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Like Reagan Before Him, Trump Barnstorms the Bronx

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By  James PPinkerton (Breitbart)

A Republican presidential challenger campaigning in the South Bronx against an inflation-ridden and unpopular Democratic incumbent. I’ve seen this show before.

It was August 5, 1980, when Ronald Reagan, the GOP nominee against President Jimmy Carter, traveled to the troubled borough of New York City to deliver his message of “Make America Great Again.”

Reagan had been encouraged by his ally, Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY), to go to the inner city, there to preach the gospel of tax-rate cuts, enterprise zones and overall hope. Reagan did just that, standing on the very spot where Carter had stood three years earlier, there to make unfulfilled pledges about an economic renaissance for the ‘hood.

I was a young and junior staffer on the Reagan campaign back then, and so I watched what I could on network TV and glanced at scraps of wire copy coming off the AP ticker.  (Nothing was digital back then.)

It was, for sure, a raucous scene, plenty of Bronx cheering. Relying on a microphone to make himself heard, Reagan shouted, “I can’t do a damned thing for you if I don’t get elected!”

Reagan persisted, calling out Carter’s failure: “I have never seen anything that looked like this since London after the Blitz.” Yes, in those days, some of the Bronx did look it had been bombed in wartime. That was Reagan’s point: If the status quo is lousy, if the incumbent hadn’t kept his promises, why vote to re-elect him?

The media coverage of the event was, of course, negative.  These were the days when the modifier “Main Stream” was not used, because there was pretty much only big liberal media.  Still, the New York Times headline captured at least some of the yeasty political dynamic that year: “Reagan, in South Bronx, Says Carter Broke Vow; Raises Voice Above Chants.”

Ronald Reagan walks through a desolate South Bronx neighborhood on Charlotte Street in New York on August 6, 1980. (AP Photo)

Ronald Reagan speaking on Charlotte Street in the South Bronx on August 6, 1980. (Jack Smith/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Back at campaign HQ at 901 North Highland Street in Arlington, VA, we told ourselves that the Gipper would at least get credit for guts.  He had gone into a Democratic lion’s den, kept his cool, displayed some star power, delivered his positive message—and so he’d get credit with the country, if not with New Yorkers.

We underestimated our man. In fact, Reagan carried New York State that November. In 1976, Carter had won the Empire State, and the Bronx had helped a lot, giving him a 142,000-vote margin. By contrast, in 1980, as he was losing the state, Carter’s margin in the Bronx fell to just 95,000 votes.  

So now to 2024. Four years ago, Donald Trump garnered a mere 16 percent of the vote in the Bronx as he lost the state by a wide margin. Nevertheless Trump has been saying for months that he can win New York this year. Indeed, time, fate and Alvin Bragg have caused Trump to spend a lot more time in New York than he otherwise would have planned. Already, Trump’s April visit to Harlem—where he shook hands with a crime victim who had fought back against a violent criminal—played well.  Now today, it’s not hard to find Trump curiosity in the Bronx.

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Former president Donald Trump talks with bodega owner Maad Ahmed, center, during a visit to his bodega on April 16, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Indeed, a New York-only Siena poll from this month finds that by a 52:37 margin, New Yorkers feel their state is going in the wrong direction. A clear majority express concern about worsening crime, and a thumping 79 percent regard the immigration crisis as serious.   So while the poll showed Joe Biden ahead of Trump, 47:38, if the incumbent is below 50, the challenger has some potential.

Of course, it’s not just what Trump is doing. It’s what Biden is doing—or not doing.  Notably, the 46th president is weak among non-whites. The nationwide Siena poll from mid-May found Biden with just 63 percent of the Black vote, and intensity, murky.

To beef up those numbers, the Biden-Harris campaign has staged many Black-themed events, and yet just on May 15, Politico’s “Playbook” newsletter worried about “the conventionality of the outreach.”  The writers explained that the campaign “leans heavily on a civil-rights focus that might not be especially relevant to the young and politically unengaged voters who are dissatisfied with Biden and flirting with other candidates.”

There’s the rub: Younger Blacks, unsurprisingly, are less attuned to older leaders.  These days, figures such as Charlamagne Tha GodKiller Mike, and yes, Ye (Kanye West) are carving out their own destiny. In the meantime, comedian Dave Chappelle has ridiculed wokeness with energy.  Go to a Black church and you don’t see much patience with LGBTQIA+.  

Speaking of energy, Trump overflows. So, these next few months are going to be a wild ride, and the South Bronx is now part of slalom

Israeli MK Sharren Haskel Urges Recognition of Basque and Catalonia Independence

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Israeli MK Sharren Haskel Urges Recognition of Basque and Catalonia Independence

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Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel  has called on the Israeli government to lead in the international arena by recognizing the independence of the Basque Country and Catalonia. Haskel emphasized that Spain’s advocacy for Palestinian independence while ignoring similar aspirations within its own borders is hypocritical. Israel, a unique case of a people returning to their ancestral homeland and reviving their culture, should serve as a beacon of hope. “It’s time for Israel to support nations striving for their freedom and independence,” said Haskel. This move aims to fortify Israel’s global standing as a nation of justice and self-determination.

“I urge the representatives of Catalonia and the Basque Country in the Spanish Parliament to resign immediately. It is utterly unacceptable that instead of advocating for the independence of their own people, they are focusing on the independence of others in distant regions. They betray their own constituents by prioritizing international independence issues over the pressing needs of their local communities,” she said.

The Blue and White parliamentarian sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Israel Katz, arguing that if recognition of Palestinian statehood is based on a minority expressing an uncompromising desire for independence, then the Spanish request must be honored first of all in its own sovereign territory, according to a report on i24News.

This comes a day after Spain, Ireland, and Norway declared their intention to recognize Palestine as a state.  I24News reported that the announcement by the three European countries was met with condemnation both in Israel and abroad, with Western countries stating that Palestinian statehood must only come about through negotiations with Israel.

Israeli politicians were quick to act in response, with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant rescinding an order preventing settlers from entering the northern part of Judea and Samaria. In addition, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich vowed to halt all funds transferred to the PA.

UPenn Student from Wealthy Family Cries ”Homelessness”  After Being Thrown Out of Anti-Israel Encampment

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UPenn Student from Wealthy Family Cries ”Homelessness”  After Being Thrown Out of Anti-Israel Encampment

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In a situation that has garnered significant media attention and sparked widespread debate, Eliana Atienza, a University of Pennsylvania student, claimed she was left “homeless” after being kicked off campus for participating in an anti-Israel encampment, according to a report that appeared on Wednesday in The New York Post. However, a closer examination of her background reveals a stark contrast between her public claims and her private reality.

Eliana Atienza, 19, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she had no one to turn to for help in the United States after being removed from the university’s campus in early May. Indicated in The Post report was that according to Atienza, the administration’s actions left her stranded and destitute, painting a picture of a vulnerable student abandoned in a foreign country.

Contrary to the narrative of hardship and homelessness, Eliana Atienza hails from a wealthy and prominent Filipino family. Her father, Kim Atienza, is a well-known media personality in the Philippines, famous for showcasing his extravagant lifestyle on social media, as was noted in the information contained in The Post report.  Her mother, Felicia Atienza, is a successful businesswoman, a Wharton School graduate, and has served as president and CEO of several international schools.

The Atienza family’s social media presence is replete with images of luxury and opulence. Their posts display an extensive motorcycle collection, first-class flights complete with private showers and caviar service, and interactions with celebrities, as was detailed in The Post report. This affluent background starkly contrasts with Eliana’s claims of being left “homeless” and without support.

Despite Eliana Atienza’s assertions of destitution, her social media posts tell a different story. She recently documented a trip to Antarctica and has shared images from travels to various high-end destinations, including Alaska and Paris, the Post report revealed. This lifestyle is inconsistent with the image of a student left with nowhere to turn.

In an interview with KYW Newsradio, Atienza reiterated her claim that University of Pennsylvania administrators left her out on the street with no support network, the report in The Post said.

On May 9, 2024, Eliana Atienza, along with five other students, was suspended from the University of Pennsylvania for her involvement in anti-Israel encampment on campus. The Post reported that this protest aimed to highlight opposition to Israel and its actions against Hamas following the deadly October 7 terror attack. The encampment, which occupied a campus green, was dismantled by police the following day.

Atienza claimed she was left with nowhere to go, stating, “I don’t have any family to go back home to here.” This statement painted a picture of a vulnerable student abandoned in a foreign land. However, the reality of her situation is far more complex.

The protest that led to Atienza’s suspension was centered around calls for the university to divest from investments connected to Israel. Atienza participated in negotiations with school administrators, but these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. The report in The Post said that the protest was part of a broader movement, with Atienza also being involved in Fossil Free Penn, an organization advocating for the university to divest from fossil fuel companies. The Post noted that this group co-signed a letter supporting Palestinians fighting against the Israeli occupation, which was published shortly after the October 7 attack.

The disparity between Atienza’s public narrative and her private reality illustrates how narratives can be constructed to elicit sympathy or support. This case serves as a reminder to critically assess public statements and understand the full context.

 

For the First Time in 155 Years, Exclusive Jersey Shore Beach to Open on Sundays

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The quaint coastal town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, has been thrust into the spotlight over a longstanding tradition that restricts access to its private beach on Sunday mornings. According to a report that appeared in The New York Post on Wednesday, this change comes after the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Christian organization that owns the picturesque beach, agreed to open its gates or face substantial fines. This decision, however, has sparked a significant dispute over property rights and religious freedom, the Post report added.

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has a long-standing tradition of closing its beach on Sunday mornings. For 155 years, this practice has been a core pillar of the community, deeply rooted in the organization’s religious beliefs and values. Known as “God’s Square Mile at the Jersey Shore,” it was founded by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association as a Methodist retreat in 1869, the Post reported. The area currently centers its activities around The Great Auditorium, a massive hall surrounded by tents occupied by pilgrims who come to worship. This tradition of closing the beach has been a core pillar of the community, emphasizing its commitment to religious principles.

The closure of the beach during Sunday mornings was intended to honor God and provide a serene environment for religious observance. This practice, deeply rooted in the town’s Christian heritage, is now being challenged by local residents who argue that it discriminates against non-Christians and other marginalized groups.

Recently, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) ordered the association to open its privately owned beach on Sunday mornings. Failure to comply with this directive would result in fines of up to $25,000 per day. The report in The Post indicated that the NJDEP’s order is based on broader public access mandates, reflecting the state’s commitment to ensuring that beaches and other natural resources are available to all residents and visitors.

The association, while complying with the NJDEP’s order, has made it clear that it will not abandon its quest to protect its religious and property rights. In a statement to The Post, the organization emphasized its commitment to preserving the tradition of honoring God on Sunday mornings. “For 155 years we have closed our beach on Sunday mornings to honor God — a core pillar of this community since the founding of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association,” the statement read.

The dispute began when some locals defied the association’s decree and complained about the beach’s closure on Sunday mornings. In response, the DEP ordered on October 12 that the beach must be open on Sunday mornings, citing New Jersey’s beach access laws, the report added. These laws mandate that beaches must be accessible to the public without unreasonable restrictions.

In its defense, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association argued in court papers that the beach is open to the public for 365 days a year, with the exception of Sunday mornings, which constitutes only 0.5% of the time, as per the information provided in The Post report. The association called this arrangement “abundantly reasonable,” highlighting their compliance with public access laws for the overwhelming majority of the time.

However, the DEP ruled otherwise, stating that any barriers, including chains and padlocks, restricting public access to the beachfront must be removed. DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette, in a ruling on Tuesday, denied the association’s request to rescind the order. The Post reported that LaTourette dismissed the association’s argument, stating, “While [Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s] intent to comply with the Public Access Law during the majority of the calendar year is acknowledged, the association’s legal compliance at most times does not justify its illegal violations at other times.”

LaTourette also said that, “The association’s legal compliance at most times does not justify its illegal violations at other times.” The ruling could set a precedent for how similar disputes are handled, reinforcing the importance of consistent legal compliance.

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s dispute with the DEP is a microcosm of a broader debate about the intersection of tradition, law, and public interest.

As Ocean Grove expanded, its demographic makeup diversified, leading to increasing discontent among residents who felt excluded by the Sunday morning beach closure. Indicated in The Post report was that neighbors have raised concerns that the age-old practice discriminates against non-Christians and other sectors of society, including the LGBTQ+ community, Jews, atheists, and agnostics.

Paul Martin, a local resident, encapsulated this sentiment in a statement to the Associated Press: “We just feel that’s wrong, that it’s not what America is supposed to be about. It makes living here very uncomfortable when you’re gay, when you’re Jewish, an atheist or agnostic.”

 

The Hypocrisy of Spain, Ireland & Norway’s Decision to Recognize a Palestinian State  

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In a controversial and ill-timed decision, Spain, Ireland, and Norway announced on Wednesday their recognition of a Palestinian state, a move that has sparked intense backlash from Israel and its allies. This decision, seen by many as a reprehensible reward for terrorism, undermines the complex dynamics of the Israel-Hamas conflict and sets a dangerous precedent in international diplomacy.

On October 7th, Hamas, a designated terrorist organization by multiple nations including the United States and the European Union, launched a brutal attack on Israel in which 1200 Israelis and others were brutally massacred and 250 others were abducted into captivity in Gaza.  This massacre, characterized by barbaric violence and ruthless terror targeting civilians, has escalated the already volatile situation in Gaza, prompting a robust military response from Israel aimed at dismantling Hamas’s infrastructure and ensuring the security of its citizens.

The announcements from Dublin, Madrid, and Oslo to recognize a Palestinian state come at a critical juncture. These countries framed their decisions as efforts to accelerate a ceasefire and promote peace. However, this unilateral recognition ignores the context of ongoing terrorism and violence, effectively rewarding Hamas for its actions.

“We hope that our recognition and our reasons contribute to other western countries following this path, because the more we are, the more strength we will have to impose a ceasefire, to achieve the release of the hostages held by Hamas, to relaunch the political process that can lead to a peace agreement,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told parliament, as was reported by Reuters.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said the only possible political solution between Israelis and Palestinians was “two states living side by side in peace and security”. Reuters also reported that Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said he did not expect the recognition to stop the war in Gaza, but it was “a key component” for an Arab-led peace initiative.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Simon Harris told a Dublin press conference that Ireland also completely supported the recognition of an independent Palestinian state in the hopes of achieving peace in an otherwise volatile region of the world.

Spain’s stance is particularly hypocritical given its own history with terrorism. During the Basque conflict, Spain faced terrorist attacks from the Basque separatist group ETA. The international community did not pressure Spain to surrender or recognize Basque statehood in response to terrorism. Instead, Spain was supported in its efforts to combat terrorism and maintain its territorial integrity. Now, Spain’s recognition of Palestinian statehood amidst ongoing terrorism against Israel sends a contradictory message: it demands that Israel do what Spain would never have accepted.

Ireland and Norway’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state in the immediate aftermath of such a terror attack sends a troubling message. It suggests that terrorism can lead to political gains, undermining the efforts to combat such acts globally and destabilizing efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Ireland’s decision is particularly hypocritical given its own history with terrorism. For decades, Ireland faced violent terrorism from the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which sought to end British rule in Northern Ireland. The IRA’s campaign of bombings, assassinations, and other violent acts caused widespread suffering and instability.

Imagine if the international community had responded to IRA attacks by recognizing a separate Irish state or suggesting that the IRA’s terrorism was justified. Such actions would have undermined the legitimate government and efforts to establish peace in the region. By recognizing Palestinian statehood following Hamas’s terror attacks, Ireland is doing precisely what it would have vehemently opposed in its own context.

Norway’s involvement is particularly noteworthy given its historical role in the Oslo peace process. The Oslo Accords were intended to pave the way for a negotiated settlement leading to a Palestinian state. Recognizing statehood in the absence of a negotiated agreement undermines the very foundations of this peace process.

Israel, like any sovereign nation, has the right to defend itself against terrorist threats. Recognizing a Palestinian state in the wake of the Hamas massacre undermines this fundamental right. It delegitimizes Israel’s defensive measures and unfairly shifts the narrative to one that favors the aggressors.

According to a Reuters report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned this move, stating, “The intention of several European countries to recognize a Palestinian state is a reward for terrorism. This would be a terrorist state. It would try to carry out the October 7 massacre again and again – and that, we shall not agree to.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has warned that this decision will carry “severe consequences.” The immediate recall of Israeli ambassadors from these countries for consultations calls attention to the seriousness with which Israel views this recognition. It signals a significant diplomatic rift and highlights the potential repercussions for international relations.

Globally, about 144 of the 193 UN member states recognize Palestine as a state, including most of the global south, Russia, China, and India, as per the report on Reuters. However, among the European Union’s 27 members, only a few have taken this step, and key allies such as the United States, Britain, and Australia maintain that Palestinian statehood should be achieved through negotiations, not unilateral recognition.

The United States, Israel’s main ally, continues to support a two-state solution but firmly opposes recognizing Palestine without a negotiated agreement. The European Union remains divided on the issue. While some member states such as Sweden and Cyprus have recognized Palestine, others are wary of the implications of unilateral recognition. Spain, Ireland, and Norway’s decision risks deepening these divisions and complicating the EU’s collective foreign policy.

Reuters reported that Alon Liel, a former director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, noted that the move by Spain, Ireland, and Norway could influence Israeli public opinion. Equalizing the status of Israel and Palestine in the international sphere is seen as a nightmare for the current Israeli leadership, which could lead to increased internal pressure on the government.

Reform Jewish leaders have fully politicized Reform Judaism

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(JNS) Most of my happiest memories between the ages of eight to 20 are from my Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) summer camp or high school semester in Israel. I grew up in URJ synagogues in Texas and Kansas. But I no longer recognize the Reform movement I grew up in. Today, it is essentially the Jewish wing of the Democratic Party.

From 2022 through April 2024, URJ employees made 82 contributions to Democratic candidates and PACs. Not one employee gave to a single Republican candidate or PAC, according to Federal Election Commission records..

I have been pushed away from Reform Judaism by its increasing politicization. I started my journey towards Modern Orthodox Judaism in college because I genuinely believed Orthodoxy had a lot to offer that Reform Judaism did not. But I also liked that the Orthodox Union (OU) isn’t political [re the US]. Even more importantly, I think OU’s support for Israel is ironclad.

In the 2010s, the URJ took many political stances I agreed with, but I fundamentally disagreed with them taking any political stances at all. In college, I had the chance to say as much to URJ President Rick Jacobs when he visited my campus, the University of Maryland. He seemed receptive, but the URJ put out a highly political press release only a few days later.

 

The Democratic Party has become less supportive of Israel and increasingly tolerant of antisemitism over my lifetime. Unfortunately, the URJ is no different. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the URJ strongly condemn the Oct. 7 massacre, but this should be the absolute bare minimum for a Jewish organization. Its youth did not, however.

The URJ issued a press release after the Knesset passed a Basic Law prohibiting Israel’s Supreme Court from overruling decisions based on a standard of “reasonableness.” The release referred to “Israel’s already fragile democracy” and, noting the then-upcoming observance of Tisha B’Av, alleged that “the modern Jewish state of Israel is being threatened by extremists.”

Implying a parallel between the Israeli government and the actions for which Jews were punished with the destruction of the Second Temple was the opposite of unity with and support for Israel.

Worse still, the URJ called the Biden administration’s May 2023 strategy to counter antisemitism “strong and innovative.” But the strategy included the highly anti-Israel and antisemitic Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The URJ said absolutely nothing about this.

CAIR’s Jew-hatred is well documented. For example, its Los Angeles Director of Policy and Advocacy Shaheen Nassar said at a June 2021 conference that antisemitism “was a way of persecuting a group of people for … this false historical allegation that they had descended from historic Palestine.” CAIR did not apologize or condemn Nassar.

CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo declared that Zionists are “your enemies.” She warned followers to “pay attention” to “Zionist synagogues, Hillels and Jewish Federations.” The group’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad has “alleged that pro-Israel groups have ‘corrupted’ the U.S. government,” the ADL reported.

The URJ ought to have strongly objected to the inclusion of such an organization. It did not.

During Operation Guardian of the Walls in May 2021, which happened to be during Ramadan, the URJ did manage to condemn Hamas. But it also “urge[d] Israel to protect the freedom of worship of Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan” and called for “all possible restraint as the Israeli security forces work to address the unrest and violence by Palestinian protestors”—referring to antisemitic violence in Israel’s “mixed cities.”

These are exactly the kind of double standards used by the international community to demonize Israel. Aside from a press release condemning the antisemitism that resulted from the 2021 war, the URJ failed to call out these double standards or encourage its constituents to speak out in support of Israel.

When the American embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the URJ expressed concern rather than celebration. Jacobs himself claimed that the move was an obstacle to peace, so his lip service to the fact that “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel” is questionable.

I suspect that the URJ did not object to CAIR because it feared losing credibility among leftist organizations. Indeed, the URJ constantly advocates for left-wing causes that have nothing to do with Judaism or are antithetical to traditional Judaism. These have included transgender athletes in competitive sports, gun control, abortion, the George Floyd murder trial and the highly controversial Inflation Reduction Act. Such advocacy does nothing but divide people.

URJ also misappropriates halakhah and weaponizes the poorly understood concept of tikkun olam to claim biblical or Talmudic support for virtually anything advocated by the Democratic Party. It should understand that the old joke “two Jews, three opinions” applies to secular politics and stoking political divisions is the best way to ensure the collapse of the Reform movement itself.

Indeed, the URJ is essentially telling all Reform Jews, “This should be your political stance. If you disagree, you do not belong in the Reform movement.” This is ironic given the URJ and its leftist allies’ obsession with “inclusion.” The Jewish community is small enough as it is, even the Reform movement, which consists of one-third of American Jews. Why make the community smaller by unnecessarily dividing it?

I’ve met wonderful people whose political beliefs differ from mine in every Jewish community of which I’ve been a part. I couldn’t care less. I would hate for anyone to feel ostracized for their political beliefs and for their communities to miss out on their contributions.

Reform leaders are missing an opportunity to bridge the gap between a small but significant number of Americans on both sides of the aisle. That opportunity is Judaism. Sadly, the URJ has done nothing but widen the gap.

Naomi Grant is a writer in Washington, D.C. She holds a master’s in international relations from Johns Hopkins University

Daily Marijuana Use Outpaces Daily Drinking in THE US, a New Study Says

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(AP) – Daily and near-daily marijuana use is now more common than similar levels of drinking in the U.S., according to an analysis of national survey data over four decades.

 

Alcohol is still more widely used, but 2022 was the first time this intensive level of marijuana use overtook high-frequency drinking, said the study’s author, Jonathan Caulkins, a cannabis policy researcher at Carnegie Mellon University.

“A good 40% of current cannabis users are using it daily or near daily, a pattern that is more associated with tobacco use than typical alcohol use,” Caulkins said.

The research, based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, was published Wednesday in the journal Addiction. The survey is a highly regarded source of estimates of tobacco, alcohol and drug use in the United States.

In 2022, an estimated 17.7 million people used marijuana daily or near-daily compared to 14.7 million daily or near-daily drinkers, according to the study. From 1992 to 2022, the per capita rate of reporting daily or near-daily marijuana use increased 15-fold.

The trend reflects changes in public policy. Most states now allow medical or recreational marijuana, though it remains illegal at the federal level. In November, Florida voters will decide on a constitutional amendment allowing recreational cannabis, and the federal government is moving to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug.

Research shows that high-frequency users are more likely to become addicted to marijuana, said Dr. David A. Gorelick, a psychiatry professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study.

The number of daily users suggests that more people are at risk for developing problematic cannabis use or addiction, Gorelick said.

“High frequency use also increases the risk of developing cannabis-associated psychosis,” a severe condition where a person loses touch with reality, he said.

Germany vows to arrest Netanyahu upon next visit

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Benjamin Netanyahu meets Olaf Scholz, March 17th, 2024. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

By David Rosenberg, World Israel News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could face immediate arrest if he were to travel to Germany, a senior German official said Wednesday.

Steffen Hebestreit, a senior spokesman for the German government and head of the country’s press information office, responded to questions Wednesday whether Germany would enforce the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court this week against Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

“Of course,” Hebestreit said. “Yes, we abide by the law.”

A day earlier, Israeli Ambassador to Germany Ron Prosor called on Berlin to reject ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan’s decision to issue arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant, alongside similar warrants for three senior Hamas leaders.

“This is outrageous,” tweeted Prosor. “The German ‘Staatsräson’” – literally “reason for the state,” referring to Germany’s support for Israel’s safety – is now being put to the test—no ifs or buts.”

“This contrasts with the weak statements we hear from some institutions and political actors. The public statement that Israel has the right to self-defense loses credibility if our hands are tied as soon as we defend ourselves.”

“The Chief Prosecutor equates a democratic government with Hamas, thereby demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and the Jewish people.”

“He has completely lost his moral compass. Germany has a responsibility to readjust this compass. This disgraceful political campaign could become a nail in the coffin for the West and its institutions. Do not let it come to that!”

In contrast to Germany, a number of other European states condemned the ICC’s decision this week.

French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne rejected the “equivalence” between Hamas and Israel implied by the decision.

“These simultaneous requests for arrest warrants should not create an equivalence between Hamas and Israel,” Sejourne told French parliamentarians Tuesday.

Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, denounced Khan’s decision as “appalling and completely unacceptable,” while Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk called the ICC’s move “unacceptable.”

Biden’s Abuse of the Judiciary Has Extended to Israel’s Prime Minister

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The best encouragement the students received was from President Joe Biden, who, when asked about anti-Semitism on college campuses, condemned it but then added that he was just as concerned about “those who don’t understand what’s going on with the Palestinians.” It was, as Alan Dershowitz and Andrew Stein wrote in The Wall Street Journal, a “very fine people” moment for the president. Photo Credit: AP

Biden’s Abuse of the Judiciary Has Extended to Israel’s Prime Minister
By Lauri B. Regan- Published first on American Thinker.com

Every once in a while, there is a seminal article written that elucidates political calculations not obvious on their surface. In particular, foreign policy matters tend to be complicated to the point that most Americans focus little attention on understanding the motivations of presidents’ foreign policy decisions despite their broad national security implications.

One of the most important columns that comes to mind is Michael Doran’s brilliant essay from 2015 entitled Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy in which Doran explains Barack Obama’s motivation for empowering Iran as a regional hegemon at the expense of U.S. national security and regional alliances.

That column was followed in 2021 by another must read essay co-written by Doran and Tony Badran entitled The Realignment in which the authors conclude that in the Middle East, “Biden is finishing what Obama started. And his top advisers are on board.”

The authors discuss the influence of returning Obama advisors on a policy intended to realign the Middle Eastern order into “one that relies more on partnership with Iran.” They recognize this initiative as the “Obama-Biden-Malley-Blinken-Sullivan initiative” which they labeled “the Realignment” and concluded that despite Trump handing Biden a multilateral alliance designed to contain Iran in the form of the Abraham Accords (with Saudi Arabia on the cusp of joining), Biden instead chose Iran, “setting back the cause of peace” and delivering China and Russia a victory.

Empowering Iran is not the only commonality between the Obama and Biden administrations. Both also used (and continue to use) the federal government to go after their perceived enemies. Obama infamously used the alphabet city of government institutions from the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, and DOJ to shut down conservative not-for-profits, discredit and jail conservative voices, and destroy political enemies. And despite Trump’s win, Obama and Hillary Clinton organized the Resistance that bogged down his presidency culminating in two ridiculously partisan impeachments.

But Biden has taken that abuse of the powers of the federal government to new levels as he and his advisors determined that the only way to win a second term as a senile, corrupt, mean-spirited, lying, incompetent, incoherent fool would be to take down his political opponent through the exploitation of the judiciary.

The Democrats not only demonized and undermined the Supreme Court in the hopes of delegitimizing its decisions that limit Biden’s abuse of power; they also completely undermined Americans’ faith in law enforcement and the judiciary as we’ve spent over a year watching the unprecedented witch hunts against a former president of the United States. After FBI raids, a multitude of indictments, and illegitimate criminal prosecutions, Americans see a two-tiered justice system. They understand that the Democrat operatives pretending to be prosecutors and judges are actually tools of the Biden administration seeking to destroy Donald Trump and ensure a Biden second term in order to finish Obama’s promise of transforming America (and the world order).

Which brings me to the most recent seminal essay by Gadi Taub earlier this month entitled The Gantz Megillah in which Taub explained how the Biden administration “is using ex-IDF Chief Benny Gantz as its Trojan horse to impose U.S. demands – and ensure Israel’s defeat in Gaza.” Taub began:

In the eyes of the Biden administration Hamas is the smaller problem. The bigger problem is Benjamin Netanyahu. The U.S. is willing to live with Iran’s proxies everywhere, as part of its ‘regional integration’ policy – i.e., appeasing Iran. But they are unwilling to live with Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.

 

He continued:

Wars provide opportunities, and it seems clear that the opportunity that the Biden administration saw in the Oct. 7 attacks had less to do with ensuring Israel’s security than it did with stifling any remaining resistance to Washington’s pro-Iran regional integration policy.

In other words, with the Realignment at risk given the Netanyahu wartime coalition’s determination to ensure that October 7th remains in the rearview mirror and Israeli citizens can return securely to their homes, Biden must resort to the same tactics that he and Obama used in their attempts to destroy Trump.

Team Obama/Biden (as Badran coined the partners-in-crime) began their anti-Bibi onslaught in a fairly tame manner — helping anti-Bibi protestors in Israel from behind the scenes and calling for a ceasefire while insinuating that without more humanitarian aid, Israel may be committing war crimes. That escalated with what Taub described as “the entire Democrat Party apparatus from Joe Biden on down” directly attacking Israel’s wartime leader:

Biden called Israel’s elected prime minister ‘a bad fucking guy,’ while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer went so far as to explain to Israelis they made the wrong choice in their elections. Senior Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler went Schumer one step better, proclaiming Netanyahu to be the worst Jewish leader in ‘2,000 years.’

And while name-calling and cries of “Armageddon” (similar to Trump is a dictator threatening democracy) are something we’ve come to expect from Biden and Democrats; like Americans, Israelis so far aren’t buying it. Which means that Biden had to up the ante.

Not long ago the administration announced that it was sanctioning Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, which is abhorrent for multiple reasons but especially so given that it’s spent the past three plus years continually issuing sanctions waivers on Iran. It has also threatened to impose sanctions on a unit of the IDF in order to pressure Israeli officials to succumb to Biden demands that he hopes will end the war while he watches the election year clock tick away.

But the threats of an arms embargo, calls for regime change (of an American ally, not Iran!), interference in wartime strategies and decisions, international calls for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid including not exercising the U.S. veto power on an anti-Israel U.N. resolution, and calls for a Palestinian state ad nauseam (with rumors that the administration will join the U.N. in recognition of such a terrorist state) have not resulted in Biden’s intended results — the end of the war with Hamas surviving to attack Israel again in the future. Biden is now desperate as November is quickly approaching. And desperate times call for desperate measures.

Which is how we find ourselves with news that the International Criminal Court will seek to issue arrest warrants for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant. If ever there were a case of moral depravity, issuing arrest warrants for the elected officials of the only democracy in the Middle East that was forced to fight a war of survival after 1,200 of its citizens were barbarically tortured and murdered while another 250 were kidnapped with over 130 remaining in captivity certainly qualifies. It’s a farce that three Hamas officials will also face arrest warrants. They are terrorists who murder. Netanyahu and Gallant are moral leaders who value life, freedom and peace.

To be clear, Joe Biden is the leader of the free world; he had the ability to stop this before the news of the prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants became official and he has the ability to put an end to it immediately. Pathetic statements of condemnation of the ICC by Blinken were joined by offers of condolences for the death of Iran’s President Raisi — a real tyrant. You can’t make this stuff up but American voters who actually do care about democratic institutions and moral leadership from our elected representatives aren’t fooled.

Where is the U.S. announcing sanctions on every official at the ICC involved in this farcical prosecution? Why is the U.S. continuing to fund the U.N. (after President Trump defunded UNESCO, UNRWA and withdrew from the U.N.’s joke of a Human Rights Council)? Just as there was no Biden Oval Office speech after October 7th, neither is there one in the midst of the flourishing antisemitism on college campuses and U.S. streets. Team Obama/Biden want Bibi gone, they want a more compliant replacement who they can control (Taub describes how Gantz fits the bill), and they want the war over so they can claim a win ahead of the November election.

Just as Biden weaponized the American justice system against Donald Trump in order to win, he is now quietly turning to the international criminal courts to do his bidding by ridding Israel of their wartime cabinet leaders who will not abide by his demands that weaken Israel’s ability to survive the enemies who surround them.

Taub recognized:

It is not at all clear that Israel can survive four more years of a Democratic administration determined to carve out a Palestinian terror state in the heart of the land of Israel, as part of an ‘integrated’ – that is, Iran-dominated – Middle East. If it is to survive at all, Israel must break the noose that Iran is assembling around us, and which the Biden administration is actively promoting and protecting.

As a postscript, one more commonality has arisen between Obama and Biden. Despite admitting that he was inserting daylight into the strong U.S./Israel alliance, Obama was able to convince American Jews that he was a friend of Israel. They helped hand him a second-term victory following which he was – not surprisingly – completely unleashed to enter into the Iran nuclear deal, which put Iran on a glide path to nuclear weapons. And his final middle finger to Bibi and the Jewish people was allowing UNSC resolution 2334 to pass, which recognized any Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, including East Jerusalem, as a violation of international law.

Similarly, a Biden administration official has just been videotaped admitting that he too will be unleashed in a second term to treat Israel as a pariah, which may include cutting off all military support.

Let’s hope this time, American Jews recognize a friend from an enemy when they vote in November. As Taub noted, it is not clear that Israel can survive four more years of Democrats in the White House.

Lauri B. Regan is Vice Chair and New York chapter president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth.

Harvard Sued for Tolerating Rampant & Pervasive Anti-Semitism

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Harvard has willfully and intentionally destroyed the “Harvard brand.” In doing so, Harvard has hurt its present and future. It has also damaged the opportunities for its hundreds of thousands of living graduates who bought into Harvard being a boon to their professional careers. Credit: FrontPageMag.com

 

Complaint accuses Harvard of being “deliberately indifferent” and adopting double standard when it comes to Jew-hatred

Edited by: TJVNews.com

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is suing Harvard University for leaving “cruel anti-Semitic bullying, harassment, and discrimination” unaddressed for years, pre- and post-10/7.  According to the complaint, “when Harvard is presented with incontrovertible evidence of anti-Semitic conduct, it ignores and tolerates it. Harvard’s permissive posture towards anti-Semitism is the opposite of its aggressive enforcement of the same anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies to protect other minorities.”

The waffling this week and last when it came to enforcing consequences for protestors who violated numerous university rules and harassed, threatened and intimidated Jewish students is another example of what is described in this lawsuit.

The complaint was filed today in the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The legal team includes Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC, as well as Vogel Law Firm PLLC, Libby Hoopes Brooks & Mulvey PC, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, and the Brandeis Center.

According to the complaint, daily since 10/7, Harvard students and faculty have called for violence against Jews and celebrated Hamas’ terrorism. Student protestors have occupied and vandalized buildings, interrupted classes, and exams, and made the campus unbearable for their Jewish and Israeli classmates. Professors, too, have explicitly supported anti-Jewish and anti-Israel terrorism, and spread anti-Semitic propaganda in their classes.  Jewish students are bullied and spat on, intimidated, and threatened, and subject to verbal and physical harassment.

Harvard’s student message board provides a window into the toxic environment for Jewish students.  It is filled with vile anti-Semitic slurs, threats and conspiracy theories, including calls for Jews to “cook” and the Harvard Hillel to “burn[ ] in hell,” and an anti-Semitic cartoon resembling Nazi-era propaganda that depicts a hand etched with a Star of David and a dollar sign holding a noose around the necks of what appear to be a black man and an Arab man.  The cartoon was posted not only by student groups but also by faculty.

Jewish students report self-censoring, both in and out of the classroom, and avoid taking certain classes, attending certain events, or traversing certain areas on campus out of fear that they will be physically or verbally abused. Jewish and Israeli students report feeling isolated, unwelcomed, and unable to enjoy the educational rights and benefits to which they are legally entitled.  One of the students mentioned in the complaint describes how she literally hides in her room and avoids public spaces, including her research lab, for fear of being harassed and attacked.

Detailed in the complaint are numerous examples documenting how Harvard, pre- and post-10/7, has deliberately ignored anti-Semitic incidents and threats to Jewish students, while supporting and protecting students and faculty perpetrators, allowing anti-Semitism to grow and flourish. According to the complaint, “Harvard’s message was clear: discrimination, harassment, or violence is acceptable so long as it is directed at Israelis and Jews.”

For example, when right after 10/7 a thousand protestors showed up at Harvard calling for genocide against Jews and began harassing, intimidating, and threatening Jewish students, Harvard’s first action was to form a task force to protect the individuals spewing the vile anti-Semitic hatred. In fact, according to the complaint, Harvard held itself out as a resource for helping perpetrators erase their digital footprint and hide their actions.

Another example involves the physical assault of a Jewish student.  When protestors realized a student was Jewish and/or Israeli, from a blue bracelet he was wearing in solidarity with Israel, a mob swarmed and surrounded him, and began physically accosting him and yelling in his face. The student pleaded with them to stop but, assailants violently grabbed him, pushed him, and he was physically attacked until he was ultimately able to escape the mob.  The assault was captured on video, yet Harvard took no action to redress the physical assault. And even now that the perpetrators have been charged with criminal assault and battery, Harvard has yet to discipline, suspend, or expel the attackers, or remove them from their leadership positions. In fact, it is believed that Harvard staff have assisted some of the perpetrators in their criminal hearing.

A further example involves an incident from a year ago when three Israeli students were intentionally discriminated against and tormented throughout a course that they took at Harvard Kennedy School with Professor Marshall Ganz. After they proposed a project about their Israeli Jewish identity, Arab and Muslim classmates objected, complaining that the idea of a “Jewish democracy” was “offensive.” The professor and teaching fellows agreed. The professor compared the existence of a “Jewish state” to “white supremacy,” and threatened the students with “consequences” if they proceeded with the topic. When the students persisted, Ganz’s misconduct metastasized into repeated taunting and humiliation throughout the course.  Ganz then lowered the students’ grades as a “consequence” for their refusal to change their topic.

After the Brandeis Center sent a complaint to the university, in March 2023, Harvard launched a third-party-investigation, which agreed with the Brandeis Center and concluded Ganz had illegally created “a hostile education environment,” denied the Israeli students “a learning environment free from bias,” and “denigrated” them “on the basis of their Israeli national origin and Jewish ethnicity and ancestry.” Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf accepted the investigator’s findings and committed to addressing the illegal harassment and discrimination. Yet to date Harvard has not announced the incident, publicly apologized for the discrimination, fired or suspended the professor or disciplined the teaching assistants. It has not even provided training to prevent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel bias in the future. Instead, Harvard’s magazine profiled Ganz and touted him as a civil rights hero.

“For years Harvard’s leaders have allowed the school to become a breeding ground for hateful anti-Jewish and radical anti-Israel views,” stated Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and chairman of the Brandeis Center and the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.  “An outside investigator warned of the problem more than a year ago, Harvard Kennedy School’s Dean acknowledged it, and yet crickets.  When are university leaders going to learn that in order to prevent your school from becoming a cesspool of anti-Semitism action is required?  Schools must hold students and faculty accountable.  They must follow through with public consequences when Jews are harassed and discriminated against like they would for any other minority group, as required by law.”

According to the Brandeis Center complaint, “Jews are fair game” at Harvard. “Students and faculty can harass and discriminate against Jews, and they can do so openly and with impunity.”  And making matters even worse, “Harvard will go out of its way to protect anti-Semitic protestors and conspiracy-theorists.” It goes on to say that had Jewish students been “members of any other protected class, Harvard would have disciplined the offenders swiftly and vigorously.”

The complaint documents how Harvard aggressively enforces anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies to protect other minorities, and it cites numerous examples over the last few years where the school has been vigilant to oust students or force out professors for taking positions that do not fit with school’s philosophy, vision, and policies.

The lawsuit alleges that Harvard has violated numerous of its own policies as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin, including discrimination against Jews on the basis of their actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, in educational institutions that receive federal funding.  Under the law, harassing, marginalizing, demonizing, and excluding Jewish students on the basis of the Zionist component of their Jewish identity is just as unlawful and discriminatory as attacking a Jewish student for observing the Sabbath or keeping kosher.

UNESCO has cautioned that “Jew” and “Zionist” are often used interchangeably today in an attempt by anti-Semites to cloak their hate. In fact, according to President Biden’s U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, released in May 2023, “Jewish students and educators are targeted for derision and exclusion on college campuses, often because of their real or perceived views about the State of Israel.  When Jews are targeted because of their beliefs or their identity, when Israel is singled out because of anti-Jewish hatred, that is antisemitism. And that is unacceptable.”

In 2023, Harvard received $676 million in federal funding. The Department of Education and the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee are currently investigating Harvard for anti-Semitism.

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is an independent, unaffiliated, nonprofit corporation established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. LDB engages in research, education, and legal advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses, in the workplace, and elsewhere. It empowers students by training them to understand their legal rights and educates administrators and employers on best practices to combat racism and anti-Semitism. More at www.brandeiscenter.com

 

Countries With the Worst Record of Human Rights Abuses Get a “Free Pass” from the ICC – Find Out Who They Are! 

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Countries With the Worst Record of Human Rights Abuses Get a “Free Pass” from the ICC – Find Out Who They Are!

Edited by:  Fern Sidman

Countries with a shocking record of egregious human rights violations often evade prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague due to purported lack of jurisdiction, or international relations. The ICC operates in a highly political environment. Decisions to initiate investigations are influenced by geopolitical considerations, such as the potential impact on international relations and the court’s own legitimacy and mandate.

In a highly tendentious move, the ICC this past week issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on the grounds that they orchestrated an alleged genocide of Palestinians living in Gaza, This decision, equating Israel’s actions with those of the Hamas terror group, reflects a profound moral and legal misjudgment that undermines not only the credibility of the ICC but also jeopardizes the pursuit of genuine justice and peace.

Israel, a sovereign state, has the right and moral responsibility to defend its citizens from terrorism. Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization by multiple countries including the United States, the European Union, and Israel, has a documented history of committing heinous acts of violence. Since its takeover of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets and missiles into Israeli civilian areas, used human shields, and masterminded suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks. On October 7, 2023, thousands of Hamas terrorists launched a massive surprise attack in southern Israel and brutally massacred over 1200 Israelis and other and took 250 into captivity in Gaza as hostages.

Documented evidence shows that Hamas also raped and mutilated scores of women and girls, beheaded babies and burned people alive, among countless atrocities.  The Iranian backed organization’s charter calls for the destruction of Israel, making its violent actions a manifestation of its genocidal ideology.

The ICC’s issuance of arrest warrants for Israeli leaders on charges of genocide is deeply troubling for several reasons. Genocide, as defined by international law, entails acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group. The actions of Israel, taken in self-defense against an organization actively seeking its destruction, do not meet this criterion. Equating defensive measures to prevent terrorism with genocidal acts is a gross distortion of legal principles.

By treating Israel’s defensive actions as morally equivalent to the terror acts of Hamas, the ICC diminishes the severity of true terrorism. This false equivalence not only discredits the suffering of victims of terrorism but also emboldens terrorist organizations such as Hamas by absolving them of full responsibility for their actions.

Sovereign states must have the ability to defend themselves against existential threats. The ICC’s warrants undermine Israel’s right to protect its citizens and its existence. This sets a dangerous precedent that could deter other nations from taking necessary actions against terrorism for fear of international legal repercussions.

Genuine peace in the region requires addressing the root causes of conflict and holding terrorists accountable for their actions. The ICC’s decision distracts from these goals, creating a narrative that unfairly vilifies Israel while legitimizing the actions of Hamas. This not only hampers efforts towards a peaceful resolution but also undermines the credibility of international justice mechanisms.

Having said this, the overt hypocrisy and double standards employed by the ICC merits a thorough examination. The nefarious records of countries across the globe that are repeat offenders in terms of  human rights abuses and those that have actually committed genocide, need to be exposed. In order to comprehend the ICC’s highly selective process of deciding which countries are summoned before the court and which are not for the purpose of answering charges relating to genocide, we need to plumb the depths of their crimes against humanity.

  1. China has racked up a shameful litany of human rights violations over many decades. Starting with the Xinjiang Repression, China has been accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang. Reports indicate widespread surveillance, forced labor, and forced assimilation policies.
  2. Long-standing human rights issues in Tibet include suppression of religious freedom, cultural discrimination, and forced resettlements.
  3. In Hong Kong, the imposition of the National Security Law in 2020 led to crackdowns on pro-democracy activists, journalists, and political dissenters.

Because China is not a party to the Rome Statute, this limits the ICC’s ability to prosecute Chinese officials unless referred by the UN Security Council. Also, China’s significant global influence and veto power in the UN Security Council would make referrals to the ICC next to the impossible.

  1. Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia has been criticized for systemic human rights abuses, including suppression of free speech, arbitrary arrests of activists, and lack of judicial fairness. Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen has led to severe humanitarian crises, with allegations of war crimes including indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas and blockade-induced famine.

Saudi Arabia is also not a signatory to the Rome Statute, thus placing it outside the ICC’s jurisdiction. It should be noted that strong alliances with Western powers, particularly the United States, provide political cover and prevent international actions against Saudi Arabia.

  1. Myanmar (formerly Burma has been a major player in the Rohingy Crisis. The military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim population in Rakhine State has been described by the UN as ethnic cleansing, involving mass killings, gang rapes, and arson.

Ongoing conflicts between the military and ethnic armed groups have led to numerous human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, torture, and forced displacement.

While the ICC has opened a preliminary investigation focusing on the forced deportation of Rohingya to Bangladesh (a member state), broader prosecution is challenging without Myanmar’s consent or a Security Council referral. The military junta’s control and lack of cooperation with international bodies hinder accountability efforts.

The ICC’s reach is inherently limited by its jurisdictional framework and the political realities of international relations. Non-signatory states, powerful alliances, and geopolitical dynamics often shield violators from accountability..

  1. Venezuela has faced significant human rights challenges, particularly under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro. The situation has been characterized by widespread reports of violations, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, and severe restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. These abuses have been documented by numerous human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations.

Security forces, particularly the Special Action Forces (FAES), have been implicated in numerous extrajudicial executions. These killings are often portrayed as confrontations with criminals, but investigations reveal many victims were unarmed or not resisting arrest.

Thousands of individuals have been arbitrarily detained for political reasons. Opposition leaders and political activists are frequent targets. These detentions often lack legal justification and due process. Detainees in Venezuela frequently report being subjected to torture and other inhumane treatment, including beatings, electric shocks, and suffocation. These practices are used to extract confessions, intimidate, or punish.

The Venezuelan government has imposed severe restrictions on media and free speech. Independent media outlets have been shut down, and journalists face harassment, violence, and legal repercussions for critical reporting. Protests are often met with excessive force by security forces. Demonstrators in the South American country have faced tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition. Many protestors have been detained and subjected to mistreatment.

The human rights situation in Venezuela is compounded by a severe humanitarian crisis, with widespread food and medicine shortages. The collapse of the healthcare system and the economy has led to mass emigration, with millions fleeing the country.

The situation in Venezuela has been under preliminary examination by the ICC since 2018, focusing on  crimes against humanity committed since at least April 2017. Despite the clear gravitas of the allegations, the ICC has not initiated formal legal proceedings against Venezuelan officials. It would appear that these repeat offenders of human rights in Venezuela have been handed a free pass by the ICC. President Maduro and others of his notorious ilk who reside in the upper echelons of government have not been issued arrest warrants from the ICC, nor have these authoritarian leaders been challenged in any kind of judicial stage.

Establishing that the alleged abuses in Venezuela meet this threshold requires extensive evidence and legal scrutiny.

Collecting reliable and comprehensive evidence in Venezuela is challenging due to the government’s lack of cooperation and the deteriorating security situation. The ICC relies on states and international organizations to gather evidence, which can be slow and incomplete, as certain parties wish to prevent Venezuela for standing trial for their pernicious deed.

In its defense, the ICC claims that it faces significant resource constraints, with a large number of cases as well as limited financial and human resources. The ICC also claims that this necessitates prioritization, and not all cases can be pursued simultaneously . Interesting that the ICC suddenly had a copious amount of time on their hands as well as the formidable funding that is required to issue arrest warrants to Israeli leaders .

The ICC’s clear cut inaction on the flagrant human rights abuses that have taken place in Venezuela  has also drawn criticism from human rights organizations and victims’ groups, who argue that justice is being delayed and denied. They call for more robust and swift action to hold perpetrators accountable and to provide justice for victims.

But circling back to the frighteningly surreal situation that the leaders of the Jewish state find themselves in and because they are on the receiving end of the palpable animus of the ICC, hope might be slipping away in terms of rectifying this legal imbroglio.  The court, by treating Israel’s defensive actions as morally equivalent to the terror acts of Hamas, diminishes the severity of true terrorism. This false equivalence not only discredits the suffering of victims of terrorism but also emboldens terrorist organizations such as Hamas by absolving them of full responsibility for their actions.

Sovereign states must have the ability to defend themselves against existential threats. The ICC’s warrants undermine Israel’s right to protect its citizens and its existence. This sets a dangerous precedent that could deter other nations from taking necessary actions against terrorism for fear of international legal repercussions.

The ICC should concentrate on unequivocal instances of war crimes and crimes against humanity, ensuring that perpetrators of such acts face justice. This includes holding terrorist organizations accountable for their violations of international law.

The ICC must strive to apply its mandate uniformly, avoiding political biases that could undermine its integrity. Upholding balanced justice is essential for maintaining international trust and legitimacy.

The ICC should concentrate on unequivocal instances of war crimes and crimes against humanity, ensuring that perpetrators of such acts face justice. This includes holding terrorist organizations accountable for their violations of international law.

The future of the ICC’s involvement in Venezuela remains uncertain. Continued documentation of abuses, international advocacy, and potential changes in the political landscape could influence the ICC’s decisions. The court’s mandate to fight impunity for the gravest crimes remains a crucial element in the pursuit of global justice.

 

 

DHS Admits Border Has Been Open To Criminals And Terrorists

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FILE - Migrants gather at a crossing into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Dec. 20, 2022. The Biden administration on Thursday, Jan. 5, said it would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, a major expansion of an existing effort to stop Venezuelans attempting to enter the U.S. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Authored by James Breslo via The Epoch Times,

The Biden administration’s experiment with a relatively open southern border has been shocking in the sheer number of people who have come across in just over three years, estimated to be about ten million. But the most shocking thing about the border policy may have just been revealed.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), headed by the impeached Alejandro Mayorkas, recently proposed a new rule. In a statement announcing the rule, DHS unwittingly revealed that it has not been doing background checks on these millions of illegal immigrants in order to immediately deport those with criminal records or terrorism ties. Instead, they have been leaving that determination until the asylum hearing, which occurs many years down the road. In the meantime, they remain in the U.S. awaiting the hearing.

First, it should be noted that the whole premise upon which these millions of illegal immigrants are permitted to enter the United States is absurd. People are free to cross almost anywhere they please along our nearly 2,000-mile southern border. They are typically not required to enter through an official entry point. Cross the desert, the mountains, or the river at a place of your choosing (or, more accurately, at the drug cartel’s choosing). No problem, we will bring border patrol to you and gladly process you right there and allow immediate entry.

They are processed and allowed in because they are being treated as refugees seeking asylum, not illegal immigrants as before. That is the hook and the key to the open border experiment. U.S. immigration law (Title VIII, Section 1158(b)) provides, “To establish that the applicant is a refugee … the applicant must establish that race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion was or will be at least one central reason for persecuting the applicant.”

But the vast majority of these immigrants are not coming here to escape persecution. They are coming because they are poor, which has never been grounds for asylum. If they were escaping persecution, where are the reports of millions of central and south Americans being persecuted because of their race? Where are the reports of millions being persecuted because of their religion?

The vast majority of illegal immigrants will be denied asylum at their hearing years down the road because they do not qualify. But now we learn that not only does DHS allow people to remain in this country for years despite knowing they do not qualify for asylum, DHS allows known dangerous immigrants to remain here.

“Federal law bars individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk from asylum,” DHS states.

Yet, the agency acknowledges, “the asylum eligibility determination is not currently made until later in the process—at the merits adjudication stage of the asylum and withholding of removal claims.”

We know that only occurs years later. The statement announces that the “proposed rule would permit Asylum Officers to consider these bars to asylum and withholding of removal during initial credible fear screening, which happens just days after an individual is encountered.” This, according to the statement, “will allow DHS to expeditiously remove individuals who pose a threat to the United States much sooner than is currently the case, better safeguarding the security of our border and our country.”

After over three years of allowing in millions of illegal immigrants, DHS has just now come up with the idea that maybe, just maybe, it is a good idea to deport those with violent criminal histories and ties to terrorism immediately instead of after their asylum hearing years down the road.

It gets worse.

They still have not changed the policy. Incredibly, they propose this as an administrative rule change, requiring a period for public comment. Comments are due by June 12. Thus, the rule cannot even take effect until later this summer.

If President Biden can overturn former President Trump’s remain-in-Mexico order with his own order on day one, a move upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, why can he not issue another order changing this policy immediately? Of course he can, but this administration, while seeking to now look tough on illegal immigration just in time for the election, is not in any hurry to reduce the number of immigrants coming across.

According to the statement, “Noncitizens who present a national security or public safety risk remain in DHS custody while their cases are referred for full immigration hearings before an immigration judge, a process that can take years and is resource intensive.” Thus, some illegal immigrants are currently not released into the country, according to DHS. Instead, apparently, taxpayers foot the bill for their room and board for years while they await their asylum hearing, which DHS often already knows they will fail because of their criminal or terror related past.

But there is good reason to believe they are not all, in fact, detained. A DHS senior official recently told reporters on a call about the proposed rule: “I will say this is really intended to be a national security and public safety measure. And so it is intended to ensure that, again, the individuals that we are most concerned about that we encounter—people with serious criminal histories or links to terrorism—can be removed as early as possible in the process.”

If they are detained for years until their hearing as they claim, then how is this a national security and public safety issue? Clearly, because this has not always happened, and it appears DHS now realizes they have a serious security problem.

Just look at the case of Jose Ibarra, the alleged murderer of Laken Riley, a nursing student who went out for a jog on the University of Georgia campus and never returned. He was first arrested in September 2022 by Customs and Border Patrol officials near El Paso after crossing the border illegally. He came from Venezuela. He was then “paroled and released for further processing,” according to border officials. Paroled means you are free, awaiting your asylum hearing years down the road. He was put on a bus to New York. There he was arrested for endangering a minor. Since New York is a sanctuary city, ICE was not notified. He was arrested again in Athens, Georgia for shoplifting. Athens is a sanctuary city. Again, ICE was not notified. He then allegedly killed Ms. Riley.

There are no reports about his criminal record in Venezuela, but considering his criminal record over a period of months here, odds are he has one.

In likely related news, the FBI and DHS recently issued a joint public service announcement warning that foreign terrorist organizations could target events during Pride Month. In particular officials cited “ISIS messaging” focused on “anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric.” Why is the FBI and DHS suddenly concerned about ISIS in the U.S.? Could it be that people with ties to ISIS have crossed our southern border in the last three years?

And we learned last week that two illegal immigrants tried to drive a box truck past security guards and onto a Marine base in Quantico, Virginia earlier this month. The Potomac Local News reported that one of them is a Jordanian national who had recently crossed the border, and that at least one was on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list. A similar incident occurred in March when an illegal immigrant from China forced his way onto a Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California.

Now that we know how DHS has been handling illegal immigrants with criminal records or terrorism ties, this all makes sense. The agency clearly has a major problem on its hands.

Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers set to face Panthers in Eastern Conference final

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(AP) One year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final, the Florida Panthers are back in the Eastern Conference final.

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers have made it there for the second time in three years.

Now, the East’s division winners will meet in the playoffs for just the second time — first since 1997 — when they face off in Game 1 of the conference finals at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night (8 p.m. EDT, ESPN).

The Rangers have been bucking the Presidents’ Trophy curse simply by making it this far. Since Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2013, the Rangers are only the second Trophy winners to advance beyond the second round — joining the 2015 Rangers.

New York opened the playoffs by winning its first seven games — sweeping Washington in the first round and taking the first three games against Carolina in the second round. After losing two straight, the Rangers mounted a third-period comeback in Game 6 to beat the Hurricanes and advance to East final.

 

“There’s a good vibe, a good energy (on the team), New York defenseman Adam Fox said. “We’ve battled hard to get here, and there’s still a series ahead of us that we have to prepare for and we’re ready to go.”

The Rangers are led by Artemi Panarin, who had an MVP-caliber season with 49 goals and 71 assists. Vincent Trocheck, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Fox also topped 70 points. Kreider (seven goals) and Trocheck (six) have been leading the way in the playoffs, and Alexis Lafrenière is also making solid contributions following his breakthrough season.

“They’re the best team in the regular season so it’s going to be a big challenge,” Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov said. “We just need to concentrate on ourselves and play our game as good as possible.”

Florida is led by Sam Reinhart (94 points), Matthew Tkachuk (88), Barkov (80) and Carter Verhaeghe (72). They are among the team’s top scorers in the postseason as well.

The Panthers had a surprising playoff run a year ago, beating league-best Boston in the first round and reaching the Cup Final before falling to Vegas. They finished first in the Atlantic Division this season, and were just four points behind the Rangers. Florida beat Tampa Bay in five games in the first round and got past Boston in six in the second round.

“They’ve been a top team in the league in playing for the Cup last year and finishing first in their division,” Rangers coach Peter Laviolette said. “They bring speed, they bring size, they bring skill and physicality. There’s some similarities to Carolina in the way they play an aggressive mindset. … They’re also a little bit different.”

Florida won two of the three matchups in the regular season, with the Rangers winning in a shootout in the last meeting in late March.

The Rangers, seeking their first title in 30 years, have the lowest odds among the four teams remaining to win the Stanley Cup, according to Bet MGM Sportsbook, and the Panthers have the second best.

GOALIES
Both teams have been getting strong efforts from their goalies as the two have put up similar numbers, both during the season and the playoffs. The Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin was 36-17-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, and the Panthers’ Sergei Bobrovsky went 36-17-4 with a 2.37 GAA and .915 save percentage. In the playoffs, Shesterkin is 8-2, 2.40 and .923 while Bobrovsky has gone 8-3, 2.37 and .902.

“We’ll see a matchup of two great ones,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s a theme for our playoffs because (Tampa Bay’s Andrei) Vasilevskiy was very strong at certain points in that series, and (Boston’s Jeremy) Swayman had a .955 (save percentage) at some point in our series.”

SCORING
The Rangers were seventh in scoring (3.39 goals per game) during the season while Florida was slightly behind (3.23). In the playoffs, the Panthers have upped their average to 3.55, just ahead of the Rangers at 3.50.

Florida has had 14 players score goals — led by Verhaeghe (6), Reinhart (5) and Barkov (5) — and 18 get at least one point. New York has goals from 13 players, and 18 have at least one point.

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers converted 26.9% on the power play during the regular season, and have upped that rate to 31.4% in the playoffs. The Panthers were at 23.5% during the season and are slightly below at 22% through 11 postseason games.

On the penalty kill, the Rangers were third in the NHL at 84.5% and have increased that to 89.5% with four short-handed goals in the first two rounds. The Panthers are right behind at 86.1%, up from 82.5% during the season.

SEEING FAMILIAR FACES
The teams have several connections as Trocheck spent his first seven seasons in the NHL with the Panthers, Panarin and Bobrovsky were teammates on the Blue Jackets, and Florida’s Vladimir Tarasenko and Niko Mikkola finished last season on the Rangers. Also, Laviolette coached Bobrovsky in Philadelphia, and Maurice coached New York’s Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba and Jack Roslovic in Winnipeg and Rangers assistant coach Michael Peca in Toronto.

Nearly 70% Of Gaza Aid From US-Built Pier Stolen

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The Gaza pier. (Twitter Screenshot)

Authored by Joshua Marks via The Gatestone Institute,

Close to three-fourths of the humanitarian aid transported from a new $320 million floating pier built by the U.S. military off the Gaza coast was stolen on Saturday en route to a U.N. warehouse, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Eleven trucks “were cleaned out by Palestinians” on the journey to the World Food Programme warehouse in Deir El Balah in the central Strip, with only five truckloads making it to the destination.

“They’ve not seen trucks for a while,” a U.N. official told Reuters.

“They just basically mounted on the trucks and helped themselves to some of the food parcels.”

According to the United Nations, no aid was delivered to the warehouse from the U.S. military’s pier on Sunday and Monday.

The United Nations said that 10 truckloads of food aid from the pier arrived at the warehouse on Friday, its first day of operation. It was transported by U.N. contractors.

“We need to make sure that the necessary security and logistical arrangements are in place before we proceed,” said the U.N. official.

According to Israeli estimates, Hamas has been stealing up to 60% of the aid entering the Gaza Strip, and a Channel 12 report last week revealed that the terrorist organization has made at least $500 million in profit off humanitarian aid since the start of the war on Oct. 7.

The pier was pre-assembled at the Israeli port of Ashdod before being anchored to a beach in the coastal enclave on Thursday. No American troops went ashore during the installation of the pier, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Some 1,000 U.S. soldiers and sailors helped build the floating pier.

The Israel Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit announced on Saturday that “hundreds of pallets of humanitarian aid” and more than 160,000 liters of fuel had entered via the pier.

Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, deputy commander of CENTCOM, said that the goal is for 500 tons of humanitarian aid, or 90 trucks, to pass into Gaza through the pier daily, eventually increasing to 150 trucks a day.

CENTCOM tweeted early Tuesday that over 569 metric tons of humanitarian assistance has been unloaded from the pier so far.

Reuters also reported that “food and medicine for Palestinians in Gaza are piling up in Egypt because the Rafah crossing remains closed.”

Israel took operational control of the crossing weeks ago, but Cairo so far has refused to cooperate with Israeli authorities to facilitate the entry of aid through Rafah. The Israeli government wants to allow aid into Gaza through the crossing but is unable to do so without Egyptian cooperation.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz last week placed the responsibility for averting a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip squarely on the shoulders of Egypt.

Katz said he had spoken with his British and German counterparts “about the need to persuade Egypt to reopen the Rafah Crossing to allow the continued delivery of international humanitarian aid to Gaza.”

While the world places the responsibility for Gaza’s humanitarian situation on Israel, he added, “the key to preventing a humanitarian crisis in Gaza is now in the hands of our Egyptian friends.”

Meanwhile, COGAT on Thursday approved the resumption of commercial trade between Israel and the Gaza Strip, with truck deliveries starting the following morning, Israel’s Walla! News outlet reported on Sunday.

According to the report, 150 trucks loaded with produce from Israel—not aid—crossed into Gaza, intended for merchants who purchased the produce, which is “intended for Hamas members and the civilian population.”

 

Hostage Families Release Video of Hamas Abducting 5 Female Israeli Soldiers

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Hostages and Missing Families Forum)

By Joel B. Pollak (Breitbart)

The families of five female Israeli soldiers still being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza released a three-minute video of the women’s abduction during the October 7 attack, with footage recovered from body cameras and smartphones.

The names of the hostages, according to the Times of Israel, are Liri Albag, Karina Ariev, Agam Berger, Daniella Gilboa and Naama Levy. Breitbart News will not publish the footage directly, but it can be seen at the following link.

In the heavily-edited video, the women are seen with their hands bound, standing and then sitting by a concrete wall, presumably at the Nahal Oz military base in Israel, which was overrun for several hours on the morning of October 7.

Several have bloodied faces; one attempts to speak to the terrorists: “I have friends in Palestine.” The gunmen tell them to be quiet. Later, the terrorists perform Islamic prayers by their female captives and shoving them into jeeps.

There are also hints of sexual abuse. One of the terrorists says, according to the subtitles, that the Israeli captives are women “who can get pregnant.” Another says to a bloodied, battered female Israeli hostage: “You are so beautiful.”

The Hostage and Missing Families Forum, which represents the hostages’ families, added a staetment on Wednesday:

We thought hard and really tried to find the words to describe how heartbroken, shocked, and enraged we are in light of the new abduction video of the five female observers. There truly are no words to describe what they did or how they did it. The sadistic, diabolical, barbaric… pic.twitter.com/MBEhjOdeiN

— Bring Them Home Now (@bringhomenow) May 22, 2024

We thought hard and really tried to find the words to describe how heartbroken, shocked, and enraged we are in light of the new abduction video of the five female observers. There truly are no words to describe what they did or how they did it. The sadistic, diabolical, barbaric torment that our women endured while treating them like prizes and trophies, just plain objects to do with as they please. All the while praising themselves for their inhumane and monstrous accomplishments. All we know is that no human should have to spend a single moment with them, let alone 229 days. It has never been more clear how urgent it is to bring them home. Now!

Talks for a ceasefire that would include the release of hostages have broken down over Hamas’s insistence that any ceasefire include a commitment by Israel to stop the war. Hamas has yet to agree to release all of the hostages in return for any such commitment, and Israel says that allowing Hamas to survive would ensure a repeat of October 7.

Update: Israeli President Isaac Herzog responded in a statement:

Five young women being dragged away by monstrous Hamas terrorists. This video shows the harrowing moments on October 7th that five young female soldiers from a lookout post protecting towns and Kibbutzim in southern Israel, were beaten, threatened with rape, and brutally taken hostage by Hamas terrorists from Gaza.

The video has been released by the brave families and we continue to offer them all our strength and love.

Liri, Karina, Agam , Daniella, and Naama are all still in Hamas captivity and we are fighting to bring them home as well as all other hostages – 128 in total!

The world must look at this cruel atrocity. Those who care about women’s rights must speak out. All those who believe in freedom must speak out, and do everything possible to bring all of the hostages home now.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, “The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it),” now available on Audible. He is also the author of the e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

 

FBI Agents Were Authorized to Use Deadly Force and Told to Be Prepared to Engage With Trump and Secret Service During Mar-a-Lago Raid

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AP File Photo/Ricardo Arduengo

FBI agents were authorized to use deadly force when they raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022 looking for classified documents, newly unsealed court documents revealed Tuesday.

Agents in the Aug. 8 raid were directed to seize “classified information, [National Defense Information], and US Government records,” according to an Operations Order produced in discovery as part of Trump’s criminal case in Florida.

The order included a “Policy Statement” that said “Law Enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary.”

In reaction to this news, an indignant Trump wrote on Truth Social Tuesday afternoon that “JOE BIDEN IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO DEMOCRACY” and “MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE.”

Agents were advised to come armed with a “standard issue weapon,” “ammo,” “handcuffs” and “medium and large sized bolt cutters.” They were told to conceal this “law enforcement equipment, according to the court filings.

Under “Contingencies,” agents were directed to “be prepared to engage” with the former president and his Secret Service team should they arrive at Mar-a-Lago (MAL) during the raid.

They were also directed to go door to door and search MAL guest rooms if a list of occupied guest rooms wasn’t provided. Agents brought lock-picking equipment for the occasion.

The FBI even had a medic on the scene for anyone “injured” during the raid, and had identified the nearest trauma center in case someone was seriously injured.

Trump’s lawyers, Todd Blanche and Christopher Kise called the FBI’s 10-hour search “unconstitutional,” and said agents targeted Mar-a-Lago’s gym and kitchen, as well as the bedroom suite of former first lady Melania Trump and the bedroom of their teenage son Barron Trump.

“The Mar-a-Lago raid was executed in an egregious fashion and in bad faith,” Blanche and Kise wrote.

Agents allegedly found classified documents in a basement storage room, Trump’s office, and rooms adjacent to the office.

The Biden regime claims that Trump illegally removed the documents from the White House, while the former president insists he did nothing wrong.

In June 2023, Special Prosecutor Jack Smith indicted Trump on 37 criminal counts related to the alleged retainment of more than 100 classified documents at Mar-a-Lago and lies told to his lawyer and federal authorities.

Trump’s entire response on Truth Social to the new revelations:

“WOW! I just came out of the Biden Witch Hunt Trial in Manhattan, the “Icebox,” and was shown Reports that Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ, in their Illegal and UnConstitutional Raid of Mar-a-Lago, AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE DEADLY (LETHAL) FORCE. NOW WE KNOW, FOR SURE, THAT JOE BIDEN IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE — 25TH AMENDMENT!”

The FBI said in a statement to Fox News: “The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do for all search warrants, which includes a standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force. No one ordered additional steps to be taken and there was no departure from the norm in this matter.”