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  •  Sharia law (4+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, poco, Kevskos, letsgetreal

    Under the Mandate, the British continued the use of Islamic courts for Arab residents.

    The British courts recognize arbitrations decided in Sharia courts, particularly in the case of divorce. Many banks now provide accounts which conform to Sharia.

    Use scary foreign words if you like and misquote or distort the Hamas Charter. Much the same can be made of Zionist documents. The current Hamas leadership is a lot more pregmatic than you pretend.

    Your Hasbara talking points are not going down too well on here at the moment. If you have anything new to contribute to the discussions here no doubt people would take notice. Repeating and repeating and repeating the same old nonsense and shouting over anyone interviewing them is a tactic that is failing even official Israeli spokesmen this time round. A wannabe Mark Regev is an even bigger failure.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 05:16:36 AM PDT

    •  I see sharia courts coming (2+ / 0-)
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      Zornorph, Jersey Jon

      to western countries as a negative development.

    •  The women in Gaza (7+ / 0-)

      amongst the most cosmopolitan in the Arab world have already  rejected extreme Sharia, not that Hamas didn't try, but the women pushed back, and Hamas folded.   The same in Lebanon with Hezbollah, the women wouldn't have it.

      To lump ISIS, Hezbollah, LET and the rest of your list as essentially the  phenomenon  is so '00s.  It is a ridiculous and dangerous oversimplification in seeking approaches to the risk they present to us and world.

      If you are sincerely interested in "what motivates Hamas?", I invite you to read Hamas' 2006 electoral platform from the aborted elections of that year, which essentially superseded their charter as a manifesto of their philosophy of governance.  

      Here is a copy of their electoral platform

      Another scholarly article is here:

      Here is another.

      In no way are these documents suggestive of any conciliatory position as regards Israel, but neither are they portraits of Sharia crazed hateful racists who kill for fun.

      If you read these pieces, we can have a reasonable discussion.  If you pose rhetorical questions and then answer them, there isn't much to talk about

      •  I'll read the web-links you showed. (3+ / 0-)
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        Pilsner, Zornorph, Dr Swig Mcjigger

        If you're suggesting there is a kind of radical islamist lite, I'm doubtful. We got a sample of that when the Muslim Brotherhood was elected in Egypt.  The usual sharia-enforcing, anti-Christian tendencies asserted themselves.  

        •  I look forward (3+ / 0-)
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          CenPhx, sandbox, Kevskos

          to a fact based discussion.  Threat reduction from these extremist groups and movements is a serious business.

          Strategies to reduce that threat that aren't based on realistic appraisals of their capabilities, sources of support, and movement objectives often have the unfortunate result of strengthening them.

          •  As to threat reduction in the US, (0+ / 0-)

            where I live, I'm also of the opinion that members of radical islamist groups should not be granted visa entry, for our own safety.

            •  I fully agree (0+ / 0-)

              And I believe radical extremists are denied entry, under US law.  
              Same as war criminals.
              I also think that we should be very careful in our whole visa program across the board.  

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