Imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim may be released soon. Meriam is imprisoned with her newborn baby girl and two year old son for refusing to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.
Authorities in the country are said to be working out a way to free Meriam thhat will be consistent with the country’s laws, according to Foreign Ministry under-secretary Abdelah Al-Azrak. He said: ‘The related authorities in the country are working to release Mariam (sic) who was sentenced to death for apostasy, through legal measures. I expect her to be released soon’.
However, Mrs Ibrahim’s lawyers said they do not believe the offer is genuine, and is a ploy to silence the growing outcry. Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of her legal team, told the Telegraph: ‘It’s to silence the international media. This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison’.
Tina Ramierez, of religious freedom group Hardwired, said campaigning for Meriam’s freedom is more important now than ever. ‘They could just be saying this just to get everyone off their backs. We have seen them do that before,’ she told MailOnline.
‘Its essential that we keep the pressure up until Meriam is actually freed.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced Thursday that a senior Hamas operative, was arrested last month as he tried to cross the border from Jordan into Israel. The operative, Mahmoud Toama (Tuama), revealed during his interrogation Hamas ties to the Islamic Movement in Israel and its activities in Jerusalem.
Mahmoud Toama (Tuama), told Shin Be that Hamas funds the Islamic Movement religious lessons on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to prevent Jews from entering the holy site.
According to Toama, Hamas has funded Islamic Movement projects in Jerusalem. One project paid for religious lessons for Arab youths on the Temple Mount, in an attempt to prevent Jews from entering the holy site. Hamas paid hundreds of youths NIS 4000-5000 per month to study at the site. The Shin Bet linked that project to an increase in the number of violent incidents and clashes with Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount in recent months.
The White House agreed to a deal to release five Taliban leaders from Gitmo in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held in Afghanistan since 2009. The DailyBeast reports that the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners being released are considered by some the worst of the worst. The five prisoners to be released are: Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari. A 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men being released are considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated.
The Miami Herald quotes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Qatar had agreed “to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised” by the release of the five men, all of whom had been placed on a list of terrorist suspects that the United States felt were too dangerous to release.
Differences between Fatah and Hamas may delay the formation of a Palestinian unity government. The unity government was expected to be announced on Thursday it has been delayed to Monday. There seems to be three major issues that Fatah and Hamas have not agreed on.
The sources told the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper that one of the obstacles hindering the formation of the unity government is related to the status of the Palestinian security forces. Hamas has rejected the idea of permitting Fatah-dominated security forces to return to the Gaza Strip, they said.
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson kicked off the Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday in New Orleans. The heart of the 30 minute message delivered by Robertson was America needs to get back on track by reconnecting with the Lord.
Phil Robertson minced no words when it came to what he sees is a huge problem for the GOP and America. “You lose your religion, you lose your morality, you lose your freedom,” Robertson said. “You cannot be right for America if you are not right with God.”
The Z-Street organization has been given the green light to go after the IRS.
Z-Street, a Philadelphia area-based pro-Israel organization, filed a lawsuit saying its constitutional rights were violated by an IRS policy that delayed tax-exempt status because of its role in educating the public about Israel and the Middle East conflict. The group’s founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote in the Jewish Press what followed:
On July 19, 2010, when counsel for Z STREET spoke with the IRS agent to whom the organization’s application had been assigned, that agent said that a determination on Z STREET’s application may be further delayed because the IRS gave “special scrutiny” to organizations connected to Israel and especially to those whose views “contradict those of the administration’s.”
In a Miami auditorium on Friday Rachel Jeantel was presented her high school diploma. Rachel had promised her friend, Trayvon Martin, that she would finish school. She was ridiculed during her testimony at the Zimmerman trial because of her dialect, testiness, and use of slang. When she was forced to admit on the stand she could not read cursive, she was mocked almost everywhere.
Jeantel said of her accomplishment,
“I did it. The witness who didn’t know how to speak English knows how to speak English through the 12th grade now. I never quit.”