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Letter to the Editor: By Rolf Ernst

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 09/03/2007 – 6:00am.

Re: “Judge threatens to bar Holy Land defendant – Dallas: Outburst reportedly referred to ‘Zionist conspiracy,’ ” Tuesday news story.

U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish’s rulings, allowing into evidence hearsay, pamphlets, general depictions of Hamas activities and emotionally charged but irrelevant imagery, have irrevocably tainted a jury whose job it is not to examine Hamas.

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Letter to the Editor: By Kassem Elkhalil

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 09/03/2007 – 5:59am.

The Holy Land Foundation trial is a political trial on behalf of Israel in an American court.

The HLF was shut down by an executive order in December 2001 during the visit of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister. The HLF was a legitimate zakat (charity) committee licensed by the Israeli government to distribute aid to the Palestinian people.

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Award-Winning Essay: By Noor Elashi

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 08/01/2007 – 2:03pm.

I will never forget sitting on that cold, solid wooden bench in the very back of the courtroom. As my eyes watered, I looked up at the judge, who started to look like nothing more than a mirage. Then, as I slowly turned my head to the double doors, I became almost blinded by a color more orange than the fruit, itself. It was the color of my daddy’s jumpsuit. Two officers escorted my dad as he took small and careful steps to the front of the room to avoid tripping over the chains between his ankles.

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