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Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.

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If the Home Secretary wins her battle to deport Abu Qatada, it will be based on the assumption that he will not be abused. In Amman, Enjoli Liston hears from those who have strong reasons to doubt it

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If Home Secretary Theresa May thinks the Jordanian government can be trusted not to torture its prisoners, she needs to look a little harder at the evidence

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It was the summer of 2003, and it was my first day in Iraq. I was exhausted, I'd been up all night during the long, dangerous drive across the desert from the Jordanian border. My senses were reeling from the assault of experiences: a new city, tanks on the streets, gunfire in the distance, palm trees, constant danger, and the sulphurous smell that hung over Baghdad – like the fumes of hell, I remember thinking.

If the Home Secretary wins her battle to deport Abu Qatada, it will be based on the assumption that he will not be abused. In Amman, Enjoli Liston hears from those who have strong reasons to doubt it

Abu Qatada: Theresa May says the Jordanian government can be trusted not to torture its prisoners but these activists disagree

If the Home Secretary wins her battle to deport Abu Qatada, it will be based on the assumption that he will not be abused. In Amman, Enjoli Liston hears from those who have strong reasons to doubt it

Home Secretary Theresa May is hoping the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) will agree with the government's arguments that evidence gained by torture will not be used against Abu Qatada

This is not just about Abu Qatada, it's about a climate of contempt for human rights principles

Human rights are for the rest of us, as well as the best of us. Anything approaching a sliding scale of entitlement is frightening, says Amnesty's Campaigns Director

Abu Qatada deportation: UK has new treaty with Jordan to expel radical Muslim cleric, says Home Secretary Theresa May - but it could take months

David Cameron has made a pitch to the Tory right after he raised the prospect of temporary withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights in an attempt to deport the extremist preacher Abu Qatada from Britain.

Theresa May signalled that the radical preacher Abu Qatada could be prosecuted in Britain

Home Secretary Theresa May discloses that radical preacher Abu Qatada could be prosecuted in Britain

Theresa May intensified her attack on European judges today for blocking Abu Qatada's deportation to Jordan as she disclosed that the radical preacher could be prosecuted in Britain.

An Israeli policemen inspect the site of a rocket explosion in the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat

Rockets fired across Egyptian border hit Israeli resort town Eilat

Militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired at least two rockets at Israel's southern resort town of Eilat early Wednesday, officials said, highlighting what Israel says is a dire security situation across its border.

Government launches new bid to challenge Abu Qatada ruling

The Government has asked permission to take its fight to remove hate preacher Abu Qatada from the UK to the highest court in the land.

Editorial: Put Abu Qatada on trial here

Taken in isolation, few would dispute that Britain would be better off without Abu Qatada. The radical preacher has a long history of association with, and fostering of, violent Islamism; indeed, he was described, by a Spanish judge, as “Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe”. Yet the Home Secretary yesterday lost yet another attempt to deport him. And – problematic though the outcome may be – the ruling from the appeal court is still the right one.

Abu Qatada stays in UK: Theresa May under pressure after another juducial rebuff

Boris Johnson decries 'utter madness that we can't get shot of this man'

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