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Al-Aqsa Hospital Loses Power as Health Facilities Inundated Amid Nonstop Israeli Attacks

May 24, 2024

In central Gaza, generators at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah have reportedly gone out as the hospital warns there is no fuel left to power generators and that without electricity, “all patients will be condemned to death.” On Thursday, Al-Aqsa Hospital treated dozens of Palestinians injured in an Israeli shelling on a welfare ministry site. Twelve people were killed in that attack.

Dr. Khalil al-Degran: “Most of the bodies were burnt. More than 30 wounded arrived at this hospital. This hospital in a few hours will not be functioning because of the lack of fuel for the generator. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital is the only one hospital that is functioning in central Gaza.”

In Jabaliya in northern Gaza, the last two hospitals still treating patients remain under a dayslong Israeli siege. This comes as the Israeli military says the bodies of three hostages were recovered in the Jabaliya refugee camp. They are believed to have been killed in the October 7 attack and then brought to Gaza.

U.N.: 900,000 Gazans Have Been Displaced Since Start of Rafah Invasion

May 24, 2024

In southern Gaza, Israeli ground forces continue to advance in Rafah, which has now been decimated despite once being designated as a “safe area.” The U.N. warns over 900,000 Gazans — nearly half the population — have been forcibly displaced in the past few weeks and do not have access to shelter, food, water and other essentials.

In diplomatic news, the AFP reports CIA chief Wiliam Burns is headed to Paris in hopes of reviving ceasefire talks.

Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice is expected to rule shortly on South Africa’s request to order a halt to Israel’s assault on Rafah.

House Panel Grills More University Heads Amid Ongoing Student Protests

May 24, 2024

A House panel held another hearing Thursday on student Palestinian solidarity protests with the heads of Northwestern University, Rutgers University and the University of California, Los Angeles. While Republican lawmakers again sought to amplify alleged antisemitism on campuses, Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioned UCLA Chancellor Gene Block on failing to protect his students when a violent pro-Israeli mob, many of them outsiders, attacked peaceful protesters.

Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Because of your inaction, they acted on the intention and brutally attacked students you were responsible for. This happened in front of your eyes, on your campus, and it was live-streamed for the whole world to see. So, I would like to know, if you are truly committed to keeping your students safe, how did you fail these students at many critical points where you could have intervened?”

Gene Block: “Thank you for the question, but I really — I’m sorry, but I reject the premise. These students were encamped — these students” —

Rep. Ilhan Omar: “How do you reject the premise? Are these pictures lying?

Gene Block: “Can I” —

Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Are these pictures — are any of these people in jail?”

The mob attacked the pro-Palestinian students at the encampment with metal bars and two-by-fours. We’ll have more on this hearing after headlines with Northwestern professor Steven Thrasher.

Police Raid UCLA; Harvard Graduates Walk Out, Defend Protesters Who Were Denied Graduation

May 24, 2024

As the hearing was unfolding on Capitol Hill, police in riot gear stormed UCLA’s campus just after hundreds of students set up another encampment and took over a campus building.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, over 1,000 Harvard graduates walked out of their commencement ceremony Thursday. Many chanted “Let them walk,” in reference to the 13 students who were not allowed to graduate in retaliation for their involvement with campus protests. Speakers at the ceremony also addressed the issue.

Ali Mirza: “While these students may not leave with the degrees they rightfully earned, they will walk out of Harvard’s gates with something far more important: a clear conscience and a proof of resolute commitment to humanity. Take courage from their steadfastness. And honor their sacrifice by using your degree to speak out for the oppressed.”

German Police Raid Palestinian Solidarity Protest at Humboldt University

May 24, 2024

In international news, German police detained at least 130 people after raiding a peaceful pro-Palestine occupation at Humboldt University in Berlin. Students are calling on the university to “take an active role in ending the genocide against the people of Palestine and their decades-long suffering.”

Biden Welcomes President William Ruto to White House as Kenya Prepares to Deploy to Haiti

May 24, 2024

President Biden said he will designate Kenya as a “non-NATO ally” as President William Ruto visited the White House Thursday. The largely symbolic title was announced as Kenya prepares to deploy its forces to Haiti as part of an international security mission. The U.S. has pledged to contribute money, logistical support and equipment. Biden justified the U.S. involvement in Haiti during a joint press conference with Ruto.

President Joe Biden: “Haiti is in an area of the Caribbean that is very volatile. There’s a lot going on in this hemisphere. And we’re in a situation where we want to do all we can without us looking like America once again is stepping over and deciding this is what must be done.”

Meanwhile, in Kenya, police are violently cracking down on environmental activists in the village of Uyombo as they protest the construction of a nuclear reactor. At least three people were arrested Tuesday.


Over 100 Feared Dead After Papua New Guinea Landslide

May 24, 2024

In Papua New Guinea, over 100 people are feared dead after a catastrophic landslide in the northern Enga province. Homes were flattened by rocks, soil and trees after the side of a mountain collapsed. The search for survivors continues.

U.N. Approves Srebrenica Genocide Resolution

May 24, 2024

The United Nations has approved a resolution declaring July 11 an international day of remembrance for the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. Some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in the massacre after Bosnian Serb armed forces stormed the U.N. safe zone during the Balkan Wars — seen as the worst atrocity in Europe’s history since World War II. The resolution was sponsored by Germany and Rwanda. Both Serbia and Bosnian Serbs have denied that genocide happened in Srebrenica. The resolution does not say Serbs are responsible for the massacre.

Macron Visits New Caledonia, Insists Reform Will Take Place Against Will of Indigenous Population

May 24, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron described the recent upheaval in New Caledonia as an “unprecedented insurrection movement” as he visited the archipelago Thursday. Macron said he would delay new reforms that would give voting rights to French residents of the territory, a move that the Indigenous Kanak population argues will dilute their voice and their struggle for independence. This is President Macron.

President Emmanuel Macron: “This reform, although it’s rejected by some here, which has fed the violence, it has democratic legitimacy. The bill proposed by the government has been voted with a clear majority, both in the National Assembly and the Senate. I say this as president: We don’t just throw away popular sovereignty like a mere piece of paper.”

SCOTUS Approves Racially Gerrymandered South Carolina Voting Map

May 24, 2024

Back in the U.S., the Supreme Court on Thursday approved a South Carolina congressional map that a lower court previously ruled was racially gerrymandered and constituted a “bleaching of African American voters” from a district. In a scathing dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote the decision will give state lawmakers “an incentive to use race as a proxy to achieve partisan ends.”

Louisiana Moves to Classify Abortion Pills as Controlled Substances

May 24, 2024

In abortion news, Louisiana’s Republican-led Legislature voted to classify abortion pills as controlled substances. Republican Governor Jeff Landry is expected to sign the measure into law, meaning the possession of abortion pills without a prescription could soon be a crime in Louisiana, with penalties including jail time and fines. Mifepristone and misoprostol have been deemed safe by the FDA and do not lead to abuse or dependency. The drugs are also used for purposes other than abortion, which is already widely banned in Louisiana. This is Tyler Barbarin with the Louisiana Abortion Fund.

Tyler Barbarin: “It’s going to mean detrimental things, and there are going to be very specific types of people that are circumstanced into carrying pregnancies that they don’t consent to or did not want, because of legislation like this. And that, unfortunately, will most likely be poor Black communities that we represent and that we do our work to support.”

In related news, nearly 6,000 doctors have signed a letter urging the Supreme Court to uphold the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. The federal law protects the rights of pregnant people to get the emergency medical care they need.

NCAA Agrees to $2.8B Deal Which Would Allow Colleges to Start Paying Their Athletes

May 24, 2024

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the five most powerful athletic conferences agreed to a historic $2.8 billion settlement, paving the way for college athletes to be directly compensated for the first time ever. The deal, which must still be approved by a judge, would provide back pay to athletes, as well as allow colleges to pay their players up to $20 million per college going forward. Critics say the deal is flawed and risks creating gender-based pay inequalities and will disadvantage smaller conferences.

DOJ Announces Antitrust Lawsuit Against Live Nation

May 24, 2024

The Justice Department, 29 states and the District of Columbia sued Ticketmaster and its owner, Live Nation, for exercising a monopoly over the live entertainment industry, hiking up ticket prices and crushing competition. The lawsuit is calling for Live Nation, which controls around 80% of major concert venues, to be broken up.

Norfolk Southern Will Pay $15 Million Clean Water Act Fine for East Palestine Disaster

May 24, 2024

Norfolk Southern will pay the government a $15 million fine for last year’s derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, which caused a massive explosion and the release of toxic chemicals. Norfolk Southern also agreed to spend $500 million to complete safety improvements and address health concerns in the affected communities. Last month, the company settled a $600 million class-action settlement with East Palestine residents. EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the fine is the largest permitted under the Clean Water Act, but residents blasted it as a “slap on the wrist.”

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Reintroduced Ahead of 4th Anniversary of His May 25 Murder

May 24, 2024

Texas Congressmember Sheila Jackson Lee reintroduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Thursday, two days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the police murder of George Floyd in Minnesota. Despite the national uprising that followed George Floyd’s killing, Congress has failed to pass the legislation named in Floyd’s memory, which seeks to reduce racial profiling and the use of force by law enforcement. At least 1,247 people were killed by police in 2023, more than any previous year on record.

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