Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday broke United Nations history and became the first Israeli leader to hail the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, prompting an outcry from lawmakers to the right of him who accused him of endangering the Jewish state.
“An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children,” he said at the UN General Assembly in New York.
“Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two-state solution. I am one of them.”
He went on to say that a future Palestinian state must not become “another terror base from which to threaten the well being, and the very existence of Israel.”
“We will have the ability to protect the security of all the citizens of Israel, at all times,” he said.
“You can ask us to live according to the values in the UN Charter, but you cannot ask us to die for them,” he added. “We want to live in peace but only if it gives us security, not if it threatens us even more.”
(AP) — The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Thursday threatened hostile actions against Israel over what it called “violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” ahead of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.
Hamas’s threats came just ahead of Sunday’s Jewish new year, and a day after a group of Jewish religious extremists visited a contested holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims and blew the shofar — a ram’s horn that’s trumpeted in the run-up to and during the Jewish High Holidays.
The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sunday, and in the succeeding weeks thousands of Israelis are expected to visit Jerusalem.
Omer Barlev, Israel’s minister in charge of police, told Kan public radio on Wednesday that Israeli authorities would not limit Jewish visits to the contested Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Visitations and prayers by hard-line Jewish radicals at the site have triggered previous rounds of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
For Jews, the site is the holiest on earth, the location of two ancient Temples. For Muslims, it is the home of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the third holiest place after Mecca and Medina. The shrine is the emotional epicenter of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Officially, under a loose set of rules known as the “status quo,” Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray at the site, which is managed by a Jordanian-run trust. But in recent years, the number of Jewish visitors to the site has steadily grown, and some hold Jewish prayer at the site under police protection.
Addressing reporters in the city of Gaza, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar decried what he called a “blatant attack on the religious and Islamic status of the city and the mosque,” saying Israel bore full responsibility for “the possibility of dragging the entire region into an open religious war.”
He said the militant group, which rules the Gaza Strip, would “defend the rights and sanctities of our people by all possible means.”
Israel and Hamas have fought four wars in the Gaza Strip since the Islamist militant group seized power in 2007.
The most recent battle, in May 2021, began when Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem as Israeli nationalists planned to march through Jerusalem’s historic Old City, which is home to holy sites to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the Old City and its holy sites, in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it in a move unrecognized by most of the international community. The Palestinians seek it as capital of a future independent state.
As well, Iran fired up advanced IR-6 centrifuges at an underground nuclear facility at Natanz, which will enhance the regime’s ability to produce weapons-grade uranium. Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, one of the architects of the failed 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, said the two sides were at a “stalemate.” The Biden administration seems unlikely to make further concessions to the Mullahs with growing bipartisan opposition to the deal and midterm elections on the horizon.
The U.S. and its European allies may be talking about arms control at Vienna, but for Iran the issue is money. Tehran wants Western sanctions lifted and Iranian assets unfrozen, which could result in perhaps $100 billion a year flowing to the regime.
In exchange, Iran promises to freeze its nuclear enrichment program, though it can keep uranium it has already enriched. The 2015 JCPOA deal used the same “trading money for a promise” framework, and resulted in a windfall for Iran that helped fund destabilizing activities and terrorism in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen. There is no reason to believe this time will be any different.
The Deal Will Not Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program
The White House claims that the new deal will have robust monitoring and verification to make sure Iran keeps its promise not to pursue nuclear capability. But the same claims were made about the JCPOA; and reports from government agencies, the UN, and documents from Iran’s own nuclear archive demonstrated that Iran was either concealing vital information about its nuclear program or outright cheating.
There is no reason to believe that monitoring and verification will be any more effective this time around. Plus, Iran’s nuclear program is now far more robust than it used to be.
Furthermore, if the new deal has a “termination day,” like the original JCPOA did, Iran will be free to develop whatever weapons it wants after the agreement sunsets. We would know more about details like this had congressional Democrats not blocked a Republican attempt to have the draft language published.
The New Deal Is Not Comprehensive
Iran insisted from the beginning that negotiations would only focus on nuclear weapons development, and the White House conceded.
This leaves undiscussed Tehran’s ballistic missile program, its ongoing support for terrorist and guerilla groups and its miserable human rights record. The narrow focus on the nuclear issue leaves these other challenges unresolved. And as noted, Iran will have a fresh cash infusion to help underwrite its malign activities.
The Iran Deal Is Unpopular In The Region
A new nuclear deal is not popular among our major Middle East allies. Israel, of course, views it as a threat. Saudi Arabia, which President Joe Biden has already alienated, also opposes the deal, seeing it as a cynical approach by the U.S. to pursue lower oil prices.
Some Arab states are so concerned about the agreement, and unsure of the U.S. commitment to regional security, that they are mending fences with Tehran just in case. On the other hand, China and Russia strongly back the agreement, which should be a warning to the White House, lest it think these countries have American interests at heart.
There is insufficient support in the Senate for a formal treaty, and even Congressional Democrats are divided on the matter. Concluding an unpopular nuclear agreement under these conditions will simply hand Republicans a 2024 election issue, whether Biden is running or not.
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North Dakota man Shannon Brandt, 41, appears to have taken Biden’s warning and Ryan’s marching orders to heart. In the early morning hours Sunday, Brandt intentionally ran over 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson in his SUV following a political argument at a street dance.
As reported in the Valley News, a North Dakota publication, “Brandt told State Radio that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group and that he was afraid they were ‘coming to get him.’”
According to court documents, however, Ellingson called his mother, who was on her way to pick him up, telling her that “he” or “they” were chasing him.
Ellingson had reason to be concerned. Brandt pursued Ellingson in his SUV, ran him down in an alley, killed him, then fled the scene. Some time later, Brandt called 911 to report that he had hit a pedestrian.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” Biden told America. “They do not believe in the rule of law.” Unlike MAGA Republicans, Shannon Brandt really did not believe in the rule of law.
Brandt has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and DUI. He was released on $50,000 bond. By way of contrast, nearly 80 of the Jan. 6 defendants were denied bail altogether. None of them killed anyone or inflicted a serious injury.
Or consider the case of James Alex Fields, a 20-year-old emotionally troubled loner who pulled his marching orders from the internet. On Aug. 12, 2017, motivated like Brandt by political animus, Fields ran over a woman in the streets of Charlottesville.
Although both Fields and the woman he killed, Heather Heyer, were white, the feds swooped in and charged him with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He was ultimately sentenced to life in prison.
The Charlottesville case was, of course, a cause celebre. The media could not retell the story often enough and falsely enough. They paved the way for Joe Biden to launch his campaign for president in April 2019 with two words: “Charlottesville, Virginia.”
Biden continued, “[Trump] said there were ‘some very fine people on both sides.’ With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
Of course, Biden was lying. His lips were moving. Trump had said no such thing. “But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides,” said Trump in an April 2017 press conference, adding, “and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
Shannon Brandt should be totally condemned as well, but before he can be condemned he at least has to be mentioned. The mainstream media have yet to do it – not a single mention beyond North Dakota and barely even there.
To date, no one on the left has condemned Brandt. Not a word. Nor have any of these champions of democracy mentioned Cayler Ellingson. Not Joe Biden. Not Rep. Ryan. Not the Department of Justice.
Cayler Ellingson made the fatal mistake of arguing with a progressive Democrat. As poet Carl Sandburg famously said: “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”
Having built a philosophy – such as it is – on a foundation of lies, the woke cannot win an argument on any front. As Shannon Brandt showed, however, their table-pounding days may be behind them.
(AP) — Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters angry over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody have killed at least nine people since the violence erupted over the weekend, according to a tally Thursday by The Associated Press.
The scope of Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in several years, still remains unclear as protesters in at least a dozen cities — venting anger over social repression and the country’s mounting crises — continue to encounter security and paramilitary forces.
To prevent protests from spreading, Iran’s biggest telecom operator largely shut down mobile internet access again Thursday, said Netblocks, a group that monitors internet access, describing the restrictions as the most severe since 2019.
An anchor on Iran’s state television suggested the death toll from the mass protests could be as high as 17 on Thursday, but did not say how he reached that figure, adding that official statistics would be released later.
In a country where radio and television stations already are state-controlled and journalists regularly face the threat of arrest, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard urged the judiciary on Thursday to prosecute “anyone who spreads fake news and rumors” on social media about the unrest. Widespread outages of Instagram and WhatsApp, which are used by protesters, also continued Thursday.
The demonstrations in Iran began as an emotional outpouring over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman held by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating its strictly enforced dress code. Her death has sparked sharp condemnation from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who was in New York on Thursday for the U.N. General Assembly, condemned the crackdown and said Germany would raise the violation of women’s rights at the U.N. Human Rights Council.
“The brutal attack on the brave women in Iran is also an attack on humanity,” she said.
The police say Amini died of a heart attack and was not mistreated, but her family has cast doubt on that account. Independent experts affiliated with the U.N. said Thursday that reports suggested she was severely beaten by the morality police, without offering evidence.
Niloufar Hamedi, a journalist who took photographs at the hospital after Amini’s death, was arrested on Thursday, according to the reporter’s lawyer, Mohammadali Kamfirouzi. He said her house was raided. There was no official comment.
The protests have grown in the last five days into an open challenge to the government, with women removing and burning their state-mandated headscarves in the streets and Iranians calling for the downfall of the Islamic Republic itself.
“Death to the dictator!” has been a common cry in the protests.
They are the most serious demonstrations since 2019, when protests erupted over a government hike in the price of gasoline. Rights groups say hundreds were killed in the crackdown that followed, the deadliest violence since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The latest protests are similarly widespread, but seem to have much broader support among the population, with Iranians of all walks of life expressing fury at Amini’s death and the government’s treatment of women.
Iran’s state-run media this week reported demonstrations in at least 13 cities, including the capital, Tehran. Videos online show security forces firing tear gas and water canons to disperse hundreds of protesters. London-based Amnesty International reported that officers also fired birdshot and beat protesters with batons.
Footage on social media from the northern city of Tabriz shows a young man allegedly shot by security forces bleeding out in the street as protesters shout for help.
Another video showed a policeman firing a shotgun at a demonstrator who was tearing down a pro-government billboard in the North Khorasan province. It’s unclear if he was wounded.
In another video, protesters can be seen torching a massive billboard showing Qassem Soleimani — Iran’s top general who was killed in a U.S. airstrike — in his hometown of Kerman. Soleimani has iconic status among government supporters.
At least nine people have died in the confrontations, according to an AP count based on statements from Iran’s state-run and semiofficial media. In a statement on Thursday, the Guard blamed the unrest on “Iran’s enemies.”
In Amini’s home province of Kurdistan, the provincial police chief said four protesters were killed by live fire. In Kermanshah, the prosecutor said two protesters were killed, insisting that the bullets were not fired by Iran’s security forces.
Three men affiliated with the Basij, a volunteer force under the Guard, were killed in clashes in the cities of Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad, semiofficial media reported, bringing the death toll acknowledged by officials to at least nine on both sides.
The independent experts with the U.N. said a woman and a 16-year-old boy were among those killed, with dozens more wounded and arrested.
In the northern province of Mazandaran, angry crowds damaged or set fire to over 40 government properties and wounded 76 security officers, Rouhollah Solgi, the deputy governor, said.
Iran has grappled with waves of protests in the recent past, mainly over a long-running economic crisis exacerbated by Western sanctions linked to its nuclear program. Citizens also blame government corruption and mismanagement.
The Biden administration and European allies have been working to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, in which Iran curbed its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, but the talks have been deadlocked for months.
From New York, where Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the stage Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly, CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour said she had planned to confront Raisi about the protests in what would be his first U.S.-based interview.
But Amanpour wrote on Twitter that Raisi was a no-show. An aide told her the president refused to take part unless she wore a headscarf, given the “situation in Iran.” The Iranian government did not immediately acknowledge her account.
“I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition,” the British-Iranian anchor wrote beside a photo of Raisi’s empty chair.
“As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would have been an important moment to speak with President Raisi.”
It’s already well-known that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had an inordinate influence over the 2020 presidential election.
In fact, GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy has accused him of colluding with the FBI to change the victor from President Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden.
That was because Zuckerberg admitted that he ordered accurate but very damaging information about the Biden family’s international business operations suppressed in the days before the 2020 vote.
“The FBI colluded with Big Tech to silence news stories weeks before the 2020 election in an attempt to control your access to information,” McCarthy charged. “Democrats in Congress have been intentionally ignoring the facts. When Republicans are back in charge, we will hold all of them accountable.”
Widespread outrage erupted instantly when Zuckerberg, in an interview, confessed that his company had, in fact, censored accurate reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contained massive amounts of information about the family’s scandals, including overseas business operations that sometimes involved America’s enemies and appeared to have provided profits to Joe Biden.
Then, of course, there was that $420 million that Zuckerberg used to influence the results.
That money was given over to a couple of foundations, which then distributed it mostly to leftist local elections officials to help them run their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Much of that money ended up being used to recruit voters from Democrat districts, a move that would have heavily influenced the results of the election.
Zuckerberg’s money, by the way, was handed out outside the regular election spending channels, and was not subject to any oversight, as other campaign funding is.
But now there could be a backlash for that influence operation.
A report at The Federalist explains the Center for Renewing America has charged that the Center for Tech and Civic Life, the Center for Election Innovation and Research, and the National Vote at Home Institute all engaged in “partisan electioneering” in 2020 in a scheme led by Barack Obama’s former campaign manager David Plouffe.
The complaint from the Center for Renewing America said the Internal Revenue Service should investigate Zuckerberg, his wife, Priscilla Chan, and others for alleged violations of existing tax laws for “intentionally pouring financial resources into the 2020 election to benefit then-candidate Joe Biden.”
The Federalist reported, “Zuckerberg and Chan claimed the money they gave to progressive groups was to help run the 2020 elections, but analysis from election data experts has determined that the funds were ‘distributed on a highly partisan basis that favored Democrats.’”
The report explains researcher William Doyle has determined the leftists’ spending “had nothing to do with traditional campaign finance,” but everything to do “with financing the infiltration of election offices as city and county level by left-wing activists, and using those offices as a platform to implement preferred administration practices, voting methods, and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters.”
The complaint charges the IRS should immediately investigate the entities “for unlawful political activity and the receipt and use of improper personal income tax deductions for donations to one or more of those entities.”
It also says the left-wing, Democrat-staffed groups should lose their charitable tax status immediately.
“These entities’ charitable tax status should be immediately revoked for making expenditures for partisan campaign intervention, in direct and deliberate violation” of federal rules.
The Federalist reported an additional complaint specifically asks for an IRS investigation of Zuckerberg and Chan for allegedly “unlawful personal income tax deduction(s)” since spending money on partisan campaigning isn’t eligible.
That focuses of the fact that the donations were to foundations which normally would be deductible, but then those groups “engaged in conduct prohibited by the Internal Revenue Code in the 2020 election cycle.”
The complaint suggests there could be evidence “to sustain a criminal investigation into Chan or Zuckerberg for tax fraud.”
That would be after the IRS should “recoup what is likely a false tax deduction on a roughly hundred million-dollar order of magnitude.”
The Federalist noted, “Receiving a reported $400 million from Zuckerberg and Chan, groups such as the Center for Tech and Civic Life were instrumental in silently altering state and local election processes in the lead-up to the 2020 election.”
The report continued, “Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway detailed such efforts in her bestselling book, ‘Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,’ writing how Zuckerberg ‘didn’t just help Democrats by censoring their political opponents,’ but that his financing of ‘liberal groups running partisan get-out-the-vote operations’ was ‘the means by which [Democrat] activists achieved their ‘revolution’ and changed the course of the 2020 election.’”
WND also reported that GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia talked about the Zuckerberg decision to suppress, at the FBI’s request, damaging information about Biden.
“This isn’t just insane, it’s election interference. The Oversight Committee must immediately invite Mark Zuckerberg to testify – under oath – about the FBI’s attempts to circumvent the First Amendment. The American people deserve answers and accountability.”
The Daily Mail documented, “Three weeks before the election, the New York Post revealed the sordid contents of Hunter’s laptop, showing compromising photos of the then presidential candidate’s son and his questionable business dealings implicating his father. The huge cache of files, emails and photos was seen by many as a smoking gun that could have turned the tide in the election, but social media bosses at Facebook and Twitter minimized the story for unfounded fears it could be Russian misinformation.”
The report confirmed the U.K.-based publication “independently verified the laptop with a forensic analysis by top cyber experts and has been regularly publishing revelations ever since, while many other news outlets refused to touch the story.”
The Daily Mail warned, “Zuckerberg has openly admitted how he tried to limit the electorate from accessing the stories in a terrifying insight into how easily democracy can be undermined by tech firms.”
Jon Paul Mac Isaac first acquired the laptop in 2019 when Hunter dropped it off at his store and never returned to get it. Isaac then gave the device to the FBI, but gave a copy of its hard drive to Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and he reportedly leaked information to the New York Post.
The publication then revealed the first of many scandals, about an alleged meeting between Joe Biden and a Ukrainian businessman, found in the computer.
Joe Biden also has boasted, publicly, of his actions as vice president that helped his son. He once threatened Ukrainian officials with the loss of a billion dollars in American aid if they didn’t fire a prosecutor who was investigating corruption at a gas company that was paying Hunter Biden tens of thousands of dollars a month to be on its board, in an industry in which he had no experience.
The New York Post published other articles about Biden’s relationship with China, and exposing Hunter Biden’s drug and sex life.
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid today during his diplomatic visit to New York met with the heads of Jewish organizations representing different streams of Judaism.
The event took place at the offices of United Jewish Appeal and was co-hosted by the Jewish Federations of North America in cooperation with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Also participating were Israeli Ambassador to the United States Mike Herzog, Israeli Ambassador to Canada Ronen Hoffman, and Israeli Consul-General in New York Asaf Zamir.
“We are one family. You are my brothers and sisters. The Government of Israel accepts all streams of Judaism. The special bond between Israel and Jews around the world is one of our top priorities, and we will show this. Israel must be, and will be, an open home for all Jews,” Lapid said.
Approximately 50 organizations from the different streams of American Judaism participated in the meeting. The Prime Minister thanked them for their work and their support for Israel. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of continuing to maintain the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community, in all its diversity.
A participant in the meeting told Israel National News that Lapid was asked a lot of questions including relating to the US relationship with Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, which he answered, although not always with specifics.
“He was asked a lot of questions. He was very nice. I think people walked out feeling good,” he added.
“He was very warm and effusive and praised the role of American Jewry and the partnership [with Israel], but when it came to specifics, we talked about the expanded Mediterranean initiative, we talked about the Balkan states, we talked about Lebanon – he said he doesn’t think they’ll risk the destruction that [would occur if they] go to war, but it’s a very serious situation. In Syria, it’s also destabilized. We talked about the displaced people,” the source told Israel National News.
“He talked a lot about the Ukrainians, about the refugees because a lot of people [at the meeting were] involved in resettlement and rescue [with US Federations].”
“[Lapid] said very positive things about working together and the relationship [between the US] and Israel, that the US is an ally,” he said.
While they didn’t speak too much about politics, Lapid did say he wanted to continue to keep Israel from being a partisan issue, and hinted that past prime ministers may have contributed to a feeling of partisanship in the relationship with the US.
“He did say he wants to keep Israel from being a partisan issue… that he wants to be bipartisan in every respect,” the source said.
“It was really appreciation to the Diaspora community, of the Diaspora community,” he added.
Lapid also touched on the danger Iran poses to Israel and the region.
“Lapid talked about Iranian money and Hezbollah being the largest terrorist organization,” he said.
Border Patrol agents intercepted 12 men on the FBI’s Terrorist watchlist at the U.S.-Mexico frontier in August, according to new data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
That brought the total number of people on the list apprehended this year at the border to 78, which is triple the figure of the past five fiscal years combined, reported ADN America.
There were two arrests in fiscal year 2017, six in 2018, zero in 2019, three in 2020 and 15 in 2021.
Critics of President Biden’s immigration policies point out that many others on the terrorist watch list could be among the more than 500,000 “gotaways” reported by the CBP this fiscal year who crossed the border illegally and disappeared into American communities.
Border agents have encountered 2,150,639 illegal aliens this year, surpassing the 2 million mark for the first time in U.S. history, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
More than 4.9 million illegal aliens have crossed the U.S. border illegally since Biden took office, including an estimated 900,000 “gotaways,” according to an analysis of government data by FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
From July 2021 to July 2022, there were about 2.4 million illegal border crossings met by U.S. border officials. In contrast, under President Trump’s policies, such as Remain in Mexico, there were a little more than 626,000 such crossings from January 2020 to January 2021.
Biden, on his first day in office, eliminated the Remain in Mexico policy – which kept asylum seekers in Mexico as their applications were processed – and suspended deportations. Later, he canceled further construction of the border wall while moving to lift the Title 42 rule allowing immediate deportation of illegal immigrants who recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present.
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Last week, as WND reported, days after Kamala Harris declared the southern border is secure, illegal immigrants who were dropped off Thursday at her vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory insisted otherwise.
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins asked one of the migrants: “Vice President Harris said that the border is closed. Is the border closed, or do you believe that it’s open.”
“It’s open, not closed,” the migrant said. “The border is open.”
The man was among more than 100 people from Colombia, Cuba, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela who were sent to the “sanctuary city” of Washington, D.C., by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from Del Rio, Texas.
The buses arrived in Washington, D.C., hours after Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis fulfilled a similar promise to drop off illegal immigrants in progressive states. Florida sent two planes full of migrants Wednesday to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
The Democratic-governed city of El Paso, Texas, has been sending its own buses of migrants to New York City. El Paso just approved a contract of up to $2 million for 16 months to bus even more migrants out of town, he said, noting the city is requesting federal reimbursement.
DeSantis, charging Biden “hasn’t lifted a finger” to address the border crisis, said Thursday that Florida is not a “sanctuary state,” and it’s better for the illegal migrants to go to a “sanctuary jurisdiction.”
“And, yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you, to be able to go to greener pastures,” he said.
“And all those people in Washington, D.C., and New York were beating their chests when Trump was president, saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdictions, saying how bad it was to have a secure border, ” he said.
“The minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door, they all of a sudden go berserk, and they’re so upset that this is happening.
“And it just goes to show you that their virtue signaling is a fraud.”
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(Breitbart) The far-left state of California further embraced neo-paganism this week when Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law allowing the practice of composting dead human beings to better combat climate change.
Citing the high CO2 emissions associated with cremation, the bill will give people the option to give their dead remains over to a process known as natural organic reduction (NOR) should they not want to be buried or cremated.
“The process involves placing the body inside a long, reusable steel container along with wood chips and flowers to aerate it – allowing microbes and bacteria to break down the remains,” according to the Daily Mail. “One month later, the remains will fully decompose and be turned into soil.”
The act of cremation reportedly accounts for 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
California Democrat Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, who authored the bill, praised NOR as a “more environmentally friendly” practice that will give people more options for their desired burial. She wrote:
With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere. I look forward to continuing my legacy to fight for clean air by using my reduced remains to plant a tree.
The bill will make it illegal to combine human remains without permission or unless the two are related. It will also be illegal to sell the soil or use it for agricultural purposes.
The Catholic Church strongly opposes the practice of NOR, charging it was meant for livestock.
“NOR uses essentially the same process as a home gardening composting system,” Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told SFGATE. She added:
These methods of disposal were used to lessen the possibility of disease being transmitted by the dead carcass. Using these same methods for the ‘transformation’ of human remains can create an unfortunate spiritual, emotional and psychological distancing from the deceased.
The law will not take effect until 2027 and follows the states of Washington, Colorado, and Oregon.
An American Jewish organization for people in their 20s and 30s is hosting an “intentional Yom Kippur lunch meetup,” prompting a firestorm on Jewish Twitter for violating the main commandment of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, which is to fast.
According to the Washington-based Gather DC, “fasting is just one of several valid ways to observe the holiday” and “is not required to be considered a good Jew.”
The event is one of three that the group is organizing for the high holiday, which have been billed as “Alternative Yom Kippur events.”
“We know that there are many who do not fast on Yom Kippur for important personal, health, and religious reasons,” Gather DC wrote on their website. “This is something that should be celebrated because Jewish tradition acknowledges that fasting is just one of several valid ways to observe the holiday.”
“This year, we’re experimenting with organizing a lunch meetup for those who would find it meaningful to gather with other people who also do not fast and even engage in a Jewish ritual to honor the act of intentional eating on this special day.”
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According to the site, “GatherDC will pick a central meeting point on the SW Waterfront following our Alt YK (alternative Yom Kippur) morning experience, where you’ll have time to meet others and Rabbi Ilana [Zietman] for schmoozing and intention-setting before embarking on a self-led lunch excursion on the beautiful waterfront.”
GatherDC’s morning service, which in recent years has gathered steam and is well attended, is billed as an “exploratory and interactive Yom Kippur experience.”
“It’s not a prayer service and it’s not in a synagogue, although the space we’ll create together will be special.”
Gather DC went on to say, “you don’t have to believe in God to be moved or inspired, although it’s cool if you do, too.”
The service includes writing activities, the collection of charitable donations, as well as live Jewish and secular folk music – all three of which are forbidden on Yom Kippur according to Jewish law.
The invitations triggered an outcry on social media.
Social media influencer Rabbi Josh Yuter tweeted: “Today I learned that not fasting on Yom Kippur for religious reasons is to be celebrated because ‘Jewish tradition acknowledges that fasting is just one of several valid ways to observe the holiday.’ In other words, literal and figurative ‘cafeteria Judaism.’”
Israeli political activist Binyamin Lachkar slammed the “fake organization” of “fake rabbis” who practice a “fake Judaism for mostly fake Jews,” and went on to say that many are not Jewish according to the Jewish law.
Joel Griffith, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, tweeted: “In a shocking mockery of Jewish practice, Gather DC is promoting a meal for Jewish young adults during Yom Kippur, a day of fasting, to ‘honor the act of intentional eating on this special day.’”
He asked, “What does Hebrew Union College (HUC) say about participation in this by one of their most noteworthy graduates?”
Jeff Jacoby, columnist at the Boston Globe, tweeted: “Will they be serving pork, shrimp, and frog legs to mark the occasion?”
Carly Pildis, a director at the Anti-Defamation League, expressed support for GatherDC’s activities, saying the group was “an invaluable resource serving the local Jewish community for many years.
“It’s sad to see hard-working Jewish professionals attacked, especially right before Rosh Hashanah,” she wrote on Twitter.
President Joe Biden was slammed by Orthodox Jewish leaders who claimed he excluded them from an event on antisemitism at the White House last week, prompting speculation that the snub was over their support of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden condemned hate crimes against Jews at the “United We Stand” summit, yet some Jewish leaders said they were not admitted on purpose, the New York Postreported.
Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce CEO Duvi Honig told The Post it was like hosting a wedding and excluding the bride and the groom.
Despite having an endorsement from New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, Honig did not hear back after contacting three Biden staffers.
“The question is, is [Biden] punishing the Orthodox community for supporting [former President Donald] Trump? Regardless, my concern is as we’re going into the high holy holidays, would people read that Orthodox Jew attacks aren’t recognized by the White House? Because that encourages people to continue to be more aggressive” Honig said.
“The White House used hate. They used us, our blood — they used our DNA of Jews being persecuted and attacked daily as an excuse to make an event and didn’t include Orthodox Jews, who were the number one [target of] hate and antisemitism,” Honig told the Post.
Nathan Diament of the Orthodox Union was the only Orthodox Jew admitted to the event, which included hundreds of community representatives from minority groups.
“One person trickled in!” Honig said.
He further blasted the White House for not inviting community leaders from the New York area, which is the epicenter of attacks against visibly Jewish people.
“Our community’s leaders from the various large communities of Orthodox sectors where daily attacks accrue were missing [from] the summit and not invited.”
At the event, Biden said the “antisemitic bile” uttered by white supremacists during the Charlottesville rally in 2017 inspired him to run for president.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization and call-up Wednesday of some 300,000 reserve soldiers and those with previous combat experience, alongside a blanket ban on men aged 18 to 65 from leaving the country, Russian Jewry is experiencing a “new stage in the panic,” according to a local rabbi.
Moscow-based Rabbi Boruch Gordin told the Jerusalem Post that “many Jews actually have the opportunity to leave Russia because they have an Israeli passport or visa. Other people don’t have such a privilege.”
Now, that ability to flee to Israel appears to have been seriously hampered by the ban. “I’m afraid that the Iron Curtain is coming down again,” a local Russian Jew told the Post.
“Where has the Jewish Agency been until now? Where is the Israeli government and Prime Minister Yair Lapid? Why won’t he make difficult decisions and help tens of thousands of Russian Jews out of Russia?”
Russian Jewry has faced a number of crises in recent months, since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, including a Jewish politician critical of the war being jailed and declared a “foreign agent” due to his Israeli citizenship as well as the Russian government launching a legal battle to curb the activities of the Jewish Agency within the country.
A Jewish community source told the Post that the long-term implications of the call-up are still unclear. For now, with the call-up limited to reservists and military veterans, it seems like a widespread draft of civilian men is still not on the horizon.
“If many Jews will be requested to join the army or if the gates of the country will be closed – this is definitely a situation that we need to address differently,” the source said.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid is expected to announce his support for the establishment of a Palestinian State during his speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Israel’s Arutz 7 website reported citing a source close to the Israeli premier.
The endorsement will mark the first time an Israeli prime minister has called for the two state solution at the UN.
The source acknowledged that there was pressure from the Biden administration to public endorse the two state solution, but added that “Israeli security policy will be determined by Israel.”
“Support for the two-state solution is … best for the State of Israel. The greatest danger we face is one state,” Arutz 7 cited the source as saying.
During his address to the UNGA on Wednesday, President Joe Biden also endorsed the two state solution, saying that the Palestinians were “entitled” to their own state, and that it was the only way to ensure Israel’s security going forward.
“We will continue to advocate for a lasting, negotiated peace between the Jewish and democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian people,” Biden told the UN General Assembly.
“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. Full stop. And a negotiated two state solution remains our best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity for the future and give the Palestinians the state to which they are entitled,” he said.
“Both people enjoying equal measure of freedom and dignity,” Biden added.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is also slated to address the GA on Thursday, and is expected to call for the UN to grant the Palestinians full-member status at the global body.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday told the UN General Assembly that Israel is a “savage power” that “kills children,” and added that Iran is the protector of Palestinians.
“The region has not seen previously such an occupying savage power such as the Zionist regime in its midst in the past. The killing of children and women are present in the dark report card of the Zionist regime,” Raisi said.
“The killing of Palestinian women and children and new generations shows everyone that seven decades of Israeli occupation and savagery is still with us,” he said.
Raisi accused the West of “running away and evading solutions proposed by Iran to solve the Palestinian crisis” and called for the establishment of one state for all peoples, “Muslims, Christians and Jews.”
Addressing Iran’s nuclear program, Raisi said it was for “peaceful and humane purposes”, and that the U.S. had “trampled” on the nuclear accord. He called for former President Donald Trump, who withdrew from the deal in 2018, to “face justice” at the UN.
“Iran is not seeking to obtain nuclear weapons. Such weapons have no place in our doctrine,” he said.
He added that Iran will not sign on a new deal unless the U.S. provided guarantees that it would remain a part of it.
“Can we really trust [the U.S.] without guarantees and assurances that it will live up to the agreement this time?” he asked.
“We have managed to neutralize [U.S.] sanctions in many cases. The maximum pressure policy suffered an embarrassing defeat. We found our path, independent of any agreement, and will continue steadfastly.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan walked out in protest before Raisi’s speech.
(TJV) The Venezuelan illegal aliens flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials.
“The migrants allege in the complaint that they were given misleading information promising cash assistance, employment services and housing assistance, which they called ‘bold-faced lies,’” according to Axios.
The migrats are being represented by lawyers with the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Alianza Americas and Lawyers for Civil Rights.
Most likely the activist lawyers , concocted the lawsuit and the migrants are being used as pawns in their open borders activism.
In response to the class action lawsuit, DeSantis has released the “consent forms” allegedly signed by the migrants.
The lawsuit accuses DeSantis of violating the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of the illegal aliens by enticing them to board flights to Martha’s Vineyard.
“By fraudulently inducing individual Plaintiffs to cross state lines in the manner described herein, Defendants unreasonably seized Plaintiffs without just cause,” the lawsuit claims:
By fraudulently inducing individual Plaintiffs to board an airplane and cross state lines in the manner described herein, Defendants engaged in an egregious abuse of power that deprived individual Plaintiffs of their liberty in a manner that shocks the conscience. [Emphasis added]
Defendants’ conduct of inducing immigrants to travel across state lines by fraud and misrepresentation discriminates against individuals on the basis of race and national origin … this conduct impermissibly discriminates against non-citizen Plaintiffs on the basis of alienage and deprives them of the equal protection of the laws within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. [Emphasis added]
The lawsuit asks the federal courts to determine that DeSantis violated federal law by transporting illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard and to prevent the governor from carrying out any more migrant flights to other states and localities.
The case is Alianza Americas v. DeSantis, No. 1:22-cv-11550 in the United States District Court of Massachusetts.