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  • February 24, 2012

    Assault victim’s family to sue police for defamation

    Jordan is putting out disinformation. Ted Belman

    by Rana Husseini | Feb 23,2012 | 23:23
    Jordan Times

    AMMAN — The family of a 21-year-old Jordanian blogger, who was stabbed on Sunday by a hooded man in Jabal Luweibdeh, said they are planning to sue the Public Security Department (PSD) for defamation.

    Enas Musallam was near Darat Al Funun in the upscale Amman neighbourhood at around 7:00pm when a man wearing a hood and gloves reportedly grabbed her from the back and stabbed her in the stomach.

    The attacker allegedly threatened “to kill her the next time” if she did not stop her blogging on political reforms in Jordan.

    Musallam, a fourth year student at the University of Jordan majoring in management information systems, had written a response on her blog to statements made by HRH Prince Hassan in an interview with Jordan Television’s “Sixty Minutes” programme last Friday, in which he criticised “the 30 or 40 demonstrators who head to Al Nakheel Square to demonstrate”.

    Musallam wrote a statement in Arabic on her blog addressed to Prince Hassan, criticising him for “underestimating the minds and abilities of the Jordanian people”.

    Musallam’s family and colleagues had hinted that the attack “might have been related to her blog”.

    However, the PSD issued an official statement on Wednesday night saying their investigation into the incident indicated that Musallam was not attacked for her activism or her recent blog post criticising a Royal family member.

    The PSD also said that Musallam had made contradictory statements about the attack to investigators and people who visited her at hospital.

    The statement said the victim had recently had several disagreements with her fellow activists and other close friends, including a man with whom she was engaged in a relationship, and also said that “Enas was going through difficult times.”

    “We are planning to file a lawsuit against the PSD for their statement and the false accusations they have made about my daughter. The Public Freedoms Committee at the Jordan Bar Association has volunteered to represent us in court,” said Musallam’s mother, Noor Turkumani.

    “This is a public freedoms issue and we are shocked at the PSD’s statement, especially as the investigation is still ongoing and no one has been arrested in the incident,” Turkumani added.

    “The family has received support from all political parties in the country and from people from all parts of Jordan and for this my daughter’s spirits are really high,” Musallam’s mother noted.

    She told The Jordan Times that her daughter remains in hospital in good condition.

    Meanwhile, the National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) issued a statement condemning the attack on Musallam and on another activist in Karak on Tuesday night.

    Political activist Ibrahim Dmour, 30, was leaving his house at around 7:00pm in Karak when he was reportedly approached by three hooded men who slashed his back with a paper cutter.

    “The centre is following both incidents with great concern, especially as the government is obliged to ensure peaceful freedom of speech and citizens’ rights to dignity and physical safety,” the NCHR statement said.

    The centre added that the PSD is “now expected to enforce the law and exert its utmost effort to arrest the perpetrators in both incidents and to ensure the victims’ safety and protection from any defamation or threats”.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:19 am | 11 Comments »

    11 Comments to Assault victim’s family to sue police for defamation

    1. drjb says:

      As much as I would like to see Jordan becoming Palestine, I just don’t see that happening anytime soon. Jordan seems to be well under the king’s control. No cracks on his armor yet!. By the way, even in Syria, where Assad seems to be in the ropes, I wouldn’t be too quick to count him out.

    2. Danny Hershtal says:

      Getting thugs to stab a young woman in the street is not a sign of strength. It is a sign of weakness.

    3. Mudar Zahran says:

      The Jordanian Regime is weak, fragile, and terrified of a Palestinian Spring…..and has been pushing the Palestinians to the extreme, just like the Russian Monarchy did before the revolution…..why would anyone be so sure the Palestinians will not have their own spring….was anyone even expecting the Syrians would take to the streets against Assad and his ruling minority? I am a Palestinian and I know people are already considering a revolution when Syria’s drama unfolds.

    4. drjb says:

      Sorry Mudar, I just don’t see any Palestinian movement capable of rising in Jordan, even if Assad falls, and that’s a big if, notwithstanding the bravado of Hillary Clinton, Obama and the rest of the hypocrites in the current US Administration.
      If Palestinians in Jordan hinge their prospects on the Syrian outcome, they’re going to be waiting for a very long time.
      Again, and for emphasis, as much as I would love Jordan to become Palestine, and take in all (or most) of the Palestinians living in Israel, I just don’t see it possible at this time, unless a third party props up the Palestinians in Jordan. Sorry, but you’re not being realistic.

    5. Neil Tarasoff says:

      You know as well as I know that Palestinians do not exist! Fakestinians do exist. You my good man are just an ARAB!
      I know you know better! BTW, while we are at it, you also know that there is NO West Bank, it is Judea and Samaria!!!!

    6. BlandOatmeal says:

      …even in Syria, where Assad seems to be in the ropes…

      Assad is safe, it appears, as long as Obama is President. Obama knows that as soon as NATO attacks Syria, Iran & proxies will attack Israel in “retalliation”. This will strongly pressure Israel to counter with an attack on Iran. Iran will then “retalliate” (note that Arabs & their friends tend to “retalliate” against innocent third parties) by attacking US ships and bases in the Gulf. This is not what BO wants: He wants to talk with the Iranians and get photo ops, right up until just before the election when he signs a phoney “peace accord” with them. All of this turmoil in Syria is upsetting his applecart. You can bet the Russians know this, and are rubbing their hands in gleeful anticipation.

    7. BlandOatmeal says:

      By the way, damned awful about that attack on that young women. The enemies of the Jews are the spawn of pigs and monkeys (if I may use their own expression); small wonder they should do this to their own. Hashem will avenge.

    8. BlandOatmeal says:

      As if to bolster what I just said, here is the response to the recent killings by Assad’s men of European and American newsmen:

      Despite the similarities with Libya, Western officials have made clear they are hunting for nonmilitary options. For one thing, a military campaign would likely be unpopular at a time U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Sarkozy — who were key to the Libya campaign — are facing re-election. British Foreign Minister William Hague, who pushed strongly for last year’s NATO bombing in Libya, told BBC Radio on Thursday that the killings in Syria would need to be “on a vastly greater scale” than Libya in order to warrant military intervention. That is because the West’s military intervention could spiral into a broader war in an already unstable region, engulfing neighboring Israel and Iran and triggering a mass exodus of Syrians across the borders.

      Read more:,8599,2107541,00.html#ixzz1nHAWiI8G

      I have been advocating all along, that ISRAEL keep its nose out of Syria because it has nothing to gain there. Concerning the others, including Turkey, I don’t think they want to get involved, but I think God will force them to. Israel’s concern, meanwhile, is with Iran. If I were Netanyahu, I would order my generals to strike Iran while I were in Washington having discussions with Obama. Gen. Halutz could then inform me AND Obama of the event, by telephone.

    9. Danny Hershtal says:

      I hope not. General Halutz has been retired from the army since 2007. If he knows about an Iran strike before the PM, that’s a problem!
      FYI The current Chief of General Staff is Benjamin Gantz, the current chief of the Air Force is Ido Nehoshtan.

    10. Mudar Zahran says:

      The Jordanian Regime is weak, fragile, and terrified of a Palestinian Spring…..and has been pushing the Palestinians to the extreme, just like the Russian Monarchy did before the revolution…..why would anyone be so sure the Palestinians will not have their own spring….was anyone even expecting the Syrians would take to the streets against Assad and his ruling minority?

    11. david frankel says:

      How encouraging that Newt Gingrich had the candor and courage to say the “Palestinians” are an “invented people.” He understood that this invented people, or what Deuteronomy calls a “non-people,” was invented by the Arabs to supplant the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.

      What Mr. Gingrich may not have understood, however, is that all peoples are “inventions” whatever their ethnic or national identity. All are creations of the finite and fallible will of men except for the Chosen People, who were created by Almighty God at Mount Sinai. How might Plato and Machiavelli perceive this issue?

      Plato is the most famous philosopher who discerned the artificiality of nations. All are governed by myths or opinions—the shadows appearing in the “Allegory of the Cave” in Book VIII of the Republic. The shadows are cast by men enchained to each on a wall behind which shines a light unseen by these cave-dwellers. The task of the philosopher is to turn around and perceive that light and eventually leave the cave; for outside he will behold the ultimate source of light, the sun, the Truth that liberates us from the chains of myth or of mere opinions.

      Machiavelli discerned as much in The Prince, where he teaches that the “state” is merely a human construction, a product of human will—of a founder who creates “new modes and orders.”

      But neither Plato, a most subtle and concealed atheist, nor Machiavelli, a subtle but virtually unconcealed atheist, had any profound knowledge of the modes and orders of the Jewish people, of the people, and not merely an individual philosopher, who beheld the light at Mount Sinai. No other people can make such a claim (which I elaborate elsewhere); and this has been the basic reason why all invented peoples are inclined to hate the Jewish people.

      Bear in mind that unlike Israel, neither Christianity nor Islam was founded as a nation, which means that Israel was founded as a religious nationality. Consistent with Plato, Christianity transcends nationhood—to which extent it is “cosmopolitan.” Analogously, Islam rejects the nation-state, to which extent it, too, is “cosmopolitan.” Hence, until recently, Christianity has been imperialistic, and would be as imperialistic as Islam were it not for its Judaic recognition that a diversity of nations, governed by the Seven Noahide Laws of universal morality, manifest the infinite wisdom, power, and graciousness of God. It is the Seven Noahide Laws that can make an invented nation peace and friendly to the one and only non-invented nation, knowing that the Torah of that nation is the source of the Noahide laws.

      What is remarkable is that America is the only nation that was founded precisely on the Noahide laws, as one may readily confirm in the writings of the Puritans and in the legislation of colonial America, especially New England. Therein is the source of American Exceptionalism. But this is not all.

      Higher education in colonial America rejected European skepticism and atheism, which, consistent with Machiavelli, perceived all nations as products of the will of men. Free of that European mentality, America did not then succumb to the dichotomy of “ancients” versus “moderns,” or to the dichotomy of classical verses modern political science—or say the dichotomy of “virtue” verses “interests.”

      This dichotomy preoccupied and has been made famous by the renowned Leo Strauss and his countless students. Alas, they have all gone astray on this most crucial issue, and primarily because they lacked an adequate understanding of the Torah, which transcends all dichotomies. In other words, they did not possess an adequate understanding of Israel, the one nation whose laws were not invented by human beings.

      Therein is the hitherto unknown secret of American Exceptionalism,