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Chinese students in US tell of ‘chilling’ interrogations and deportations
  • Biden doing the Trump thing. Recently came up with genius tarifs for Aluminium as well.

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  • www.theguardian.com US vetoes Palestinian request for full UN membership

    Washington blocks security council resolution supported by 12 member countries, with two abstentions including UK

    The US has vetoed a Palestinian request to the United Nations security council for full UN membership, blocking the world body’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

    The vote in the 15-member security council was 12 in favor, the US opposed and two abstentions, the UK and Switzerland.

    US officials had been hoping Washington could avoid use of its veto if other states objected to a draft resolution before the council recommending the “State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations”.

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    www.theguardian.com US vetoes Palestinian request for full UN membership

    Washington blocks security council resolution supported by 12 member countries, with two abstentions including UK

    The US has vetoed a Palestinian request to the United Nations security council for full UN membership, blocking the world body’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

    The vote in the 15-member security council was 12 in favor, the US opposed and two abstentions, the UK and Switzerland.

    US officials had been hoping Washington could avoid use of its veto if other states objected to a draft resolution before the council recommending the “State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations”.

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    www.middleeasteye.net Israeli minister Ben Gvir calls for execution of Palestinian prisoners to ease overcrowding

    The far-right national security minister says the death penalty is a 'partial solution' to prisons bursting with Palestinian captives

    Itamar Ben Gvir, Israel's far-right national security minister, has called for the execution of Palestinian prisoners to ease overcrowding in the country's jails.

    Writing on social media, he welcomed a decision by the Israeli army to build 936 additional prison places for "security prisoners". "The additional construction will allow the prison service to take in more terrorists, and will bring a partial solution to the prison crisis that exists in the Shabak," he said, referring to the Israeli Prison Service.

    "The death penalty for terrorists is the right solution to the incarceration problem, until then - glad that the government approved the proposal I brought."

    During a visit by members of the Public Defender’s Office, squalid conditions were noted, including "intolerable overcrowding", with less than three square metres of space per person, poor sanitary conditions, pest issues, inadequate ventilation, and a lack of basic necessities for the incarcerated.

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    www.middleeasteye.net Ilhan Omar's daughter suspended from university over pro-Palestine activism

    Isra Hirsi was suspended along with two other students and they say the decision only 'galvanises the student body even more'

    Three Barnard College students, including US lawmaker Ilhan Omar's daughter Isra Hirsi, have been suspended for participation in an ongoing Gaza solidarity protest encampment at Columbia University in New York City.

    The suspension of the three students came as university administrators called on the New York Police Department (NYPD) to dismantle the tents that had been set up earlier on Wednesday.

    Several students told MEE that heavily armed police dressed in riot gear entered the university lawns on Thursday to tear down the 50-plus tents. By late Thursday afternoon, the camps were gone and dozens of students had been arrested.

    The developments on Thursday followed the revelations that three students - Isra Hirsi, 21, along with Maryam Iqbal, 18, and Soph Dinu, 21 - had received letters earlier in the day informing them they had been suspended, effective immediately, due to refusing to pay heed to calls to end their protest.

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    https:// euromedmonitor.org /en/article/6271/Israeli-army-broadcasts-intimidating-sounds-to-lure,-kill,-and-forcibly-displace-civilians-in-the-Nuseirat-camp

    Testimonies from camp residents, which were provided to the Euro-Med Monitor team, confirm that the sound of women screaming and babies crying was heard late at night on both Sunday and Monday. When some of the residents went out to investigate and tried to help, they were shot at by Israeli quadcopter drones. The sounds they had heard were in fact recordings playedby the Israeli drones, with the intent of forcing the camp’s residents out into the streets, where they could be easily targeted by snipers and other weaponry.

    According to the testimonies, this tactic also involved broadcasting gunshots, armed conflicts, explosions, military vehicle movements, and occasionally songs in Hebrew and Arabic in order to psychologically intimidate civilians who live amid total darkness at night and total disconnection from the external world.

    The Israeli army randomly and systematically targeted anyone in the Nuseirat camp who was simply walking down the street or peering out of windows, and also targeted some civilian residents who were attempting to move between shelter centres and homes or investigate what was going on in the area. The intensity of bombing and shooting operations increases during the course of the night, directly and purposefully targeting populated residential areas, civilian targets, including schools and mosques that house displaced people, as well as the civilian populace with the intention of killing and injuring them.

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    But Hamas

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    www.propublica.org Blinken Is Sitting on Staff Recommendations to Sanction Israeli Military Units Linked to Killings or Rapes

    A special State Department panel told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the U.S. should restrict arms sales to Israeli military units that have been credibly accused of human rights abuses. He has not taken any action.

    A special State Department panel told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the U.S. should restrict arms sales to Israeli military units that have been credibly accused of human rights abuses. He has not taken any action.

    The incidents under review mostly took place in the West Bank and occurred before Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel. They include reports of extrajudicial killings by the Israeli Border Police; an incident in which a battalion gagged, handcuffed and left an elderly Palestinian American man for dead; and an allegation that interrogators tortured and raped a teenager who had been accused of throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

    Recommendations for action against Israeli units were sent to Blinken in December, according to one person familiar with the memo. “They’ve been sitting in his briefcase since then,” another official said.

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    www.newarab.com UNRWA details harrowing torture of Gazans detained by Israel

    A new report by UNRWA has detailed torture and sexual violence inflicted upon Palestinians detained in Gaza by Israeli forces.

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) published a report on Tuesday saying it had documented the release of 1,506 Palestinian detainees via the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing on 4 April, many of whom had suffered torture, ill-treatment, and sexual violence at the hands of Israeli forces.

    UNRWA staff members were among the released detainees and the report said they were forced to confess to actions they were innocent of.

    "I saw people [in detention] 70 years old, very old. There were people with Alzheimer’s, old people who were blind, people with disabilities who couldn’t walk, people who had shrapnel in their backs and couldn’t stand up, people with epilepsy… and torture was for everyone," the UNRWA report quoted a 46-year-old detainee as saying.

    Some were made to sit on their knees for 12-16 hours a day with their hands tied.

    Dogs were also used to attack the detainees, with some of those released, including children, having dog bite wounds on their bodies.

    Women were verbally harassed and touched inappropriately by soldiers and were forced to strip naked in front of male soldiers. Some were photographed and filmed naked.

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    Iran shows military might as tensions with Israel soar
  • Irans small scale attack penetrated the worlds best air defense systems of America, Britain and israel combined and then landed multiple rockets on israeli air bases. It was a massive victory for Iran.

    The US, UK, France, and Jordan are the winners because they got a free test taking down a bunch of hostile drones in a real world scenario. They didn’t waste any money that wouldn’t have been spent shooting practice targets anyway.

    Cope max

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  • https:// www.reuters.com /world/middle-east/qatar-says-gaza-ceasefire-talks-delicate-phase-2024-04-17/

    Qatar's embassy in Washington on Tuesday criticised comments made by U.S. Democratic congressman Steny Hoyer, in which he called on the U.S. to "reevaluate" its relationship with Qatar.

    Hoyer said on Monday that Qatar must threaten Hamas with "repercussions" if the militant Palestinian group "continues to block progress towards releasing the hostages and establishing a temporary ceasefire".

    Some other U.S. lawmakers have suggested in recent months that Qatar supports Hamas, an accusation rejected by the Gulf state, which hosts some 10,000 U.S. troops, the largest U.S. military presence in the Middle East.

    Sheikh Mohammed underscored on Wednesday that the role of mediator has limits: "(Mediators) cannot provide things that the parties themselves refrain from (offering)."

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    theintercept.com Leaked Cables Show White House Opposes Palestinian Statehood

    Despite Biden’s pledge to support a two-state solution, cables argue that Palestine should not be granted U.N. member status.

    Ahead of the United Nations Security Council action to consider the Palestinian Authority’s application to become a full member of the international body, the United States is lobbying nations to reject such membership, hoping to avoid an overt “veto” by Washington. The lobbying effort, revealed in copies of unclassified State Department cables obtained by The Intercept, is at odds with the Biden administration’s pledge to fully support a two-state solution.

    While clarifying that President Joe Biden has worked vigorously to support “Palestinian aspirations for statehood” within the context “of a comprehensive peace that would resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” a diplomatic cable dated April 12 details U.S. talking points against a U.N. vote for Palestinian statehood. The cable says that Security Council members must be persuaded to reject any proposal for Palestinian statehood — and thereby its recognition as a sovereign nation — before the council’s open debate on the Middle East, scheduled for April 18.

    “We therefore urge you not to support any potential Security Council resolution recommending the admission of ‘Palestine’ as a U.N. member state, should such a resolution be presented to the Security Council for a decision in the coming days and weeks.”

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    theintercept.com Leaked Cables Show White House Opposes Palestinian Statehood

    Despite Biden’s pledge to support a two-state solution, cables argue that Palestine should not be granted U.N. member status.

    Ahead of the United Nations Security Council action to consider the Palestinian Authority’s application to become a full member of the international body, the United States is lobbying nations to reject such membership, hoping to avoid an overt “veto” by Washington. The lobbying effort, revealed in copies of unclassified State Department cables obtained by The Intercept, is at odds with the Biden administration’s pledge to fully support a two-state solution.

    While clarifying that President Joe Biden has worked vigorously to support “Palestinian aspirations for statehood” within the context “of a comprehensive peace that would resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” a diplomatic cable dated April 12 details U.S. talking points against a U.N. vote for Palestinian statehood. The cable says that Security Council members must be persuaded to reject any proposal for Palestinian statehood — and thereby its recognition as a sovereign nation — before the council’s open debate on the Middle East, scheduled for April 18.

    “We therefore urge you not to support any potential Security Council resolution recommending the admission of ‘Palestine’ as a U.N. member state, should such a resolution be presented to the Security Council for a decision in the coming days and weeks.”

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    theintercept.com Leaked Cables Show White House Opposes Palestinian Statehood

    Despite Biden’s pledge to support a two-state solution, cables argue that Palestine should not be granted U.N. member status.

    Ahead of the United Nations Security Council action to consider the Palestinian Authority’s application to become a full member of the international body, the United States is lobbying nations to reject such membership, hoping to avoid an overt “veto” by Washington. The lobbying effort, revealed in copies of unclassified State Department cables obtained by The Intercept, is at odds with the Biden administration’s pledge to fully support a two-state solution.

    While clarifying that President Joe Biden has worked vigorously to support “Palestinian aspirations for statehood” within the context “of a comprehensive peace that would resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” a diplomatic cable dated April 12 details U.S. talking points against a U.N. vote for Palestinian statehood. The cable says that Security Council members must be persuaded to reject any proposal for Palestinian statehood — and thereby its recognition as a sovereign nation — before the council’s open debate on the Middle East, scheduled for April 18.

    “We therefore urge you not to support any potential Security Council resolution recommending the admission of ‘Palestine’ as a U.N. member state, should such a resolution be presented to the Security Council for a decision in the coming days and weeks.”

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    American hypocrisy, oh, let me count the ways
  • Life can't start at birth if brown people aren't humans!

    For those out of the loop: Reuters - Gaza's IVF embryos destroyed by Israeli strike

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    Meta and Lavender
  • Great insights from Paul. Not only did he speak out against the Genocide at much cost to his personal life, but he is now actively using his knowledge to show the culprits of this Genocide.

    Why is Meta doing this? Why is Meta so happy to share metadata about group membership with Israel – a run-around the idea of a "private" social network – and to be complicit in the genocide?

    Let's look at their leadership, in particular the three most senior leaders who have close ties to Israel.

    Their Chief Information Security Officer, Guy Rosen, is their most senior policy decision maker. He is Israeli, lives in Tel Aviv, and was in the Israeli military in Unit 8200. Unit 8200 is the Israeli NSA and is the department that built and runs Lavender. Insiders tell me that Rosen is the person most associated with the anti-"anti-zionism" policies, and is also responsible for the suppression of Palestinian content.

    Mark Zuckerberg, Meta founder and CEO has also been a significant supporter of Israel's propaganda. Zuckerberg gave $125k to Zaka, one of the groups that created and continues to spread much of the original Oct 7 false atrocity propaganda, including the discredited "Oct 7 mass rape" hoax.

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  • blog.paulbiggar.com Meta and Lavender

    A little-discussed detail in the Lavender AI article is that Israel is killing people based on being in the same Whatsapp group [1] as a suspected militant [2]. Where are they getting this data? Is WhatsApp sharing it? Lavender is Israel's system of "pre-crime" [3] - they use AI to

    A little-discussed detail in the Lavender AI article is that Israel is killing people based on being in the same Whatsapp group as a suspected militant. Where are they getting this data? Is WhatsApp sharing it?

    Lavender is Israel's system of "pre-crime" - they use AI to guess who to kill in Gaza, and then bomb them when they're at home, along with their entire family. (Obscenely, they call this program "Where's Daddy").

    One input to the AI is whether you're in a WhatsApp group with a suspected member of Hamas. There's a lot wrong with this - I'm in plenty of WhatsApp groups with strangers, neighbours, and in the carnage in Gaza you bet people are making groups to connect.

    Why is Meta doing this? Why is Meta so happy to share metadata about group membership with Israel – a run-around the idea of a "private" social network – and to be complicit in the genocide?

    Let's look at their leadership, in particular the three most senior leaders who have close ties to Israel.

    Their Chief Information Security Officer, Guy Rosen, is their most senior policy decision maker. He is Israeli, lives in Tel Aviv, and was in the Israeli military in Unit 8200. Unit 8200 is the Israeli NSA and is the department that built and runs Lavender. Insiders tell me that Rosen is the person most associated with the anti-"anti-zionism" policies, and is also responsible for the suppression of Palestinian content.

    Mark Zuckerberg, Meta founder and CEO has also been a significant supporter of Israel's propaganda. Zuckerberg gave $125k to Zaka, one of the groups that created and continues to spread much of the original Oct 7 false atrocity propaganda, including the discredited "Oct 7 mass rape" hoax.

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    Palestine literally doesn't exist in the Biden admininstration

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    www.theguardian.com Revealed: Israel has sped up settlement-building in East Jerusalem since Gaza war began

    Exclusive: Government ministries and offices behind most contentious of projects, which will create thousands of housing units

    Israel’s government has accelerated the construction of settlements across East Jerusalem, with more than 20 projects totalling thousands of housing units having been approved or advanced since the start of the war in Gaza six months ago, planning documents show.

    Ministries and offices within the Israeli government are behind all the largest and most contentious of the projects, sometimes in association with rightwing nationalist groups with a history of trying to evict Palestinians from their homes in parts of the city.

    “The fast-tracking of these plans has been unparalleled in the last six months,” said Sari Kronish, from the Israeli human rights organisation Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights. “While many government bodies were shuttered or had limited operation following 7 October, the planning authorities continued to plough forward, advancing these plans at unprecedented speed.”

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    Sequel

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    www.thenational.scot Children killed as Israeli strike on playground leaves at least 11 dead

    AT least 11 people, including children, have been killed in an Israeli attack on the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, it has been reported ...

    At least 11 people, including children, have been killed in an Israeli attack on the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, it has been reported.

    The Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that the strike hit a playground frequently visited by displaced children.

    Most of those killed were children, the news agency reported with several people also wounded in the attack

    One eyewitness described the situation as a “horrific scene of children torn apart”.

    The latest data from Unicef said that one child in Gaza is killed or injured every 10 minutes and further said that at least 70 children are injured every day during the Israeli bombardment.

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    EU must cut ties with Israel to prevent Gaza genocide - UN rapporteur
  • What do you mean "left Gaza"?

    Last time I checked there is a giant concentration camp wall around Gaza and they cannot have their own airport. And israel is blockading their sea.

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  • www.middleeasteye.net 'My school abandoned me': California university cancels pro-Palestinian student's commencement speech

    University of Southern California said Asna Tabassum, valedictorian for the class of 2024, will not be allowed to make a speech, citing 'security' concerns

    The University of Southern California has cancelled a scheduled commencement speech by Asna Tabassum, citing unnamed security concerns after her selection as valedictorian was met with a wave of online attacks directed at her pro-Palestinian views.

    "I am not surprised by those who attempt to propagate hatred. I am surprised that my own university - my home for four years - has abandoned me," Tabassum said in a statement shared online.

    On 6 April, USC announced that Tabassum was selected as valedictorian, a student with the highest academic achievements in her year, for the graduating class of 2024.

    After the announcement was published on social media, Tabassum began receiving online attacks from an account named, "We Are Tov", a group that describes itself as "dedicated to combating antisemitism".

    The university released a statement on Monday, saying that Tabassum would retain her position as valedictorian, but would not be allowed to give her commencement speech. The school said that the move was made to maintain safety on campus.

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    www.theguardian.com UN demands end to Israeli forces’ support of settler attacks on West Bank Palestinians

    UN human rights office expresses concern over escalating violence after deaths near Nablus over weekend

    The United Nations has voiced grave concern over escalating violence in the West Bank, demanding that Israeli security forces “immediately” stop supporting settler attacks on Palestinians in the occupied territory.

    The statement from the UN’s human rights office was issued hours after two Palestinian men were killed by Israeli settlers in a northern village south of Nablus, in the latest violent attack involving settlers in the increasingly tense West Bank.

    Salah Bani Jaber, the mayor of Aqraba, a town near the northern city of Nablus, saw Monday’s settler attack. He said about 50 settlers, many of them armed, attacked members of his community and fired at Palestinian youths, killing two of them and wounding others.

    “There were Israeli soldiers at the scene who stood idly by watching the settlers,” he said.

    The Palestine Red Crescent Society said soldiers blocked its ambulances from reaching the area and tending to the wounded. The Israeli military said it was looking into the incident.

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    zeteo.com Mehdi Clashes with Former Israeli Prime Minister - Mehdi Unfiltered, Ep. 1

    Plus Anthony Scaramucci and a worrying preview of Trump’s first 100 days

    Zeteo presents the first episode of Mehdi Hasan's new show "Mehdi Unfiltered"

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    Israel court orders Palestinian families' removal from Sheikh Jarrah
  • This is the neighborhood which came in the news 2 years ago when an exemplary israeli flew in from Long Island to colonize Palestinian land.

    "if I don't steal your house somebody else will"

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    EU must cut ties with Israel to prevent Gaza genocide - UN rapporteur
  • Against someone who political program and reason to exist is to destroy you ? How ?

    Their reason to destroy israel is because it oppresses them. Palestinians have very clearly shown to be open to negotiations. These get shut down by israel because israel wants to expand their Lebensraum.

    Case in point is the West Bank where peaceful Palestinians consistently get terrorized by israel. And Hamas is now starting to grow there.

    This might come as a surprise but almost nobody is going to risk their lives fighting when they are not being oppressed.

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    Iran launches attack against Israel with drones 'hours away' from Israeli soil
  • Cool video thanks for linking it.

    Looks like taxpayers are footing a nice bill again

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    Saying what can't be said: Israel has been defeated – a total defeat
  • All of that is true. But Hamas still exists as well.

    Aside from committing Genocide and destroying all of Gaza if they don't defeat Hamas they will have technically lost.

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    Germany cancels pro-Palestine event, bars entry to Gaza war witness
  • Germany didn't even need the AfD to turn into a Nazi police state.

    The social democrat party is going for the national socialist rebrand.

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    Israel on edge for Iranian retaliation as Tehran views strike on embassy as an attack on its territory
  • Netanyahu wants the war to escalate and Joe Biden will support and defend Netanyahu in every war crime.

    Joe Biden not putting a leash on his rabid attack dog is the reason this is happening.

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    US urges world to care more about Sudan
  • Did America consider telling their ally UAE not to provide support for the RSF?

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    Germany detains Gaza surgeon Ghassan Abu Sittah and 'refuses him entry'
  • Whoa a random Wikipedia link without any evidence and a convenient dodge of all the evidence I linked.

    You really convinced me there

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    Germany detains Gaza surgeon Ghassan Abu Sittah and 'refuses him entry'
  • Yes I know about Germany waging a propaganda war on Palestinians while supporting Israel's Genocide of Palestinians with weapons. What is your point?

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    Germany detains Gaza surgeon Ghassan Abu Sittah and 'refuses him entry'
  • What propaganda war? Germany's propaganda war on Palestinians by blocking and arresting people that are telling the truth about israel's Genocide in Gaza? Seems pretty relevant here.

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    EU must cut ties with Israel to prevent Gaza genocide - UN rapporteur
  • The Geneva convention also stipulate that if you don’t apply it with me, you have no right to ask to be applied to you.

    See the funny part here is that israel is the party that has ignored international law for the last 75 years. We're doing some weird history reversal here by saying that it's the Palestinians fault for not following it.

    If israel had followed international law there would have never been retaliation from Gaza.

    we should also punish Egypt for blocking the Palestinians.

    We do not of course. As we personally supply Egypt with weapons and billions in loans to keep their corrupt government in power to help israel surpress the Palestinians and the rest of the Egyptian population. Sisi is an American puppet.

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    EU must cut ties with Israel to prevent Gaza genocide - UN rapporteur
  • By international law only israel has committed a war crime as it condones resistance against occupation by any means necessary.

    Also the israeli blockade on Palestine is one of the most flagrant violations of humanitarian law and already "sanctions" Palestinians.

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    Saying what can't be said: Israel has been defeated – a total defeat
  • Those have been there for more than half a year. The only thing keeping Netanyahu alive is Biden unconditionally supporting his every war crime.

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