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Palestinian-American student shot in Vermont is paralysed

palestinian shot vermont paralyzed
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(From left) Hisham Awartani was walking with his friends Kinnan Abdel Hamid and Tahseen Ahmed when they were shot.
One of the three college students of Palestinian descent who were shot in Vermont in November is paralysed from the chest down after a bullet lodged in his spine, the student's family said.

Hisham Awartani, a 20-year-old student at Brown University who grew up in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was walking with two friends near the University of Vermont campus in Burlington on Nov 25, when the police say 48-year-old Jason Eaton shot them with a handgun in a suspected hate crime. Eaton has pleaded not guilty.

Tahseen Aliahmad, who attends Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and Kinnan Abdalhamid, who attends Trinity College in Connecticut, were expected to make a full recovery. But Awartani - whose grandmother the three 20-year-olds had been visiting over Thanksgiving break from school - received a much graver prognosis, according to a statement his family wrote for a fundraiser to offset his medical expenses.

Comment: 3 Palestinian students shot on university campus in Vermont, US

Star of David

Hasbara lies: Israeli maps and AI targeting do not save Palestinian lives

Avichay Adraee

IDF spokesman Avichay Adraee
Israel's narrative of 'evacuation warnings' and 'precision strikes' serves as a cover for its AI-assisted genocide in Gaza.

On December 2, the Israeli army's Arabic-language spokesperson Avichay Adraee posted a map of Gaza, broken up into a grid of numbered blocks with instructions that Palestinians living in certain areas evacuate to Rafah. Leaflets containing a QR code linking to the map on the Israeli army's website were also dropped over Gaza.

This move came as Israeli fighter jets bombarded the south of the Strip - previously designated as a "safe zone" - killing hundreds of Palestinians in 24 hours. The Israeli army proudly announced that it had hit "400 targets".

Meanwhile, media reports revealed that the Israeli army's ability to intensify what it calls "precision" air strikes has been boosted by an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that generates "targets".


'The Gospel': how Israel uses AI to select bombing targets in Gaza

Eye 1

Neil Oliver: We face surveillance of our lives and attempts to control our every behaviour

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver
Neil Oliver: We face surveillance of our lives and attempts to control our every behaviour, making every one of us a convicted prisoner, presumed guilty at birth. 'But guilty of what exactly? Asking questions? Doubting the state narrative? I for one won't live under that yoke!'


Houthis may not be targeting US warships, Pentagon claims

houthi Galaxy Leader
© Kristijan Bracun/AP
The Galaxy Leader is seen at the port of Koper, Slovenia on September 16, 2008. Yemen's Houthi rebels seized the Israeli-linked cargo ship in a crucial Red Sea shipping route on November 19, 2023
Waves of attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi group in Yemen may not be targeting U.S. warships, even though the U.S. Navy has responded by shooting down drone aircraft and missiles in recent weeks, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The United States has blamed the Houthis for a series of attacks in Middle Eastern waters since war broke out between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Oct. 7.

In the latest incidents, three commercial vessels came under attack in international waters in the southern Red Sea on Sunday. The Houthis acknowledged launching drone and missile attacks against what they said were two Israeli vessels in the area.

Comment: So is The Pentagon attempting to direct blame on Iran in an attempt to drum up support for any future provocations it has planned against Tehran? Is it also trying to shift blame because it doesn't want to acknowledge that the 'rebel' Houthis are, yet again, taking the US on with makeshift weaponry and the US is unable to stop them?

Light Sabers

Scores reported killed in Gaza as fighting shatters Israel-Hamas truce

Palestinians after Israeli strike
© REUTERS/Saleh Salem
Palestinians run following an Israeli strike, after a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel expired, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, December 1, 2023.
Israel's warplanes pounded Gaza on Friday after talks to extend a week-old truce with Hamas collapsed, sending wounded and dead Palestinians into hospitals and forcing hundreds to flee in the streets.

Eastern areas of Khan Younis in southern Gaza came under intense bombardment as the deadline lapsed shortly after dawn, with columns of smoke rising into the sky, Reuters journalists in the city said. Residents took to the road with belongings heaped up in carts, searching for shelter further west.

In the north of the enclave, previously the main war zone, huge plumes of smoke rose above the ruins, seen from across the fence in Israel. The rattle of gunfire and thud of explosions rang out above the sound of barking dogs.

Sirens blared across southern Israel as militants fired rockets from the coastal enclave into towns. Hamas said it had targeted Tel Aviv, but there were no reports of casualties or damage there.

By the evening, Gaza health officials said Israeli air strikes had killed 184 people, wounded at least 589 others and hit more than 20 houses.

Eye 2

India government employee was Nikhil Gupta's handler: US charge in Pannun murder plot

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun
© AP
The US has alleged that an Indian government employee directed a failed plot to a plot to assassinate Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the US.
Court documents filed by the US Justice Department detail how an unnamed Indian government official colluded with an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, to orchestrate an alleged assassination attempt on US-based Khalistani terrorist of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

Federal prosecutors in the United States have accused an Indian government official of directing a plot to murder Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil. On Thursday, the US Justice Department brought charges against another Indian man, Nikhil Gupta, for his alleged role in the foiled killing plot.

According to an indictment filed in a Manhattan court, Nikhil Gupta aka "Nick", 52, colluded with the Indian government agency employee in a plan to murder Pannun, a US citizen and founder of the Khalistani outfit, Sikhs for Justice.
"The defendant conspired from India to assassinate, right here in New York City, a US citizen of Indian origin who has publicly advocated for the establishment of a sovereign state for Sikhs," Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.
The development follows a Financial Times report last week that said that US authorities had thwarted a plot to kill Pannun and issued a warning to India over concerns New Delhi was involved.

Comment: See also:

Star of David

Ethnic cleansing: IDF threatens south Gaza with north Gaza's fate

rafah bombing gaza genocide
© Getty Images / Anadolu / Abed Rahim Khatib
Destroyed buildings pictured in Rafah, Gaza on December 03, 2023.
Israel is seeking to repeat the attack on the northern part of the Palestinian enclave in the south, IDF chief of staff says

A ground operation in the southern part of Gaza has already begun and it will be "no less powerful" than the attack on the north, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said on Sunday.

The general made the remarks as he met Israeli troops with the Gaza Division, claiming that "yesterday, today, we killed [Hamas] battalion commanders, company commanders and many operatives," confirming the operation against the southern part of the Palestinian enclave began on Saturday.

Comment: So then where are the "safe area" now? It's called Mowasi, an area the size of Heathrow Airport, into which Israel sayw it wants 2.2 million people to move.

Star of David

Pentagon chief warns Israel of 'strategic defeat'

© Mahmud Hams/AFP
Mourners recite a prayer over the bodies of victims killed Israeli bombing
Khan Yunis • southern Gaza Strip
Israel's victory over Hamas will become a "strategic defeat" if the country doesn't prevent civilian casualties during its military operation in Gaza, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said.

Washington "will continue to press Israel to protect civilians and to ensure the robust flow of humanitarian aid" into Gaza, Austin vowed on Saturday, in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum at Simi Valley, California.

Implying that indiscriminate attacks on Gaza by Israel could prompt even more Palestinians to join the ranks of the Hamas armed group, the Pentagon chief said:
"The center of gravity is the civilian population and if you drive them into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat. It would compound this tragedy if all that awaited Israelis and Palestinians at the end of this awful war was more insecurity, more rage and more despair."
At least 193 people have been killed since the IDF renewed its offensive in Gaza after the breakdown of the truce on Friday, Gaza's health ministry said. The overall death toll from attacks on the Palestinian enclave since October 7, when Hamas launched its deadly incursion into Israel, stands at over 15,200, according to the ministry.

Comment: US bombing stipulations on South Gaza...as if Israel is going to comply:
The US does not support Israel bombing south Gaza until it takes account of all the civilians it has forced to flee to the area, White House National Security Council director John Kirby told Bloomberg TV on Friday.
"We don't support southern operations unless or until [the Israelis] have factored in all those additional civilians - actually, all civilians, but noting that there are now hundreds of thousands more civilians. The White House also urged them to think about how to do this in a way that keeps those civilians safe."
This is Kirby's 'not our fault when it happens' warning.
'Factor in'? Netanyahu is determined to factor out...completely!

Arrow Down

'Prepare for bad news' from Ukraine - NATO chief

© AFP/Simon Wohlfahrt
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg • NATO Headquarters • November 29, 2023
Jens Stoltenberg said the military bloc's defense industry has yet to reach the level of cooperation needed to satisfy Kiev...

The Ukrainian military has failed to achieve any breakthroughs on the battlefield over the past several months, but the West should stand by the country regardless, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has argued. The official also lamented the apparent failure of the military bloc's defense industry to provide Kiev with the munitions it requires.

Earlier this week Stoltenberg warned that Moscow had been amassing missiles ahead of the winter, noting that Russian weapons manufacturers were operating "on a war footing."

Comment: What a surprise.

Comment: Stoltenberg glosses past the ineptitude of Ukraine's fighting force and its waste of equipment (don't forget profiteering from blackmarket buyers) at a pace never seen before in major combat circumstances. Who benefits? Ukrainian oligarchs and the MIC

Arrow Up

Russia has beaten 'addiction' to Western tech - Putin

© Kremlin.ru
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits 'Our Lab' exhibit
Sochi, November 29, 2023
The Russian economy has successfully overcome the "addiction" to Western technologies and is developing a competitive domestic market, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

During a meeting with participants in the 3rd Congress of Young Scientists in Sochi, Putin commented on the 'Our Lab' exhibition of scientific equipment produced in Russia.

Putin told the scientists:
"Our so-called partners believed that they had hooked us on a technological needle and we would never get off. Thanks to the efforts of people like you and your colleagues, it turned out that this could be done - and quite quickly, too."
Russian researchers used to buy their equipment abroad, but have since turned to domestically produced alternatives, in part due to the embargo imposed by the US and its allies over the Ukraine conflict.