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    Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with segregationist George Wallace. Warnock referred to Netanyahu’s position on a two-state solution as “tantamount to saying occupation today, occupation tomorrow, occupation forever” in reference to an infamous quote from Wallace’s 1963 inauguration speech after being elected governor during a 2016 sermon. “If you don’t have a Palestinian state, you cannot have a Jewish democracy,” Warnock added. “That state will either be Jewish, or it will be a democracy. It cannot be both.” Warnock continued: “If you do not have a Palestinian state, you will have to have apartheid in Israel that denies other citizens, sisters and brothers, citizenship.” A spokesperson from Warnock’s campaign backtracked on the reference to apartheid, saying, “As Reverend Warnock has said and said again yesterday, he does not believe Israel is an apartheid state.” “Clearly, radical liberal Raphael Warnock has...
    The president of San Francisco State University has defended her decision to allow a talk to go ahead featuring Palestinian militant, Leila Khaled, who was among those to hijack a flight to New York City in the 1970s.  Khaled is scheduled to speak at a virtual class event hosted by the university next week despite outrage and objections from Jewish students and groups who have said they are 'deeply distressed' by her inclusion.  The event, which is titled 'Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice and Resistance', has been organized by the university's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program.  The talk has been billed as a 'historic roundtable conversation with Palestinian feminist, militant and leader', according to one of the advertisements.  Khaled is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is a group designated by the US Department of State as a terror organization.  ...
    President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday presided over the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Gulf Arab states, says several other nations are close to following the example of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. He also expressed confidence that Saudi Arabia will, when the time is right, join the process of fully normalizing relations with the Israelis, Reuters reported. Trump told reporters at the White House that the Kingdom is among several countries he believes are on the verge of opening diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, according to a Turkish news agency reporting on the ceremonial signing, Anadolu Agency. Similar remarks about the Saudis following "at the right time" were reported by The Times of Israel. I spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia. We had a great conversation, and I think positive things will happen there, too. He’s a great gentleman. And the Crown Prince — we...
    Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., noted how the Israel-UAE deal disproves the orthodoxy of a broader Israeli-Arab peace being contingent on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, offering his analysis on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak. Dermer highlighted conventional orthodoxies — parroted by ostensible Mideast experts — framing an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement as a precondition for regional peace between Israel and Arab states. “It turns a lot of peacemaking on its head,” said Dermer of the Israel-UAE deal. “Many people [such as] policymakers in Washington and in other capitals … tried to believe, ‘Hey, the road to peace with the Arab world goes through Ramallah. You’ve got to get peace with the Palestinians.’” Dermer added, “I can’t tell you how many times [I’ve heard that], and I’m not going to give names where previous Secretaries of State and senior American officials told me, ‘You know, if you...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — For President Donald Trump’s critics and supporters of Palestinian nationalism, there will be a temptation to spin today’s historic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as a setback for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Following the announcement of Trump’s Middle East peace plan earlier this year, Netanyahu began the process of annexing parts of the West Bank, a process he said the plan authorized. The White House urged him to reconsider. He pressed on. Now it is revealed that, as part of the agreement with the UAE, Israel has agreed to “suspend declaring sovereignty” over areas outlined in Trump’s January plan. Netanyahu later said he remains “committed” to annexation, but the joint statement about today’s agreement says that Israel will “focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.” In a sense, this is a concession to...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. His vision of redrawing the map of the Holy Land, in line with President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan, has been welcomed by Israel’s religious and nationalist right wing and condemned by the Palestinians and the international community. But with opponents offering little more than condemnations, there seems little to prevent Netanyahu from embarking on a plan that could permanently alter the Mideast landscape. Here’s a closer look at annexation: WHY ANNEXATION, AND WHY NOW? Israel’s right wing has long favored annexing parts or all of the West Bank, saying the territory is vital for the country’s security and an inseparable part of the biblical Land of Israel. But most of the world considers the West Bank, captured by Israel from Jordan...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian authorities have brought back some coronavirus restrictions after the number of new cases jumped in what officials fear could herald a "second wave" of infections. A partial lockdown went into effect on Wednesday in a town in central Israel and several neighborhoods in the city of Tiberias where infection rates were particularly high. The Palestinian Authority put the West Bank city of Hebron on lockdown as well. Israel was one of the first countries to close its borders and impose restrictions when the global pandemic first emerged and the Palestinians quickly followed suit. The campaign took a major economic toll, but it worked. An initial spike of hundreds of daily cases dropped to single digits. Israel has reported 308 fatalities, much less than many developed countries, and three people have died from the virus in the Palestinian territories. The restrictions have since been gradually...
    JERUSALEM (AP) - An Etihad Airways cargo plane carrying aid from the United Arab Emirates to help the Palestinians combat the coronavirus pandemic landed in Israel on Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said. It was the second direct commercial flight flew between the two countries in a month. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated in the Gulf airline’s markings arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport carrying humanitarian aid provided by the United Nations. Last month, an unmarked Etihad commercial flight carrying medical equipment for the Palestinians landed in Israel - the first-ever direct commercial flight between the UAE and Israel. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Judge blocks removal of Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that “the aid will...
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called the deadly police shooting of an unarmed Palestinian man with autism a “tragedy,” although he stopped short of apologizing for the incident. Netanyahu’s remarks were the first he’s made since police in Jerusalem’s Old City shot and killed Eyad Hallaq last week. The 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem’s Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a garbage bin after apparently being mistaken for an attacker. The shooting has drawn comparisons to the death of George Floyd in the U.S. and prompted a series of small demonstrations against police violence toward Palestinians. Some Israeli figures have paid condolence visits to the grieving Hallaq family. TOP STORIES Black Voices for Trump coalition praises President Trumps support for African Americans U.S. protests Beijing illegal sea claim...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian economy could shrink by as much as 11% in the coming year as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts yet another blow to the Palestinian Authority’s already shaky finances, the World Bank said Monday. The economic deterioration comes as tensions with Israel soar ahead of Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, which would make it virtually impossible to create a viable Palestinian state. In a separate report, the U.N.’s Mideast envoy warned that unilateral actions by either side — such as Israeli annexation and Palestinian withdrawal from past agreements — would “most likely trigger conflict and instability” in the region. The reports were both released ahead of a meeting this week of international donor nations that support the Palestinian Authority, the internationally recognized entity that governs autonomous areas of the West Bank. The World Bank said the Palestinian economy grew by just...
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel’s defense minister apologized on Sunday for the Israeli police’s deadly shooting of an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man. The shooting of Iyad Halak, 32, in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli security forces. Benny Gantz, who is also Israel’s “alternate” prime minister under a power-sharing deal, made the remarks at the weekly meeting of the Israeli Cabinet. He was sat near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made no mention of the incident in his opening remarks. TOP STORIES Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Celebrities blasted for donating to protester bail fund as rioting, violence escalate “We are really sorry about the incident in which Iyad Halak was shot to death...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday after mistakenly suspecting he was carrying a weapon. The shooting drew angry condemnations from Arab residents and leaders and further raised tensions in the region as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presses ahead with plans to annex large parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Relatives identified the deceased man as Iyad Halak, 32. They said he suffered from autism and was heading to the school for students with special needs where he studied each day when he was shot. “They killed him in cold blood,” Halak’s mother told Israel’s Channel 12 TV. In a statement, Israeli police said they spotted a suspect “with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol.” When he failed to obey orders to stop, officers opened fire, the statement said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld later said no...
    Jerusalem (CNN)An unarmed Palestinian man has been shot and killed by police at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday. Israeli police said officers believed the man had a gun and opened fire on him when he refused to stop for them.Relatives named the deceased as 32-year-old Eyad Rawhi Al-Halaq from the Wadi Al-Joz area of Jerusalem.They told CNN he had autism, and the mental age of a six-year-old child, and that he was on his way to his special educational needs school when the fatal incident took place.An Israeli police statement Saturday morning said: "In Jerusalem's Old City, at Lions Gate area, police units on patrol spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol. They called upon him to stop and began to chase after him on foot, during the chase officers also opened fire at the suspect, who was neutralized."A police...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to run over them with his vehicle on Friday. No Israelis were wounded in the attack, which took place north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Tensions have soared in recent weeks as Israel has vowed to proceed with plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank in line with President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, which strongly favors Israel and was rejected by the Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said last week that the Palestinians were no longer bound by agreements with Israel and the United States and were cutting all contacts, including security coordination. Palestinians have carried out a series of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks against Israelis in recent years. The vast majority have been carried out by lone attackers with no known links to armed groups. Rights...
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