GOD cursed the Jews out of Jerusalem for life, for practising Satanism. Jesus Christ tried to preach the word of God, but the antichrist crucified him for it.

ST. JUSTIN, martyr stated in 116 A. D. The Jews were behind all the persecutions of the Christians. They wandered through the country everywhere hating, killing, thieving, kidnapping children, poisoning wells, and undermining the Christian faith.

ONCE WE UNITE We can stand up against those that keep seeking to divide us, with false news, and staged terrorist attacks. Together we can stop working for them, stop paying taxes, bills, fees, fraudulent debt etc. The end of the fiat currency that is used to enslave us begins. No more slavery, debt poverty terrorism illness evil and control e.t.c.

REAL MUSLIMS are never ever shown on TV News networks.  The Muslims you see on TV are the Jews dressed as Muslims, defaming them, to spread racism and hate among us. Wake up and stop hating false enemies that the Jews invent for us to focus on.

OUR NATURE IS SOVEREIGN (we are born free) and so, obviously, God wants us to be liberated from earthly rulers.

Jews were behind the Crucades, Ku Klux Klan, Spanish Inquisition, killing millions of real Christians, in the name of God, hiding behind the Roman Catholic Church (Vatican) spreading Terror... just like they are now doing to the Islamic religion.

JUDAISM = ZIONISM today, started way back in 740bc when the Amalek Edomite Khazarian Turks (now called JEWS), converted to Judaism for political reasons. A stolen identity and history, now needs a name to become complete, so the term "Jew" was invented in 1770. All history and so called "holy books" were re-written to accomodate the lies, to create the Satanic Jew... which has nothing to do with Israelite Hebrews.

HATE CRIMES. Today, the whole world already knows that U.S.A, England and Israel (Rothschild & Co.) plans attacks and wars, using proxy regimes in every country, (so no one blames the Jews) tying them to the dates of Jewish holidays. It’s been noticed that not only terrorist attacks and military operations are planned on Jewish holidays, but also carrying out those terrorist attacks is planned so that the funerals from the attacks would fall on the feasts of the Jews

THE AGENDA: To destroy Christianity, just as they have destroyed empires, nations, heterosexual identities and nuclear families. The agenda is to strip people of power, control, unity, identity and health, leaving us defenceless in the face of a Jewish One-World Tyranny.

JUDAISM = SATANISM is the only religion that have sex (thrusting their pelvis) when they pray to Sex Goddess Shekinah. Jews today continue to murder Christian and non-Jewish children to use their blood in Jewish rituals and holidays

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist is the latest invention by the Jews, to spread fear and dismantle governments that are not yet puppets of the Jews...or have decided to stop serving the Jews.. justifying raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent genuine semite and gentile families in every country for power and control annually... under the illusion of Freedom, Democracy, War on Terror, or anything else that can justify their invasions and mass murders for their 2 horned God.

Jewish Rabbi claims Islam is Israel's broom
"We control Islam, and we'll use it to destroy the west."

1.PROBLEM 2.REACTION 3.SOLUTION.

The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution.

Problem, Reaction, Solution, is a Jew conjuring trick within their forever wandering diaspora in order to play the victim, and influence global changes in laws to protect all their historic and contemporary lies ……Who still falls for this old Yiddish trick manipulating policy changes to hide and protect Jewish crimes, acting out Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution against the gentile, changes which gives (((them))) immunity when hiding the truth.

Jews killing Christian Arabs again for their 2 horned God

Everyone was talking about Jesus! But when it came time to speak up for him in public, no one said a word. All were afraid of the Jews. Fear can stifle our witness. Although many people talk about Christ in church, when it comes to making a public statement about their faith, they are often embarrassed. Jesus says that he will acknowledge us before God if we acknowledge Him before others.

All 'Jews' today are the Khazars (converts) and Edomites, some call them the Khazarian Mafia (KM) hellbent on a World Government, as was the ruling Jewish class in the times of Jesus. Herod was an Edomite, after Esau ( Malachi 1: 3 ; Romans 9:13 ), not Jacob Israel. These Jew Fraudsters believe themelves to be Israelites (Hebrews) or from the royal tribe of Judah, claim the Bible Consignor gives themselves mandate to rule the whole world ( Psalm 2: 6-9 , Psalm 2: 10-11 , Deuteronomy 20: 10-14 , Deuteronomy 20 : 12-17 , Isaiah 60: 5 , 60: 10-11 , 60:12 , 60: 14-16 ,Psalm 2: 8 ; ), and a Judahite or descendent of the Tribe of Judah, most of the apostles were Israelites, only one of them was Jewish; Judas. The first time Jews are Mentioned in the Bible, is in II Kings 16: 6105: 44 ; 111: 6 ). Jesus was a Galilean or resident of Galilee ( Matthew 26:69 ; John 7:41 (and then only in translations revised in the eighteenth century) where we find Israel was at war with the Jews and drave the Jews from elathane. The 'Jews' in 'Jesus' time were Edomites/Turkic Mongols/Khazars/Amalak/Gog/Magog. Edom or Edomite had BEEN translated by Greek and Latin into Ioudaios and Iudaeus meaning a Judean or person living in Judea. The original King James version of the Bible, 1611, translated IDUMAEANS-Judean into Iewes. The first "Jews" were Canaanite-Edomite-Hittite.Source

Government Secrecy is Growing Rapidly During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(CONVERSATION) — Students at the University of Florida who want to know how they are being protected from the COVID-19 pandemic can’t find out.

The university is hiding its emergency response plan under a legal loophole intended to keep terrorists and enemy combatants – not viruses – from exploiting government weaknesses.

Since the spread of coronavirus accelerated in recent weeks, local, state and federal officials throughout the United States have locked down information from the public. Examples include:

The city of Palestine, Texas, banned a news reporter from a city council meeting on March 23, even though fewer than a maximum of 10 people would be in the room, and did not allow the public to listen in on the meeting through a toll-free phone number, as required by state law.

The Council of the District of Columbia decided on March 19 that district employees do not have to respond promptly to public records requests any more.

The FBI no longer accepts requests for information online or by email because of the virus. If anyone wants information they must mail their request, which ironically is more apt to pass along the virus.

Throughout the country, journalists are barred from talking to staff at public hospitals and locations serving the sick. And with administrators limiting access to the hospital itself, journalists are unable to tell the public what is happening. Precautions can be taken to protect the health of everyone concerned and protect the privacy of patients.

Government agencies are closing down or slowing the public’s access to information. FBI

‘Cloudy Week’?

And this is just in the United States. The Philippines threatens journalists with prison time for spreading false news about the virus, and the Committee to Protect Journalists is tracking the arrests of reporters in Venezuela, Niger, India and elsewhere, regarding coronavirus coverage.

Ironically, most of these information crackdowns started in mid-March, during national Sunshine Week, a time when news organizations and others promote citizens’ rights to access government information.

Some agencies are making the case that responding to records requests is not an essential need or function. Research suggests that access to government information is indeed essential for our health and well-being. Studies have shown that making government information open leads to cleaner drinking watersafer restaurant foodless corruption and more confidence in government.

James Hamilton, an economist from Stanford University, found that for every $1 spent by news organizations on public records-based investigative reporting, the public derives $287 in benefits. The free flow of information makes for a better society and a better economy. It’s a smart return on investment.

Indeed, businesses use public information more than anyone else – studies have shown that at some federal agencies three-quarters of Freedom of Information Act requests are submitted by commercial interests. Maintaining a free flow of information actually greases the nation’s economic machine, which could be more important than ever given its state today.

The City Council of Palestine, Texas, banned a reporter from a city council meeting on March 23 and did not allow the public to listen in on the meeting electronically. City of Palestine, Texas, screenshot

Crisis as Opportunity

The recent information closures are reminiscent of actions immediately following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when governments closed massive amounts of information, including records showing the dilapidated conditions of bridges and dams.

Rather than limiting public information, however, agencies can use this crisis as an opportunity to take governance to the next level – making government even more accessible to the public it serves.

A statement signed by 132 nonprofits from a broad spectrum of industries and political persuasions was issued on March 20, urging a measured response that serves the public interest.

“We strongly urge government branches and agencies to recommit to, and not retrench from, their duty to include the public in the policy-making process, including policies relating to COVID-19 as well as the routine ongoing functions of governance,” the organizations wrote.

The National Freedom of Information Coalition, a nonprofit that provides education and research for citizens in acquiring government information, organized the statement. I serve as the coalition’s president, have testified before Congress several times regarding the Freedom of Information Act, teach classes on accessing information and publish research on the state of access in the United States.

Some of the recommendations included:

  1. Postpone nonessential government business decisions until after the pandemic has subsided, when the public can once again fully engage.
  2. Move necessary decisions online in live-streamed meetings accessible to all, including opportunities for public input and questions. Record the streams and post the recordings so people can view it later.
  3. Do not conduct the public’s business via private channels, such as social media, texting and phone calls. (This holds true all the time, but especially now.) All official communications should be preserved and made accessible to the public online.
  4. Post documents and data online as a matter of course so people don’t have to request it and government workers don’t have to take the time to retrieve and disseminate them.
  5. Officials can provide journalists greater access to hospitals and other health installations, applying safety precautions and protecting the privacy of victims.

Efforts to make government more accessible now can result in permanent improvements in the future, to better serve citizens who are homebound or too busy with work and child-rearing to attend a local government meeting.

Sometimes it takes a crisis to pull together and move forward, as citizens and government working together, fully engaged and well-informed.


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Man Builds an Adorably Tiny Picnic Table for Squirrels in His Yard

(TMU) — Squirrels would be happy living anywhere where nut trees are plentiful like in natural forests. And clever as they are, it is doubtful they dreamed of one day moving into the city or living in suburbia, yet here they are, through no fault of their own, where they are adored by many but also seen as a nuisance and likened to pests such as rats and pigeons.

Squirrels are quite harmless and have been living close to humans for a long time. They’re very curious, entertaining to watch, and don’t muck about in garbage bins, although they do fancy nesting in attics and stealing birdseed from their feathered neighbors.

Rick Kalinkwski is a fine example of a human that enjoys and appreciates the squirrels that see his yard. To show his appreciation, Rick decided to create a special spot for his wild friends to enjoy their meals. Using some left over wood he created a tiny picnic table for them and attached it to the fence in the back yard.

Once he finished the project and had it secured to the fence, Rick laid the table with a feast of nuts for his furry friends. Pretty soon after the first guest arrived, sat on the bench, and started sampling the feast.

Although the squirrels often visit Rick’s table twice a day and never leave a tip for the bringer of treats, it warms Rick’s heart seeing the table enjoyed. It has become part of their daily routine.

Rick positioned the squirrel table outside a window which gives him a perfect view from where he joins them for breakfast enjoying his morning coffee.

Rick’s table was his way of giving back and a way of thanking the squirrels for the endless joy he gets from watching them play in his yard. Of course, seeing his furry friends enjoy his effort and happy to have full tummies throughout the year is more than enough thanks for Rick, who said simply:

“I appreciate them and they appreciate me.’’

Someone else who appreciates squirrels is wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Christy Hargrove, who in 2001 created National Squirrel Appreciation Day in Asheville, North Carolina.

Christy’s aim for creating this day was simply to encourage people to be kind towards their bushy tailed neighbors with simple gestures like putting out food and water and perhaps even allowing them to play with the bird-feeder.

Not necessarily by choice or intention, squirrels are beneficial to the environment since they plant the seeds of future trees wherever they live. When living in urban areas, squirrels assist parks to remain beautiful and lush. About 74% of the nuts they bury for lean times are never found and eventually grow into new trees for all to enjoy.

National Squirrel Day has been officially held on January 21 since 2011. Christy says:

’Make of it what you want, so long as it’s in the name of squirrel positivity!’’

By Jade Small | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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US Government’s Handling of Coronavirus Crisis Likely Led to Severe Undercounting of Deaths

(CD) — Decision-making by the U.S. government early on during the coronavirus outbreak has likely led to the country severely undercounting the number of deaths from the virus, officially known as COVID-19, according to public health experts.

As of Sunday, more than 328,000 people in the U.S. had confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and more than 9,000 have died of the respiratory disease. But as the Washington Post reported Sunday, many deaths from respiratory failure and other recorded causes in the first weeks that the virus was spreading across the country may actually have been related to COVID-19.

The U.S. has lagged far behind many other wealthy nations in making testing widely available to the public. In January, German researchers developed a test for the disease which was soon used by countries including South Korea, which has been praised as one of the most successful countries in the world in the fight to detect and slow the spread of the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declined to use the test, leading the agency to ration the tests that were available to Americans. In February and March, Americans including healthcare workers reported showing symptoms of the virus and having been exposed to sick people, only to have the CDC turn down their requests for testing.

Even now that testing is more widely available in the U.S., the Post reported Sunday, potential coronavirus patients in nursing homes and prisons, where the disease is spreading rapidly, have limited access. The CDC is only including a death in the official toll if the patient had a lab test confirming coronavirus.

“We know that it is an underestimation,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told the Post.

Meanwhile, South Korea was testing about 10,000 people per day as of mid-March, giving the government an accurate measure of who had the disease and needed to be quarantined. The country’s reported death toll is under 200.

The United States’ “most consequential failure involved a breakdown in efforts to develop a diagnostic test that could be mass produced and distributed across the United States, enabling agencies to map early outbreaks of the disease, and impose quarantine measures to contain them,” wrote Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima, and Greg Miller at the Post on Saturday.

Last week, some were shocked to read reports out of Italy that officials there were not counting people who died of COVID-19 at home rather than in a hospital in their official count of coronavirus-related deaths.

With reports of undercounting in other countries, Trita Parsi of the Quincy Institute wrote at the time, “Anyone have confidence Trump isn’t?”

In early March, President Donald Trump explicitly expressed a desire to undercount the cases of coronavirus in the country, demanding that at least 21 cruise ship passengers who had contracted the virus stay aboard the vessel instead of disembarking to get care in the United States.

“I like the numbers being where they are,” Trump said at the time. “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

After the pandemic ends, media critic Jay Rosen tweeted, the administration’s attempts to hide information about how it spiraled out of control “is going to be one of the biggest propaganda and freedom of information fights in modern U.S. history.”

“It may never be known how many thousands of deaths, or millions of infections, might have been prevented with a response that was more coherent, urgent and effective,” reported the Post. “But even now, there are many indications the administration’s handling of the crisis had potentially devastating consequences.”


By Julia Conley | CommonDreams.org | Creative Commons

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Dr. Anthony Fauci (2012) Cries During Hillary Clinton Speech, “Tell Secretary [Clinton] I Love Her More Than Ever”. January 11, 2017 Said, “There Will Be a Surprise [Disease] Outbreak”

Bolshevik Controlled World Health Organization Orchestrated Biological Attack On China & U.S.: 4,000 Wuhan Chinese Citizens Flown Into CA, NY, NJ, Washington, Illinois, Michigan, Epicenters For Coronavirus & 5g (read more)

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I knew there was something sketchy about Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Within the WikiLeaks HRC email files there are letters from Fauci to Hillary Clinton through her aid/lawyer Cheryl Mills: “rarely does a speech bring me to tears”?… “please tell her I love her more than ever”?… “please tell her that we all love her”… “Please tell her that we all love her and are very proud to know her.”  LOOK:

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New data reveals that nearly 40,000 people have landed in the United States from China after President Trump imposed the coronavirus travel ban.

“The travel data finds that since Trump’s travel ban, close to 40,000 people landed in the U.S. from China,” reports Breitbart. “Since New Year’s Eve, about 430,000 people landed in the U.S. on direct flights from China — thousands of which traveled directly from Wuhan, China, while mostly arriving in California, New York, Illinois, Washington, Michigan, and New Jersey.”

These states have since all become epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

Travelers were allowed to enter the country despite the ban due to ‘chain migration’ laws which allow relatives of American citizens to enter with minimal or non-existent health screenings.

The data also reveals that in the first half of January alone, some 4,000 people entered the United States from Wuhan, with 19 of those flights landing in California and New York.

As we highlighted last week, in the three months before Trump imposed the travel ban and when coronavirus was raging, 759,493 people entered the U.S. from China.

This number included 228,000 Americans who were returning home, meaning that roughly half a million were Chinese citizens or people living in China who were visiting the U.S. for tourism, business or to see family.

While all this was happening, the World Health Organization was demanding countries not engage in “stigmatization” by enforcing any kind of border controls.

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Sorry, I Was Wrong About 5G and COVID19

Derrick Broze apologizes for being wrong about the connection between 5g and COVID19.

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UK’s Johnson is stable in ICU with coronavirus, received oxygen

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in stable condition Tuesday in a hospital intensive care unit with the coronavirus, and while he is not on a ventilator, he is receiving oxygen, his spokesman said.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has taken over many of Johnson’s duties temporarily while he is being treated at St. Thomas’ Hospital. Britain has no official post of deputy prime minister.

The 55-year-old Johnson is the first major world leader to be confirmed to have COVID-19. He was admitted to the hospital late Sunday with a fever and cough that persisted 10 days after he was diagnosed with the virus. He was moved to the ICU Monday evening after his condition worsened.

“The prime minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits. He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and is breathing without any other assistance,” said Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack.

He said Johnson was not receiving mechanical ventilation or “noninvasive respiratory support.” He would not give details of what form of oxygen treatment the prime minister was getting.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said Johnson was “receiving the very, very best care from the team at St. Thomas’ and our hopes and prayers are with him and with his family.”

“It was a shock yesterday to hear the news of his going into intensive care,” said Gove, who is in isolation at home after a family member showed mild coronavirus symptoms. “All of us just want him to pull through — he is the leader of our country. He is a big-hearted, generous-spirited guy. who believes in public service. We are rooting for him.”

Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is herself recovering from coronavirus symptoms.

Raab said “the government’s business will continue” despite the prime minister’s hospitalization.

He said Johnson had asked him “to deputize for him where needed in driving forward the government’s plans to defeat coronavirus.”

The deterioration of Johnson’s health took many in Britain by surprise. On Monday afternoon, he tweeted that he was in good spirits and thanked the National Health Service for taking care of him and others with the disease.

The government faced calls Tuesday to be more transparent about Johnson’s condition amid concerns it had underplayed how serious it was.

It’s not common for details about the health of British prime ministers to be made public, except at times of crisis. Even then, information has sometimes been scanty. When Winston Churchill suffered a debilitating stroke in 1953, the government kept it secret until Churchill recovered.

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II was being kept informed about Johnson’s condition.

Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.

He continued to work throughout his illness, to the concern of some of his colleagues. With the UK still approaching the peak of the coronavirus outbreak and the government facing criticism it did not act soon enough to put the country into lockdown, Johnson and his ministers are under intense pressure.

Johnson chaired daily meetings on the outbreak until Sunday. He released several video messages during his 10 days in isolation urging Britons to stay home and observe social distancing measures to help slow the spread of the virus.

Concerns had been growing about Johnson’s welfare ever since he posted a message Friday in which he appeared red-eyed and flushed, saying he was feeling better though was still feverish.

Johnson’s former communications director, Will Walden, said the prime minister tended to try to soldier on through illness rather than taking a break.

“He’s pretty stoic and can be a bit bloody-minded about that kind of thing,” Walden told the BBC.

News that Johnson had been transferred to intensive care drew an outpouring of support from around the world.

US President Donald Trump said “Americans are all praying for his recovery.”

“He’s been a really good friend,” Trump said at a White House briefing. “He’s been really something very special — strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.”

Trump said he asked two “leading companies” to contact officials in London about therapeutics that could be of help. He did not identify the companies, but said “we have contacted all of Boris’ doctors, and we’ll see what’s going to take place, but they are ready to go.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet that he was sending his support to Johnson, his family and “the British people at this difficult time. I wish him well.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram wishing Johnson a full and quick recovery, the Kremlin said. “I’m positive that your energy, optimism and sense of humor will help combat the disease,” Putin wrote.

The virus causes mild to moderate symptoms in most people, but for some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause pneumonia and lead to death.

The government said Monday that 51,608 people had been confirmed to have the coronavirus in Britain, and 5,373 have died.

Britain’s unwritten constitution does not have a clear rule for what happens if a prime minister becomes incapacitated or dies. Seven prime ministers have died in office, but the most recent was in 1865.

Johnson delegating Raab to fill in for him clarifies things for now, but it does not mean Raab would automatically take over permanently should a new leader be needed. If it became clear Johnson could not return to his job, the Conservative Party could elect a new leader, who would become prime minister.

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New Labour boss is no Corbyn, but unlikely to reverse party’s anti-Israel stance

Keir Starmer, the new head of the British Labour Party, is expected to establish a much warmer relationship not only with local Jews but also with the Jewish state. As opposed to his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, who was viciously critical of Israel, Her Majesty’s incoming leader of the opposition is said to be generally well-disposed toward the country.

However, Starmer, 57, is unlikely to undo the anti-Israel policies his party adopted during the Corbyn era, several Jewish community sources familiar with Labour politics told The Times of Israel this week.

In September, the Labour conference overwhelmingly endorsed calls for the immediate recognition of Palestinian statehood and a freeze of UK arms sales to Israel. One resolution passed urged the party to “adhere to an ethical policy on all UK’s trade with Israel, in particular by applying international law on settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,” which some interpreted as a tacit call for a boycott of products made in West Bank settlements.

As opposed to Corbyn, Starmer, whose wife Victoria Alexander is Jewish and has family members in Tel Aviv, has no history of public statements on the Middle East conflict. He is not expected to spend much energy on this area, people familiar with his career estimated, and exceedingly unlikely to get into fights with his political base over efforts to remove calls for Palestinian statehood or arms embargoes from Labour’s agenda.

“He supports a two-state solution, and like almost all politicians from the center-left he has a soft spot for the underdog, which in the context of the Middle East conflict often means the Palestinians,” one source said. “There is no doubt that he is more sympathetic to Palestinian cause than to the Israeli position.”

Like all Jewish communal sources interviewed for this article, he was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was hoping to forge a positive relationship with Starmer in the weeks ahead.

In one of Starmer’s campaign videos, a huge Palestinian flag can be seen as the narrator talks about promoting “peace and justice around the world with a human rights based foreign policy.”

“I am pretty sure this wasn’t entirely coincidental,” a member of Britain’s Jewish leadership said.

The new leader of the opposition — a former director of state prosecutions — places great importance on human rights and the rule of law, and this will likely be reflected in his foreign policy, including in his approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to several analysts.

Within the UK’s center-left, Starmer, who is a member of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, can be placed somewhere in the middle, between the pro-Israel camp and the anti-Israel camp, several people interviewed for this article said.

“It’s clear that he’s no Corbyn. But he is definitely closer to Ed Miliband [who headed Labour between 2010 and 2015] than to Tony Blair or Gordon Brown, regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” one source said.

Blair and Brown — the last two Labour prime ministers — were considered very sympathetic to Israel.

As soon as he was elected to replace Corbyn on Saturday, Starmer, who represents London’s Holborn and St Pancras areas in parliament, made great efforts to repair Labour’s reputation among Britain’s Jews, apologizing for virulent anti-Semitism in the party and vowing to root it out. Fighting Jew hatred in Labour is likely to remain one of his key priorities for the coming months, analysts said.

“Once the coronavirus pandemic is over and members of staff can return to work, I will be closing the Labour Party’s offices for a day and inviting representatives of the Jewish community to come in and facilitate a day’s training on anti-Semitism,” he wrote in an editorial published in the Jewish Chronicle on Tuesday.

“I will leave no stone left unturned in the fight against anti-Semitism. That is my promise to the Jewish community,” he vowed.

It isn’t realistic to expect the reversal of the policy changes Corbyn brought in of settlement boycotts and an arms embargo

His early and full-throated declaration of war against anti-Semitism does not mean that he will invest the same energies in reversing some of the Israel-critical policies his party recently adopted, however.

“Whilst all this is likely to be cause for comfort for those of us who care about anti-Semitism, those of us who support Israel shouldn’t expect dramatic shifts in party policy, and a return to the heyday of the Labour leadership’s warmth towards Israel shown by Blair and Brown,” Luke Akehurst, a former member of Labour’s National Executive Committee, wrote in Fathom magazine.

“It isn’t realistic to expect the reversal of the policy changes Corbyn brought in of settlement boycotts and an arms embargo, because Starmer will have other policy priorities; won’t be looking for confrontation on foreign policy at party conferences as he will want to emphasise unity and carry the left-wing of his own support base with him; and won’t have the votes to win any fights on these issues,” he went on.

“But we can expect a return to some kind of normality in terms of Labour’s relationship with Israel, and with the fragmented remains of Labour’s sister parties there.”

Several people interviewed for this article said it was likely that Starmer — who said he considers himself a Zionist, in the sense that he “believes in the state of Israel” — would make the Jewish state one of his first foreign destinations, once the coronavirus-related travel restrictions are lifted. “He wants to visit Yad Vashem and meet with center-left politicians in Israel,” one source said.

While Israeli politicians, including Foreign Minister Israel Katz and Labor chief Amir Peretz, as well British friends of the Jewish state, welcomed Starmer’s election, some voiced concern over his pick for foreign secretary, Lisa Nandy.

Nandy, who last year also called herself Zionist because she backs the Jewish people’s “right to national self-determination,” is a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause.

“She could be more than problematic for Israel,” one source said.

In December 2018, upon assuming the chairmanship of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, Nandy vowed to oppose the “blockade of Gaza and the illegal occupation” of Palestine, criticized British arm sales to Israel and appeared to endorse the so-called “right of return” for Palestinian refugees that left Israel after its creation in 1948.

Earlier this year, she reaffirmed these and other anti-Israel positions, publicly backing a policy statement issued by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Her association with this organization, which critics consider extremely unfair in its criticism of Israel, was criticized by supporters of the Jewish state, including within her own party, who argued that a Palestinian right of return would mean the end of the Jewish state and thus incompatible with the two-state solution.

Hesitant to wade into the Mideast controversy himself, Starmer may want his foreign policy chief to take the lead on this issue, according to a prominent British Jew who has long known the Labour chief.

“Starmer will always take a balanced and appropriate view for a person in his position,” he said. “If he’ll be prime minister in a few years, he would not recognize a Palestinian state. But he may have a foreign secretary who does.”

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Shin Bet nabs Israeli citizen accused of spying for Iran

The Shin Bet security service on Tuesday said it arrested an Israeli citizen last month who had made contact with Iranian intelligence agents and was asked to work on their behalf against the country.

On Tuesday, the suspect — whose name is subject to a gag order — was indicted in a Central District court after being arrested on March 16.

According to the security service, the man’s Iranian handlers asked him to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets, provide information about Israeli defense and strategic sites, recommend ways to sow discord in Israeli society, and locate Arab Israelis who may also be interested in working on behalf of Iran.

“This investigation shows again that Iran and its proxies are working to recruit and take advantage of Israelis for the interests of Iran,” the Shin Bet said.

The security service said the man made multiple trips abroad to meet his handlers, including a Lebanese national, Khaled Yamani, who is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group and who the Shin Bet said was working on behalf of the Iranians.

“During these trips, he received funds, training, encryption tools and codes in order to be able to maintain contact with them in an encrypted way after he returned to Israel,” the Shin Bet said.

When the man was arrested, the arresting officers found an encryption device and a USB drive that the Shin Bet said the suspect tried to destroy. The security service did not say what was found on the USB drive.

The security service said the case also showed growing ties between Iran and the PFLP “and their efforts to spy and conduct terrorist activities inside Israel, even as the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which hit Iran extremely hard.”

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In reversal, US Orthodox groups say no shared Passover Seders should take place

NEW YORK (JTA) — Leading Orthodox Jewish groups in the United States have come out firmly against shared Passover meals, two days before the holiday begins and two weeks after the groups left open the possibility of communal Seders under narrow circumstances.

“Everyone must plan to celebrate Pesach where they are currently,” reads the guidance issued Monday by a number of groups including the Orthodox Union. “Travel to other cities, or visits with family even within your city, should be canceled. This applies to the entirety of Pesach.”

That marked a sharp change from the previous guidance, which said that Jews who would otherwise be alone for Passover meals could consider self-quarantining for two weeks before the holiday’s start, then joining a single local family for the festive meal if asymptomatic.

The reversal illuminates just how thoroughly the coronavirus has disrupted planning for Passover, the eight-day holiday (seven in Israel) that celebrates Jews’ exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt. The holiday begins with festive meals called Seders that stretch into the night and are typically celebrated communally. But the pandemic has made that practice perilous, especially as the holiday coincides with a critical period for stopping the disease’s spread.

The new statement, which was signed by leaders of six groups — the Orthodox Union, the Agudath Israel of America, Igud HaRabbanim – Rabbinical Alliance of America, The Lakewood Vaad, National Council of Young Israel and the Rabbinical Council of America — acknowledged the changing nature of the situation.

“We note that the situation continues to evolve, and under all circumstances nothing should be done that is not within the current guidance offered by local governments and health departments, as well as within the standards prescribed by communal rabbinic and medical leadership,” it read.

Indeed, US public health experts say people should not leave their houses for Seder — even if they quarantined for 14 days.

“It’s completely and utterly inappropriate for anyone to get together for Pesach,” said Dr. Joseph Vinetz, a professor of infectious diseases at Yale University. “Especially because certainly in New Rochelle and elsewhere it’s been the observant Jewish community doing its normal activity that seems to be the seed for spreading this throughout New York. The answer is absolutely not, no exceptions.”

Vinetz added that a two-week quarantine does not guarantee someone cannot transmit the virus.

“People have been shown to sometimes even be infectious for more than 14 days after exposure,” he said.

Caroline Morganti had the two-week time horizon in mind when she first started making her Passover plans. As soon as the coronavirus started spreading widely in the United States last month, the 25-year-old software engineer figured her Seder dinners wouldn’t be the typical social gathering.

But until recently, Morganti, who lives alone, had considered going to a family close to her home in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. To make that happen, she knew, she would have to isolate completely in her apartment for two weeks before the first night of the holiday.

Morganti ultimately set the idea aside. There were technical challenges: She couldn’t figure out how to gather food for both a two-week quarantine before the holiday and the holiday itself, to ensure that she would not bring the virus to her hosts, and for the specialized diet that is required once Passover begins.

But perhaps more significantly, as more became known about the coronavirus, she decided she couldn’t accept even the limited risk of attending someone else’s Seder.

“For a lot of people it’s very hard emotionally to think about spending Pesach, especially the Seder alone, but I do think it’s still a risk,” Morganti said.

Even while the Orthodox groups’ guidance had left open the possibility of some people joining others’ Seders, many religious leaders had advised against the practice.

A letter signed by 10 Orthodox rabbis in Dallas says people should not be hosting Seders for anyone not living in their house and goes as far as to say that those who pray together with other families, even if they adhere to social distancing, “will not be welcome in our shuls once we return to them, may it be soon.”

Forty-three Orthodox rabbis in the greater Washington, DC, area signed a letter saying no one should have a Seder with someone who does not live in their house, while a letter signed by four rabbis in Lakewood, New Jersey, urged community members to stay home.

The Agudath Israel of America, one of the signatories on the original statement, released a video last week that urged people to celebrate Passover at home.

Israel went the farthest of all on Monday night, issuing a lockdown order for the entire country that makes leaving one’s home on the first night of Passover a criminal offense.

For Orthodox Jews in America, not being able to join a Seder means three days of solitude. They do not turn on and off electricity, cook or use their phones for the first and last two days of the Passover holiday. This year, the holiday starts just two days before Shabbat, which means that those prohibitions are extended for another day without break. (In Israel, the holiday and Shabbat are separated by a day when normal activity is permitted.)

For Elliot, another Washington Heights resident who asked to be identified only by his first name because he was concerned about how his plans would be perceived, spending his Seder alone “was out of the question.”

The 24-year-old Orthodox Jew was initially supposed to travel to see his 62-year-old mother in Maryland but did not want to put her at risk. Instead he opted instead to visit his sister and her family in Tennessee. He arrived two weeks before Passover and is spending that time socially distancing from the family so they can be together for the Seders.

“I feel like the psychological impact also needs to be taken into account,” he said. “Not just people who have clinical depression, but just in general it can be very hard for people to be on their own.”

Some Orthodox authorities have acknowledged that concern, instructing followers to use the phone if they believe their life is imperiled by prolonged isolation.

Stephen Buka, a professor of epidemiology at Brown University, said someone visiting family for a Seder “would be incurring some risk” of contracting the coronavirus and should self-quarantine for another two weeks after attending the Seder to ensure they do not subsequently spread the disease further.

Morganti said she understood why the Orthodox authorities sought to create a path for people who live alone, even though public health concerns ultimately made that path inadvisable.

“I realize that they were doing this because it’s minimizing the risk while still trying to balance people’s desire for community or need for community,” she said. “But it is still a risk.”

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Face recognition startup AnyVision to deploy heat cameras at Tel Aviv hospital

In the upcoming days, Israel-based artificial intelligence-based face recognition startup AnyVision Interactive Technologies Ltd. will deploy thermal cameras at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital), the company’s chief operating officer Alex Zilberman told Calcalist. The cameras can measure body temperature from a distance and are capable of determining whether a high temperature is caused by disease or by another cause such as physical activity.

 

“The system will be able to identify potential coronavirus (Covid-19) carriers at the entrance and before they arrive at locations where they might infect a large number of people,” Zilberman said.

Facial recognition (illustration). Photo: Shutterstock Facial recognition (illustration). Photo: Shutterstock

 

Measuring body temperature at the entrance to hospitals and shopping centers has become a routine measure throughout the world since the outbreak of coronavirus. However, current tests are done manually and one at a time, two issues addressed by AnyVision’s system. In addition, the commonly used thermometer guns only measure the temperature of the face and cannot differentiate between the different causes that could bring the temperature up. This being the case, a person arriving at his destination after a bike ride, might be mistaken to be ill.

 

AnyVision’s system is based on MiniPOP thermal cameras provided by Israeli government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The technology was originally developed for military warships and drones.

 

What is special about the system is the ability to use the heat pattern created by the body to understand the reason its temperature went up, said Zilberman. “In the future, we will be able to use this system wherever there are large public gatherings, like airports, stadiums and train stations and passively check who has a fever,” he added.

 

Founded in 2015, AnyVision develops software for real-time face and object recognition in large crowds, using AI and machine learning algorithms. The company’s technology can interface with security cameras for security at airports and stadiums, also offering service to the private sector, including retailers.

 


AnyVision has been going through a rough patch over the past few weeks and has had to place dozens of its employees on unpaid leave after Microsoft’s investment arm M12 announced
it decided to divest its stake in the company. M12 decided to back down from its participation in the startup’s $74 million series A round, following various media reports about AnyVision’s technology being used by Israeli forces to surveil Palestinians in the West Bank. In November, Microsoft announced it has hired Covington & Burling and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to look into whether the use of AnyVision’s facial recognition technology met its ethical principles. The results of the investigation, published last month stated that “the available evidence demonstrated that AnyVision’s technology has not previously and does not currently power a mass surveillance program in the West Bank that has been alleged in media reports. As such, Covington could not substantiate a breach of the Microsoft global finance portfolio company pledge on facial recognition.”

 

According to Zilberman, the thermal system does not have any face recognition privacy issues as the photos collected are taken by a thermal camera making it impossible to identify the people pictured in them. “This is not a security camera or face recognition tech,” Zilberman said. “There is no way to take these videos and use them to identify a person. The technology does not allow it. There is no feature that someone can pay for and then identify people. It is impossible.”

 

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Devastating/Breaking: Trump Knew Everything in January, Navarro Memo Obliterates Criminal Presidency

Trump warned of hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions in losses but chose to play blame game while sacrificing US interests and American people

Surgeon General Says Trump Kept Memo from Him…Flying Blind

NY Times: A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.

A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death.

The warning, written in a memo by Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, is the highest-level alert known to have circulated inside the West Wing as the administration was taking its first substantive steps to confront a crisis that had already consumed China’s leaders and would go on to upend life in Europe and the United States.

“The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil,” Mr. Navarro’s memo said. “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”

Guardian: Trump was warned about pandemic in January – reports

Donald Trump was warned at the end of January by one of his top White House advisers that coronavirus had the potential to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and derail the US economy, unless tough action were taken immediately, new memos have revealed.

The memos, first reported by the New York Times and Axios, were written by Navarro on 29 January and 23 February. The first memo, composed on the day Trump set up a White House coronavirus task force, gave a worst-case scenario of the virus killing more than half a million Americans.

According to the Times, it said: “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on US soil. This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”

The second memo went even further, predicting that a Covid-19 pandemic, left unchecked, could kill 1.2m Americans and infect as many as 100m.

This was not the first time Trump and his White House team were warned that the virus had the potential to devastate the US and needed to be dealt with quickly and firmly. Senior scientists, epidemiologists, and health emergency experts in the US and around the world delivered that message clearly early on in the crisis, only for Trump to continue belittling the scale of the threat which he compared falsely to the dangers of seasonal flu.

But the emergence of the memos from such a senior aide within the White House will make it much more difficult for Trump to claim – as he has done on multiple occasions – that nobody was able to predict the severity of the disease. As the pandemic has swept across the country, the president has come under mounting criticism for having done too little, too late in response, leading to mass shortages of diagnostic testing, protective gear for frontline health workers and ventilators for the very sick.

Surgeon general says he ‘never saw’ January memo warning of pandemic

Adams defended the White House’s response to the pandemic, saying, “We’ve been saying for decades that this is a possibility. … Many people at all levels just did not expect something like this to happen at this magnitude.”

When NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie pressed him on that last point, saying the memo proved some White House advisers were aware of how bad this situation could get, Adams said, “There were preparations going on the entire time.”

Trump has been repeatedly criticized for incorrectly predicting coronavirus would miraculously “disappear” without affecting many Americans, and reports of Navarro’s memo have intensified accusations that the president mishandled the government’s early response.

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Exclusive/Pakistan: GWOT, the Positive Effects on Policy Transformation

                                          By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today

Owing to its fragile economy, after the 9/11 tragedy, Pakistan joined the US-led Global War on Terror (GWoT) and was granted the status of non-NATO ally by America due the early successes, achieved by Pakistan’s Army and country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) against the Al-Qaeda militants.

But, when the US-led NATO forces felt that they are failing in coping with the stiff resistance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, they started a blame game against Pak Army and ISI of supporting the Afghan Taliban. Their main purpose was to pacify their peoples. They constantly emphasized upon Islamabad to do more against the militants and continued the CIA-operated drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas by ignoring the internal backlash in the country.

However, Pakistan faced various kinds of terror attacks on the civil and military installations, including civilian and military personnel because of GWoT. Besides collateral damage, the country faced serious implications such as political instability and economic crisis.

Pakistan’s Armed Forces and particularly Army have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists by the military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad, while ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by capturing several militants and thwarting a number of terror attempts. So, peace was restored in various regions of the country, especially in Balaochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces.

Undoubtedly, Pakistan’s security forces have eliminated terrorism. But in the recent past, terror assaults in some areas of the country, particularly in Balochistan which is central point of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) indicate that the CIA-led Indian RAW, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency National Directorate of Security and Israeli Mossad are weakening Pakistan and want to damage the CPEC project which is part of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative or BRI. The US and India, including some Western countries have already opposed this project. These external agencies are supporting separatist of Balochistan and Afghanistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliated terror outfits which have claimed responsibility for various subversive acts.

Besides, Pakistan is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World. Hence, it has become special target of these secret agencies who want to destabilize it.

Despite, it now, terrorism-related attacks have been reduced to the minimum owing to the vigilance and quick response of the security forces. To sustain the hard-earned peace, Pakistan Army is rapidly completing the fencing of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

As regards the participation in the US-led Global War on Terror, Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties and over $123 billion was lost to the economy, while US aid was a $20 billion. Tribal areas were devastated and millions of people uprooted from their homes, while the country also officially hosted 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees.

Especially, foreign investment stopped, which further gave a setback to the economy of the country. As a result, Islamabad’s dependence on the financial institutes like IMF and World Bank increased, as it was compelled to take more debt from them.

It is mentionable that America has not taken any practical action like sanctions against India in relation to the continued lockdown in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

And, still the US which prefers India over Pakistan, is not clearly favouring Islamabad in connection with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which has still kept Pakistan on the grey list, while China is strongly supporting Pakistan in this respect in wake of Indian attempts to blacklist the latter.

Taking cognizance of these negative developments, Pakistan decided to revise its relations with the US and also left the GWoT.

In this respect, when after the Iranian missiles attack on the US military bases in Iraq on January 8, 2020 in response to the US drone strike at Baghdad’s airport on January 3, 2020, tensions between Washington and Tehran dramatically sharpened, Prime Minister Imran Khan declared on January 10, this year that Pakistan would not become part of anyone else’s war.

Earlier, the then DG of the ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor also stated that Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against anyone and would continue to play its role in establishing durable peace in the region.

Nevertheless, it indicates the policy transformation of Islamabad not only with America, but also regarding the GWoT. Indeed, Islamabad’s resolve not to take side in any regional or global conflict and not to allow Pakistan soil to be used against any nation would further enhance the credibility and genuineness of country’s new narrative.

These decisions have resulted into positive effects in the country, pointing out the benefits of a new narrative for Pakistan. It will also uplift Pakistan’s image abroad.

It is notable that Pakistan’s gradual transition from a country struggling to fight terrorism and religious militancy to a peaceful and tolerant society with more potential for economic progress in a digital age has been appreciated by the international community.

In this context, in the recent past, the visits of British Royalty and other globally-acclaimed celebrities to Pakistan and the inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country are signs of a changing Pakistan.

In fact, foreign investment is essential for the less developed countries. In this regard, a report which was prepared within the framework of the activities of the Committee on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises (CIME), said: “Developing countries, emerging economies and countries in transition have come increasingly to see FDI as a source of economic development and modernization…Countries have liberalised their FDI regimes and pursued their policies to attract foreign investment”.

While, on internal security situation, the new narrative of GWoT would help transcending a demoralized nation into a strengthened, integrated and resilient Pakistani nation, capable enough to welcome modern challenges.

Nonetheless, despite policy change, Islamabad will continue cordial relationship with Washington and the latter must also show a positive response, taking note of Pakistan’s key role in the US-Taliban agreement and efforts for regional peace.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

Email: [email protected]

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson is “Breathing without Assistance” in Intensive Care. Not have Pneumonia

Boris Johnson is ‘breathing without assistance’ in intensive care and does not have pneumonia, Downing Street said today.

The PM’s spokesman said he was ‘stable overnight and remains in good spirits’, having received ‘standard oxygen treatment’. Mr Johnson has also not needed a mechanical ventilator despite mounting concerns over his health, according to Daily Mail.

He was moved to ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London last night and given oxygen after his health deteriorated sharply over just two hours, leaving doctors fearing he will need a ventilator.

As it is known CoVid-19 has been redefined SARS-2 precisely because this term derives from the English acronym of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The virus from the bronchi enters the sterile alveoli of the lungs and gradually attempts to blocks its functioning.

This can lead to a decrease in blood oxygenation which in the most serious cases leads to death by asphyxiation or an aggravation of pre-existing pathologies, in particular those of the cardiovascular system, so as to make them fatal.

American pharmaceutical firms are meeting in London to discuss treatments for coronavirus-stricken British PM Boris Johnson, who was moved to Intensive Care Unit after his condition deteriorated over the weekend, the US president said, according to Russia Today.

Bojo is one of 135 hospitalized for the pandemic in the United Kingdom, where the virus has already infected more than 50,000 people and killed over 5,000. The British PM had first tested positive for swabs 11 days ago.

“We’re very saddened to hear that [Johnson] was taken into intensive care this afternoon. Americans are all praying for his recovery,” President Trump said at a press briefing on Monday, adding that several “genius” drug companies had “arrived in London already” to discuss therapeutics for the prime minister.

Trump noted that the companies were working on “rather complex” treatments which have had “incredible” results, though he did not get into specifics about which drugs were under consideration.

“It’s a very complex treatment of things that they’ve just recently developed,” Trump said, adding: “When you’re in intensive care, that’s a big deal,” and that “hopefully they won’t be needed.”

Posted on Aprile, – from BBC

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street has said.

A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and is receiving “excellent care”.

Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise “where necessary”, the spokesman added.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to hospital in London with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday evening.

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A No 10 statement read: “The prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

“Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”

It continued: “The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

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Important: Breathing Technique to Limit COVID Effects, Promote Healing (video)

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A UK hospital doctor; Dr Sarfaraz Munshi describes a vital breathing technique for corona virus Covid-19 sufferers that could prevent the patients contracting secondary pneumonia which could prove incredibly dangerous to health. Also present and providing guidance is Sue Elliott director of nursing.

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She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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‘Arab students will pay the price’: Pandemic widens Israel’s education gaps

Palestinian students in Israel are being disproportionately disadvantaged by the switch to remote online learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Supreme Court petition filed on Sunday by the Palestinian human rights group Adalah and other NGOs.

The petition, which cites figures from the Follow-Up Committee for Arab Education, notes that around half of Palestinian students in the country are unable to connect to online classes, while roughly a third do not have access to a computer or tablet. In unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab/Negev, the situation is even worse.

The appeal seeks to compel the Israeli government to ensure that students in the Naqab are given the means to access online learning, and that homes in unrecognized Bedouin villages be connected to the internet immediately.

More than 50,000 students in the Naqab’s 48 villages, recognized and unrecognized, have been cut off from their studies since schools shuttered across the country nearly a month ago and shifted to distance learning. The unrecognized villages in particular are already facing a potential humanitarian disaster in the face of the novel coronavirus, due to their lack basic infrastructure such as electricity, water, and sanitation.

Just over half of the affected students live in 37 unrecognized villages, while the remainder live across 11 recognized villages. Despite repeated requests from Adalah, the Follow-Up Committee for Arab Education, and other groups, the Israeli Education Ministry has so far failed to ensure that these students are able to continue their studies uninterrupted.

The petition argues that this disruption to Arab students’ studies, which is expected to continue until at least the end of the academic year, violates their right to education and is likely to increase the existing socioeconomic disparities between their communities and the rest of the population.

Bedouin women collect their belongings from the ruins of their demolished homes in the village of Umm al-Hiran, Negev desert, January 18, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

According to Adalah, the pandemic has “revealed the state’s tendency to ignore the existential needs of residents of Arab-Bedouin villages at normal times.” Israel’s “persistent refusal” to connect the unrecognized villages to basic infrastructure, Adalah adds, has blocked students there from accessing education under pandemic conditions.

Although the petition includes several villages that have been recognized by the state, Adalah noted that their change of status did not halt the “severe discrimination” against those communities. The Education Ministry is aware of the serious gaps, but “seemingly failed to take them into account” while creating its contingency plans for the pandemic, charged the group.

Providing computer and internet access for Arab students is crucial not only during the pandemic, but also for “the day after,” the Follow-Up Committee for Arab Education said in a statement. By normalizing the use of digital tools in response to the coronavirus lockdown, access to those resources will remain important even once the emergency has passed, said the Committee.

The disadvantages currently faced by these students, the Committee emphasized, is rooted in “discriminatory policies, which have seriously affected equality of education for Arab children and which are damaging their future in all walks of life.”

“We entered this crisis with profound educational gaps between Jews and Arabs,” said Dr. Sharaf Hassan, the head of the Committee. “[Arab students] will pay the price, because others will continue to advance in their studies. This increases the likelihood that they will drop out of regular education, and after that higher education.”

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Jewish National Fund joins campaign to quash Palestine advocacy in the U.S.

Two organizations with close ties to the Israeli government have teamed up on a federal lawsuit targeting the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), one of the leading Palestine advocacy groups in the United States.

The civil lawsuit, which marks an escalation of the Israeli-led campaign against global Palestinian rights activism, was filed by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF, often referred to simply as JNF), the quasi-public body that owns 13 percent of state land in Israel and holds significant sway within Israeli land bodies. The International Legal Forum, an Israeli legal group that has received funding from the Israeli government, is advising the JNF on the case.

Palestinian rights advocates say the lawsuit is the latest example of a strategy pursued by Israel and its allies to bog down Palestine activists in legal battles. A chief goal of this strategy, they say, is to divert the activists’ resources away from their advocacy to end Israel’s human rights abuses, while forcing them to address the stigma of being labeled as allies of terrorists.

“This is not an attack only on us as USCPR,” said Ramah Kudaimi, the organization’s deputy director. “It’s an attack on anybody who advocates for Palestinian rights. It’s an attempt at repression to chill organizing and chill advocacy, and to make people think twice about coming out in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle.”

The organization Kudaimi helps run has been at the forefront of efforts in the United States to develop the Palestinian rights movement into a force to be reckoned with, both in Congress and in the wider progressive movement.

Activists with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights participate in a protest. (Courtesy of USCPR)

In recent years, the group’s members have helped to garner support for Congressional efforts to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations; build ties with other progressive movements like Black Lives Matter; and assist local organizing, such as campaigns to get cities to divest municipal money from corporations that do business with the Israeli military.

It is precisely that kind of work, though, that has led Israel’s defenders to target them, said USPCR.

‘It’s absurd’

Filed in November 2019, the JNF lawsuit centers on claims that USCPR aided a spate of Palestinian firebomb attacks on JNF land in Israeli areas near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. In doing so, the lawsuit claims, USCPR violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, which prohibits Americans from providing material support to terrorist organizations.

A dozen Americans who live in Israel near the Gaza Strip are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They say they have experienced “severe” anguish from the firebomb attacks on JNF land — attacks that the group accuses the USCPR of having links to, with no hard evidence to back the claim.

The plaintiffs’ reasoning boils down to this: because USCPR was a fiscal sponsor of the Palestinian-led Boycott National Committee (BNC), and because the BNC has ties to a group called the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces, which in turn is made up of Palestinian militant groups, the USCPR is liable for the damages caused by the Palestinian militants’ firebombs from Gaza.

Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire at a field caused from kites flown by Palestinian protesters, near the border with the Gaza Strip, June 5, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“It is essential to take action against U.S. groups that are complicit partners in funding terror that help enable foreign terror organizations to relentlessly wage a multifaceted campaign of terror against the citizens and lands of the sovereign state of Israel,” said Richard D. Heideman, Senior Counsel at Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC, in a press statement. (Heideman’s law firm, the JNF, and the International Legal Forum did not respond to requests for comment from +972).

The suit also claims that USCPR’s participation in the “Stop the JNF” campaign — an activist initiative highlighting the JNF’s involvement in efforts to displace Palestinians from their land — is part of an unlawful conspiracy against the organization.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the civil liberties group defending USCPR, has rejected these claims, and on March 5 moved to dismiss the lawsuit because it was based on “guilt by association” and did not prove that the USCPR has ties to the firebomb attacks. 

“[The lawsuit is] absurd. It’s meritless,” said Diala Shamas, one of the CCR lawyers defending USCPR. Still, she warned that the lawsuit can drain a great deal of time, energy, and money from the activists, especially if a judge allows the case to move to the “discovery phase,” whereby each party can obtain evidence from the opposing side.

“The discovery process is a resource-intensive one,” explained Shamas. “This lawsuit is an attempt to bully our client, to bog down its resources. Absurd allegations like these aim to make advocates toxic and inhibit their work.”

The attempt to use the law to go after human rights work has been a key part of Israel’s campaign to undermine the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The Israeli government, alongside pro-Israel lobby groups around the world, has poured millions of dollars into attacking BDS campaigns that seek to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations.

Residents of the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib and Jewish activists protesting against demolitions in front of the JNF office in Jerusalem on October 16, 2016. (Flash90)

It’s very clear that this lawsuit is part and parcel of a larger strategy to go after effective grassroots advocacy for Palestinian freedom, especially related to BDS,” said Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal, an organization that focuses on defending the free speech rights of those engaged in Palestine solidarity work. “The claims in this lawsuit echo efforts to distort protected Palestine advocacy into unlawful conduct, such as smear campaigns calling activists ‘antisemitic’ and ‘pro-terrorist.’”

‘They have nothing to back them other than repression’

The United States is at the epicenter of this anti-BDS crackdown. Twenty-eight states have adopted anti-boycott laws, most of which prohibit state contracts from going to groups or individuals that support boycotts of Israel. In some cases, this has forced state contractors to choose between signing a document pledging they won’t boycott Israel, or losing their job.

Opponents of Palestinian rights are also turning to legal threats and federal lawsuits to bolster these efforts. In July 2018, for instance, Zachor Legal, a Zionist legal organization funded by right-wing philanthropists, sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting criminal prosecutions of U.S.-based Palestinian rights organizations because of alleged violations of U.S. anti-terrorism law.

The International Legal Forum, in particular, has emerged as a key group employing such tactics. The forum, which coordinates a global network of pro-Israel lawyers, has helped to file lawsuits against Spanish municipalities that endorsed BDS and against the city of Durham, North Carolina for passing a resolution against military-style training in Israel for its local police force.

The International Legal Forum is not carrying out its actions alone: it also has the backing of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry, the government agency tasked with targeting Palestinian rights activism. 

Minister of Interior Security Gilad Erdan speaks during an international press conference, Bnei Brak, February 3, 2019. (Flash90)

In 2017, the ministry announced its intention to pay the Israel Bar Association to partner with the forum in organizing a conference in Israel on how to combat the BDS movement. The following year, the ministry filed documents stating that it would pay the International Legal Forum up to $1 million to carry out its legal work.

Yifa Segal, the forum’s head, confirmed to me last year that her organization accepted Israeli government money, though at the time said that she could not confirm the exact amount. Segal did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

The current lawsuit with the JNF represents a new tactic for the forum to test: getting a federal judge to agree that a non-violent human rights advocacy group is tied to terrorism.

However, while the lawsuit marks a novel challenge to Palestinian rights work in the United States, some activists see a silver lining in these attacks.

That they can only depend on these methods to shut down the conversation is a sign that we are prevailing. They know they have nothing to back them other than repression,” said Kudaimi of USCPR. 

“We’re an organization that has been dedicated to this work for so long, that has succeeded in pushing BDS campaigns, and that has supported cross-movement struggle,” she continued. “All of these things are very dangerous and threatening to those who want to keep the status quo of apartheid, military occupation, and ethnic cleansing.”


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Covid-19 has given BoJo the Michael Jackson effect – if he fights through this, he’ll have a much more sympathetic nation to lead

Politics operates in a shadowy sphere dominated by image and perception. Boris Johnson being admitted to intensive care has plunged us even further into that swamp.

While no decent person wishes harm – let alone death – on Britain’s PM, some of his spin doctors must feel they are stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Boris did win the last election in December, but he is far from a uniting figure. Huge swathes of the country hate him and what he represents.

Only a few months ago, rapper Dave performed a new verse of his hit ‘Black’ live on national TV to many millions at the biggest event in the UK music industry calendar, the Brits. He rapped “the truth is our prime minister’s a real racist,” and was lauded for it.

Major cities in the UK – such as London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiff – didn’t vote for Boris.

Whatever you think of his handling of Brexit, he did claim he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask the EU for an extension on October 31, 2019, before in fact doing that exact thing.

What’s more important is that the man who spearheaded the campaign to leave didn’t decide which way to go until the night before declaring it publicly. He went as far as writing two newspaper columns, arguing for and against the matter, and then chose which one to publish when he did opt to back Brexit.
This doesn’t project an image of a man of steadfast convictions or any deep-rooted beliefs.

A large chunk of the British population view him as playing games, treating the UK’s future as some kind of competition between him and his upper-class pals to laugh about over cigars and brandy. There’s no feeling of him being a leader or really getting to grips with things, particularly in an extreme crisis like this Covid-19 pandemic.

That was validated by the Queen’s subtle but cutting non-mention of Boris or his government during her surprise video message to the world. “We will succeed,” she said, but her silence on BoJo spoke volumes.

Boris isn’t a man of the people.

He hasn’t ever confirmed a basic fact like how many children he has – even Wikipedia isn’t sure if it’s five or six. His given name isn’t even Boris – that’s his middle name.

So while no one would wish a virus on anyone, Covid-19 has given him an image boost that he was incapable of giving himself.

A comparison can be drawn to Michael Jackson, whose image was at an all-time low before his death. Of course, that was due to accusations of horrific crimes that torpedoed the glory years of ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad,’ and Boris Johnson is not linked to anything whatsoever like that – but the optics curve is similar.

After he died in 2009, Jackson sold 13.3 million albums in the next five years – compared to only 3.9 million in the same time period prior. He was having well-known money problems, but his estate hoovered up $1 billion in the 12 months following his death, and Sony even paid $250 million for the rights to distribute his recordings for seven years in 2018.

MJ died without being found guilty in a court of law of anything, and the mud will never stick fully.




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BoJo is experiencing the exact same bounce.

For someone who’s perceived as being from that cozy, insular world of going to school at Eton and then studying at Oxford, he’s now in the trenches with everyone else like truck drivers and toilet cleaners.

Well-known figures have flooded social media over the last few hours, haranguing anyone who has wished ill on Boris – whereas over the last few weeks, the PM has been eviscerated with hardly anyone bothering to stick up for him.

Britons love an underdog and Boris is now in that category, for the first time ever in his privileged life. He’s lying on a bed in London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital in desperate need of the help of doctors and nurses, the sort of people he would not normally encounter apart from at a photo call.

Boris’ great hero Winston Churchill is canonized for his leadership during World War II and his iconic “we shall fight them on the beaches” address. That has whitewashed away his colonial tyranny and racism – Churchill once personally boasted of shooting three Sudanese, calling them “savages.”

As perverse as it sounds, Covid-19 is giving Boris the things he can’t give himself – humanity, reliability and popularity.

If, as everyone hopes, he comes out of intensive care in fine fettle, he’ll be leading a much more sympathetic nation who might just be willing to trust and listen to him more, simply because he caught Covid-19.
What a weird proposition that is.

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WHO can we trust? Just when coronavirus gave the World Health Organization its moment to shine, it bottled it

The WHO has predictably become much more prominent this year. As the coronavirus pandemic continues its stranglehold on world affairs, updates from the organization have become a fixture of news updates. Its director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is now recognizable to a global audience, having previously only been known as the answer to a particularly fiendish pub quiz tie-breaker question.

However, the global body hasn’t exactly been praised to the hilt as a result of its new-found fame. Criticism of the WHO has piled in from various corners. Several US senators have called for Dr Tedros’ resignation over his handling of the crisis, a change.org petition for his removal has so far gained more than 735,000 signatures – neither without warrant. At the precise moment when the world needed it most, the WHO has been found wanting.

Since it was founded in 1948 from the ashes of its League of Nations predecessor, the WHO should have been gearing up for this moment. There have been serious outbreaks in the past – numerous malaria epidemics, the Ebola outbreak and, of course, the ongoing AIDS pandemic, to name a few – but never has one gripped the global consciousness in the same way as Covid-19. 

Despite the aforementioned outbreaks being significantly more lethal, none spread as far, or as fast, forcing the world to grind to a halt or resulting in almost half the globe being under some form of lockdown like this one. If ever there was a time for the WHO to shine, the coronavirus was it; and it has well and truly bottled it. Rather than acting as a cool head in a time of crisis, it has veered from underestimating the scale of the pandemic to making panic-inducing statements after the fact.

The WHO had been made aware of Covid-19 by December last year. In January, it posted a tweet saying: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China.”

Then in February, Ghebreyesus declared that there was no need for travel bans, saying the spread of the virus outside China was “minimal and slow.” Fast forward to March 11, and Dr Tedros was telling the world that coronavirus was officially a pandemic and that he was “deeply concerned by alarming levels of inaction” as it spread. Days later, he tweeted that the “pandemic is accelerating.”

Then, at a press conference, he said that “all countries should be able to test all suspected cases” because “they cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded.” Perhaps if countries had been warned about the need for widespread testing sooner; they would have been better placed to implement such measures?

Obviously, hindsight is 20/20 and it is very easy to criticize a person or an organization for not predicting something after it has happened. But the WHO should have been better prepared for this, not least because it already had experience of the spread of SARS, MERS, H5N1 and swine flu in recent years to draw on. Admittedly, none spread as virulently as Covid-19, but it was obvious from those outbreaks that measures such as testing and restricting travel would help slow the spread.

Perhaps it was concerned about again being accused of overreacting, as it had been by some in response to the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Possibly, it too readily believed the low figures being reported by China during the early part of this year. Maybe it assumed countries were more prepared to deal with pandemics than they turned out to be. Whatever the reasons may or may not be, the fact remains that when the world turned to the WHO, it failed. No amount of publicity stunts, like today’s appearance by Lady Gaga, will change that.

Exactly where in the organization’s structure the blame lies is impossible for an outsider to say, but surely the buck must stop eventually with Dr Tedros. His messaging early on in this crisis hugely downplayed the risks and has without question led to a situation that at least had a chance of being avoided. When the dust has settled, and the virus is finally brought under control, a serious question will have to be asked: who can trust the WHO?

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Our lockdown was supposed to protect the most vulnerable, the elderly, from Covid-19 – but we’re achieving precisely the opposite

Covid-19 is a disease that is disproportionately dangerous to older people and those with serious underlying health conditions. The most frightening figures from the overall death toll attributable to the disease arise where health services are overwhelmed and cannot cope with large numbers of elderly people who have contracted it. In short, the lockdowns that we are seeing around the world should be largely justified by saving the lives of older people.

The trouble is that stories are also emerging which suggest that older people are not being protected anywhere near as well as we might expect. This first became apparent in Italy. Even as early as mid-March, there were reports that Piedmont had put in place guidelines to refuse intensive care for the over-80s if resources became too stretched.

It is true that old and frail people may simply not be well enough to benefit from being put on a ventilator. But having a policy simply based on age suggests the lives of older people are regarded as less important. In the Netherlands last week, there was controversy over older people receiving phone calls from doctors asking questions about intensive care treatment, such as being put on ventilation, should they become infected.

In the UK, there seems to be a proliferation in the use of ‘do not resuscitate’ orders (DNRs) – now formally called ‘respect forms.’ DNRs are valuable where a patient, their family and doctors agree that attempts to resuscitate could do more harm than good when the patient suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest. But the use of DNRs has become promiscuous in recent weeks. A doctor’s surgery in south Wales sent out letters to some patients – not just older people but those with disabilities and long-term illnesses – asking them to complete a DNR so they wouldn’t be taken to hospital if they got Covid-19.




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A Labour MP, Peter Kyle, has warned that care homes in his south-coast constituency of Hove were applying DNRs “en masse,” and there have been reports on social media of GPs signing DNRs on behalf of patients, apparently against their wishes. More commonly, there is pressure on patients to get DNRs in place now, leaving family members and other observers worried that undue pressure has been placed on older people to agree to them.

Indeed, OAPs may not even be reaching hospital at all when they become seriously unwell. Barbara Keeley, another Labour MP, has pointed to deaths in care homes where elderly patients weren’t taken to hospital. There have been five deaths at one care home in Salford, and 13 residents at a Glasgow care home died in one week following a suspected outbreak of coronavirus, which also affected two staff.

Some of Britain’s biggest care providers have complained that they have been denied coronavirus tests and that GPs were no longer visiting care homes, saying: “You just feel completely abandoned.”

Moreover, conditions in care homes are alarming. Always chronically underfunded, they are having to take on many of the functions of hospitals without anything like the trained staff, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources required. The dedication and courage of low-paid care-home workers in these circumstances gets little acknowledgement.

The virus can spread easily within care homes. Last month, the Spanish military was called in to help at care homes, and found elderly patients abandoned and even dead in their beds. With so many staff off sick or self-isolating, agency staff who work in several different homes are a potential means for spreading disease. All the while, the homes are in lockdown, so that families cannot see their loved ones. For those care-home residents with dementia, being cut off from their families – the only people they may still recognize – will be a terrifying experience.




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Even for those elderly people able to live in their own homes, the effect of the lockdown – no one over 70 years is supposed to leave their home or have visitors – could be debilitating. Firstly, the isolation could have a very negative impact on their mental health. Secondly, sheer lack of physical movement could lead to circulatory problems or a loss of physical capability that is never recovered.

Finally, there is the claim that anyone who criticizes the lockdown is choosing to put the economy ahead of the lives of older people. But the dichotomy is false. Many older people rely on savings and private pensions, too. That kind of income is threatened by a severe economic downturn. Pension pots are serviced by company dividends, which are being increasingly canceled as profits dry up. Interest rates have been slashed, so savings will earn zero interest. If penny-pinching around social care was bad before this crisis, won’t it be worse when governments are racking up huge debts to pay for emergency economic measures?

Ultimately, there is something more intangible, too: freedom. Who decided on behalf of older people that they should be placed under informal, if not explicit, house arrest? Did anyone ask what level of risk they were prepared to accept? As they come towards the end of their lives, might the dangers of Covid-19 seem less than the risk of losing some precious months of living life to the full?

When we are told that society must be locked down for weeks or months, we need to balance the harms of such measures against the harms of a more liberal approach. With all the focus on cases and death tolls, we are missing the devastating consequences of these lockdowns for the very people they are supposed to protect. If we really want to protect the elderly and vulnerable, we should be working fast to normalize society as soon as possible.

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