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International experts ratchet pressure on China to probe the Covid lab leak theory as they condemn the WHO's investigation

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Eighteen scientists from top universities, including Cambridge and Yale, have demanded further investigations into the origins of the pandemic.
Leading infectious disease experts have condemned the World Health Organisation for its failure to properly investigate whether Covid-19 leaked from a laboratory.

In a highly significant move, 18 scientists from the world's top universities, including Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, have demanded further investigations into the origins of the pandemic.

'Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover [from animals to humans] both remain viable,' they wrote in a letter to the journal Science.

Comment: The lab leak hypothesis always seems to rest on the assumption that the lab involved was in Wuhan, but evidence suggests it may have actually originated in the US.

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Brick Wall

One in ten Britons wants lockdown restrictions to last forever

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There's a horrifying story in the Sunday Times that lays bare the terrible psychological damage wrought by the mind-benders of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B), who, as we know, deliberately set out to ramp up "the perceived level of personal threat" using covert psychological techniques. The story is about the "Covid worriers" - those poor folks who've been terrified out of their wits by the endless fear-mongering propaganda pumped out by the Government and the mainstream media, particularly the BBC. Among the revelations are:
  • A study by Ipsos Mori involving 4,896 adults found that 34% of Britons believe lockdown restrictions are still necessary
  • A study of almost 200,000 users of Kooth, an online mental health forum, found last week that 41% of users "feel nervous every day"
  • A study by the polling firm Opinium found that one in ten Britons want lockdown restrictions to remain indefinitely

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Attention

Baby rescued from seedy Philippines slum where live child-sex shows were performed for online paedophiles - after arrest of Australian man led cops to the lair

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A young child is seen being rescued from the alleged child sex ring in the Philippines, with the youngest just two years old.
Pictures have emerged showing authorities in the Philippines rescuing a baby from a seedy den that was allegedly used to film child pornography - after they were tipped off by the arrest for an accused paedophile in Victoria.

Six girls and eight boys, aged between two and 17, were removed from harm on May 7 after the Australian Federal Police provided intelligence from the Victorian man's arrest to the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Centre.

The Philippine National Police arrested three women and a man in Bombon, in the province of Camarines Sur, accused of facilitating the online child sexual abuse.

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Star of David

This time it's different

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Resistance movements in Gaza are responding to a wave of popular anger over Israeli provocations in Jerusalem and at al-Aqsa.
As I write, the building I live in here in Gaza is shaking continuously. Above us, Israeli F-16 warplanes pummel us with a seemingly endless barrage of bombs. I am writing amid a rapid flow of developing events, so it is certain that by the time this is published, many things may have changed, but I am trying to highlight the general features of this current round of escalation in Palestine.

The escalation began in Jerusalem during the month of Ramadan, in a series of provocations carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities. The first in this series was the decision to prevent Palestinians from gathering at Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) in Jerusalem in late April. This sparked a series of protests which eventually forced Israel to rescind the order.

Another - ongoing - provocation, which drew some international attention, is the expulsion orders pending against Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah that Israeli courts have granted to Israeli settlers.

A third Israeli provocation was the storming of al-Aqsa mosque during prayers on the morning of Friday, 7 May. Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets onto worshippers, resulting in over 200 injuries.

In a fourth provocation, settlers announced that on 10 May they would march through Jerusalem to celebrate what they term Jerusalem Day. The intention was to march near al-Aqsa mosque.

This march escalated into a fifth provocation on the morning of 10 May as, for the second time in a week, Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa, attacking worshippers praying inside and ransacking the sacred site. More than 300 Palestinians were injured.

No Entry

Cops banned from participating in NYC Pride events

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Aiden Budd and Brooke Bukowski, the NYPD's first openly transgender police officers, marched in 2016 Pride Parade.
Police will be banned from participating in New York City Pride events, as organizers say they are seeking to "create safer spaces" for "marginalized groups."

Under the new policy, announced Saturday by NYC Pride, corrections and law enforcement exhibitors will not be allowed to march in the parade or participate in other events for at least five years. Coordinators of the world's largest gay pride celebration also said they would take steps to reduce NYPD presence at events, by hiring private security and first responders. Organizers said in a press release:
"The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason. NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community."
The recent nationwide reckoning of police violence inspired Heritage of Pride, the group that produces the event, to reexamine its relationship with the police — who were previously invited to march in the parade as it became more mainstream. NYC Pride Co-Chair André Thomas said:
"This announcement follows many months of conversation and discussion with key stakeholders in the community."

Target

Anti-Semitic protesters chanting 'f**k the Jews' and 'rape their daughters' on London streets spark police investigation

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Pro-Palestinian activists outside Israeli Embassy in London May 15, 2021
A pro-Palestine car parade through London has caused outrage, after video circulated showing participants calling for the rape and murder of Jews over loudspeaker.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is divisive in the West, with American and British conservatives proudly proclaiming their support for Israel, and most leftists usually falling on the pro-Palestinian side together with the Muslim diaspora. Amid worldwide rallies and protests against Israel's latest strikes on Gaza, a parade in London has stoked outrage among Jews and Israel supporters.

Video purportedly shot on Sunday near a Jewish community center shows a convoy of vehicles decked out in Palestinian flags, with a participant unleashing a tirade of anti-Semitic abuse over a megaphone or speaker.

"F**k the Jews...f**k their mothers, f**k their daughters, and show your support for Palestine," the man thunders. "Shut them out, rape their daughters," he continues, as other drivers in the convoy honk their horns.

Comment: While who's who and doing what in London is unclear, determination to create chaos is unrelentless. Toronto, Canada held a pro-Palestine rally that had its problems as well:
The rally, organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), was held in central Toronto on Saturday. The organizers urged the participants to show their support towards the Palestinian cause, condemning the past and ongoing "ethnic cleansing of Palestine."

The rally encountered a small-scale counter-protest, with some activists displaying insignias of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a religious-political organization devoted to battling anti-Semitism "by any means necessary." The JDL is designated a terrorist group in the United States.

While the opposing rallies were separated from one another by a massive police barrier, this did not prevent sporadic clashes. Arrests were made as officers were accused of being 'Zionist'. At least one pro-Israeli activist was assaulted by rowdy pro-Palestinian protesters, who attacked the elderly man with sticks and pant belts. The protester sustained injuries to his head, footage from the scene shows:
The pro-Palestinian gathering has been blasted by Jewish advocacy group B'nai Brith Canada, which condemned it for "brutal assaults" on the pro-Israeli activists. The groups invoked the Covid-19 card as well, branding the rally a "super-spreader" event.
One person's support is another person's threat. As anger rises, action follows.


Heart - Black

Vicious covidiot: Wisconsin teacher caught berating student for no mask, even though he was vaccinated

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A Wisconsin high school teacher was reportedly placed on administrative leave after she was caught on video scolding a student for not wearing a mask. The viral video shows the teacher berating the high school student, calling him a "jerk" and a "dummy."

The video allegedly shows a Poynette High School teacher lambasting the student, "I don't care if you're vaccinated, you little dink. I don't want to get sick and die."

"There's other people you can infect just because you're vaccinated," the teacher is heard angrily saying. "You know what? You're not a special person around here."

"You should hear about how everyone talks about you around here," the unidentified teacher told the teen before insulting him, "You're a jerk!"

Comment: Poynette school district is keeping a tight lid on the fallout from the video, with media only reporting the following:
A teacher in the Poynette School District has been placed on administrative leave following an incident at the high school Tuesday.
Social media was more diligent:




Light Saber

Conservative activist Candace Owens: 'Voter ID racist, but vaccine ID not a problem?'

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Candace Owens
While debates over 'vaccine passports' are in full swing all around the world, conservatives have questioned why such a program would be moral and just, comparing with a program to require identification before voting.

"Remember guys: mandating voter ID is unattainable and racist but mandating vaccine ID cards? Not a problem," tweeted conservative author and commentator Candace Owens on Saturday - echoing the concerns of many others.

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Satellite

Space Force CO who got holiday call from Trump fired over comments decrying Marxism in the military

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In this July 22, 2015 file photo, Capt. Matthew Lohmeier, 460th Operations Group Block 10 chief of training, stands in the Standardized Space Trainer on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado.
A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military.

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, was relieved from his post Friday by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, over a loss of confidence in his ability to lead, Military.com has exclusively learned.

"This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast," a Space Force spokesperson said in an email. "Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."

Lohmeier's temporary assignment in the wake of his removal was not immediately clear.

Earlier this month, Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot who transferred into the Space Force, self-published a book titled "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military."

"Irresistible Revolution is a timely and bold contribution from an active-duty Space Force lieutenant colonel who sees the impact of a neo-Marxist agenda at the ground level within our armed forces," a description of the book reads.

Comment: The media coverage has sent sales of his book skyrocketing:

It's currently #6.


Star of David

Palestinians residents now face far right mob violence backed by the Israeli government

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting with Israeli border police in Lod on 13 May 2021
Protests by Palestinian citizens are being greeted with a mix of police violence and vigilante-style attacks from Jewish fascists

With Jerusalem ablaze and Gaza on the brink of another major Israeli onslaught, it has been easy to overlook the rapidly escalating ethnic violence inside Israel, where one in five of the population is Palestinian.

These 1.8 million Palestinians - Israeli citizens in little more than name - have spent the past week venting their frustration and anger at decades of Israeli oppression directed at their own communities inside Israel, as well as at Palestinians under more visible occupation.

Already the protests, which have been sweeping Palestinian communities inside Israel, have been greeted with a savage backlash - a combination of official violence from Israeli police and vigilante-style violence from far-right Jewish gangs.

Comment: The threat of violence from far-right groups in the 'mixed' cities is ongoing :
"Bring everything, knives, gasoline," read one message in a group chat named "The Underground Unit" - seemingly on Signal - with several hundred members. "Don't be scared, we are the chosen ones."

"Good job at Bat Yam yesterday," another message read, referring to a spate of violence in the Tel Aviv suburb which saw a Palestinian man violently attacked live on Israeli television. "Today we'll go back to make some mess at 6pm. Let's meet at the seafront."

Far-right groups such as Lehava and La Familia have also been planning attacks in Jerusalem, according to Haaretz.

On Thursday afternoon, Israeli police called on parents to "take responsibility" for their children and keep them from participating in the country-wide violence, the paper reported.

In another message, which appeared to be posted to WhatsApp, on a group called Israel People Alive Haifa, a forwarded message gave the location of a Palestinian march in Tel Aviv. "Any Arab you see - you stab," it read. "Please come equipped with flags, bats, knives, guns, brass knuckles, wooden boards, pepper spray, anything that would hurt them. We will restore the honor of the Jewish people."

Videos posted on Thursday evening appeared to confirm far-right Israelis were marching in the Tel Aviv areas mentioned in the group.


Haaretz reported on Thursday that the Shin Bet intelligence service had intelligence on far-right plans to attack Arabs in Israel's mixed cities.

In another group chat, also on WhatsApp, one user wrote: "We need Molotov cocktails. To the mosque. To make them shake. We'll burn their houses, their cars, everything."

Someone in the group suggested meeting in Halisa, an area in the northern city of Haifa.

"Empty glass bottles, T-shirts, a few litres of gasoline," one person wrote, the ingredients to make a Molotov cocktail.

After a host of screenshots of similar messages were shared online, Amnesty International Israel sent a letter to Israeli authorities on Thursday urging them to "take action against platforms that allow incitement to hate crimes, such as groups on social networks and messaging applications".


"The commission of violent and even deadly hate crimes justified seeing them as platforms of incitement to be monitored and closed," Amnesty wrote in its letter, saying this could reduce "the horrific lynchings of Arabs against Jews and Jews against Arabs".

"We turned to the police several times already on Tuesday," the letter continued, "and we reported on the plentiful and concrete evidence of organisation of retaliatory actions against Arabs across the country."

Amnesty's letter also urged authorities to class the far-right Lehava group - whose followers have instigated recent violence - as a terrorist organisation.

The head of Lehava, Benzi Gopstein, called on his supporters to come to East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood to "help" Jewish residents defend themselves against Palestinian attackers, Haaretz reported on Thursday. Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in the area on Wednesday night - 51 people were hospitalised.

Fake Reporter, an Israeli disinformation watchdog, also published screenshots on Thursday of far-right groups coordinating attacks on Palestinians.

In a thread on Twitter, the group wrote: "The information here was given to Israeli police before the violent outbursts on the 12/5. No one was arrested in advance. Last night's violence could have been stopped.

"We saw a ticking time bomb - groups specifically targeting Arab civilians of Israel, including incitement, weapon-hoarding, information on specific Arab-owned businesses and more.

"Groups began organising to go to Ramla, Lod, Bat Yam, Afula, Haifa, Tiberias, Jerusalem, Beersheba, and others - in the stated goal of attacking Arabs," they wrote.

Screenshots of various far-right groups chats included someone writing: "Today we are Nazis," and another writing, "today we are shahids", using the Arabic term for "martyr".

Another night of violence

The worst scenes on Wednesday night were in Arab-minority towns in Israel, where the senders of text messages seen by MEE appear to be based. Numerous videos made the rounds online showing attacks described as "lynchings", and police brutality amid Palestinian protests.

In scenes repeated across several cities, gangs of youths threw stones and stormed shops belonging to Palestinians.


Israeli police have arrested 374 people so far.

In one example, video footage shared widely on social media appeared to show a group of Israelis attempting to break into a Palestinian home in Haifa.

While the family manages to repel the initial attack, police then burst into the home and arrest and beat a number of the residents.

While MEE cannot independently verify the footage, there have been numerous reports of violence between Palestinians and Israeli Jews in Haifa over the past few days

Elsewhere, a video seen by Middle East Eye showed a large group of Israelis - some carrying national flags - throwing rocks at a Palestinian car. Another shows a group of Israelis attacking an Israeli ambulance, reportedly carrying a Palestinian.

Footage from Acre, meanwhile, showed a group of Israelis chanting "death to Arabs" in Hebrew.

Another video, reportedly also from Acre, shows Israeli security forces walking away from a Palestinian man lying motionless, eyes staring at the ceiling, on the floor of an apartment building.

Warning: the following video contains disturbing images.


Israeli paper Haaretz reported that five Palestinians in the city seriously wounded a 30-year-old Jewish man, after police told Palestinian shop owners to shutter stores because of expected attacks by far-right Israelis.

In Bat Yam, a suburb of Tel Aviv, a Palestinian was pulled from his car and lynched during a live broadcast on an Israeli television channel. The 33-year-old man was treated overnight and his condition has improved, according to Haaretz.

Photos of him, which are too explicit to publish without his consent, show a deep puncture wound and major swelling on one side of his face.

Fake Reporter wrote in its tweet thread on Wednesday that the Bat Yam attacks were organised on one of the Facebook groups it was monitoring. "One of its members wrote: 'get brass knuckles, clubs, knives, come prepared'; 'kill them one by one'," according to the watchdog.


Far-right Israelis had previously roamed the city, attacking Arab-owned businesses and chanting racist slogans, according to Haaretz.

In Lod, called Lydd by Palestinians, where yesterday a night curfew was announced, a video showed a group of Israelis waving flags walking towards the town centre - accompanied by security forces.

Jewish-Israelis provoked Palestinians by approaching the mourning tent for Moussa Hassuna, a Palestinian protester who was shot dead on Monday evening. The three Israeli suspects arrested after his murder were released on Thursday after prominent Israeli politicians decried their arrests.

Also in Lod, a Jewish man was shot and two others suffered stab wounds, Haaretz reported, while 20 people were taken to the Shamir Medical Centre. More than 20 people were reportedly arrested.

Police said they had responded to violent incidents in multiple towns, including Lod, Acre and Haifa, according to AFP.

MEE correspondent Lubna Masarwa reported that groups of Israelis tried to attack Palestinians in villages in the "northern triangle" area, where around a third of Israel's population of Palestinian citizens live.

Unrest was also reported in southern Israel. Nineteen Jews were detained for disorderly conduct, according to Haaretz, along with three Arabs, after hundreds of Israeli Jews marched through the city of Beersheba, also chanting "death to Arabs".

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz ordered a "massive reinforcement" of border police across the territory on Thursday, saying, "we're in an emergency", according to Haaretz.