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The Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem

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The Israeli occupation of Palestine has taken an ugly turn, as nearly 2,800 Palestinians are slated to be evicted from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah by fanatical Jewish settlers.

The outright theft of Palestinian homes and property by predatory Zionist vultures has provoked widespread protests and violence in the revered city. Heavily armed Israeli police forces have intervened to protect the settlers. Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured on the grounds of the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque. The necessity of defending Jerusalem and one of the holiest sites in Islam is a deeply held conviction for many of the world's 1.9 billion Muslims.

By slowly encircling Al-Aqsa and allowing property expropriations in East Jerusalem, Israel is playing with fire. It should be recalled that the notorious Arab murderer Ariel Sharon invaded Haram al Sharif surrounded by hundreds of armed police, igniting the second Palestinian Intifada on September 28, 2000. The revolt became known as Al-Aqsa Intifada.

The legality of the evictions will be decided by Israel's Supreme Court. Palestinians have only a slim chance of prevailing in this venue. Israel is legally structured as an apartheid state. Palestinian Arabs living within the pre-1967 borders of Israel may attain citizenship. However, the crucial designation in the state of Israel is nationality. Declaring itself to be a Jewish state, Israel gives legal and property rights to those who have Jewish nationality that are denied to those with Arab nationality. Palestinians living in the post-1967 "Occupied Territories" of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip have no rights as an occupied people in the eyes of Israel's leaders. They are denationalized and have no citizenship or property rights.

Comment: See more on the recent escalation of conflict in Jerusalem and the region as a whole:


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Biden: 'No evidence' Russia responsible for pipeline cyberattack, but Russia has 'some responsibility'

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US President Joe Biden addresses Colonial Pipeline attack at the White House
A cyberattack that crippled the US fuel supply wasn't the work of Russia, President Joe Biden said. Confusingly, Biden then said that Russia bears "some responsibility" for the attack.

A ransomware attack on Friday shut down a gasoline and diesel pipeline running 5,500 miles along the entire US East Coast. Operated by the Colonial Pipeline Company, the vital fuel artery normally transits 100 million gallons per day from Texas all the way to New York. The Biden administration responded by invoking emergency powers to enable truckers to transport more fuel, as traders scrambled to import fuel by sea from Europe.


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Arrow Down

Leaked documents said to show how Washington's 'Arab NATO' initiative to isolate Iran failed

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President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia sign a Joint Strategic Vision Statement for the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during ceremonies, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Despite carrying on with much of his predecessor's foreign policy agenda, President Biden's administration has yet to bring up "Arab NATO", the Trump-era effort to build a coalition of Middle Eastern states to "confront Iranian aggression", terrorism and extremism, and to "promote economic growth" and energy security.

A Lebanese newspaper has published what it says is a trove of top secret documents revealing how the Trump administration's attempt to convince its Middle Eastern partners to form a united anti-Iran alliance failed.

The leak, published by al-Akhbar, contains nine documents, including policy papers and minutes of meetings, and the newspaper hints that they may be only the first in a series of leaks of confidential documents on the Trump-led anti-Iranian initiative for the Middle East, formally known as the 'Middle Eastern Strategic Alliance' (MESA) and also referred to as 'Arab NATO'.

Comment: NSA Advisor Bolton: Groundwork being laid for anti-Iranian 'Arab NATO'


Attention

'Humanitarian' agency USAID was 'key tool' for Washington undermining the Venezuelan government, official review reveals

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USAID logo at a community kitchen in Cucuta.
Allegations that the US government's leading aid provider is in fact a 'trojan horse' for regime change have circulated for years but were always strenuously denied. Now though, Washington appears to have confirmed it in writing.

On April 16, the oversight division of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) quietly published a review of the organization's activities in Venezuela from January-April 2019. Its seismic findings were almost universally ignored by the mainstream media, although the Grayzone certainly took notice.

During that chaotic period, Juan Guaido declared himself the country's acting and rightful leader, challenging the legitimacy of elected President Nicolas Maduro, leading to fiery upheaval engulfing the streets of Caracas. In a widely publicized incident on February 23, trucks carrying USAID "humanitarian commodities" from Colombia into Venezuela were stopped at border crossings and set ablaze.

Western news outlets and politicians were quick to blame the arson on government forces, framing the action as a dastardly attempt to prevent vital supplies reaching citizens desperately in need.

However, journalist Max Blumenthal was actually on the ground in Venezuela at the time, and compiled compelling evidence the fires were started by anti-Maduro activists. Two weeks later, the New York Times published video evidence proving this was in fact the case, without acknowledging Blumenthal had already busted the ploy wide open.


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IDF launches massive military exercise to simulate war on 'multiple fronts' amid flaring tensions

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IDF on patrol
A number of Palestinian protesters sustained injuries during riots along the border of the Gaza Strip on Saturday as unrest flared around the Temple Mount and ahead of planned evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, with the IDF launching tear gas and firing rubber bullets in response, according to Palestinian reports.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are launching the largest exercise in their history on Sunday, according to Kan News.

To span an entire month, the massive exercise called "Chariots of Fire" will have the Israeli army, navy, and air force practising combat and emergency scenarios in all regions. For the first time since the Israeli army was founded, the forces will be simulating a "month of war" to reportedly boost the IDF's readiness.

The drills will involve both regular and reserve IDF forces from all the commands and forces.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Defence, the National Emergency Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other security bodies will participate in the "Chariots of Fire".

While the exercise will practice a sweeping and synchronised manoeuvre in the "depths of enemy territory", it shall also focus on functioning both within the IDF and between organisations, involving the Home Front and civilian assistance.

Comment: Coincidence or timely? This country-wide military exercise begins directly on the heel of the al-Aqsa Mosque 'riot' - the worst Israeli-provoked and primed slaughter in decades (see below). Will it finish the job? Evictions at Sheikh Jarrah are the provocation that opened this door.

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Star of David

Sheikh Jarrah: How the US media is erasing Israel's crimes

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Israeli forces detain a man during storming Palestinian houses whose families are facing eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, 4 May 2021
If there are no consequences for expelling Palestinians from their homes, there are surely none for the media's erasure of these illegal acts.

Over the past week, Jewish settlers with thick Brooklyn accents were caught on camera bullying their way into Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. "If I don't steal your home, someone else will steal it," one settler said to Mona al-Kurd, a Palestinian woman whose house was being invaded, in a video that has since gone viral.

Israeli police, too, were seen storming the neighbourhood, violently breaking up vigils, and beating and choking activists conducting sit-ins in protest at the displacement of Palestinian refugees living in the area, many of whom are facing eviction in the coming days. On social media, online campaigners have been sharing #SaveSheikhJarrah in a bid to garner international attention and to make sure the world bears witness to yet another Israeli crime.

Make no mistake: an ethnic cleansing is currently underway in the predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood in full view of the world. But in the American mainstream media, it is as if nothing is happening at all. In this parallel universe, the illegal and vicious attempt to remove Palestinians from their homes, and the violent actions of Israeli forces to halt demonstrations against a recent court order upholding the evictions, have been met with a resounding silence.

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Footprints

'Border Czar' Harris walks out of first meeting with AMLO on border security; Obrador accuses Biden admin of orchestrating coup

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Kamala Harris virtual meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Things are not like they used to be. It was well known that Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Donald Trump had a tremendous working relationship. Obrador helped President Trump hold illegal aliens in his country before their trial in the US and Trump rewarded Obrador and Mexico with a strong border policy.

Those days are over. Today, under the Biden-Kamala administration, the US Border is wide open and the Mexican President is not pleased with the way the Biden administration is assisting cartel leaders in Mexico with their insane policies.

On Friday Lopez Obrador accused the Biden administration of orchestrating a coup against his administration!

Then later Lopez Obrador complained after Kamala Harris walked out of their first meeting on US border! She got up and walked away because she had "other business." Kamala is the Biden "border czar"

ABC International reported:
Much has changed the attitude of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, towards the White House after the departure of Donald Trump. At his first major meeting with the US vice president, who recently assumed the task to solve the migration crisis at the border, the Mexican president accused his northern neighbor of being an interventionist and coup plotters financier. He added Harris' rudeness to not stay for the entire virtual meeting, citing other commitments. Despite this, López Obrador said: "Let's seek understanding, don't fight."

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Liz Cheney poised to lose Republican leadership position

Liz Cheney
© AP/J. Scott Applewhite
House Republican Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo)
Rep. Liz Cheney is poised to lose her leadership position in the House Republican conference as soon as Wednesday over her continued criticism of former President Donald Trump, putting yet another hurdle in the way of her path to reelection in Wyoming.

With 70% of Wyoming voters backing the former president in the 2020 election, Ms. Cheney's opposition to him and his leadership of the Republican Party has put her at odds with most of her constituents. Chairman of the Park County GOP, Martin Kimmet said:
"She couldn't win a dog catcher's race here. She is just not very popular and seemingly she doesn't care. She just keeps doing her own thing. She seems pretty narcissistic and above all of us poor, old cowboys out here."
But Ms. Cheney sees the Republican Party at a turning point, warning that if the base continues to follow Mr. Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, it will "do profound long-term damage to our party and our country."

House Republicans are expected to vote on removing Ms. Cheney from their leadership this week. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a Trump loyalist, is favored to replace her.

Comment: Slip-sliding away? It would seem Cheney is heading for the door of her own volition.


Magic Wand

Presser: Boris Johnson to hold conference offering advise on hugging, weddings and funerals

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© Hannah McKay/Reuters
British PM Boris Johnson to allow hugging.
The Prime Minister is due to set out the rules on hugging loved ones and attending wedding and funerals in a 5pm press conference tomorrow. He is likely to tell the nation to use their "personal judgement" and "common sense" when hugging pals and family members after May 17, sources say.

Brits have been starved of embraces for over a year, and will be allowed once more to hug each other sensibly when the next stage of lockdown lifts.

At the moment anyone who doesn't live together is advised to keep at least 1.5 metres away from others to stop the spread of the virus.

But, as first revealed by The Sun it's expected that people will be told they can finally hug their close friends and family again - but social distancing rules will be expected to stay for others.


Comment: The current state of 'the pandemic' in the UK:
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Graph: UK deaths cases combined • May 9, 2021



Snakes in Suits

White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024

Ron Klain
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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain
White House chief of staff Ron Klain said President Biden shouldn't "estimate or underestimate" former President Trump in a potential 2024 rematch.

"I wouldn't want to estimate or underestimate Donald Trump as an opponent if he chooses to run," Klain told Axios's Mike Allen in an interview on Axios on HBO documentary series that aired Sunday.
"My experience, Mike, is that incumbent presidents are judged on their record. President Trump had a bad record in 2020. Joe Biden is hopefully assembling a powerful record to run on if he runs for reelection in 2024.
Klain's remarks suggest that the White House is anticipating a potentially tough reelection fight if Trump ultimately decides to mount a political comeback in 2024.

Comment: In other words, the fix will be in sooner than later.