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PRETEXT. The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 3, 32.

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(245) The facts of the case fell squarely within the definition of pretexts that the court developed a year earlier in Way.
An activist told WAFA that an Israeli Border Police force accompanied by heavy machinery broke into the village and demolished a car-wash and two warehouses under the pretext of construction without a permit.
MP Omar al-Jubouri, Head of the Front said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that they strongly warn against the use of unrealistic pretexts, given the implications of the recent security in al-Dibs district, to target Arabs and create a justification to displace them from the center of the district.
JERUSALEM, May 29, 2012 (WAFA) -- Israeli bulldozers Tuesday demolished a gas station and a shop in Hizma, a town north of Jerusalem city, under the pretext of building without permit, according to local sources.
Critique: An erudite, extraordinary, and insightful work of impeccable scholarship, "Pretexts for Writing: German Romantic Prefaces, Literature, and Philosophy" is a part of the Bucknell University Press 'New Studies in the Age of Goethe' series.
Replying to the order, AAP national spokesperson and Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha has argued that Modi's pictures are plastered all over the city under various governmental/non-governmental pretexts and must be subject to the same standards and regulations as are being imposed on the Delhi Chief Minister.
JERUSALEM, Friday, March 01, 2019 (WAFA) -- Israel early Friday closed a Palestinian restaurant located in Salahaddin Street in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of hiring a West Bank worker.
MP for the Fatah bloc, Karim Aliawi Mahmudawi warned from attempts to target the repeated mobilization forces by America under various pretexts.
The Israeli army launches arrest campaigns on a daily basis against dozens of Palestinians in various cities and villages of the West Bank under various pretexts.
Israeli officials accused Palestinians of creating false pretexts to run away from negotiations and the peace process.
MISSAN / Aswat al-Iraq: Missan MP for Ahrar bloc announced the rejection of his bloc to what he called "division of Iraq under regions pretexts".
More broadly, Dunn proposes that these writers face a crisis of self-presentation that is negotiated in their pretexts. They have inherited from the ancients "rhetorical .