Sami: The View from Israel

Thought you might find the view of the Israeli press interesting, in these excerpts from the Jerusalem Post's coverage (under the headline "No conviction in Al Arian trial") of the Al-Arian verdict, especially how it downplays the overwhelming number of not guilty verdicts:

"The

US prosecution suffered a blow Tuesday when its high profile terror

case against a Florida professor, accused with assisting the

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), ended with no conviction.

…

"Israel has played a major role in the prosecution, providing

countless documents regarding the conduct of the Palestinian Islamic

Jihad and sending over 50 witnesses to testify on the horror of the

suicide attacks carried out by the Islamic Jihad. [note: the Post is wrong here; only a handful of Israelis were actually called to court.]

"But though the prosecution put on an impressive lengthy

presentation, describing the murderous attacks of the Palestinian

Islamic Jihad against Israelis and trying to make the connection

between professor Al-Arian and these attacks, the jury was not

convinced that the Florida computer science professor's actions crossed

the line between legitimate political support to the Palestinian cause

and active aid to a terror group."