Israel, the Gaza Strip and America's Role in the Middle East
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Israel is taking a hard line on both its blockade of Gaza and its assault on a so-called "humanitarian" mission at sea. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we get the latest on Monday's incident and the pros and cons of the blockade. Also, the state legislature is poised to ban plastic grocery bags, and the US Supreme Court says suspects will have to speak up to maintain their right to be silent.
Banner image: Gaza aid flotilla activists gesture as they arrive at Ben Gurion Airport before flying back to Turkey today in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
State Legislature Poised to Ban Plastic Grocery Bags ()
For six years, the environmental group Heal the Bay has been pushing for a ban on single-use plastic bags given away to customers, especially by grocery stores. Five cities have enacted bans and 20 more are poised to do so. Now it appears the legislature may get on board. Kirsten James is water quality director at Heal the Bay.
- Kirsten James: Water Quality Director at Heal the Bay
Israel Faces Flotilla Raid Fallout ()
Israel is issuing no apologies for the botched assault on the flotilla of ships trying to break its blockade of Gaza. The US is walking a familiar line between Israel's need for security and the Palestinians' need for both humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials. Washington is also trying to pacify Turkey, a crucial Middle East ally, which wants Israel punished for the deaths of Turkish citizens on one of the vessels. As Israel releases hundreds of prisoners seized at sea, we hear about conditions in Gaza and debate the legality of the blockade.
- Glenn Kessler: Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington Post, @GlennKesslerWP
- Shmuel Rosner: Columnist, Jerusalem Post, @rosnersdomain
- Sari Bashi: Executive Director, GISHA
- Leslie Gelb: President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
- Amjad Atallah: Director of the Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation
Court Says Speak Up if You Want to Remain Silent ()
Under Chief Justice Earl Warren, the US Supreme Court ruled that police must inform criminal suspects they have "the right to remain silent" until they talk to an attorney. Yesterday, in five-to-four ruling, the John Roberts court said suspects have to speak up and say they want to be silent. Dissenter Sonya Sotomayor said the conservative majority had turned Miranda Rights "upside down." Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Reagan Administration, is author of Constitutional Peril: the Life and Death Struggle of Our Constitution and Democracy.
- Bruce Fein: former Associate Deputy Attorney General
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