West Bank arson attack suspected to be work of Jewish extremists leaves Palestinian infant dead and family critically injured
- Witnesses reported Israeli settlers firebombed two homes in the town of Duma around 2 a.m., leading to the infant’s death and the serious injury of his parents and 4-year-old brother.
- The government was swift to condemn the violence as “an act of terrorism in every respect,” but Palestinian leaders called for the Israeli government to be held responsible as it continues to green-light Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank.
- The act was the latest in a string of violent acts traded between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, where mosques have been burned and an Israeli man murdered in the last month.
“Your soul cries out and cannot find solace — the murder of a child by Jews and the burning of a house is the murder of Abu Khdeir all over again.”
Read the full story at The New York Times.
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Armenian ministry proposes ban on sex-selective abortion along with additional restrictions
- The Ministry of Health submitted the bill to parliament at the beginning of July, hoping to become the first country to enact the protective measure in the South Caucasus.
- The ban would require doctor’s consent for all abortions between the 12th and 22nd weeks of pregnancy and would require counseling and a three-day waiting period.
- One estimate puts the number of sex-selective abortions at 2,000 per year, producing a male-to-female birth ratio of 114 to 100, the third highest in the world.
“Having a son is one of the most important issues for many Armenian families, and I highly doubt that it will be possible to get results [and end selective abortions] by using prohibitions.”
Read the full story at EurasiaNet.
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Indian nationals receive extortionate phone calls in New Zealand
- Individuals posing as immigration officials have been targeting immigrants over the phone, threatening deportation unless payment is received.
- The scams involve using phone numbers similar to the Immigration Contact Centre and demands for money transfers through Western Union.
- Immigration New Zealand issued a reminder that they would never ask for payment over the phone and that such illegal activity should be reported to the police.
Read the full story at The Times of India.
Cincinnati community speaks out on ongoing police harassment following killing of unarmed black man
- A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on murder charges following a traffic stop involving a missing front-end license plate.
- Residents decried targeting by campus police at the University of Cincinnati, where only 7% of students are black compared to 45% in the city population.
- Off-campus patrols were increased in 2013 following a statement by the UC president that community residents and student activists believe inflamed town-gown relations.
“Instead of inclusion, there’s this culture of class that UC has created. … It’s like the people in the outside communities are voiceless to the administration and the administration just wants them to stay out of the way.”
Read the full story at BuzzFeed News.
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Assailant stabs six at Jerusalem Pride
- Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, had been released from prison three weeks earlier for good behavior after having been imprisoned for stabbing three at 2005’s Jerusalem Pride.
- Schlissel had released a threatening letter and railed against the celebration in an interview prior to the event, which is attended by thousands.
- While politicians denounced the attack, attendees sharply criticized the police for the lack of security precautions given Schlissel’s release.
“We won’t allow a single excuse for violence of any kind. Jerusalem is a place for all, and we will continue to fight together with the Israel Police against all who attempt violence to harm another. … We will continue to support all groups and communities in Jerusalem and won’t be deterred by those who try perverse ways to prevent this.”
Read the full story at The Times of Israel.
(Image Credit: Screen capture/Channel 2, via The Times of Israel)
Migrant situation in Calais deteriorates as French and British authorities bicker over responsibility
- Reports indicate that more than 2,000 migrants have been taken from the Eurotunnel premises connecting France and the U.K. over the last few days, although a police union stated those numbers may be inflated due to migrants making multiple attempts.
- One man was killed and another electrocuted during the surge in attempts, while 148 made it to the U.K. side and declared asylum.
- While France demands more border and repatriation support from the U.K., around 5,000 migrants and refugees–mostly from Africa and the Middle East–have been living in poor conditions in camps around Calais.
“It was pandemonium. … They were pouring through holes in the fences and clinging on to the Eurotunnel trains.”
Read the full story at France 24.
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Black Attitudes on U.S. Race Relations
The New York Times released the results of a recent New York Times/CBS News poll surveying individuals’ attitudes on white-black relations in the U.S.. Here are highlights of the level of security expressed by black respondents only:
Belief in real progress made in eliminating racial discrimination
56% believe vs. 41% do not believe
Who has the better chance of getting ahead in today’s society?
Whites do: 60% (2015) vs. 46% (2014)
Blacks do: 1% (2015) vs. 4% (2014)
Both do equally: 35% (2015) vs. 46% (2014)
Feelings about personal interactions with the police
58% mostly safe vs. 37% mostly anxious
Belief that race has ever caused police to stop him/her
41% race-motivated experience vs. 57% no race-motivated experience
“A Growing Divide on Race” (NYT: full results)
“Poll Finds Most in U.S. Hold Dim View of Race Relations” (NYT: analysis)
“How the Poll Was Conducted” (NYT: methodology)