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First fatwa

The first fatwa to be described in front of the jury is one from Sheikh Salman Al-Awdah entitled, "Martyrdom Operations." It outlines various conditions related to religious law cited by other Islamic scholars, then says, "Based on these conditions, these operations can be carried out against the Jews in Palestine and the Russians in Chechnya." Later in the document, it says, "Whoever carries out these operations according to these legal conditions is by Allah's will a martyr."

The others that will follow contain some more explicit language, including one that describes Jews as "the brothers of monkeys and pigs" and advocates suicide attacks "to crush the Jews, the Christians and the polytheists."

Defense attorneys have objected that the exhibits are being used merely to prejudice the jury against the defendant, who they say disagrees with the inflammatory treatises.

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