Monday, October 22, 2012

Arab Lawyers Union Honors Attorney Who Murdered Children

This Ongoing War blog has a post about a disturbing story about Arab Lawyers Union Honors Attorney Who Murdered Children:
"One of the world's respected associations of lawyers has just made a special award in honour of one of its deceased members. Her career was not long. But it was not the quality of her contract drafting, her client interview technique or her appearance work before the courts that earned her the award. It's the way she departed from the profession.

And quite an award it is - described by the association who created it as "the highest honor awarded by the Union in esteem for any lawyer in the Arab homeland".

...The award about which we are writing was presented in the form of a plaque to the family of Hanadi Jaradat, formerly from Jenin in the Palestinian Authority territory, "on the sweet anniversary of her martyrdom". It's formally signed by the chairman of the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU), Palestine Committee.

Here's what the honoree did.
On October 4, 2003, she walked into a restaurant called Maxim, on the seafront at the southern edge of Haifa. It was popular with both Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews and a symbol of peaceful coexistence in a city that has long had that kind of character. She exploded, and took with her 21 innocent lives including two complete family groups, among them an infant of two months."
Is it surprising this group of Arab lawyers:
  • has consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  • is an observer at the NY-based International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC)

  • is accredited to several UN committees.
And is it surprising that none of that is about to change?

After all, This Ongoing War points out the absurd disconnect between the UNESCO whitewash of the ALU and the way that outfit actually describes itself.

UNESCO would have you think the ALU is Simply a human rights organization:
Act in the interests of the Arab Nation to achieve its national objectives; facilitate contacts between Arab lawyers; safeguard and develop legislative and judiciary language; assure the freedom of lawyers in their work and the independence of magistrates; allow all Arab lawyers to take cases in any Arab country; harmonize the conditions of the legal profession; establish and harmonize links with international legal organizations; restore the study of Muslim law as a basis for law; promote and protect human rights.
However, from a selection of some of its less than humanitarian goals, you see that the Arab Lawyers Union admits to less than keen on harmony:
  • Struggle with the Arab Palestinian people to liberate Palestine from Zionist settlers colonialism.
  • Struggle against Zionism and its greed as a form of racism.
  • Resisting all forms of naturalization with the Zionist enemy and all projects which aim at dominating the Arab region and eradicating its identity.
Read Lawyers and killing children - there is a connection and it's much larger than you might guess

In other words, praising a murderer and encouraging terrorism is well within the goals that the Arab Lawyers Union has set up for itself.

The question now is what these other groups that pride themselves on their human rights activities are going to do about this scandal in their midst?

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