Saturday, December 22, 2007

Santa Claus beaten by IDF in West Bank demonstration

An Israeli soldier tackles a Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus or Father Christmas during at a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the village of Umm Salamunah near the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem. Israeli guards beat five demonstrators during the protest on Friday, organisers said. (AFP/Musa al-Shaer)

"Israeli guards beat five demonstrators, including one dressed as Father Christmas, during a protest on Friday against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank, organisers said."

Santa don't even rate a pass...

IDF Commander defends carjacking and murder of unarmed Palestinian

"First Lieutenant Y' has now been incarcerated for five months, accused of a litany of crimes, including kidnapping a taxi driver and binding his hands and feet. In his testimony at the Jaffa Military Court, the officer gave his version of events. "I am neither a criminal nor a fanatic, there are no violations on my record," he declared."

Peres apologizes for 1956 massacre of Arab civilians

"On October 29, 1956, a Border Police platoon shot and killed 48 unarmed Arab civilians in the village of Kafr Kassem east of Petah Tikva because the residents were unknowingly in violation of a curfew imposed on the village due to the onset of the Sinai Campaign."

Just one massacre among many that Israel continues to perpetrate.

FBI aims for world's largest biometrics database

A Mexican national has his thumb fingerprint taken on a digital scanner by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after the Mexican was caught attempting an undocumented entry into the U.S. from Mexico in Laredo, Texas May 3, 2006. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

"The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion project to build the world's largest computer database of biometrics to give the government more ways to identify people at home and abroad, the Washington Post reported on Friday."

Tent city in suburbs is cost of home crisis

A U.S. flag flies at 'tent city', a terminus for the homeless in Ontario, a suburb outside Los Angeles, California December 19, 2007. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

"Between railroad tracks and beneath the roar of departing planes sits "tent city," a terminus for homeless people. It is not, as might be expected, in a blighted city center, but in the once-booming suburbia of Southern California."

Belgium releases 14 terror suspects

Belgian Police officers stand guard on the Grand'Place in Brussels, Friday Dec. 21, 2007, following the arrest of 14 suspected Islamic militants. The security level went a step higher against a possible terrorist attack as a plot to liberate an Al Qaeda suspect from jail was uncovered. (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier)

"Belgian authorities on Saturday released 14 suspects detained over an alleged plot to free an al-Qaida prisoner after a court decided there was insufficient evidence to hold them for more than 24 hours, the Federal Prosecutor's office said."