw any animal over-burdened or ill-fed he would pull up alongside the owner and say, "Fear Allah in your treatment of animals." (Abu Dawud, Kitab Jihad)
“…We have not sent you (O Muhammad) save as mercy to the worlds.” (Al-Anbiyaa 21: 107)
Sarah Reed talks with reporters about the results of DNA testing that exonerates her son James Bain.
A Florida man serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit has been exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 35 years in jail.
James Bain, 54, will likely spend Christmas holiday with his family for the first time since he was 19 years old. Bain was wrongfully convicted on charges of kidnapping, burglary, and strong-arm rape of a nine year old boy in 1974.
An attorney from the Innocent Project, which is a national organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing, called Bain in prison to give him the news.
"I told him and he got very quiet. Then he said 'I'm really happy' and began to choke up," she told CNN. "He's been so worried about his mom. He wants to be home to take care of her."
Even though in 2001 a Florida statute was passed allowing cases to be reopened for DNA testing, Bain's requests were denied four times. It was only after he presented his case to the Court of Appeals that he was granted a hearing.
The final details of the investigation are still pending, but Bain is expected to be released after a hearing on Thursday in Bartow, Florida. A final hearing will be held sometime after the holiday season at which Bain's conviction will be formally vacated.
State investigators have taken more DNA from both Bain and the victim for additional testing.
Edward Threadgill who was the prosecutor in Bain's case became a judge in Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeals and is now retired.
"I don't remember any of the details [of the case]. I don't remember the defendant," he told CNN. "It upsets me that an innocent man was in prison. It disturbs me greatly. ... I think we did the best with the technology we had. We did the best we could with what we had."
Bain's mother says she want to make sure her son is taken care of.
She is putting her house and her 1992 Toyota Camry in his name.
OCCUPIED PALESTINE NEWS UPDATE:
Israeli allied Fatah militia
Kill enemy children: Jewish edict 29/11/2009
A Jewish rabbi has issued a book giving Jews permission to murder non-Jews, including babies and children, who may pose an actual or potential threat to Jews or Israel.
"It is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation," Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank, wrote in his book "The King's Torah."
He argues that Goyem (a derogatory epithet for non-Jews) may be killed if they threaten Israel.
"If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments - because we care about the commandments - there is nothing wrong with the murder."
Shapiro, who heads a small Talmudic school at the settlement of Yitzhar near Nablus, claims his edict "is fully justified by the Torah and the Talmud."
The anti-goyem edict seems to come in response to the arrest by Israeli police of a Jewish terrorist who has confessed to having murdered two Palestinian shepherds in the West Bank.
The terrorist, an American-born immigrant named Yaakov Teitel, also confessed to have tried to assassinate leftist Jewish figures.
Police considered the arrest an important achievement in combating Jewish terrorism, which experts contend thrives on religious edicts issued by rabbis affiliated with the religious-Zionist camp.
Nearly 16 years ago, a Jewish terrorist named Yigal Amir assassinated then Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin.
Moreover, numerous innocent Palestinians have also been murdered in cold blood by Jewish terrorists.
In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a notorious Jewish terrorist, murdered 29 Muslim worshipers inside Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank town of al-Khalil.
The controversial edict is backed by numerous rabbis affiliated with the so-called national-religious camp as well as the Talmudic seminary in West Jerusalem, known as Merkaz Ha'rav.
Among the rabbis who have publicly supported the edict are Yitzhak Ginsburg and Ya'akov Yosef.
Ginsburg had written a leaflet glorifying murderer Goldstein and called him a "saintly figure."
Shapiro's views on how Palestinians and non-Jews in general ought to be treated according to Jewish religious law (halacha) are widely looked at as representing the mainstream not the exception in Israel.
During the Israeli onslaught against Gaza earlier this year, Mordecahi Elyahu, one of the leading rabbinic figures in Israel, urged the army not to refrain from killing enemy children in order to save the lives of Israeli soldiers.
He had even petitioned the Israeli government to carry out a series of carpet bombing of Palestinian population centers in Gaza.
"If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after we kill a thousand, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop, we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to stop them."
According to Israel Shahak, author of "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: the Weight of Three Thousand years," the term "human beings" in Jewish law refers solely to Jews.
Many Jewish orthodox rabbis, especially within the national-religious sector, view international conventions incriminating the deliberate killing of civilians and destruction of civilian homes and property as representing "Christian morals" not binding on Jews.
In 2006, the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Settlements in the West Bank urged the army to ignore Christian morals and exterminate the enemy in the north (Lebanon) and the south (Gaza Strip).
Such manifestly racist and hateful edicts don't raise many eyebrows in Israel, neither among the intelligentsia nor in the society at large.
Source: Middle East Online / Aljazeera.com
-- Khalid Amayreh a journalist based in the Occupied Palestinian town of Dura.
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