Arab League backs new UN terrorism pact

[JURIST] The head of the Arab League [official website] on Monday endorsed a definition of terrorism slated for inclusion in a long-stalled UN treaty [JURIST report] that many Arab states oppose. The proposal would define terrorism as "the targeting and deliberate killing of civilians and noncombatants" [JURIST report] though this definition has caused some controversy over how to classify Palestinian suicide bombings and Israeli military actions in the West Bank and Gaza. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said this definition "could serve as the basis for consensus" and was one "we can agree on." Reuters has more.

 

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