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www.theguardian.com US aid to Gaza stalls after temporary pier breaks apart in heavy seas

Crucial supply line for aid deliveries to starving Palestinians cut off and will take at least a week to repair, Pentagon says

US aid to Gaza stalls after temporary pier breaks apart in heavy seas

> “The rebuilding and repairing of the pier will take at least over a week, and, following completion, will need to be re-anchored to the coast of Gaza,” Singh said.

> “Thus, upon completion of the pier repair and reassembly, the intention is to re-anchor the temporary pier to the coast of Gaza and resume humanitarian aid to the people who need it most.”

> The damage is the latest setback to the pier, which opened two weeks ago, and is likely to be seized on by Joe Biden’s critics as a waste of taxpayer money.

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Arab Americans reject Biden, Trump reelection: Survey
  • Are you puzzled by these numbers? Are you asking, "How could they think letting Trump win is going to make anything better?" Well, if you genuinely want to understand, read this reporting by Slate.

    Here are some highlights:

    I heard a similar sentiment from another patron, Fares, a Palestinian man who became a U.S. citizen 20 years ago, and voted for Biden in 2020. “I feel like, whether Republicans or Democrats, it’s all the same,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to vote for any because it doesn’t matter.” It’s a major shift for him. He was born in Syria to parents exiled in 1948 from what is now Haifa. He told me he hadn’t missed a presidential election before, but now he doesn’t see a point. “If 12,000 dead kids don’t change their hearts, you think you or I will?”

    ...

    In a conversation at Qahwah House, Elabed seemed tired. It had become obvious to her she could no longer support Biden, and she didn’t see why that was so hard to understand. “It is hard for me to reconcile my core beliefs and morals to support a president that dehumanizes my people,” Elabed said. “This is a president that I met in person. That knows my sister. That met my mom, who wore a traditional Palestinian thobe at the White House.”

    ...

    I posed the obvious question, asking if she thought Trump would be better. “What’s worse than genocide?” she retorted. “Maybe if the Democrats lose this election, they’ll learn their lesson. I’m happy to take several steps back if that’s what it takes to take a step forward.” When I argued, I got thousand-yard stares.

  • Arab Americans reject Biden, Trump reelection: Survey
  • A poll published at the end of October 2023 found "only 17% of Arab American voters saying they will vote for Biden in 2024—a staggering drop from 59% in 2020."

    Then a couple weeks ago a NYT poll "found Trump leading among registered Middle Eastern, North African or Muslim voters in the swing states, with 57 percent saying they were planning to back him in November. Only 25 percent said they were supporting Biden."

  • Arab Americans reject Biden, Trump reelection: Survey

    On May 17 and 18 the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Truth Project asked 36,139 Arab Americans and “allied voters,” "Who are you voting for in November?" 2,196 people responded.

    2% Trump

    7% Biden

    25% Jill Stein

    20% Cornell West

    19% Undecided

    23% Uncommitted

    3% Stay home

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    White House assessing if Israel violated "red line" with Rafah strike
  • My on the ground reporting beats your nothing. But here's some data for you. The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Truth Project asked 36,139 Arab Americans and “allied voters” "Who are you voting for in November?" 2,196 people responded. Here are the results:

    2% Trump

    7% Biden

    25% Jill Stein

    20% Cornell West

    19% Undecided

    23% Uncommitted

    3% Stay home

    A poll published at the end of October 2023 found "only 17% of Arab American voters saying they will vote for Biden in 2024—a staggering drop from 59% in 2020."

    Then a couple weeks ago a NYT poll "found Trump leading among registered Middle Eastern, North African or Muslim voters in the swing states, with 57 percent saying they were planning to back him in November. Only 25 percent said they were supporting Biden."

  • WTF Joe...
  • Ah, but I do:

    22 U.S. Code § 2378d

    (a)In general

    No assistance shall be furnished under this chapter or the Arms Export Control Act [22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.] to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.

    And now you do, too.

  • truthout.org The Pentagon Continues to Exonerate Itself of Harming Noncombatants

    It has set aside just 0.00035 percent of its $849.8 billion projected budget to pay for civilian casualty claims.

    The Pentagon Continues to Exonerate Itself of Harming Noncombatants

    > Late last year, the Defense Department also issued its long-awaited “Instruction on Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response,” which established the Pentagon’s “policies, responsibilities, and procedures for mitigating and responding to civilian harm.” The document, mandated under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, and approved by Austin, directs the military to “acknowledge civilian harm resulting from U.S. military operations and respond to individuals and communities affected by U.S. military operations,” including “expressing condolences” and providing ex gratia payments to next of kin.

    > But despite $15 million allocated by Congress since 2020 to provide just such payments and despite members of Congress repeatedly calling on the Pentagon to make amends for civilian harm, it has announced just one such payment in the years since.

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    www.theguardian.com Blinken willing to work with Congress on potential sanctions against ICC

    Republicans seek help from secretary of state after prosecutor Karim Khan requests arrest warrant for Israeli PM Netanyahu

    Blinken willing to work with Congress on potential sanctions against ICC

    Joe Biden and his political opponents have sharply criticized Khan’s announcement, arguing the court does not have jurisdiction over the Gaza conflict and raising concerns over process.

    At an earlier hearing on Tuesday, Blinken said he would work with Congress on an appropriate response, calling the ICC’s move “profoundly wrong-headed”.

    In 2020, Donald Trump’s administration accused the ICC of infringing on US national sovereignty when it authorized an investigation into war crimes committed in Afghanistan. The US targeted court staff, including then-prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, with asset freezes and travel bans.

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    www.theguardian.com I was detained at a US airport and asked about Israel and Gaza for 2 hours. Why? | Ilan Pappé

    Border agents asked whether I believe Israel is committing genocide and what I think of popular protest slogans shortly after I landed in Detroit

    I was detained at a US airport and asked about Israel and Gaza for 2 hours. Why? | Ilan Pappé

    I was held for two hours. The first round of questions was about my views on Hamas. Then the agents wished to know whether I thought Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip amount to genocide and what I think of the slogan “Palestine should be free from the river to the sea”. I said yes, I do think Israel is committing genocide. As to the slogan, I said that in my view people anywhere in the world should be free.

    Then the agents interrogated me about who I know in the Arab American and Muslim American community. They asked me to provide them with telephone numbers, took my phone away for quite a long period and asked to wait until they made some phone calls before they let me go.

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    www.newyorker.com A British Nurse Was Found Guilty of Killing Seven Babies. Did She Do It?

    Colleagues reportedly called Lucy Letby an “angel of death,” and the Prime Minister condemned her. But, in the rush to judgment, serious questions about the evidence were ignored.

    A British Nurse Was Found Guilty of Killing Seven Babies. Did She Do It?

    Archive link

    Letby appeared to have been a psychologically healthy and happy person. She had many close friends. Her nursing colleagues spoke highly of her care and dedication. A detective with the Cheshire police, which led the investigation, said, “This is completely unprecedented in that there doesn’t seem to be anything to say” about why Letby would kill babies. “There isn’t really anything we have found in her background that’s anything other than normal.”

    Letby had worked on a struggling neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital, run by the National Health Service, in the West of England, near Wales. The case centered on a cluster of seven deaths, between June, 2015, and June, 2016. All but one of the babies were premature; three of them weighed less than three pounds. No one ever saw Letby harming a child, and the coroner did not find foul play in any of the deaths.

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    www.theguardian.com US repatriates two dozen westerners from Islamic State camp in Syria

    Group includes 11 US citizens, including five minors, but tens of thousands of people remained detained five years after defeat of IS

    US repatriates two dozen westerners from Islamic State camp in Syria

    The Kurdish fighters are holding more than 56,000 detainees with alleged or perceived links to the Islamic State group.

    According to a recent Amnesty International report, some 29,000 children are held in the two largest camps, representing “the highest concentration of children arbitrarily deprived of their liberty anywhere in the world”.

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    How Counterprotesters at U.C.L.A. Provoked Violence, Unchecked for Hours - (NYT Gift Link)

    www.nytimes.com How Counterprotesters at U.C.L.A. Provoked Violence, Unchecked for Hours

    The New York Times used videos filmed by journalists, witnesses and protesters to analyze hours of clashes — and a delayed police response — at a pro-Palestinian encampment on Tuesday.

    How Counterprotesters at U.C.L.A. Provoked Violence, Unchecked for Hours

    A New York Times examination of more than 100 videos from clashes at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that violence ebbed and flowed for nearly five hours, mostly with little or no police intervention. The violence had been instigated by dozens of people who are seen in videos counterprotesting the encampment.

    The videos showed counterprotesters attacking students in the pro-Palestinian encampment for several hours, including beating them with sticks, using chemical sprays and launching fireworks as weapons. As of Friday, no arrests had been made in connection with the attack.

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    apnews.com Congressman praises heckling of war protesters, including 1 who made monkey gestures at Black woman

    Israel-Hamas war demonstrations at the University of Mississippi turned ugly when one counter-protester appeared to make monkey noises and gestures at a Black woman.

    Congressman praises heckling of war protesters, including 1 who made monkey gestures at Black woman

    The student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, reported about 30 protesters on the Oxford campus billed themselves as UMiss for Palestine. Videos and photos from the event showed the protesters were in a grassy area near the main library, blocked off by barriers erected by campus security.

    They chanted “Free, free Palestine,” and carried Palestinian flags and signs with slogans including, “Stop the Genocide” and “U.S. bombs take Palestine lives.”

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    english.elpais.com University Gaza solidarity protests extend to Mexico: ‘We are urgently calling for an end to genocide’

    The anti-war student movement that has occupied campuses across the United States spreads with the birth of Latin America’s first pro-Palestine camp at UNAM, the storied Mexican university

    University Gaza solidarity protests extend to Mexico: ‘We are urgently calling for an end to genocide’

    “UNAM carries a lot of weight, politically, both inside and outside the country, we hope that other schools will be inspired. I think that this could grow into other people following the same path,” says Renata Aguilar, a 22-year-old history student, as she erects her tent. "This should have started on day one, not today after nearly seven months of Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian people. I hope it lasts, that it gets bigger, and that many more people come,” agrees 24-year-old Alan, whose last name is literally Palestina, though he has no Middle Eastern heritage. He brushes off the coincidence: “Regardless of it being my name, this should concern anyone who is human.”

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    www.aljazeera.com ICC demands end to threats against court amid Gaza war probe

    Statement released after Israeli and US officials rebuke the court for possible arrest warrants over Gaza war.

    ICC demands end to threats against court amid Gaza war probe

    While the prosecutor’s statement did not mention Israel, it was issued after Israeli and US officials have warned of consequences against the ICC if it issues arrest warrants over Israel’s war on Gaza.

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    Biden needs Blue Wall victories to win 2024 Electoral College map

    While polls broadly show Biden continuing to fall behind former President Donald Trump in swing states across the country, they consistently show the older, whiter states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as the most competitive for Biden. Trump has larger leads in the Sun Belt states, in large part owing to Biden’s loss of support with younger voters and voters of color.

    ...

    The most recent New York Times/Siena College poll showed Biden with smaller leads than 2020 among voters under 45 (3 points), Black voters (60 points) and Hispanic voters (13 points) — important voting blocs in the southern and western battlegrounds.

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    Boy Scouts’ police Explorer program has faced over 200 sexual misconduct accusations

    www.nbcnews.com A police youth program is plagued by sexual abuse allegations across the U.S.

    Explorer posts, overseen by the Boy Scouts, are supposed to foster an interest in policing. They have faced nearly 200 allegations of misconduct.

    A police youth program is plagued by sexual abuse allegations across the U.S.

    Birchmore’s case is among at least 194 allegations that law enforcement personnel, mostly policemen, have groomed, sexually abused or engaged in inappropriate behavior with Explorers since 1974, an ongoing investigation by The Marshall Project has found. The vast majority of those affected were teenage girls — some as young as 13.

    ...

    The officers accused of abusing teenagers spanned the ranks, from patrolmen to police chiefs. Some were department veterans cited in news articles for their community work. A handful had served their agencies for barely a year. And some were married men with families of their own.

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    www.theguardian.com New Orleans police accused of excessive force as Gaza protesters arrested

    Protesters arrested in city’s historic French Quarter as witnesses allege officers used ‘indiscriminate’ force to clear protest

    New Orleans police accused of excessive force as Gaza protesters arrested

    Officers used batons and tasers against protesters in the square, including some who had not entered the park at all. At least three people were tased, according to witnesses and video of the protest.

    In video obtained by the Guardian, one woman is tased by a male officer while she is running away. She hits the pavement face-down and is arrested.

    ...

    In the video, an officer proceeds to deploy his taser on the handcuffed woman.

    ...

    While officers were arresting a man who was filming, Kinsey was “body-slammed to the ground head-first, and my skull hit the pavement”. Police then tried to arrest Kinsey, who was concussed, and was too injured to stand.

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    ICC faces threats from Congress over Israeli arrest warrants

    The International Criminal Court is being warned by members of Congress in both parties that arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials will be met with U.S. retaliation — and legislation to that effect is already in the works, Axios has learned.

    The White House declined to comment on Netanyahu's call with Biden but said "the ICC has no jurisdiction in this situation and we do not support its investigation."

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    Uncommitted voters are not apathetic. The Democratic party is

    www.theguardian.com Uncommitted voters are not apathetic. The Democratic party is | Camonghne Felix

    Americans are recognizing we must do more for Palestine and are signaling dissatisfaction with the party, as they did in 2008

    Uncommitted voters are not apathetic. The Democratic party is | Camonghne Felix

    What happens in November is up to Biden – it will not be the fault of the protest voter if Trump is elected. The questions remain: does the Democratic party fear Trump as much as we do? And does it value its voters enough to shift away from an approach to the onslaught in Gaza that a majority of Democratic voters are against?

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    ‘Like a war zone’: Emory University grapples with fallout from police response to protest | US universities

    www.theguardian.com ‘Like a war zone’: Emory University grapples with fallout from police response to protest

    A peaceful action at the school near Atlanta, Georgia, was met with violent use of force and 28 arrests of students and faculty

    ‘Like a war zone’: Emory University grapples with fallout from police response to protest

    The university’s response was likely the quickest show of police force in response to a divestment protest among the dozens nationwide that have occurred in recent weeks. It was also probably the only one where pepper balls, stun guns and rubber bullets were used against students, faculty and community members – at one of the few student protests in the south to date.

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    Over 30 pro-Palestine protesters arrested at Ohio State: what we know

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Ohio State University police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested about three dozen people Thursday night for staging a pro-Palestine encampment on campus – carrying out what is likely the highest number of protest-related arrests there since the Vietnam War.

    After hours of peaceful protest on the South Oval behind the Ohio Union, dozens of officers clad in riot gear descended on the crowd, handcuffing protesters and carrying them to Franklin County sheriff’s buses parked nearby. Several protesters were arrested earlier in the day for pitching tents on campus, but police watched for hours – occasionally issuing threats of arrest – when hundreds of protesters returned in the evening.

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    www.theguardian.com France urged to repay billions of dollars to Haiti for independence ‘ransom’

    Coalition of civil society groups says Paris should return harsh reparations imposed on Caribbean state two hundred years ago

    France urged to repay billions of dollars to Haiti for independence ‘ransom’

    France should repay billions of dollars to Haiti to cover a debt formerly enslaved people were forced to pay in return for recognising the island’s independence, according to a coalition of civil society groups that is launching a new push for reparations.

    The Caribbean island state became the first in the region to win its independence in 1804 after a revolt by enslaved people. But in a move that many Haitians blame for two centuries of turmoil, France later imposed harsh reparations for lost income and that debt was only fully repaid in 1947.

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