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Expert cross-examined

Here are some of the points brought out in defense attorney Chuck Peterson's cross-examination of Israeli terrorism expert Reuven Paz:

* Paz has posted some of the same materials prosecutors have linked to Al-Hussayen on his own web site. He said he posts extremist materials for use by researchers - not to advocate their content. The materials include extremist Sheikh Safar Alhawali's hate-filled lecture "The Intifada and the New Tartars," which is now published as a book, and flashing pictures of graphic war scenes downloaded from an Islamist web site.

* Paz acknowledged that the question of the appropriateness of suicide attacks is in wide debate in the Middle East.

* Under questioning from Peterson, Paz acknowledged that he has been critical of some Israeli government policies regarding Palestinians, including the assassination of a Hamas leader.

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