Sawsan Chebli. “Israel is an existent reality and I believe that all those who want peace should unite against those who are against peace.” HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / dpa Picture-
A Synagogue Renovation in Berlin, and the Palestinian Making It Happen
Chebli is an example of breaking the stereotypes and justly not letting the exploitation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the ignorants
Stay Mashiach// Chebli and her husband get into a taxi in Tel Aviv on the way to visit friends. “Where are you from?” the driver asks. “From Germany,” they reply. “Ahh, Germany,” he says. “They’re so dumb – those Germans. They took in all the refugees, the whole of Europe changed. How do they plan to integrate all those Muslims into society now?” Chebli’s husband gives her a wary glance; he knows what’s about to happen. “Uskuti (be quiet),” he mutters in Arabic, but in vain.
British citizens have been caught in explosions at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Police say 207 people have been killed and at least 450 injured in the blasts.
The UK’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, said: “We understand that some British citizens were caught in the blasts but we are unable to say how many people are, or might have been, affected.”
Officials in Sri Lanka say there have been at least nine foreign casualties.
They were from the UK, the USA, Netherlands and Portugal.
Mr Dauris said he and his consular team were visiting one of the main hospitals in Colombo where casualties were taken.
Right wing members of Congress have invited the EDL Member Tommy Robinson To a Major Washington DC GOP event on 14 November.
MATTHEW MCGREGOR, openDemocracy Uk|AIWAI! NO!|Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, has been invited to speak at a major conference in Washington DC. If he’s allowed to attend, it will give him a big platform to push his anti-Muslim agenda. It will give him the respectability of appearing alongside members of Congress. And it could net him in the range of £1million via fundraising. The question is whether – given his long criminal record – he’ll be allowed to attend.
Here’s the situation: the Middle East Forum has, in conjunction with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, invited Lennon to the United States in mid-November. In addition, Rep. Paul Gosar and six other members of Congress have invited Lennon to speak to the Conservative Opportunity Society in a closed-door event.
Our analysis suggests that Lennon will raise in the range of £1m as a result of the exposure and links he can foster on this trip if he is allowed into the US. We expect him to use his media profile and funding to tour the country organising demonstrations about grooming scandals. Previous demonstrations organised by, or for, Lennon have descended into violence and left a trail of division.
Robinson still faces a possible jail term for contempt of court having posted footage he filmed from outside a grooming gang’s trial online
On Tuesday 23rd October, outside the Old Bailey in London, Lennon announced his intentions:
“I want to spend the next six months travelling to towns and cities blighted by these problems. By next summer the entire world is going to the true extent of the rape of Britain. Again, I am going to have more in videos coming up”.
Some people have asked how he’d be allowed to travel to the US given his record. In 2013 Lennon was jailed for 10 months for using someone else’s passport to travel to the USA. Lennon used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster to board a Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow to New York. He entered the US illegally then used his own passport to return to the UK. It is believed that Lennon received a ten-year ban on re-entering the US following his 2013 conviction.
But the Trump administration can override these bans if they want to, giving Lennon the possibility of getting in for his lucrative speaking engagement. It seems that the people behind the invite to Lennon have made a request to the US administration to lift his ban. The Middle East Forum and the David Horowitz Freedom Center both have very good political links to the Trump administration.
The people behind this event are pushing at a half-open door. The Trump administration has strong links to the self-defined “counter-jihad” movement. There were early appointees like Steve Bannon, Mike Flynn and Sebastian Gorka. More recent appointments include National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has close links to Pamela Geller, an American activist notorious for her anti-Islamic writings, and the new chief of staff of the National Security Council, Fred Fleitz, part of a group who promote anti-Islamic conspiracy theories. Trump himself received briefings from Frank Gaffney, a key figure behind the ‘Obama is a Muslim’ conspiracy theory, and Bridget Gabriel, head of the largest anti-Muslim campaign group in the US, ACT for America. ACT recently boasted of having monthly meetings with the White House. This is an administration infected with anti-Muslim prejudice.
|AIWA! NO!|A federal grand jury has indicted the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect on 44 counts, including hate crimes and 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder.
New York PostAllegheny General Hospital where shooter Robert Bowers (inset) was treated.
Prosecutors allege that Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Oct. 28 with multiple firearms and opened fire on three congregations, as well injuring several public safety officers, according to the Justice Department.
The DOJ confirmed that Bowers made statements like “kill Jews” while allegedly carrying out the shooting.
CBC.caA makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Pittsburgh. The accused shooter, who could face the
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the announcement of the indictment Wednesday, blasting the religiously-driven nature of the attack.
President Donald Trump’s recent comments on ending the right of citizenship by birth through executive order were met with swift condemnation from anybody who knows anything about the Constitution of the United States, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). However, given the arguable affect his incendiary rhetoric seems to have on the public as well as the government agencies under his control, we mustn’t rest in safeguarding the single most important right granted under the document Trump swore to protect. Trump can cause great pain in this area, even without an amendment.
Most of us born in the U.S. do not receive a document stating that we are citizens. Rather, we receive a locally issued birth certificate that says we were born in the U.S. When we seek some proof of our status to travel, we apply for a passport with the local passport office, which is both primary evidence of our citizenship and the first and often only such proof any of us ever obtain. Those of us born here who leave the United States without a passport, perhaps because we were born to foreign parents or American parents who live abroad, apply for either a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or a passport, or both, at a U.S. consulate or embassy. The consular function abroad is the responsibility of the Department of State.
“Hatred and violence on the basis of religion can have no place in our society,” he said.
“Every American has the right to attend their house of worship in safety. The defendant in this case allegedly murdered 11 innocent people during religious services and injured four law enforcement officers. These alleged crimes are incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.”
Among the charges are 22 related to the “obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs.”
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady said that with the announcement begins “the process of seeking justice for the victims of these hateful acts, and healing for the victims’ families, the Jewish community, and our city.”
“Our office will spare no resource, and will work with professionalism, integrity and diligence, in a way that honors the memories of the victims,” he said.
According to the statement, Bowers “faces a maximum possible penalty of death, or life without parole, followed by a consecutive sentence of 535 years’ imprisonment.”
A date for Bowers’s trial has yet to be set.
Several Republican leaders, including President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have called for the death penalty if Bowers is found guilty.
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