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Former cop attacks Thai day care center, kills at least 36

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In this image taken from video, a distraught woman is comforted outside the site of an attack at a daycare center, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in the town of Nongbua Lamphu, north eastern Thailand. More than 30 people, primarily children, were killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire in the childcare center authorities said. (Mungkorn Sriboonreung Rescue Group via AP)

(AP) — A former police officer facing a drug charge burst into a day care center Thursday in Thailand, killing dozens of preschoolers and teachers and then shooting more people as he fled. At least 36 people were slain in the deadliest rampage in the nation’s history.

The assailant, who was fired earlier this year, took his own life after killing his wife and child at home.

Photos taken by first responders showed the school’s floor littered with the tiny bodies of children still on their blankets, where they had been taking an afternoon nap. The images showed slashes to their faces and gunshots to their heads and pools of blood.

A teacher told public broadcaster Thai PBS that the assailant got out of a car and immediately shot a man eating lunch outside, then fired more shots. When the attacker paused to reload, the teacher had an opportunity to run inside.

“I ran to the back, the children were asleep,” said the young woman, who did not give her name, choking back her words. “The children were two or three years old.”

The attack took place in the rural town of Uthai Sawan in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nongbua Lamphu, one of the country’s poorest regions.

Another witness said staff at the day care center had locked the door, but the suspect shot his way in.

“The teacher who died, she had a child in her arms,” the witness, whose name wasn’t given, told Thailand’s Kom Chad Luek television. “I didn’t think he would kill children, but he shot at the door and shot right through it.”

At least 10 people were wounded, including six critically, police spokesman Archayon Kraithong said.

A video taken by a first responder arriving at the scene showed rescuers rushing into the single-story building past a shattered glass front door, with drops of blood visible on the ground in the entryway.

In footage posted online after the attack, frantic family members could be heard weeping outside the building. One image showed the floor smeared with blood where sleeping mats were scattered around the room. Pictures of the alphabet and other colorful decorations adorned the walls.

Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old former police officer Panya Kamrap. Police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon told PPTV in an interview that he was fired from the force earlier this year because of the drug charge.

In a Facebook posting, Thai police chief Gen. Dumrongsak Kittiprapas said the man, who had been a sergeant, was due in court Friday for a hearing in the case involving methamphetamine, and speculated that he may have chosen the day care center because it was close to his home.

Earlier, Dumrongsak told reporters that the main weapon used was a 9mm pistol that the man had purchased himself. Paisal said he also had a shotgun and a knife.

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who planned to travel to the scene on Friday, told reporters that initial reports were that the former officer was having personal problems.

“This shouldn’t happen,” he said. “I feel deep sadness toward the victims and their relatives.”

Police have not given a full breakdown of the death toll, but they have said at least 22 children and two adults were killed at the day care. At least two more children were killed elsewhere.

Some family members of those killed in the attack were still at the scene of the rampage late into the evening. Mental health workers sat with them, trying to bring comfort, according to Thai TBS television.

Firearm-related deaths in Thailand are much lower than in countries such as the United States and Brazil, but higher than in Japan and Singapore, which have strict gun-control laws. The rate of firearms related deaths in 2019 was about 4 per 100,000, compared with about 11 per 100,000 in the U.S. and nearly 23 per 100,000 in Brazil.

Mass shootings are rare but not unheard of in Thailand, which has one of the highest civilian gun ownership rates in Asia, with 15.1 weapons per 100 population compared to only 0.3 in Singapore and 0.25 in Japan. That’s still far lower than the U.S. rate of 120.5 per 100 people, according to a 2017 survey by Australia’s GunPolicy.org nonprofit organization.

The country’s previous worst mass shooting involved a disgruntled soldier who opened fire in and around a mall in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in 2020, killing 29 people and holding off security forces for some 16 hours before eventually being killed by them.

Nearly 60 others were wounded in that attack. Its death toll surpassed that of the previously worst attack on civilians, a 2015 bombing at a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people. It was allegedly carried out by human traffickers in retaliation for a crackdown on their network.

Last month, a clerk shot co-workers at Thailand’s Army War College in Bangkok, killing two and wounding another before he was arrested.

You Can Help Protect Hero EMS Capt. Russo-Elling and Future Victims of Mentally Ill Attacks by Voting by Mail for Zeldin for Governor

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As the winner of the GOP primary race in which he was challenged by Andrew Giuliani and others Mr. Zeldin proved that his position on the bread and butter issues that impact our lives resonate strongly with New Yorkers. Photo Credit: John Minchillo/AP

You Can Help Protect Hero EMS Capt. Russo-Elling and Future Victims of Mentally Ill Attacks by Voting by Mail for Zeldin for Governor

 

“ENS Capt. Alison Russo-Elling would always put others’ lives before hers,” said one of her co-workers, EMS Deputy Chief Gregg Brady”

Jewish Voice Editorial

A great New Yorker. Alison Russo-Elling who for over two decades saved and protected our health was let down by generations of Albany elected officials who cut hospital beds to save money for their pay-to-play campaign contributors. In her 24 years with the New York City Emergency Medical Service, Capt. Alison Russo-Elling conveyed thousands of ailing New Yorkers by ambulance. Russo-Elling often saved the lives of hundreds of heart attacks and serious accident victims. Yet the city and state she worked in, have failed to treat those suffering from serious mental illness, wondering our street attacking the innocent. The 25-year veteran was randomly stabbed more than 20 times, murdered on her lunch break, allegedly by Peter Zisopoulos, 34, who was clearly suffering from mental illness.

The official name for the state’s strategy is the Transformation Plan, but in truth, the state has been on the same path on mental health policy for decades. In the 1950s, when mental health care in New York was almost exclusively an inpatient matter, patients in state facilities numbered 93,000. The census is now down to below 3,000, but the Cuomo administration thinks that it could stand to drop still lower. Since 2012, health department spending on correctional mental health services had not kept pace with the increasing number of inmates with mental health diagnoses. Since 2019 with the passage of the liberal bail law many of the mentally ill who commit crimes or disturbances like running through the street naked and pushing people are put back on the streets on the same day they are arrested.

Lee Zeldin is running to repeal the bail law, giving judges the right to put violent repeat criminals in jail and send the serious mentally ill to hospitals.

In recent years sadly the number of Jewish Voters showing up at the polls has decreased sharply, while crime has become out of control and other governmental services have deteriorated. The Jewish Voice is asking you to vote in this year’s election for Lee Zeldin for Governor to protect you, your family, and your community from becoming future victims of Anti-Semitic.  Governor Zeldin will change the bail law to lock up those who commit Anti-Semitic attacks and allow our families to walk safely on the streets again.

Voting by Mail is as Easy as 1-2-3

STEP 1

Fill out on line an absentee ballot application: https://nycabsentee.com/absentee

If you are affected by COVID-19 and/or have the potential of contracting the virus, please check the box for “Temporary Illness” on the application. The definition has been temporarily expanded to include “a risk of contracting or spreading a disease” such as COVID-19.

STEP 2

The Board of Elections will mail you a ballot

STEP 3

Complete the ballot, and mail it back to the Board of Elections, in the envelope they send you that does not require a stamp.

Industry Insiders On Real Story Behind High Gas Prices: Structural Problems, Hostile Policies, And Inaction

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Authored by Allen Zhong via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

High gas prices in America are caused by a mismatch between U.S. oil production and refining, bad policies or political hostility, and the Biden administration’s inaction, according to experts and oil industry insiders.

Inflation in the United States has been running high since March when the yearly Consumer Price Index (CPI) reached 8.5 percent, the highest level since 1981.

A dramatic increase in energy prices has drawn special attention.

Between May and August, energy prices rose between 20 percent to 40 percent year-over-year.

President Joe Biden and the Democrats have proposed different solutions to the high energy prices, including a windfall tax for oil companies, urging gas stations to cut prices, imposing an oil export ban, and allowing countries to buy Russian oil with a price cap.

However, oil industry insiders and experts said most of those proposed measures either will not work or won’t lower the gas prices in America permanently.

Michael Wirth, chairman and CEO of U.S. oil giant Chevron, rejected the idea of taxing oil companies’ profits.

Windfall profits taxes have been tried before in this country. They didn’t achieve the goal that was desired. It is pretty basic that if you want more of something, you tend not to tax it. If you want less of something, you put taxes on it,” he said during an interview with CNN on Sept. 13.

Oil Export Ban Could Be Disastrous

As inflation soared, Democrats have been calling for the White House to impose an oil export ban. But experts and a refinery owner warned this will not cut gas prices and may bring disastrous results.

U.S. crude oil exports have been increasing since 2011, and decreasing oil imports during the same time period caused net crude oil imports to decrease.

However, most of the oil in the recent export surge is light sweet oil which is also known as “shale oil.” However, the refineries in the United States were designed to refine heavy crude oil, aka conventional oil, Senior Vice President of American Energy Alliance Dan Kish told The Epoch Times.

According to an analysis by the Dallas Federal Reserve, the United States exported on average 3 million barrels of mainly light sweet crude oil per day at the end of November 2021 and imported more than 6 million barrels of mostly heavier crude oils from Canada and other foreign suppliers each day.

The U.S. refiners don’t have the capacity to process the exported crude oil, the authors of the analysis said.

Even if the U.S. bans oil exports, which are mostly shale oil, it’s impossible for refineries to update their facilities to refine shale oil after decades of political hostility against the oil industry.

Updating the facilities means the refineries need to invest billions of dollars and get extra emission-related permits.

It’s an impossible task under the Biden administration, Kish said.

They’ve made the fossil fuel business in North America the enemy of the people, that’s why the prices keep trending up,” he said.

John Catsimatidis, chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group, at his office in New York City on Sept. 27, 2022. (Adhiraj Chakrabarti for The Epoch Times)

John Catsimatidis, a billionaire who is also an oil refinery owner, holds a similar view.

Why should anybody spend a billion, two billion, three billion, if you’re not sure of the policy of the country you’re doing business in the next five, ten years? Because you have to get a return on investment. So it’s the way the United States succeeds, the way companies succeed, if you have confidence in Washington, if they have confidence in the administration that if they spend a billion dollars or two billion dollars, that there’s going to be return of investment,” he told The Epoch Times.

Kish warned that an oil export ban will have disastrous results.

“If there’s a ban on exports, what would happen is we would end up with endless amounts of oil in the Gulf Coast. The oil couldn’t efficiently be used by our refineries. In order to make those refineries take that kind of oil, we would have to invest huge amounts of money which would drive up the price of the gasoline and the diesel on the jet fuel,” he said.

The two biggest oil companies in the United States, Exxon Mobil and Chevron, already voiced objections to the proposed oil export ban.

The risk in an action like that has unintended consequences. And, in fact, the U.S. is both an exporter and importer of products. An export ban runs the risk of taking supplies that are needed in other parts of [the] world and reducing those, which can drive oil prices up, which then can affect the price of imports into this country,” Wirth responded to a call for banning oil exports from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and congressional Democrats.

Exxon CEO Darren Woods also rejected the call for an oil export ban in a letter to the Energy Department citing the same reasons, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The only ones who would temporarily benefit from an oil export ban are those refiners who specialize in refining light sweet crude oil, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve.

However, “as the price of domestically produced crude oil declines and storage fills, it would not be long before some domestic oil producers become unprofitable and cease operations,” reads the analysis.

Biden Suspended Critical Infrastructure

On his first day in the White House, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to revoke President Donald Trump’s permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

It turned out to be one of the most fatal moves for U.S. energy security and gas price stability because Canada is one of the most important sources of the conventional crude oil that most U.S. refineries can handle and the Keystone XL pipeline is what is needed to transport the Canadian crude oil.

“Keystone XL pipeline was going to supply about 800,000 barrels a day of Canadian oil and about 100,000 barrels a day of North Dakota oil, which is the right oil [heavy oil],” Kish said.

Secret Service Claims There Are NO Records Of ANYONE Meeting With Biden in Delaware For 200 Days, After NY POST FOIA Request

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(TJV) The New York Post has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Secret Service to find out who Biden has been meeting with at both of his Delaware homes, where he has spent much of his presidency.

But the Secret Service claims there are no such records and thus hasn’t turned anything over to full the FOIA request.

Here’s more via the New York Post:

The Secret Service says it checked again and still can’t find any records that identify visitors to President Biden’s Delaware residences — where he has spent roughly one-fourth of his presidency — outraging Republicans and prompting one congressman to say “the stonewalling and gaslighting must stop.”

The agency made the baffling claim in its denial of a Freedom of Information Act appeal from The Post.

Secret Service deputy director Faron Paramore wrote in a letter dated Sept. 27 that “the agency conducted an additional search of relevant program offices for potentially responsive records.”

“This search also produced no responsive records,” Paramore wrote. “Accordingly, your appeal is denied.”

The Post is evaluating legal options to acquire records of who visited the president during the nearly 200 days he was at his Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach homes.

Biden spent about 28% of the days during his first year as president at least partially in Delaware, largely out of public view. He has spent an almost identical share of his second year as president in Delaware.

Transparency advocates of varying political stripes have fought in court for decades to identify presidential influencers, saying it’s important for the public to know who shapes government policy.

Biden’s detractors, meanwhile, note that he made a habit of meeting with his family’s influence-seeking international business partners before he took office and question whether that remains the case.

Congressional Republicans are vowing to aggressively pursue transparency, including with regard to Biden’s link to his family’s consulting businesses, if they retake control of one or both chambers in the November midterm elections.

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who is poised to lead the House oversight committee next year if Republicans retake the House, said the Secret Service should hand over records of the president’s guests.

“The claim that there are no visitor logs for President Biden’s Delaware residence is a bunch of malarky,” Comer told The Post.

“Americans deserve to know who President Biden is meeting with, especially since we know that he routinely met with [first son] Hunter’s business associates during his time as vice president,” Comer said.

 

U.S. orders $290 million worth of radiation sickness meds

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Bob Unruh(WND)

The U.S. government is stocking up on a popular treatment for radiation sickness in a $290 million deal announced this week, but officials say it doesn’t have anything to do with Vladimir Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons in his war on Ukraine.

The Daily Mail said the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the purchase of romiplostim actually was “part of ongoing work.”

The product is sold under the brand name Nplate and it reduces bleeding caused by acute radiation syndrome, the report explained.

The move does come only weeks after Putin issued a threat – essentially to the world – that he was prepared to use nuclear weapons to keep the Ukrainian territory his army had invaded, and sham elections had confirmed were ready for annexation to Russia.

“The timing will likely raise questions given that this is the first time the U.S. Government has bought Nplate,” the report explained. The run normally costs up to $2,500 per dose.

Exposure to radiation includes symptoms of nausea, vomiting, headache and diarrhea, then progresses to loss of appetite, fever, fatigue and seizures and coma.

The symptoms sometimes can come and go, and can last for months, eventually sometimes resulting in a diagnosis of cancer.

The most recent toll from radiation sickness came after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, when 134 plant staff members and rescuers suffered symptoms. Twenty-eight eventually died from the radiation.

Nplate is made by pharmaceutical giant Amgen and reduces bleeding by stimulating the body’s production of platelets.

HHS reported the purchase was part of an effort to be “prepared to save livse following radiological and nuclear emergencies,” but said it was not a reaction to Putin’s aggression.

The nation also holds a supply of Luekine, which also treats radiation sickness.

Putin had said, last month, “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff… I shall stress – by all means available to us. Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tables can turn on them.”

The Telegraph added that Nplate is approved for use in Europe and the U.K. to treat low blood platelet counts.

 

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As Tensions Rise Between Lebanon & Israel Over Maritime Border & Gas Deal, IDF Placed on High Alert 

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As Tensions Rise Between Lebanon & Israel Over Maritime Border & Gas Deal, IDF Placed on High Alert

Edited by: TJVNews.com

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has rejected proposed changes by the Lebanese government to a maritime border and gas extraction agreement, a senior Israeli political source said on Thursday, as was reported by JNS.org.

As such, Israel National News has reported that Israel’s defense establishment is gearing up for a possible conflict with Lebanon, after the maritime border talks between Jerusalem and Beirut floundered. Military personnel have been placed on high alert due to the increasing tensions in the region.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday held a situation assessment regarding Israeli defenses on the northern front together with the IDF Chief of the General Staff, MOD Director General and Head of the IDF Operations Directorate, as was reported by INN.

“In light of the developments in the maritime border negotiations with Lebanon, during the assessment, Minister Gantz instructed the defense establishment to prepare for any scenario in which tensions increase in the northern arena, including defensive and offensive readiness,” a defense ministry spokesperson said.

Escalating tensions were due to the fact that Lebanon demanded further changes to a draft agreement of a maritime border deal, which would formally delineate the boundaries of Israeli and Lebanese waters, including prized offshore gas fields, INN reported,

The Israel based web site also reported that last week, US envoy Amos Hochstein submitted a new draft of the agreement, including major concessions by Israel to Lebanon.

The draft was accepted by Jerusalem, which viewed the version as final.

Earlier this week, World Israel News reported that Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) accused the White House of pressuring Israel to give in almost totally to Lebanon on the parameters of the maritime boundaries between the two countries.

“I am deeply troubled that Biden Officials pressured our Israeli allies to hand over their territory to the Iran-controlled terrorist group Hezbollah,” Cruz tweeted. “Another topic for the next Republican Congress to investigate.”

Hezbollah is a formal partner in the Lebanese government, although it is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and other Western countries, as was reported by WIN.

The pro-Israel senator was reacting to the news, announced by Prime Minister Yair Lapid, that Jerusalem made major concessions to Hezbollah in maritime border talks with Lebanon.

Other American supporters of Israel concurred.

“We spent years trying to broker a deal between Israel and Lebanon on the disputed maritime gas fields,” former president Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, tweeted Monday, as was reported by WIN. “Got very close with proposed splits of 55-60% for Lebanon and 45-40% for Israel. No one then imagined 100% to Lebanon and 0% to Israel. Would love to understand how we got here,” he said.

In a policy brief written late last month, Tony Badran, a Hezbollah and Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), wrote that “the Biden administration has made it its mission to throw whatever money and resources it can muster in order to prop up and stabilize the Hezballah-controlled order in Lebanon,” WIN reported.

In order to do so, the White House has “leveraged” Hezbollah’s threats to strike at Israel’s Karish gas field  “to impose a sense of urgency on Israel’s caretaker government to concede Lebanon’s demands and conclude the agreement without any escalation.”

“If a border agreement is finalized,” he added, that “the Biden administration will have set a terrible precedent by leveraging Hezbollah threats to secure Israeli concessions that enrich and empower a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.”

WIN also reported that Prime Minister Lapid hailed the agreement at Sunday’s cabinet meeting as one that “will weaken Lebanon’s reliance on Iran, will restrain Hezbollah and will bring regional stability.” According to Lapid, the deal “protects all of Israel’s security and diplomatic interests.”

Israel National News also reported that Lapid drew heavy criticism from the Israeli Right for agreeing to move the boundary farther to the south, yielding the entire Kana gas field to Lebanese control, with Israel entitled to some royalties for gas extracted from the portion of the field which lays in Israeli territory.

His opponents blasted the deal as a “surrender” to Hezbollah, and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that if the right-wing regains the government in the upcoming elections, it will not be obligated to honor the deal, as was reported by WIN.

Lapid wrote in reference to Netanyahu that he “hasn’t seen the agreement” and that “I understand it pains you that you didn’t succeed in achieving a deal [when you were premier], but that is no reason to join Nasrallah’s propaganda campaign.”

JNS reported on Tuesday that Lapid instructed Israeli negotiators who are in touch with United States mediator and special energy envoy Amos Hochstein to oppose the additions.

“Prime Minister Lapid made it clear that Israel will not compromise on its security and economic interests in any manner, even if that means that there will not be an agreement soon,” said the source, JNS reported.

“Israel will produce [gas] from the Karish platform as soon as this is possible. If Hezbollah or anyone else attempts to harm the Karish rig or threaten us—the negotiations over the maritime border will cease immediately, and Hassan Nasrallah will have to explain to Lebanon’s citizens why they don’t have a gas rig or an economic future,” the source added.

According to Israeli law, a national referendum must be held before the government gives up any of its sovereign territory. Netanyahu charged that Lapid is trying to get around this legal obstacle. In pushing back, Defense Minister Benny Gantz only said that the final draft will be “placed on the Knesset’s table and its main points will be presented to the public in an orderly and transparent manner.”

 

Gay Palestinian kidnapped, beheaded; tried fleeing to Israel

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Ahmed Hakm Hamdi Abu Markhia, 25, was murdered in Hebron, Oct. 5, 2022. (Facebook)

By World Israel News Staff

A 25-year-old gay man who fled the Palestinian Authority after his sexual orientation was revealed was kidnapped and brutally beheaded in Hebron, Israel’s N12 news site reported.

News of the death of Ahmed Hakm Hamdi Abu Markhia came late Wednesday night, with footage of his body being carried in the Palestinian section of the city, a hotbed of terrorism.

In a horrifying video that was circulated on social media and is gaining momentum mainly in the PA territories and in Jordan, his dismembered body is seen lying on the side of the road, the report said.

A few hours before the murder on Wednesday, according to N12, Ahmed left for work from the hostel in the Greater Tel Aviv Area, where he was staying. By evening, the first reports of his death were already received, and his friends believe he was abducted and taken to the Palestinian Authority-administered territories.

Palestinian police are investigating the incident, but his friends feel certain that the reason for the murder was his sexual orientation.

“The General Prosecutor’s Office and the police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the murder,” Al-Bait Al-Mokhtalef — a Palestinian safe house for LGBTQ+ Palestinians and Arab Israelis, where the victim resided — said in a statement Thursday morning, adding that a suspect was arrested.

“We are shocked,” Rita Petrenko, CEO of the safe house, told the Hebrew news site.

Petrenko had helped Markhia obtain a permit from the Israeli Civil Administration to live in Israel as well as assisting him to relocate to third country.

“He was so looking forward to leaving. He was next in line to emigrate…

“The only solution for Palestinian LGBT asylum seekers is to resettle in other countries,” she stated.

“Unfortunately, recently this process has become very slow, mainly because of the policy of Canada, the main country we work with. If they had hurried there, his life would have been saved.”

According to his friends in Israel, the report continues, his family expressed astonishment and sadness at his death, and it appears that another family in Hebron was responsible for the murder.

Shoplifting In California Is Out Of Control Due To Zero Consequences: District Attorney

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A man dubbed the “Blue Cloth Bandit” for his alleged habit of using a cloth to cover a handgun during a string of more than five dozen robberies over a span of nearly two years was in custody in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2022. (Screenshot via YouTube/Los Angeles Police Department)

Authored by Jamie Joseph and Siyamak Khorrami via The Epoch Times 

Shoplifting in California is getting out of control because of recent criminal justice reform laws, a district attorney told EpochTV’s “California Insider.”

District Attorney of El Dorado County Vern Pierson said that while property crimes, including shoplifting, are illegal, state laws such as Proposition 47 and Proposition 57 allow many criminal activities to go undeterred.

Passed by voters in 2014, Prop. 47 downgraded certain thefts and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. Its most well-known statute raised the minimum amount of stolen goods from $400 to $950 for a theft case to be classified as a felony, which critics consider to be the main cause of a rise in petty theft across the state.

It also allows felons currently serving prison terms to petition for resentencing under the new classifications. Those who have already served their terms can also have their past convictions reclassified as misdemeanors.

People walk by boarded-up shops in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 6, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

“The practical reality is that most retailers have learned if they call law enforcement for a theft of less than $950, either law enforcement will not respond, or if they respond at most, what they will do is issue a citation [for court appearance],” Pierson said.

He noted that most theft suspects don’t show up in court, for which there are little or no consequences.

As such, most retailers in California have a policy that prevents their employees from reporting low-level property crimes, which is why the data for such incidents may be inaccurate, according to Pierson. Some stores stop reporting petty theft altogether because police “can’t do much.”

A store can be sued by an attempted robbery suspect who’s physically confronted by its employees.

“We’re a very litigious society here in California, and the stores and their insurance carriers really are afraid of being sued for trying to stop a crime that has little or no consequence,” he said.

A man dubbed the “Blue Cloth Bandit” for his alleged habit of using a cloth to cover a handgun during a string of more than five dozen robberies over a span of nearly two years was in custody in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2022. (Screenshot via YouTube/Los Angeles Police Department)

Prop. 57, passed in 2016, allows certain criminals who are classified as “non-violent” to be released early. It also prohibits prosecutors from charging juveniles as adults without a judge’s approval and those who were tried as adults for crimes committed when they were juveniles to appeal their sentences.

As an emergency measure to reduce the jail population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Judicial Council of California in April 2020 removed cash bail for some defendants. Although the statewide zero-bail order expired in June, courts still have to consider each defendant’s ability to pay while setting bail amounts, following a California Supreme Court ruling in March 2021.

The Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research group, reported upticks in the number of property and violent crimes last year in four of the state’s largest cities—Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco.

An analysis by the group also found “some evidence” that Prop. 47 affected property crime, as personal property thefts grew by 9 percent from 2014 to 2016, with thefts from motor vehicles accounting for about three-quarters of this growth.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters and leading Huntington Beach police on a vehicle chase that resulted in a fiery crash in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Aug. 6, 2022. (Screenshot via Instagram/Huntington Beach Police – HBPD)

“We have this increased lawlessness that comes from [the perception that] ‘I can take other people’s property because nothing will happen to me,’” Pierson said.

He noted that data generated by car insurance companies will be able to show a more accurate picture of property crimes statewide since they require individuals to file a police report when making a claim.

What we’ve seen in the last six or seven years is … auto burglaries and auto thefts are up dramatically,” Pierson said. “And that’s a truer set of data for where crime actually is in California.”

Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against New York’s New Gun Controls

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “We can have restrictions on speech. You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, but somehow there is not restrictions allowed on the Second Amendment?” – Photo Credit: AP

AWR Hawkins

On Thursday U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued a temporary restraining order against portions of New York’s newest gun controls, including the requirement that concealed carry permit applicants have their social media scoured.

The decision centered on the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), which New York Democrats passed and Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ NYSRPA v. Bruen ruling (2022).

The Associated Press noted that the CCIA replaced proper cause with a requirement that concealed permit applicants show they possess “the essential character, temperament and judgement necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others.”

Breitbart News reported that CCIA also included a requirement that the state scour social media accounts of would-be concealed carriers, among other things.

Judge Suddaby issued a temporary restraining order against the character test, ruling against:

. . . the provisions contained in Section 1 of the CCIA requiring “good moral character” EXCEPT to the extent it is construed to mean that a license shall be issued or renewed except for an applicant who has been found, by a preponderance of the evidence based on his or her conduct, to not have “good moral character,” which is defined as “having the essential character, temperament and judgment necessary . . . to use [the weapon entrusted to the applicant] only in a manner that does not endanger oneself or others, other than in self-defense.

His temporary restraining order also halts the requirement that a concealed carry permit holder “meet in person with the licensing officer for an interview” and the requirement that applicants hand over “a list of former and current social media accounts of the applicant from the past three years.”

Numerous other aspects of the CCIA were temporarily restrained as well.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) released a statement in response to Judge Suddaby’s ruling:

Since the beginning, I have stood up against Hochul’s shameful attempt to shred our Constitution when she doubled down on her unconstitutional gun ban even after the United States Supreme Court struck it down. Her direct attack on our Upstate Values has wrongfully declared historical reenactors and lawful gun owners in the Adirondack Park as felons and ended gun show fundraisers for first responders in my district. This must come to an end now. Just as I proudly supported New Yorkers’ successful challenge to New York’s concealed carry ban in the Supreme Court, I am committed to ensuring Corrupt Kathy Hochul’s unconstitutional law is struck down in the Supreme Court. I will continue to bring the concerns of patriots in Upstate New York and the North Country to the highest levels, defend hardworking families, and fight for our Constitutional right to bear arms.

The case is Antonyuk v. Hochul, No. 1:22-CV-0986 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a PhD in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

Ex-Iranian Ambassador — Zionist Jews Plotting to Steal Prince Harry’s Wealth to Give to Jewish Kate

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In this Wednesday May 8, 2019 file photo Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose during a photocall with their newborn son Archie, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, Windsor, south England. The second baby for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is officially here: Meghan gave birth to a healthy girl on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP, file)

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Iran’s former ambassador to Mexico and Australia, Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri-Abyaneh, has claimed the UK’s political parties, Royal Family, and economy are all controlled by Jews and Zionists.

He also accused those groups of plotting to secretly steal the inheritance destined for HRH Prince Harry and his “coloured” wife Meghan Markle, and give it to HRH Prince William and his “Jewish” wife Kate Middleton.

In the video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Ghadiri-Abyaneh made further claims.

He added the outrageous assertion the Talmud and Jewish law only permits Jewish women to marry non-Jews in the case where the men are rich or powerful in order to allow Jews to increase their wealth and influence.

Princess of Wales Catherine was for that reason, permitted to marry William, the Prince of Wales.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Princess Catherine is not Jewish.

Ghadiri-Abyaneh also claimed that when a Jew marries into a powerful non-Jewish family like the British royal family, members of the family start dying more often.

“In England and throughout Europe, as well as in America, the Zionists have an age-old influence, and they are present in all the political parties. They are the ones calling the shots. Especially with regard to the Middle East, the Zionists are the decision-makers,” he said.

“One grandson [Harry] married a somewhat colored [sic] American woman, and I think that in this case it is also part of their plan. They want [William] to replace [Harry]. Hence, I think that the Queen’s successor will be vulnerable to the Zionists’ schemes. Why? Because if he steps down, he is replaced by [the Queen’s] grandson [William], who has a Jewish wife.”

Jewish Republican Group Releases $1.5 Million in Ads Slamming John Fetterman

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The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Victory Fund announced $1.5 million for two ads on Tuesday, hitting Pennsylvania’s Democrat U.S. Senate nominee, John Fetterman, five weeks before the election.

The RJC Victory Fund released two ads backed by $1.5 million on Tuesday, hitting Fetterman in two critical areas in the Keystone State — Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — on broadcast and cable television.

The interchangeable ads — No Way and We Do Too — are meant to target black voters, according to the Jewish Republican group. Both ads feature black Pennsylvania voters slamming the far-left Democrat candidate for not apologizing after targeting, stopping, and detaining an unarmed black jogger in 2013.

In 2013, Mayor Fetterman used his shotgun to stop an unarmed black jogger and detain him when he was a mayor. Fetterman told police that he heard gunshots near his home and spotted the man running, according to the police report. An officer who patted down the man found no weapons.

The ads emphasize that Fetterman did not apologize for his actions. At the time, the Democrat told WTAE-TV in an interview, “I believe I did the right thing. But I may have broken the law in the course of it. I’m certainly not above the law.”

“Radical John Fetterman’s outrageous vigilantism – pulling a shotgun on an unarmed, innocent Black man in 2013 – is absolutely disqualifying for someone wanting to be a United States Senator,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said.

Brooks added:

Let’s not forget what happened that day: John Fetterman, armed with a shotgun, chased down a Black jogger and wrongfully held him against his will at gunpoint. This horrifying ordeal is eerily reminiscent of what tragically happened to Ahmaud Arbery – the only difference being that those in the pickup truck in Georgia shot and killed Mr. Arbery. Thankfully, John Fetterman did not pull the trigger. At the time, John Fetterman himself said that he may have broken the law.
John Fetterman’s actions betrayed the trust of the African American community and demonstrated his abysmally poor judgment.
To compound this outrage, John Fetterman – to this day – has never apologized to the victim, Christopher Miyares, to the Black community, or to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The voters of Pennsylvania will hold John Fetterman accountable on Election Day this November. And the RJC’s new hard-hitting ads, with $1.5 million dollars behind them, will serve to remind voters of John Fetterman’s appalling conduct.

The first ad, No Way, showed a woman telling black voters to look into Fetterman before voting for him. Emphasizing Fetterman’s 2013 incident, she added,  “He didn’t even apologize – and now he wants our vote? Not a chance.”

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The second ad, We Do Too, showed a man emphasizing Fetterman telling a reporter that he “may have broken the law” when chasing down the unarmed jogger.

The man added, “Now this guy’s running for Senate. You can’t make that shit up. He ought to be in jail. Why did John Fetterman see a Black man and do that? He knows why. And our community does too.”

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Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

AOC goes NIMBY, says there’s a better solution than housing migrants in her district

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Former bartender Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has gotten herself into trouble again. A federal says he wants to hear from AOC about her decision to block some Twitter followers. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., who has moved to the radical end of her progressive agenda multiple times since she was elected to Congress, apparently has been struck with a serious case of NIMBYism.

That stands for “Not In My Backyard,” a sentiment that is attributed to those who definitely do not want various responses to social problems close to them.

In this case, it’s a tent city for migrants.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been working to deal with an influx of some 10,000 migrants who ended up in the city after crossing into the United States illegally from Mexico.

The pending proposal involves building a tent city in the district that elected Ocasio Cortez to house about 1,000.

Adams spokesman Fabien Levy defended plans for the tent city.

“No location is perfect, but we are confident in this decision. And we’re glad that so many local elected officials recognize we’re in an emergency and are willing to work with us towards a successful rollout,” Levy said.

In a report in the New York Daily News, Ocasio Cortez ripped the mayor’s ideas.

“I think we can get to a place with a better solution here,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

She said she sides “very much” with the position of Bronx Borough President Vanesas Gibson, who said the site has poor transit access and is susceptible to flooding.

Ocasio-Cortez said she’s holding discussions to see “if there are additional federal resources” that she could use.

German Minister Tells Poland No Chance For WWII Reparations

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(AP) — Germany’s foreign minister told her Polish counterpart Tuesday there will be no more World War II reparations because Berlin considers the matter is closed.

Annalena Baerbock directly addressed Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau at a news conference in Warsaw following their talks on subjects that included Poland’s request for reparations.

“The question of reparations is, as you know, concluded from the German government’s point of view,” she said.

On Monday, Rau signed and expedited a note to Germany demanding some $1.3 trillion in reparations for material and other damages and losses Poland claims were caused by Nazi Germany’s wartime occupation from 1939-45.

At the news conference, Baerbock firmly restated Berlin’s stance that, while Germany recognizes its historical responsibility, the matter is closed.

Rau said he believes that position may change in the course of negotiations in which he hopes Germany will engage.

Baerbock stressed that today the two neighbors share the responsibility for keeping Europe united in the face of outside threats, like Russia’s war in Ukraine. She also stressed the importance of the 1990 and 1991 bilateral treaties that confirmed Poland’s postwar border with Germany and good neighborly cooperation.

Border security is of tantamount significance to the Poles, due to centuries of turbulent history.

In the years after the war, Germany paid compensation to Eastern Bloc nations, but — by Moscow’s decision — only a small portion of it went to Poland, which was the war’s first and hardest-hit victim.

Also Tuesday, Polish lawmaker Arkadiusz Mularczyk, who spearheaded the efforts to reevaluate the amount of damages Germany owed, said a similar assessment should be made of wartime damages caused by the Soviet Red Army, which also invaded Poland in 1939 and later battled the Germans on Polish territory to drive them out.

Around 6 million of Poland’s citizens, including 3 million Jews, were killed in the war. Some of them were victims of the Soviet Red Army that invaded from the east.

After Storms, NYC Moving Location Of Planned Migrant Shelter

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(AP) — A facility using giant tents to temporarily house migrants being sent to New York City will now be located closer to Manhattan instead of a remote corner of the Bronx, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday, after weekend storms raised concerns over flooding at the original site.

The city’s humanitarian relief center will now be on Randall’s Island, which sits in the waters between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

It had previously been slated for a parking lot at Orchard Beach, in the northeast part of the Bronx on Long Island Sound, where access to public transportation is limited.

Images online showed water ponding in the area following rainfall over the weekend.

In a statement announcing the change, Adams said while the city could have made the original site work, moving the center “is the most efficient and effective path forward.”

He said the new site would open in around the same time as the original one, although he didn’t specify when that would be, and would house 500 people.

In recent months, New York City has seen an unexpected increase in migrants seeking asylum in the United States, sent to the city from other states including Texas and Arizona.

The influx has put a strain on the city’s shelter system, leading officials to look for places to house people and proposing the temporary tent facilities.

The city’s plan for Orchard Beach was met with concern by immigration advocates, who cited its inaccessibility among their criticisms.

Meet The Rabbi Who Made It Possible To Live A Jewish Life In The UAE

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UAE Rabbi Levi Duchman (L2) and Lea Hadad (L1) during their wedding. With 1,500 guests from around the world, including leading rabbis, dignitaries and Emirati royals, the wedding is the largest Jewish event in the history of the Emirates. Rabbi Duchman, with support from the government, has built much of the country’s Jewish infrastructure that has seen the burgeoning Jewish community flourish.

(JNS) – Levi Duchman, the chief rabbi of the Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates, celebrated his own wedding on Sept. 14. It happened to be the first Jewish one in Abu Dhabi.

With a guest list of 1,500, including the Egyptian, Moroccan and Chinese ambassadors to the UAE, the wedding simultaneously celebrated the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords’ signing.

Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together to celebrate the union of Rabbi Duchman and Lea Hadad, both emissaries of the Chabad movement, as well as the fruits of normalization, cooperation and peace.

As the first rabbi in the UAE, Duchman says he has spent the last eight years building up infrastructure to facilitate the viability of Jewish life in the Gulf nation.

Q: How long have you been living in the UAE?

A: I have lived in the United Arab Emirates for approximately eight years. Before the normalization agreements, I was living in Casablanca, Morocco. During my time in Morocco, I had the opportunity to travel to the UAE and host a Passover seder for New York University in Abu Dhabi. Nearly six years before normalization, I moved to the UAE.

Q: From your perspective, how has Jewish life in the UAE changed as a result of the normalization agreements?

A: A lot has changed. If you look at the UAE, it is composed of seven different Emirates that agreed on unification [in 1971-72]. The UAE was always a welcoming place in terms of welcoming all religions—I mean, there are over 200 nationalities living here. Having said that, the Jewish community always received support from the government.

In terms of the relationship with Israel, the government did not have that until the signing of the Abraham Accords. Prior to that, living as a rabbi in the UAE, I always felt very welcomed by the government; they always ensured our community has everything we need. In terms of kosher slaughterhouses, institutions for Jewish education, places of worship, or anything else our community needed, we could always count on the full support of the government.

Now, with the Abraham Accords, a huge door was opened for Israelis and Jews around the world who had never heard of the UAE or its levels of religious tolerance. The growth of the Jewish community meant growth in infrastructure, for example, bigger educational facilities, more kosher restaurants, bringing more rabbis into the country, and building Jewish cemeteries.

Q: How would you describe education about Jews or the knowledge of standard Jewish history in the UAE?

A: Prior to the Abraham Accords, very little education existed about Israel and Jewish history. Now, this has very much changed. For example, I’ve been to a few Holocaust remembrance events in the UAE and have seen in attendance members of the government such as the minister of culture. Jewish and Israel education has certainly risen in the UAE as a result of the Abraham Accords. We, for example, run a Jewish nursery school and Talmud Torah in our Mini Miracles Educational Center [in Dubai]. Our Sunday and after-school programs for children going to non-Jewish schools hold extremely high standards of Jewish and Israel education. We were successful in bringing different madrichim and madrichot (youth guides in Hebrew) from both Israel and France to help strengthen our educational programming. As of now, we have 112 children signed up for these programs. We have a beautiful center in Dubai and are currently constructing a second one in Abu Dhabi.

Q: Have more Jews been moving to the UAE since the Abraham Accords were signed?

A: Tremendously. Much of it is coming from Israeli startup companies. Major Israeli companies such as Rapyd (a fintech company) are establishing offices in the UAE. This in turn has led to a surge of Jewish families moving to the country since the normalization agreement. You have companies like Hilton, where top Jewish executives have begun moving to the UAE knowing that the community now has the infrastructure in place to cater to their needs. Our community has grown from a few hundred to several thousand.

Q: What was it like to have your wedding in the UAE?

A: My wedding was in Abu Dhabi; it was the first Jewish wedding in Abu Dhabi. It was quite incredible because we had 1,500, if not more, attendees at our wedding, including ambassadors, UAE government officials, and both colleagues and friends from around the world who came to Abu Dhabi to celebrate a Chassidic wedding. It was absolutely incredible. We had a Chassidic singer, Israeli band and Neshama choir, all coming to Abu Dhabi to celebrate a kosher Jewish wedding.

It was at our wedding, where we saw Chassidim dancing and celebrating with Emiratis, that we truly saw the power of the Abraham Accords. We had the chief rabbis of Iran, Singapore, Nigeria and Turkey attend and dance at the wedding. We had the Chinese, Egyptian, Moroccan and Irish ambassadors to the UAE attend as well. I did not expect all of these guests to attend, and the wedding was beautifully covered by both Arab and Jewish news outlets. I have been the first resident rabbi here in the UAE. After eight years, I was able to see all the meaningful and wonderful relationships we have built in this country, and it was absolutely incredible.

Q: How would the “Jewish experience” be different in other parts of the Arab world?

A: I think the main difference is that the United Arab Emirates gave us the opportunity to build the Jewish infrastructure needed to further develop the community. Mikvahs, places of worship, kosher restaurants have simply made it easier for Jews to build a life here. Judaism can mean a variety of things to different people. It can mean having a place to eat a kosher meal, to do Kol Nidre or to buy challah in order to do a blessing. What we are here to do as a rabbi for the community is to make sure all Jews in the UAE are catered to. Members of the community are feeling more comfortable because they know they can preserve a Jewish way of life in the UAE. I don’t want to name other countries specifically, but many do not have the infrastructure to attract a Jewish community and allow it to flourish. For example, next week there are some NBA games—I believe the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. Some members of their ownership are Jewish and they are joining us for Yom Kippur services because they know they can have that here.

Q: Should future normalization agreements depend on Arab states’ willingness to help rebuild and strengthen Jewish communities within their borders?

A: It is incredibly important to support the building of Jewish infrastructure in the Diaspora; this is exactly what we are doing here in the UAE. Normalization agreements should not be contingent on Arab states agreeing to rebuild and strengthen Jewish communities, but the agreements would be enhanced by such a commitment. For example, many of the Jewish CEOs and executives working for companies in all different types of sectors have willingly moved here because the UAE government has shown a commitment to protect the Jewish community and help it flourish.

Q: What advice would you give to countries in the region seeking to attract and strengthen their Jewish communities?

A: I think it’s about learning about the basic needs of the community, whether it is education or kosher foods. This can be done by working closely with Jewish leaders on the ground who understand the needs and wants of their own community members. We work continually with the UAE government and have achieved incredible advancements through this close collaboration.

It’s about having people on the ground and providing them with the infrastructure needed to live a Jewish life. It is actually easier for me to find kosher food in the middle of Dubai than in central London. Etihad Airways, the national airline company of the UAE, has its own kosher kitchen.

The government is currently building the Abrahamic Family House, which consists of a mosque, church, synagogue and educational center to be built on Saadiyat Island, the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. For our wedding, we didn’t have to import kosher food, everything was done locally. The work cannot be done remotely; we need to be on the ground and infrastructure is key.

France: Oscar winners cut off their hair for Iran protesters

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In this image taken from video, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard chops off a lock of her hair to support Iranian protesters standing up to their leadership over the death of Mahsa Amini. Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in Iran while in police custody, was arrested by Iran's morality police for allegedly violating its strictly-enforced dress code.

(AP) — Oscar-winning actors Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche, as well as other French screen and music stars, filmed themselves chopping off locks of their hair in a video posted Wednesday in support of protesters in Iran.

“For freedom,” Binoche said as she hacked a large handful of hair off the top of her head with a pair of scissors, before brandishing it in front of the camera.

The video, hashtagged HairForFreedom, comes with Iran engulfed by anti-government protests. They were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after her arrest for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.

Some of the Iranian demonstrators have publicly hacked off locks of hair at the protests, and the gesture has spread.

Images of women elsewhere cutting their hair to show solidarity with Iranian women have gone viral — from Turkish singer Melek Mosso on stage last week, to women in Lebanon and Syria, to Swedish lawmaker Abir Al-Sahlani in the halls of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. A museum in Rome is collecting locks of hair to present to the Iranian Embassy.

“For women to cut their hair in Iran is a form of protest … a symbol to stand against the mandatory hijab,” said Dorna Javan, an Iranian political scientist based in France and specialized in Iran. Such a visual gesture is a way for women across the world to rally around the Iranian women’s plight, she added.

The video of Cotillard, Binoche and dozens of other women cutting off locks of their hair was released on an Instagram account, “soutienfemmesiran” — which translates as “support women in Iran.”

“These women, these men are asking for our support. Their courage and their dignity obliges us,” said a post with the video.

“We have decided to respond to the appeal made to us by cutting — us too — some of these locks.”

Some of the other women who took part included actors Charlotte Rampling and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who was also filmed cutting off a lock of hair from the head of her mother, singer Jane Birkin.

This highly symbolic gesture also echoes Iranian history and folklore in which for women to chop their hair is a sign of protest. The Shahnameh (“The Book of Kings”), a national epic of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010 A.D., refers to a princess chopping her hair to protest against the death of her husband seen as unfair.

“Women cutting their hair is an ancient Persian tradition also found in the Shahnameh, when the fury is stronger than the power of the oppressor,” tweeted Shara Atashi, an Iranian writer based in Wales.

Researcher Javan described it as a “benevolent gesture,” and called for more robust political action from the international community to support Iranian protesters.

“We can’t reduce the fight of Iranian women for their rights — which dates back to the second half of the 19th century — to the gesture of cutting their hair,” she said. “But these viral videos are a way to give an international impact to their fight.”

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