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Interlitq news: Interview with Allen Hibbard to be published in October 2016

Allen Hibbard

Allen Hibbard

Interlitq news: Interview with Allen Hibbard to be published (The Groves of Academe series) in Interlitq in October 2016.

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Video: Dr. Sari Nusseibeh provides an introduction to Islamic philosophy

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, courtesy Bernhard Ludewig

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, courtesy Bernhard Ludewig

Video: Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the Palestinian diplomat and intellectual who is a Vice-President of Interlitq, provides an introduction to Islamic philosophy.

“Hay argentinos reclutados por el Estado Islámico”

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Marcelo Gallardo escribe:

El exresponsable de la Secretaría de Inteligencia del Estado argentino (SIDE) Miguel Ángel Toma aseguró a El País que existen “una veintenta” de argentinos reclutados por el Estado Islámico peleando en Siria, lo que constituye una amenaza “gravísima” para Argentina por si algunos de esos ciudadanos ingresan al país vecino “sin que nadie lo note”.

“El problema que enfrenta Argentina es que existen sobrados elementos, bastantes fundados, de que existen (estos combatientes)”, señaló Toma en Punta del Este.

Para el extitular de la exSIDE —hoy llamada Agencia Federal de Inteligencia (AFI)—, cualquiera de estos yihadistas puede ir a una villa en Argentina y alquilar armas “de todo tipo” para cometer actos delictivos. “Con cuatro o cinco fusiles un sábado a la noche se paran en la Avenida Corrientes en la puerta de algunos de los teatros que allí existen y no tendrán ningún impedimento para realizar una atentado similar al ocurrido en París (en el que murieron 130 personas)”, expresó.

Según opinó Toma, esta nueva forma de cometer actos terroristas es muy diferente a la que tuvieron los que cometieron el atentado contra la mutualista judía AMIA en 1994, que causó 85 muertos y sigue impune casi 22 años después.

Vice-President of Interlitq briefly detained by Israeli police

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, Vice-President of Interlitq

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, Vice-President of Interlitq

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the Palestinian diplomat and intellectual who is a Vice-President of Interlitq, has been briefly detained by the Israeli police.

Arab Bank Reaches Settlement in Suit Accusing It of Financing Terrorism

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Stephanie Clifford writes:

A Middle Eastern bank has reached a settlement with hundreds of American plaintiffs, including victims of terrorist attacks in Israel, who had filed a lawsuit against the bank accusing it of supporting terrorism.

A spokesman for the bank, Arab Bank, and a spokeswoman for one of the plaintiffs’ law firms confirmed Friday that an agreement had been reached, but declined to offer additional details, including the amount of the settlement.

Last year, a jury in Federal District Court in Brooklyn found Arab Bank liable for financing terrorism by processing transactions for Hamas members. The second phase of the trial, assessing the damages Arab Bank would have to pay to victims of attacks by Hamas, was scheduled to start Monday.

All of the plaintiffs are victims of Hamas attacks or family members of people who were killed.

A person who had been briefed on the case, but was not authorized to speak publicly about it because details of the settlement were confidential, said that the settlement covered all the claims brought by plaintiffs under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, a total of about 500 plaintiffs.

About 300 plaintiffs were part of the trial, and 17 of those were included in the phase of the trial set to start Monday, which was meant to be a sort of bellwether for how much the bank might owe.

The Hamas claims were tried first, but there were other claims against Arab Bank involving terrorist groups other than Hamas. Those have not been tried, but plaintiffs in those claims were part of the settlement, the person briefed on the case said.