#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: The Cambridge professor is stepping down next year after almost 40 years of teaching and research:
CAMBRIDGE: Mary Beard’s retirement present to fund students: ‘She described the £80,000 donation as her “payback time”
By Sean Coughlan BBC News family and education correspondent
“I am very conscious of what I’ve gained from classics, no-one from my family had a university degree,” said Dame Mary.
The historian and television presenter wants to help widen the reach of classics as a subject, so it’s not “just for posh people who’ve done Latin for ages”.
Most people approaching retirement might expect the present to be heading in their direction, but Dame Mary – no stranger to doing things her own way – wants to mark her departure with her own donation.
“It’s a pledge, that we really do want people from more diverse backgrounds to study classics. Classics is a subject that has changed, is changing, but needs to change more.
“But you still walk around the faculty and it looks, although not entirely, very white,” said Dame Mary.The television historian brought the classics to a mainstream audience
The funding, £40,000 for each of two students, will help with living costs through their degree course, and will be available to students from low-income families or under-represented groups.
Dame Mary has not named the awards after herself, but after one of her classics tutors, Joyce Reynolds.
She said her former tutor at Cambridge, now aged 102, had been a “fantastic fighter for the rights of women in what was then a very male subject”.
“I have no illusion that giving a couple of scholarships is the solution, but it’s a way of showing we’re serious about equality of opportunity,” said Dame Mary.
She said classics students are “trained to think hard, to express themselves, to write well – qualities that a hell of a lot of employers are looking for”.
The subject also offered a way of “thinking about the world differently”, with different perspectives on philosophy, culture, gender and race.
Her BBC television series, such as Julius Caesar Revealed and Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit, have brought ancient history to a wider, modern audience.
She has also faced threats and abuse on social media, and what she’s called “sexist rants” online.
Dame Mary said her own interest in classics was through an early enthusiasm for archaeology, and she remembers the excitement of finding a Roman coin and “holding the past”.
One of her earliest memories, she said, was being taken by her mother to the British Museum as a small child, and an attendant being kind enough to open a display case to let her hold a piece of ancient Egyptian carbonised cake.
She now wants to help open up classics for another generation of young people.
Zaynab Ahmed, a current third-year classics student at Newnham College, Cambridge, said a barrier was the lack of state schools teaching the subject.
She said that was why the Cambridge four-year course was more accessible, with a foundation year to support students who might not have studied Latin at school.
“Classics is a subject I’ve fallen in love with. It’s about the past, but it’s also about how we understand ourselves now,” she said.
#AceNewsReport – May.14: This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year:
Iranian vessels ‘acting very aggressively’ harass US ships in Strait of Hormuz, US ship fires 30 warning shots
“U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels,” by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, Reuters, May 11, 2021:
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning shots from a .50-caliber machine gun before the Iranian vessels left, Kirby said.
“It’s significant… and they were acting very aggressively,” he said, adding that the number of Iranian vessels was more than in the recent past….
#AceNewsReport – May.14: Officers say the work, involving geophysical survey equipment, means dismantling a fireplace at the scene:
Gloucester Police Officers have begun searching a cellar of a cafe in search of a victim of Fred West Mary Bastholm: The 15-year-old, who worked at The Clean Plate in Gloucester, went missing in the city on 6 January 1968.
14 hours ago
Miss Bastholm’s then boyfriend Tim Merrett said he did not think she would be found there.
She went missing on her way to catch a bus to visit Mr Merrett.
Serial killer West was previously suspected over her disappearance. The search began after a film crew alerted police to evidence a body could be buried thereFred West took his own life while awaiting trial for the murders of 12 people
Mr Merrett said: “I really don’t think anything will come of this. She left the cafe for the day, went home and changed before going to the bus stop to come and see me.
“Why would she be back at the cafe?”
On Friday, officers were called in following suggestions a body may have been buried at the cafe on Southgate Street.
Gloucestershire Police said the force could be at the site “for a number of weeks”.
In 1994, West admitted murdering his daughter Heather. The confession came as police began to search 25 Cromwell Street, where they found the bodies of nine girls and young women.
He and his wife Rose were jointly charged with nine murders and he was charged with a further three.
West took his own life in prison while awaiting a trial in 1995.Flowers were left at the scene on Wednesday, but remains have not been found
Rose’s former lawyer Leo Goatley said it “wouldn’t surprise me if a body was found there”, adding the Wests often visited the cafe.
Both Mary and Fred West’s first victim, Anne McFall, worked there.
“I’ve spoken to witnesses who have said that they may have seen Rose West there,” he added.
West’s biographer Geoffrey Wansell said the killer had never admitted to police he had killed her, but allegedly confessed to his solicitor, who was then sacked.
Miss Bastholm’s family are aware of recent developments and have asked for privacy.
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
#AceNewsReport – May.14: Following a nine-month investigation the four suspects in the case have now been released, prosecutors said:
CAIRO: Egypt #MeToo campaign prompts alleged rape arrests that fuelled a case that has been Egypt’s #MeToo movement shelved due to insufficient evidence after a woman alleged in a social media post last year that she was drugged and gang raped at the five-star Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo in 2014’
16 hours ago
But they added that the case could be reopened if new evidence came to light.
In a statement, prosecutors said they had pursued the suspects last year by enforcing travel bans and issuing international arrest warrants for three of the men from Lebanon.
But, they added, “there is insufficient evidence against the defendants to proceed with a criminal case. The release of those temporarily detained has been ordered”.
They said they had interviewed 39 witnesses, and that “contradictions appeared in the testimonies of witnesses about key facts of the incident”.
Prosecutors also questioned police and forensic doctors, they said, as well as the alleged victim.
Assault Police, the campaign account that first reported the allegations last year, posted about the case being dropped with the hashtag “#justiceforthefairmontsurvivor”.
When it was first publicised last year, the case led to people across Egypt sharing their experiences online of sexual harassment and assault.
#AceNewsReport – May.14: The cops thought they had nabbed the shooter when they zeroed in on a man who matched the description of the man whose image from security cameras had been circulated, but he told them he was actually the shooter’s brother, and gave them the name of the perp. It remains unclear how the NYPD determined that they weren’t really talking with the shooter himself but instead bought his story that his brother did it.
NEW YORK: ‘Just before five o’clock on Saturday afternoon in Times Square, a man began firing randomly into the crowd, injuring three people, including a four-year-old girl. The perpetrator was identified as a 31-year-old illegal CD peddler and possible drug dealer Farrakhan Muhammad, who was still at large as of Monday afternoon.
In any case, the brother told the cops that Farrakhan Muhammad hadn’t intended to shoot random people; Farrakhan had actually been aiming at his brother, who was standing in the crowd, but he was a poor shot.
That may really be what happened, but I also can’t help but notice that Farrakhan Muhammad has a very interesting name. He appears to be named after one man who has called for 10,000 volunteers to stalk and kill white people, and after another who is generally considered to be the author of a book that three times exhorts people to “kill them wherever you find them” (Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, cf. 9:5). Might Farrakhan Muhammad’s ideology and worldview have had anything to do with these shootings, or were they all about his being angry with his brother, as has been reported?
Maybe, but maybe not. Maybe Farrakhan Muhammad is a born-again Christian or an avowed pacifist who just lost his temper. Nonetheless, his name in connection with his act does raise eyebrows. After all, the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda have repeatedly called for random jihad attacks on individuals in the U.S. and Europe of precisely the kind that Farrakhan Muhammad committed on Saturday.
A more salient question is, “If Farrakhan Muhammad was religiously or ideologically motivated, will we ever find out?” The establishment media is so intent on pushing its narrative at the expense of reality that the answer to the last question is most likely “no.” It is astonishing how swiftly the propaganda organs that we call the media drop a story when it doesn’t fit the version of reality they want us all to swallow. How much have you heard lately about the Boulder, Colo., supermarket shooter Ahmad Al Issa, who was identified as a white supremacist by numerous leftist “journalists” on Twitter before his name was released? After the name was released, the story sank without a trace.
#AceNewsReport – May.14: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is investigating the case with the assistance of the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD).
ICE/HSI/SAPD Report: ‘Driver of tractor trailer carrying multiple noncitizens charged with human smuggling: Aron Bernard Griffin, 49, was arrested without incident. On Friday, he appeared before a U.S. federal court judge who charged him with smuggling undocumented noncitizens’
According to court documents, several concerned community members called 911 to report multiple individuals inside the back of a tractor trailer Griffin was driving.
The tractor trailer pulled over at a gas station on Interstate Highway 10 East in San Antonio. Forty-one undocumented noncitizens were found at the scene and were detained by HSI special agents. Griffin admitted to agents he had made an agreement with another person to get paid for picking up the individuals in Laredo and transport them to San Antonio.
If convicted, Griffin faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daphne Newaz, Western District of Texas, is prosecuting the case.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
HSI is a directorate and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.
#AceNewsReport – May.14: Today’s 20-year sentence recognizes the gravity of Clark’s conduct, including his calls for other ISIS supporters to carry out lone wolf terrorist attacks in New York City,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Having pledged allegiance to ISIS, Clark provided others with specific instructions on knifing and bomb-making for use in such attacks. We remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism and committed to identifying and holding accountable those who threaten our communities through their support for foreign terrorist organizations.”
‘Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Disseminated ISIS Propaganda & Bomb-Making Instructions in an Effort to Incite Acts of Terrorism and Violence in New York City and Elsewhere’
‘Zachary Clark, aka Umar Kabir, Umar Shishani and Abu Talha, 42, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in August 2020 to one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization’
“Zachary Clark pledged allegiance to ISIS and posted calls for attacks on the public and institutions in New York City on encrypted pro-ISIS chatrooms, along with detailed instructions for carrying out those violent acts,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York. “Thanks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Clark’s efforts to incite deadly violence on behalf of ISIS have been silenced. Today’s sentence sends a clear message that those who seek to further ISIS’s campaign of terror and violence, no matter the method, will face serious consequences.”
“The FBI remains steadfast in the fight against terrorism,” said Acting Assistant Director Patrick Reddan for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “I would like to thank the men and women of the FBI, along with our partners in law enforcement, for holding accountable individuals, such as Zachary Clark, who pledge allegiance to ISIS and support and spread their violent terrorist agenda. We remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism and protect the American people, and today’s sentencing underscores that commitment.”
According to court documents, Clark pledged allegiance to ISIS twice: first in July 2019 to ISIS’s then-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and then in October 2019 to ISIS’s new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Sashemi al-Qurayshi, whom ISIS promoted after al-Baghdadi’s death. Beginning in at least March 2019, Clark disseminated ISIS propaganda through, among other avenues, encrypted chatrooms intended for members, associates, supporters and potential recruits of ISIS. Clark’s propaganda included, among other things, calls for ISIS supporters to commit lone wolf attacks in New York City.
For example, on Aug. 3, 2019, Clark posted instructions about how to conduct such an attack, including directions on how to select an attack target, how to conduct preoperational surveillance, how to conduct operational planning and how to avoid attracting law enforcement attention when preparing for and conducting the attack. On another occasion, Clark posted a manual entitled “Knife Attacks,” which stated, among other things, that discomfort at “the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh” is “never an excuse for abandoning jihad” and that “[k]nives, though certainly not the only weapon for inflicting harm upon the kuffar [non-believers], are widely available in every land and thus readily accessible.”
Clark urged the participants in encrypted chatrooms to attack specific targets, posting maps and images of the New York City subway system and encouraging ISIS supporters to attack those locations: Clark’s guidance also included posting a manual entitled “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,” which was issued by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and included detailed instructions about constructing bombs using readily available materials:
The FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the NYPD and over 50 other federal, state and local agencies, investigated the case: Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gillian Grossman, Matthew Hellman and Sidhardha Kamaraju of the Southern District of New York prosecuted the case with assistance from Trial Attorneys Jason Denney and Chad Davis of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
#AceNewsReport – May.14: Some of the most common unwanted calls the FTC sees currently include pretend Social Security Administration, Medicare, and IRS calls, fake Amazon or Apple Computer support calls, and fake auto warranty and credit card calls.
AMERICA: SCAM ALERT: Unwanted calls: Just block ’em and report ’em ……..So this week, as part of Older Americans Month, we’re talking about how to block unwanted calls — for yourself, and for your friends and family. To get started, check out this video:
May 12, 2021by
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
But no matter what type of unwanted calls you get (and everyone is getting them) your best defense is a good offense. Here are three universal truths to live by:
Don’t trust your caller ID
Hang up on robocalls
Use call blocking
Visit FTC.gov/calls to learn to block calls on your cell phone and home phone.
The FTC continues to go after the companies and scammers behind these calls, so please report unwanted calls at donotcall.gov. If you’ve lost money to a scam call, tell us at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Your reports help us take action against scammers and illegal robocallers — just like we did in Operation Call It Quits. In this law enforcement sweep, the FTC and its state and federal partners brought 94 actions against illegal robocallers. But there’s more: we also take the phone numbers you report and release them publicly each business day. That helps phone carriers and other partners that are working on call-blocking and call-labeling solutions.
So share these videos and this call blocking news with your friends and family. Sharing will help protect someone you care about from a scam — and it’ll help them get fewer unwanted calls, too!
#AceNewsReport- May.14: The author of the article was the town’s mayor, a 63-year-old former minister who was recently found guilty of rape and sexual assault:
“ You can easily imagine, I’m not the best placed to comment objectively on the decision of the court,” began the editorial in a council newsletter in the French town of Draveil: He was acquitted at an earlier trial but in February this year he was given a five-year sentence, two years of which were suspended. He was also banned from holding public office for six years as France’s elite confronted by sexual abuse scandals
17 hours ago
By Victoria Bisset BBC News
But despite his conviction, an appeal has allowed Georges Tron to continue to lead Draveil from his prison cell.
And many people are angry.
On Tuesday, a group of local activists held another protest near Draveil, in the southern suburbs of Paris, calling for Tron to be removed as mayor.
Members of the Not in Draveil or Anywhere Else (Nada) Collective dressed as chickens and accused local politicians of cowardice over the issue.
The case against Tron began over a decade ago, when he was forced to resign as a junior government minister following accusations of rape and sexual assault by two former employees.
The problem, as local opposition politician François Damerval explains, is that Tron’s appeal against his conviction means he is presumed to be innocent until a final verdict is delivered – and he has therefore been able to continue his duties as mayor from behind bars.
France’s justice minister – who served as the mayor’s lawyer in his initial trial – has previously said that the government will not be able to remove him from office because of the ongoing appeal.
“The current system is problematic because it protects people who have been convicted of rape – even if there’s the presumption of innocence. But above all, he doesn’t have the moral capacity to lead the administration,” Mr Damerval told the BBC.
“Today on paper, he’s still the head of the [municipal] staff who was convicted of raping a member of staff.”
And it is the moral aspect of the case that Tron’s opponents are focussing on.
Gabrielle Boeri-Charles, another local politician, notes that the French cabinet has the power to revoke a mayor’s position under such circumstances.
“We consider that the loss of moral authority applies here because the acts for which he was convicted were committed in his position as mayor,” she says.
But gaining the support of other residents to remove Tron has been harder.
“We’re a small town of 30,000 people and when a mayor is here for 25 years he can implement a system in which he has a lot of personal power,” she says.
Since he was jailed in February, Tron has continued to preside over council meetings, with statements read out on his behalf in two sessions.
François Damerval A statement by Mayor Georges Tron was read out during April’s council meeting
His deputy, Richard Privat, defended the mayor’s continued role in the town’s affairs, telling France Télévision in April: “Until there is evidence to the contrary, he is still mayor. No one has removed him from his post so he is still mayor.”
In a council meeting last month, the opposition put forward a motion calling for Tron to be removed but the mayor’s supporters left the room before a vote could take place. Ms Boeri-Charles says that online criticism has also been silenced.
“On the town’s Facebook page, they publish what he has written from prison but they refuse to publish what the opposition has to say. If you comment or criticise, it’s erased. And in a town, there’s not so much space to have a debate.
“The fact that he used his moral authority to act, and the continuing denial, silence and even support around him, is a collective failure,” adds Ms Boeri-Charles.
Collectif NADAA protester holds a sign that reads ‘Rapist = no access to power’
But the mayor’s opponents remain convinced he has to go.
At least 35,000 people have now signed an online petition demanding Tron’s resignation.
Raphaël Demonchy, a co-founder of Nada, says that in addition to holding protests, the group has spent time speaking to the town’s residents to explain why they believe the mayor should be removed: “It’s not only about Draveil, it’s a more global situation about what the French Republic accepts from its elected officials.”
“In the post-Me Too era there is no more impunity for people who have committed sexual assaults,” agrees Mr Damerval. “And today, the fact that he can continue to rule from prison is an insult to women.”Women discuss street harassment in France
#AceNewsReport – May.14: One of the interdicted migrants remains in Puerto Rico to face possible federal prosecution on charges of attempted illegal re-entry into the United States:
USCG Report: ‘Coast Guard repatriates 13 of 14 migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: The migrant group consisting of 13 males, including a 16-year-old minor, and a pregnant woman, claimed being Dominican Republic nationals’
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 05/12/2021 01:15 PM EDTNews Release
Coast Guard repatriates 13 of 14 migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies to combat illegal migrant smuggling.
Editor’s note: Click on images to download high-resolution versions.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector San Juan received a call from a U.S. Border Patrol agent at 3:39 a.m. Sunday reporting a Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine unit had intercepted a migrant vessel, approximately three nautical miles off the island’s west coast. During the interdiction, two of the migrants jumped into the water and attempted to swim to shore.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen launched to search for the two migrants in the water. Once on scene, the Coast Guard aircrew spotted the two men struggling to stay afloat, and vectored in the Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser’s cutter boat to their position. The Coast Guard boat crew safely recovered the two men, who were embarked, along with the other migrants, aboard the cutter Winslow Griesser.
Prior to embarking, the Winslow Griesser crew provided the migrants with lifejackets. Once aboard the cutter, they received food, water and basic medical attention.
“I commend the responding units in this case,” said Cmdr. Beau Powers, Sector San Juan chief of response. “Their efforts helped save two lives from drowning and ensured the safe return of 13 of the migrants to the Dominican Republic. We call out to anyone considering taking part in an illegal voyage across the Mona Passage that you not take to the sea. The perils are quite real, and your life and the lives of everyone else in the voyage will be in great danger.”
The crew of the cutter Winslow Griesser transferred 12 adult migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday, and repatriated the minor to Dominican Republic authorities in Santo Domingo Tuesday morning.
Cutter Winslow Griesser is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action, in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) recently conducted tests with the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China, involving a bank designated by the mainland authority, as well as merchants and bank staff, the HKMA said in an e-mailed response to questions:
HONG KONG: ‘Looking to expand cross-border tests in talks with the Chinese mainland to expand cross-border testing of the digital yuan after the first phase proceeded smoothly, another step toward wider adoption of the currency’
This undated photo captures a sign promoting e-CNY payment at a department store in Shanghai. (LIU XIN / FOR CHINA DAILY)
We are discussing and collaborating with the PBOC on the next phase of technical testing, including the feasibility of broadening and deepening the use of e-CNY for cross-boundary payments.
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
“We have tested the use of the related app, system connectivity and certain use cases such as cross-boundary purchases,” it said. “We are discussing and collaborating with the PBOC on the next phase of technical testing, including the feasibility of broadening and deepening the use of e-CNY for cross-boundary payments.”As China explores digital yuan for cross-border transactions
The PBOC is well ahead of other major central banks in developing its own digital currency, seeking to replace cash and maintain control over a payments landscape that has become increasingly dominated by technology companies not regulated like banks.
China has been expanding trials in major cities like Shenzhen, with wider adoption planned for the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year. Cross-border use of the digital yuan would be an important step toward global adoption of the currency for financial transactions.
PBOC officials confirmed in April the central bank had conducted the cross-border tests with the HKMA.
The use of the digital yuan in Hong Kong could lead to a much faster and cheaper cross-border payment and clearing process, consultancy Oliver Wyman said in a report released Wednesday. It estimated that costs related to cross-border payments in the city are about US$20 billion to US$40 billion per year, the equivalent of as much as 11 percent of the city’s gross domestic product in 2020 and they should play a key role in digital yuan rollout
“If the payment infrastructure underpinning e-CNY were to roll out for cross-border payments at scale, we believe it can address a substantial portion of this cost base,” said Michael Ho, principal of financial services at Oliver Wyman and co-author of the report.
China could promote the digital yuan’s overseas use starting with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the consultancy wrote in the report. It could also potentially use the digital yuan to settle oil contracts, given its growing influence as an oil buyer, and create an “e-CNY bubble” among countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, it said.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: Editor says when l set up this site many years ago l started with one simple aim to provide stories and posts that provided tha truth in the news ……since that day its become more difficult to find the truth with so many bias interviews and stories that just provide their view of the situation and their beliefs …..l now publish articles and posts that reflect not my view but an unbiased view of the news ….as the truth will set you free by the ‘Word of God’ being spoken up on the earth Amen
Israel-Gaza violence dominates Arab media: ‘However, the news remains relatively low down the running order of Syrian TV news, and in Iran it only started topping bulletins on Tuesday in both countries – key members of the so-called “axis of resistance” to Israel – domestic issues have taken priority’
BBC News: Says the escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza dominates TV and press coverage in most of the Middle East, with an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the Palestinians expressed by social media users across the region:
16 hours ago
By BBC Monitoring Essential Media Insight
Qatari Al-Jazeera’s Arabic channel, a traditional supporter of the Palestinian cause, gives the story full coverage: It is also the lead story on Saudi-funded Al Arabiya, which is pressing its guests and correspondents on claims by both sides:
Arab press highlights ‘dilemma’
Some Arabic newspapers predict a long-running armed conflict while others criticise “deluded” Arab countries that signed peace deals with Israel.
London-based website Rai al-Youm said: “Perhaps a major confrontation is imminent. We are in the beginning of an armed intifada that may last for months.”
Jordan’s Al-Dustour daily says Arab countries face “a serious dilemma” – whether to preserve their Arab-Islamic identity or continue normalisation with Israel.
A column in Algeria’s Echorouk says the clashes have “revealed the limitations and delusion of the normalisers”.
In Lebanon, Nidaa al-Watan notes how protests in Lebanese cities rejected “oppression against the Palestinian people”.
An editorial in Jerusalem-based Al-Quds urges Egypt to work hard for a truce to end “the bloodbath in Gaza”. “We see that a truce will be good for all the parties, particularly our people in the Gaza Strip. No party has any interest in an ongoing military escalation,” it says.
The story dominated Egypt’s press on Tuesday, but on Wednesday it was pushed down by domestic matters. However, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper expresses surprise at the “international silence and the silence of the Biden administration” in the US.
On social media, Arabic hashtags being used to express solidarity with the Palestinians include “Gaza under attack”, “Free Palestine” and “Gaza resists”.
Thousands of users have lashed out at the Arab leaders, saying that they only care about “maintaining their relations” with Israel to remain in power.
The view from Turkey and Iran
The conflict has topped Turkey’s news agenda for several days, with both print and broadcast media widely condemnatory of Israel.
“They [Israel] know well how to kill children,” reads the front page of the flagship pro-government Sabah newspaper on Wednesday.
“Your day of reckoning will come,” says Yeni Safak in its main headline.
Opposition Sozcu newspaper says the Arab world, the US, the EU and UN have “not given a strong response”.
Iran’s domestic media is focused on its June presidential election, but the Israel-Gaza conflict is the main international story.
Rolling news channel IRINN and Press TV report Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, while newspapers highlight Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel.
“Biggest missile attack against Tel Aviv,” says the headline in conservative Khorasan.
And hardline Javan writes: “Gaza’s missile shield over honourable Quds [Jerusalem]”.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: Investigators from the National Crime Agency arrested Mark James Dale, aged 45, at his home in Market Place, Romford, in July last year after linking Dale’s online activity to a known paedophile forum:
NCA Report: ‘Dark web paedophile sentenced: Dale, who has previous convictions for child sexual abuse offences, frequented chat rooms and searched for abuse material on the dark web, which he accessed using TOR (The Onion Router) software’
A laptop and tablet seized were found to contain 14,222 indecent images and videos of children – ranging from category A, the most serious, to C.
Dale was convicted in 2011 and 2019 for similar offences, and was bound to strict rules under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO). These included registering any digital devices with the Metropolitan Police Service.
Yesterday at Snaresbrook Crown Court, he was sentenced to 30 months after he pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and breaching his SHPO at an earlier hearing.
NCA Operations Manager Martin Ludlow said: “Despite being a convicted child sex offender, Dale continued to seek out abuse images in the belief that using the dark web gave him anonymity.
“We must not forget that for every image or video he downloaded, a child was being exploited somewhere.
“Tackling child sexual abuse is of the utmost priority to the NCA and working with our partners, we will do everything in our power to protect children and hold those perpetrators to account.”
#AceNewsReport – May.13: Hamilton was honored to conduct at-sea operations with the Ukrainian navy,” said Capt. Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of Hamilton, “Because we have shared interests, these events promote our strong partnership in ensuring safe and lawful activity in the Black Sea.”
USCGC Report: ‘Hamilton conducts exercises conducted maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and ship handling operations with the Ukrainian navy vessel Island-class patrol boat Starobilsk (P 241). These operations were designed to increase interoperability as a part of a regional effort to bolster maritime partnerships with NATO partners’
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 05/11/2021 08:58 AM EDT:
The U.S. Coast Guard has a long and enduring partnership with regional maritime forces, particularly in strengthening maritime forces in Georgia and Ukraine. Hamilton conducted at sea engagements with the Georgian coast guard and a port visit in Batumi, Georgia, last week.
“This was a great opportunity to interact and share best practices with the Ukrainian navy,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Dunsavage, Hamilton crew member. “Both of our crews take pride in being professional mariners, and today, we proved that. We look forward to doing it again.”
Hamilton is the first U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit the Black Sea since 2008. The last U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit the Black Sea, USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716), sailed to the Black Sea twice, in 2008 and 1995.
Hamilton is the fourth national security cutter and is the fifth cutter named for the father of the U.S. Coast Guard – Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and advocate for the creation of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.
The U.S. Coast Guard remains operational during COVID-19, following all COVID-19 safety precautions and regulations.
The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a routine deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations, working alongside NATO Allies and partners, building maritime domain awareness, and sharing best practices with partner nation navies and coast guards.
U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: Reta Mays, who worked at the facility in West Virginia, was given a further 20 years for trying to kill another:
Reta Mays: US care worker given life for murdering patients: ‘She had already admitted at an earlier hearing to murdering the seven by injecting them with insulin at the Louis A Johnson Medical Center’ The judge described Mays, 46, as a “monster of the worst kind” nurse became a serial killer?
18 hours ago
“You are the monster no-one sees coming,” US District Judge Thomas S Kleeh said, adding that she would not be eligible for probation.
Mays’ victims were aged between 81 and 96 and had served in the US forces during conflicts including World War Two and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
Prosecutors said she unnecessarily injected them with insulin at the hospital in Clarksburg, which caused sudden hypoglycaemic events that led to the deaths.
Norma Shaw, widow of air force veteran George Shaw, said in a recorded video message that he “became a man trapped in his own body” after Mays injected him with insulin. When he later died, the family initially believed his death was from natural causes.
At Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, the court heard impact statements from relatives of the victims.
“He was everything to me. In my heart I know I need to forgive her for what she did, and someday I will, but not today. I know that judgement will come one day,” she said.
Robert Edge Jr, the son of Robert Edge Sr, who was Mays’ first victim, said she had deprived nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren of his love.
“You murdered my father without cause or reason,” he said. “As you hear my words, I want them to play in your mind over and over and over again until the day you die.”
Mays wept as she addressed the court, saying: “There’s no words I can say that can offer the families any comfort. I can only say I’m sorry for the pain I caused them and my family.”
Mays’ lawyer, Jay McCamic, told the court that his client had suffered mental health problems, including PTSD, from her time serving in the US military in Iraq between 2003-04.
The judge said that during the period of the killings, Mays had used her work computer to search the internet for “female serial killers”. He said she had lied to investigators three times about her role in the deaths.
Judge Kleeh acknowledged she had wrestled with mental health issues but said that there was “no explanation” and “no justification” for Mays’ actions.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: An MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River was in flight conducting training when instructed to divert and respond to the call for help:
Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 25 miles off Tillamook Bay, Ore: ‘At approximately 1:40 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from the vessel’s captain reporting the crew member was experiencing intense fatigue, difficulty breathing and periodically losing feeling in his hands and feet’
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 05/11/2021 10:40 PM
The aircrew arrived on scene at 2:38 p.m., hoisted the fisherman and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Sector Columbia River. He was in stable condition upon transfer and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: It’s never too late to find love, and lots of dating sites and apps are there to help. But scammers are out to steal your heart, too…and then steal your money. This Older Americans Month, let’s talk about romance scams. These can happen when someone makes a fake profile on dating sites, apps and social media. They then message you to get a relationship going, build your trust, and connect.
SCAM ALERT: No money, honey, Then, they hit you up for money. “Baby, I want to come see you but I’m short on funds. Can you send me $500 for a ticket?” Or, “I love you, honey. But we may not be able to talk anymore because my phone is about to get cut off. I need $300 to pay the bill…” Get the idea?
May 11, 2021by
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
In the name of love, you send money. They come back with other lies to get still more money. Then the messages stop. You can’t reach them. They’ve taken off with a piece of your heart and big chunk of your wallet.
People reported $304 million in losses to romance scams in 2020. Here’s how you can avoid these heartless imposters:
If someone you’ve never met in person asks you for money, that’s a scam. No matter the story. Never send money or gifts to anyone you haven’t met in person — even if they send you money first.
Do a reverse image search of the person’s profile picture. See if it’s associated with another name or with details that don’t match up. Those are signs of a scam.
Talk to someone you trust about your new love interest, and pay attention if they’re concerned. Learn more by watching this video and at ftc.gov/romancescams. And if a scammer tries to charm you out of your funds, report it to the FTC.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: Protests by Israeli Arabs in the town turned into full-scale riots on Tuesday night. Demonstrators clashed with police and set cars and buildings ablaze, the day after a funeral for a man allegedly shot dead by Jewish residents.
LOD: Why an Israeli town’s mayor is warning of civil war: That is how Mayor Yair Revivo described the situation after violence exploded in the mixed Arab-Jewish Israeli town, lying 15km (9 miles) south-east of Tel Aviv.
“Civil war has broken out in Lod.” This is a complete loss of control,” Mr Revivo told Israel’s Channel 12 News. “Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight… The situation is incendiary.”
Violence also flared in other cities and towns with sizeable Arab populations – including neighbouring Ramle, Acre, Jaffa, Jisr al-Zarqa and Umm al-Fahm. Police arrested 270 people.
“The sight of the pogrom in Lod and the disturbances across the country by an incited and bloodthirsty Arab mob, injuring people, damaging property and even attacking sacred Jewish spaces is unforgiveable,” President Reuven Rivlin said on Wednesday.
He added: “The silence of the Arab leadership about these disturbances is shameful, giving support to terrorism and rioting and encouraging the rupture of the society in which we live and in which we will continue to live once all this has passed.”
EPATorah scrolls were removed from a torched synagogue on Wednesday
A number of Israeli Arab politicians have called for an end to the rioting.
The unrest follows days of high tensions in Jerusalem, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at a key holy site, and escalating hostilities between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the the Israeli military since Monday night that have left more than 50 people dead.
What happened in Lod?
In recent days, Israeli Arabs have staged protests in sympathy with Palestinians in Jerusalem and Gaza.
“This is the first time we’ve seen local residents using weapons, opening fire, and the response from our units has been also using live fire in order to prevent anyone from being killed,” police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.
Separately, a 52-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter were killed when a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit their car in Lod. Khalil and Nadin Awad were both Israeli Arabs.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now declared a state of emergency in Lod, granting police more powers there. It is reportedly the first time since 1966 the government has used emergency powers over an Arab community.
“It’s anarchy from rioters and we cannot accept it,” Mr Netanyahu told reporters on a visit to the town early on Wednesday, vowing to “restore law and order with an iron fist”.
“I don’t feel safe exiting my home,” Jewish resident Lior Benisti told Channel 12. “We wanted to go to my sister, we have two small daughters and we decided to stay in tonight even though we don’t have a rocket-proof room. Better take the risk of rockets than the mayhem outside.”
Who are the Israeli Arabs?
In total, about 21% of Israel’s population are Israeli Arabs – about 1.96 million people, according to a December report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.
During the war that surrounded the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Arabs were forced from or fled their homes. Those who stayed in what became Israel, and their descendants, have been granted citizenship and are known as Israeli Arabs.
About 80% of Israeli Arabs are Muslim, with the rest identifying as either Christian or Druze. Most identify strongly with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, with many calling themselves “Palestinian citizens of Israel”.A 2018 BBC story on how one school is bridging the gap between Jews and Arabs.
Israel’s government says its Arab citizens have equal social and political rights, although they are exempt from compulsory military service.
But Israeli Arabs themselves say they are treated as second-class citizens who face legal, institutional and social discrimination.
Authorities in Lod built a 3m-high (10ft) wall through a part of the town in 2010, separating the Jewish and Arab communities. Officials said it was to reduce crime, but Israeli Arabs said it was an attempt at enforcing segregation.
#AceNewsReport – May.13: The headlines from Sheikh Jarrah almost all ignore the basic facts of the issue: The buildings in question are owned by Jews and the Arab residents have refused to pay rent – even though they had agreed in a 1982 court case.
WHO REALLY OWNS THE LAND?Is Israel Really Trying to Evict Innocent Palestinians From Their Homes In Sheikh Jarrah? Elder of Ziyon has the details here: “Palestinians who demand 675,000 Jews be evicted because they are Jewish are complaining about ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Sheikh Jarrah,” Elder of Ziyon, May 6, 2021:
As NGO Monitor summarizes:
According to the Supreme Court, the land in question “was owned by Chief Rabbi (Hacham Bashi) Avraham Ashkenazi and Chief Rabbi Meir Orbach until the War of Independence , after they purchased it in 1875 from its Arab owners.”
Subsequently, two Jewish organizations, Va’ad Eidat HaSfaradim and Va’ad HaKlali L’Knesset Yisrael, worked to register the land with the British Mandatory government in 1946….
Sheikh Jarrah explained: The past and present of East Jerusalem neighbourhood
Sheikh Jarrah, the Palestinian neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem facing imminent Israeli eviction, was once a breezy orchard lying less than a kilometre north of the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.
In the early 20th century, wealthy Palestinian families moved to build modern houses in the area, escaping the narrow streets and the hustle and bustle of their air-tight homes in the Old City.
The neighbourhood’s name refers to the personal physician of the Islamic general Saladin, who is believed to have settled there when Muslim armies captured the city from Christian crusaders in 1187.
Refugees from Palestine 1948
In 1956, 28 Palestinian families settled in the neighbourhood. Those families were part of a wider population of 750,000 forcibly expelled by Zionist militias during the 1948 war – known to Palestinians as the Nakba, or “catastrophe” – from the Arab towns and cities that became Israel.
East Jerusalem was administered by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which governed the West Bank. Jordan had built houses for the 28 Palestinian families in 1956 with the approval of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
In the 1960s, the families agreed a deal with the Jordanian government that would make them the owners of the land and houses, receiving official land deeds signed in their names after three years. In return, they would renounce their refugee status.
However, the deal was cut short as Israel captured and illegally occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and Jordan lost control of the territories.
Currently, there are 38 Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, four of them facing imminent eviction, while three are expected to be removed on 1 August.
The rest are in different stages of court cases, going head-to-head with powerful Israeli settler groups in Israeli courts.
Jerusalem’s ‘Holy Basin’
Since Israel seized East Jerusalem in the 1967 war, Israeli settler organisations have claimed ownership of the land in Sheikh Jarrah and have filed multiple successful lawsuits to evict Palestinians from the neighbourhood.
Two settler groups filed lawsuits saying that Sephardic Jews owned the land in 1885, during Ottoman rule, which ended in 1917.
Israelis have made similar claims to owning Palestinian lands that lie less than a kilometre away from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Israel has a grand settlement strategy called the “Holy Basin,” which is a set of settler units and a string of parks themed after biblical places and figures around the Old City of Jerusalem. The plan requires the removal of Palestinian houses in the area.
In November, an Israeli court ratified the eviction of 87 Palestinians from the Batan al-Hawa area in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa mosque, in favour of the Israeli settler group Ateret Cohanim.
This group, which aims to expand the presence of settlers inside Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem and around and inside the Old City, had sued the residents of Batan al-Hawa, claiming that the land was owned by Yemeni Jews during the Ottoman period until 1938, when the British Mandate moved them due to political tensions.
Israeli law works in favour of settlers by allowing only Jews to claim property they claim they have owned prior to 1948 while denying the same right to Palestinians.
Owners turned tenants
On Sunday, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered that the Iskafi, Kurd, Jaanoi and Qassem families – consisting of 30 adults and 10 children – evacuate their homes by 6 May. These families have been shunted around the courts for almost four years.
The court gave the Hammad, Dagani and Daoudi families living in the same area until 1 August to evacuate.
In 1982, Israeli settler groups asked the court to evict 24 Palestinian families living in Shiekh Jarrah. In 1991, the families faced another twist when they accused their Israeli lawyer and legal representative of forging their signatures on documents in 1991 stating that the ownership of the lands belonged to the settlers.
Since then, Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah had been treated as tenants in front of the Israel courts, facing removal orders to allow the way for settlers to take over their houses.
In 2005, the Israeli court dismissed Ottoman documents presented by Suleiman Darwish Hijazi, one of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, as evidence of his ownership of the land.
‘It looks like a war zone’: Israeli forces violently crack down on Palestinians in Sheikh JarrahRead More »
In 2002, 43 Palestinians were evicted from the area and Israeli settlers took over their properties. In 2008, the al-Kurd family was removed, and in 2009, the Hanoun and Ghawi families were evicted and in 2017 the Shamasneh family was also removed from their home by Israeli settlers.
Palestinians had called for Jordan to release official papers and documents to prove their ownership. In April, Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi handed over documents proving Palestinian ownership of their properties in Sheikh Jarrah, in a bid to prevent a new mass eviction.
Last week, the Jordanian government ratified 14 agreement from the 1960s with Palestinian families in Shiekh Jarrah to strengthen their position against Israeli courts.
Since the beginning of 2020, Israeli courts have ordered the eviction of 13 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah.
The area became a focal point of protest and sit in solidarity activities, drawing in Palestinian and anti-occupation Israeli and international activists.
The disputed land was bought in 1875 from Arab owners by the area’s Chief Rabbi; it was then owned by his successor until — we are told — the 1948 war. This was the finding of Israel’s Supreme Court, which is notorious for bending over backwards to find for the Palestinian side in cases brought before it. But the title in this instance was clear-cut. The land in dispute was then bought from the rabbinate by two Jewish organizations, There is some confusion here. It’s unclear if these properties were bought during the War of Independence in 1948, as the Supreme Court stated, or two years earlier, when the new buyers “worked to register” their ownership with the Mandatory government. Whatever the correct dates for the transfer of ownership, the owners of the land were undeniably Jews.
According to a 1979 High Court decision, and re-affirmed repeatedly in subsequent cases, as in the case of any tenant living on someone else’s property, residents living on the land owned by these organizations were required to pay rent to the organizations that owned the properties. Their failure to do so, along with instances of illegal building and illegally renting properties to others, resulted in the current legal proceedings against them, culminating in the District Court decision.
There are only four Arab families now being asked to leave land they do not own and for which they have always refused to pay rent, though the propaganda campaign being waged by the Palestinians leaves the distinct impression that hundreds of Arabs are in danger of eviction without cause.
There is nothing complicated about this case. It’s a question of property law, of who has title to four parcels of land. The land was originally bought by Jews in 1875, and has continued to be owned, without interruption, by a handful of Jewish owners. The land is now owned by the Nahalat Shimon Company, which bought the properties from two Jewish organizations, Va’ad Eidat HaSfaradim and Va’ad HaKlali L’Knesset Yisrael. The four Arab families living on these parcels have never paid rent to the Jewish owners. In addition, they have built structures illegally on part of the land they occupy, and some have illegally rented out to other Arabs the properties that they do not themselves own, nor pay any rent on.
Crucially, in 1982, a number of residents- including those whose descendants appealed to the District Court- agreed in Magistrate Court that the 2 Israeli non-profits were the legal land owners….
Having admitted in 1982 that two Israeli non-profits owned the land in question (which they subsequently sold, in 2003, to the Nahalat Shimon organization), the Arabs living on those properties are estopped to deny that admission.
There is no “ethnic cleansing” going on here. If Jews lived on these same properties and had refused over many years to pay rent to the properties’ rightful owners, they, too, would face eviction proceedings.
Today, the Palestinian National Council sent letters to the heads of parliaments around the world and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, demanding support to stop the “ethnic cleansing of Jerusalemites” in Sheikh Jarrah….
There is no cloud on the title of these four properties. They were bought from Arabs by Jews in 1875, and have been owned by Jews, or Jewish organizations, ever since. Every attempt by the Arabs to lay claim to ownership has been roundly rejected by a series of court decisions.
But will any of this – the chain of title to the land back to 1875, the non-payment of rent by Arabs “squatting” on this land — be reported by the mainstream media, or will that media stick with the PA’s narrative of cruel evictions being wantonly carried out by Israelis intent on seizing strategically-located parcels of land from their rightful Arab owners, as part of a campaign to “Judaize” East Jerusalem? Alas, we both know the answer to that.