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Mexico Extradites San Jose Mosque Imam (Rap Video)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Over the weeked, three suspected members of the terrorist organization Hezbollah, a proxy group for Iran, were arrested in the capital city of the Yucatan Province, Mexico.

One of the three, Rafic Mohamad Labboun Allaboun, 44, is a Lebanese American.  According to Benito Rosell Isaac, head of the Mexican National Migration Institute (INM) in Yucatan, Labboun had a warrant out for his arrest from Houston, Texas, and he was deported there within hours of his arrest.  He had a court appearance on Monday morning, September 10, and then was returned to the San Jose division of the Northern District Court of California.

The news of the arrest was a major story in Mexico, but had little coverage on American or Israeli media sites.

It should have.

Rafic Labboun is a naturalized American citizen, born in Lebanon, who immigrated to the United States in 1986.  He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in mathematics.  Although born a Sunni Muslim, he converted to the Shia faith and became an energetic and charismatic promoter of Islam.  Labboun served as an imam for the Shiite Association Bay Area (SABA) Mosque in San Jose, California.  The SABA Mosque is considered by some experts in the counter-terrorism world to be strong supporters of both the Khomeinist regime and of the Hezbollah terrorist organization.  Labboun was the spiritual leader at SABA until he “suddenly” returned to live in a southern neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2002.  Until that time it is believed that Labboun was the highest ranking Hezbollah member in the San Francisco Bay area.

Labboun returned several times to the SABA mosque, ostensibly to preach, for short periods, but was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport on his way back to Lebanon on January 12, 2009.  Labboun was convicted by a jury on July 19, 2010, on  seven counts of bank fraud. The fraud involved the creation of false lines of credit between several US banks.  Credit cards and checks from those lines were then used to obtain more than $100,000 in gold from Saudi Arabia.  The money is believed to have ended up in Lebanon, and was allegedly used to finance terrorist activities by Hezbollah.  The money was never recovered.

After the verdicts were entered, Labboun was sentenced by Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the United States District Court of the Northern District Court of California, to 27 months in custody, followed by three years supervised release.  In addition to his prison sentence, Labboun was ordered to repay the stolen funds to the defrauded banks.

Labboun was scheduled for release from prison on June 29, 2012.   On June 21, however, he was ordered to reside at the Geo Care Residential Reentry Center for an additional three months, as directed by his probation officer, Jennifer Hutchings.   Instead, he flew to Mexico on a false passport from Belize, the country of which the two men with whom he was arrested are citizens. The name on Labboun’s false passport was Wilhelm Dick.

According to reports, eyewitnesses to the arrest operation over the weekend said that INM and Mexican state police appeared in full force, parked in front of a building and several heavily armed officers exited their cars.  These officers then entered the building and quickly arrested the three men. The suspects were reportedly first taken to a security complex located on the loop highway, escorted by a high security convoy.

It is believed that the three were arrested because they were involved in financing activities in an attempt to bail out Hezbollah members jailed in the United States.  Labboun was in violation of his parole, and while that alone may have triggered the focus by authorities, the extensive show of force by the Mexican arresting agencies contributed to speculation that much more was at stake.

A report from the Yucatan Times mentioned rumors that Labboun had some connection to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, but those reports have not appeared anywhere else.  A San Francisco CBS station reported that the FBI referred to the two men arrested with Labboun, George Abdalah Elders and Justin Yasser Safa, as known Hezbollah operatives.

Israeli Police Illegal Arrest and Interrogation Fail to Pin Firebombing on 13- and 12-Year-Old Jewish Boys (Video)

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Those of us who live in democratic societies have grown to see the limits placed on our naturally exuberant police forces as essential components of our civil freedoms. We know a person may not be interrogated without his or her attorney being present. We know a person must be arraigned and charged with a crime, or be set free. We know a minor may not be interrogated without his or her parent present.

Not in the wild-west territory of Judea and Samaria, where police is more likely to be brutal than not, especially to Jewish “settlers” (Hebrew for Pariah) and definitely not regarding Jewish boys of bar mitzvah age and younger.

Every week, it seems, we are treated to new evidence of Israel’s security forces in the “territories” appearing to merge with the Arab regime police forces all around us, employing brute force, intimidation, illegal incarceration and the occasional physical torture, because, frankly, they’ve run out of other ways to solve crimes.

A case in point is the recent testimony of two young teens, one 12, the other 13, who testified on video which was published by HaKol HaYehudi (The Jewish Voice).

At the end of last week, three young teens from Bat Ayin were released after spending six days in prison on suspicion of firebombing an Arab taxi, injuring six Arabs.

All three children withstood extremely difficult conditions and especially long interrogations, accompanied with threats and sophisticated tactics, utilizing relentless psychological pressure.

13-year-old M. told HaKol HaYehudi about the investigation methods employed by the Police Central Unit (Yamar) and the General Security Service (Shabak).

M. and his friends were on their way to Jerusalem Sunday morning, last week.

“At the Gush intersection (a hitchhiking post), a car stopped to give us a ride to Jerusalem. Two of us got in; the third boy wanted to get in too, but the driver said that he would only agree to take two. The driver and his wife started talking to us about ‘Price Tag’ (the clandestine retaliation movement against the left-wing and Arabs) and whether it was a good thing or not,” M. related.

“The driver turned on the radio and it was someone talking about ‘Price Tags’  and that we have to burn down mosques during the day, with the Arabs still inside, and that he tried to join the Price Tag movement and they wouldn’t agree with him. It seemed very strange, but we didn’t understand what was going on,“ M. described.

“When the radio piece was over, the driver started asking us who threw the firebomb, and that of course we knew who it is.” M. answered that he and his friend had no idea who did it.

The two children still didn’t realize that the innocent “hitch” was a actually a police trap.

“We reached Kiryat Moshe and asked to get out, but the driver said that he would pull over for us at a stop further down the road. When we got to that stop, the driver said that it’s illegal to stop at the bus stop and there’s an increased fine for it, so he would stop after the next turn. He stopped after the turn and two detectives immediately jumped on us and told us that we were under arrest for suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime.”

After several days under arrest, M. was led near the interrogation room when he suddenly heard loud shouts.

“I saw the driver of the car that we hitchhiked in, handcuffed inside the interrogation room, with a detective shouting at him, ‘what did you talk about with them during the ride?  We already know everything about you!’ and stuff like that. I heard him tell the detective that he knows me only because he picked me up one day at the Gush intersection and that he has no connection to us.”

“After that, I was put into a holding cell and suddenly they put him in too. He started shouting at me: ‘What did you do? I am a married man and I don’t want to get involved in problems.’”

The investigating police officer then started to shout at M. that he and his friends must tell the detectives what they did in order to get the man released to his family.

“I didn’t really pay attention to him, so they took him out and I didn’t see him again,” said M.

Where are the Egyptian Generals?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Rumors are flying around Egpyt that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Sami Hafez Anan have been placed under house arrest by President Morsi. The two former military leaders of Egpyt have not been seen or heard from by anyone since they were retired yesterday.

On Sunday, supporters of Tantawi gathered by the Egpyptian Ministry of Defense in East Cairo. Fights broke out at the protest.

PA Arrests 150

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Israel is praising the Palestinian Authority for cracking down on crime and corruption in Arab territories in Judea and Samaria, following the arrest of 150 suspects.

The crackdown began in mid-May and has included the arrest of senior security officers, some of whom were trained by the United States.

The suspects, being held in a PA prison in Jericho, were rounded up by the Presidential Guard, a force loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Many of the detainees are former members of Fatah’s Al-Aksa martyrs Brigade and the Palestinian National Security Forces, the PA’s US-trained counter-terror wing.

The PA expects to receive a shipment of 4,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles from Jordan, pending Israeli approval.

Police Won’t Show Arrest Warrant, Beat and Cuff Orthodox Man

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

A couple in their late 40′s were detained on Sunday in Jerusalem on suspicion of the husband’s involvement with vandalizing Arab property six months ago, Honenu reports. Eyewitnesses say that police conducted themselves violently. The couple was taken to the Moriah Police Station where they were interrogated.

Sunday afternoon R. and his wife S. received a telephone call from a neighbor who told them that three “thugs” in civilian clothes had banged on their door.

"Thugs" in civilian clothes

"Thugs" in civilian clothes

R., 49, is a kashrut supervisor, and his wife S. is head nurse at a Jerusalem hospital.

Later in the afternoon, when the couple returned home, the three men were still there and approached them. The men asked the husband for his name and he replied that they should identify themselves first. After they presented police badges R. showed them his ID card.

After the three policemen informed R. that he was being detained, he and his wife asked them if they had an arrest warrant and what the charges were. The policemen showed them a folded piece of paper, claiming that it was a warrant, and added that they would be informed of the charges at the police station.

But the issue of a proper warrant became moot as S. noticed that the policemen were approaching her husband in a threatening manner. She tried to move closer to him in order to protect him and then, according to her, one of the policemen forcefully pushed her. Subsequently S. suffered injuries to her neck and to one of her fingers.

One of the policemen told his colleague to take out handcuffs and then the three jumped on R. and severely beat him, damaging one of the parked cars in the process. Afterwards they knocked R. to the ground and as they continued to beat him, handcuffed him. During the detention R. was badly injured in all parts of his body, including a broken nose, and his glasses were broken. After they finished arresting R. the policemen informed his wife that she was also being detained, because she had attacked them.

Beaten and cuffed, no warrant

Beaten and cuffed, no warrant

S. relates that her husband did not resist the arrest in any way and certainly did not attack the policemen. The couple were taken to the Moriah Police Station in Jerusalem. After several hours of interrogation, S. was released. R. remained behind bars overnight. He was being interrogated on suspicion of involvement with “price tag” incidents involving damage to Arab property. The police did not have evidence but rather relied on “intelligence information”.

On Monday R. was brought to a deliberation at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court. The police demanded a four day remand extension. Honenu attorney David HaLevi, who represented R., pleaded at the deliberation that the detention was violent and unnecessary, and that the charges lacked evidence, and therefore R. should be released. The judge rejected the police demand of a remand extension but due to the “severity of the accusations” sent R. to 30 days house arrest.

Honenu attorney David HaLevi replied that, “This was a serious incident in which the police used unrestrained violence on my client for no visible reason. My client suffered from serious injuries including a broken nose due to the violence conduct of the police and that is a most unreasonable outcome of a detention, especially when the detainee is a normative adult with absolutely no criminal record who has never had any dealings with the law enforcement system.”

HaLevi added that the incident has been recorded and “we intend to file a strong complaint with the Police Investigation Unit in order that they examine the conduct of the police during the incident.”

He also said: “In our humble opinion the police are groping in the dark and the detention of my client was carried out without a basis of genuine evidence against him, and the [court's] decision to release him supports this.”

Immigration Police Round Up Sudanese for Deportation

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Israeli immigration police arrest dozens of South Sudanese illegal immigrants in Eilat on Monday morning in a raid intended to curb the influx of unauthorized entrants from Africa.

At approximately 5:00 AM, immigration police raided a neighborhood which has become known as a way station for the hundreds of migrants who breach Israeli borders from the south.  Police gave the individuals time to gather and pack their belongings before being deported.  Eight South Sudanese migrants were arrest by the Immigration Authority on Sunday.

Last week, a Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese citizens back to their country.

The Knesset on Monday will dedicate special sessions to dealing with strong Israeli reactions to violence and theft brought on by the wave of Sudanese and Eritrean illegal immigrants, in particular in South Tel Aviv and the port city of Eilat.  Discussions will include ways to deal with the various classifications of immigrants – including opportunists as well as asylum-seekers – as well as Israeli violence against the migrants sparked by public outrage at immigrant conduct.

On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation supported a bill to punish Israelis who employ or migrants and Palestinians who are inside Israeli illegally.

Though it is difficult to estimate how many illegal immigrants from Africa are currently in Israel, Ministry of Interior estimates, as of April 2012, 59,858 Illegal immigrants who were never imprisoned in detention facilities have infiltrated into Israel.  A fraction of those are entitled to refugee status, while Eritreans – comprising a whopping 34,000 of those – will not be deported due to the opinion of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that Eritrea has a difficult internal situation and a forced recruitment and that Eritrean immigrants should be defined as a “temporary humanitarian protection group”.

Indictment Filed Against Arrested Ramat Migron Residents

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Honenu reports that on Monday an indictment was filed against two youths from the Ramat Migron outpost charged with assaulting a policeman. The two were arrested just before Shabbat last week, after, according to police, they refused to leave the outpost despite a closed military zone order effective on the site. According to police they violently resisted their removal from the site.

Just before Shabbat, large forces of Border Guard police raided Ramat Migron, only hours after they had destroyed the home of one of the residents who was about to get married Monday. Police ordered the youths to leave the site moments before Shabbat, when it was clear they would not be able to reach their parents’ homes without desecrating Shabbat.

The youths told police that according to two recent rulings by the Jerusalem Magistrate Court and the Jerusalem District Court, Jews are permitted to be residents of the outpost, and police do not have authorization to remove permanent residents of the outpost.

The three arrested youths were taken by force to the detention center at the Russian Compound on Shabbat, despite their opposition to violating Shabbat. The parents of one of them, a 15-year-old, said that they only learned after Shabbat of their son’s arrest. The message from police regarding the minor’s arrest was recorded Friday night at 8:03 PM, after Shabbat had begun.

The detainees were brought to Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Saturday night, and police asked that two of them be remanded to jail, after being charged with assaulting a policeman. Police asked that the third detainee, the minor, be released on condition of a restraining order backed by a bond, banning him from the outpost for half a year.

The indictment was issued without an interrogation, as the detainees refused to speak to police on Shabbat.

Honenu attorney Adi Kedar argued in court that it made no sense for police to formally indict a suspect without interrogating them. But Judge Mac-Kalmanovitch nevertheless extended the remand of the first two youths, and released the minor with a restraining order, backed by a bond, banning him from Ramat Migron.

Attorney Kedar said in response: “I regard seriously the fact that police conducted an investigation for appearance’s sake only, even though they knew that the detainees would not cooperate during interrogation, and on that basis filed an indictment. I am even more surprised that when the court was offered a viewing of a short video that would refute police claims, the court refused due to the late hour (1:30 AM). I am sure that later on this piece of evidence will be a significant and determining factor in the case.”

The two defendants were sent to house arrest until Wednesday, when a deliberation will take place concerning the evidence police has on the case. Honenu attorney David HaLevi represented the detainees in Monday’s deliberation.

Honenu stated that that “after the court greatly diminished the ability of police to use closed military zone orders, police found these illegitimate means to circumvent the court’s decisions.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/indictment-filed-against-arrested-ramat-migron-residents/2012/05/22/

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