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New Zealand mosque shooting suspect reportedly visited Israel in 2016

Official quoted as saying there were no red flags in security check of Brenton Tarrant; Greek, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, and Hungary also confirm trips

A right-wing extremist who went on a shooting rampage that left 50 mosque-goers dead in New Zealand on Friday reportedly visited Israel in 2016.

A senior Israeli immigration official said Brenton Tarrant arrived in the country from Turkey on October 25 using his Australian passport, Channel 13 reported.

Tarrant was granted a 90-day tourist visa, and left Israel nine days later.

According to the official, there were no red flags during the suspected killer’s security checks.

Earlier on Sunday, police in Greece said Tarrant had visited the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini, and had traveled through the country twice, all in 2016.

Authorities in Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, and Hungary have also confirmed visits by Tarrant between 2016 and 2018, as he apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman Empire.

In a statement, Greek police said Tarrant entered the country twice in 2016 on transit flights, on November 29 and December 10.

In March 2016, he entered the country on a flight from Istanbul and stayed for a few days in Heraklion, Crete and Santorini.

Authorities are investigating any phone calls or purchases Tarrant made in Greece. On Tarrant’s rifle was written the Greek word meaning “Turk-eater” or, metaphorically, “Turk-slayer.”

Tarrant, 28, appeared in court Saturday where he was charged with murder. A raft of further charges are expected.

The attack has prompted an outpouring of grief and deep shock in the country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution.

The last comparable mass shooting in New Zealand was almost three decades ago, and the annual murder rate is usually around 50 people for the entire country.

Ardern said the shooter was “in possession of a gun license” obtained in November 2017, and he started legally purchasing the weapons the following month.

Supporters arrived from across the country to help with the burials in Christchurch and authorities sent in backhoes to dig graves at a site that was newly fenced off and blocked from view with white netting.

This frame from video that was livestreamed on March 15, 2019, shows gunman Brenton Tarrant in a car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter's Video via AP)

This frame from video that was livestreamed on March 15, 2019, shows gunman Brenton Tarrant in a car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter’s Video via AP)

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Two semi-automatic weapons, reportedly AR-15s, two shotguns and a lever-action gun were used in the attacks. Ardern said some of the guns had been modified to make them deadlier.

I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change,” she said.

The suspect documented his radicalization and two years of preparations in a lengthy, meandering and conspiracy filled far-right “manifesto.”

He live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away in the main Christchurch mosque.

(I saw the live video of so many sickening 16 minutes. He returned again to shoot and make sure the victims were really dead)

Relatives are still waiting for authorities to release the bodies. Islamic law calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours.

In this image made from video, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, center, hugs and consoles a woman, as she visits Kilbirnie Mosque to lay flowers among tributes to Christchurch attack victims, in Wellington, March 17, 2019. (TVNZ via AP)

Flanked by armed police he made an upside-down “okay” signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

The attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques has been labeled terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and is thought to be the deadliest attack directed against Muslims in the West in modern times.

Note: New Zealand had to emulated Australia strict weapon control. This Australian committed his massacre because he could purchase automatic weapons in New Zealand


Tidbits and Notes. Part 271

Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality.

Israel has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

Israeli snipers shot with live bullets on 16,000 unarmed Palestinians in last year alone. And the UN is shyly and barely saying: Israel committed what verges on crimes against humanity.

I don’t know who sold out to the enemy, but I have seen who paid the price

I don’t mind being buried in the soil, in a dark small patch of soil, but they no longer respect the soil. We are cremated or stuffed in a cement cave: the land is too rare and dear to reserve it for the departed.

Is Death the most compassionate of all realities?

Currently, millions of female fetuses are aborted each year in China and India. Even after birth, Indian baby girls are left to die of famine and negligence.

Minority ethnic groups in China are experiencing State Eugenics Laws since 1995; the Chinese genetic physician has simply to state that the expected baby of the minority parents is found to be physically or mentally handicapped to sterilize the parents; reactions are lukewarm; as they say “it is economics, stupid”.

A lengthy interview with Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (200 min) that covered all the world policies. He said: “Israel political and military leaders frightened the Israeli society far more than they were expected and the the Gulf “Arab/Emirate” States are far more ready to worry about Turkey Sunni expansionism than the avowed nemesis of Iran. Israel is thus cornered and totally confused at all front, particularly in Syria new status and progress

Elle avait la caresse ferme et le corps flexible

Tu veux l’argent du beurre et le sourire de la cremiere par-dessus le marche’?

“Vous etes le Pere de se diocese”? “Oui ma petite. comment puis-je vous etre untile?” Je n’es pas de peche’ mon Pere pour me confesser. Peux-tu m’aider a accummuler quelques unes?

Le peuple Nama de la Namibie: The German colonial power committed its earliest genocide in the late 19 century.

Always select an older person to marry with: He will be your best catalyst to seek a better and younger partner.

We appreciate quality when we are able to master quantity

This rage of extracting precious stones and metal (gold, diamond…) has sank deeply in the psychic of people and is so ingrained that no paper money can dislodge.

If Allah exists, all those who speak in the name of Allah to justify their behaviors and bad actions, Hell was reserved for them

EU listed Saudi Kingdom in the list of “terror States” but still export weapons, directly or indirectly

If there is Heaven, it must be a place of arranging puzzles: all the pieces are available, thrown haphazardly around for you to search for them. Repetition won’t make your performance better: You are memoriless and the puzzle cannot be saved or stored. Enjoy thinking and imagining while you are alive: leave professionalism to after death.


Still Talking about Darwin?

I’m going around the world giving talks about Darwin, and usually what I’m talking about is Darwin’s strange inversion of reasoning.

Now that title, that phrase, comes from a critic, an early critic, and this is a passage that I just love, and would like to read for you.

Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet?

Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn’t expect, as he shares evolution’s counter-intuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).

0:28 “In the theory with which we have to deal, Absolute Ignorance is the artificer; so that we may enunciate as the fundamental principle of the whole system, that, in order to make a perfect and beautiful machine, it is not requisite to know how to make it. This proposition will be found on careful examination to express, in condensed form, the essential purport of the Theory, and to express in a few words all Mr. Darwin’s meaning; who, by a strange inversion of reasoning, seems to think Absolute Ignorance fully qualified to take the place of Absolute Wisdom in the achievements of creative skill.”

1:09 Exactly. Exactly. And it is a strange inversion. A creationist pamphlet has this wonderful page in it: “Test Two: Do you know of any building that didn’t have a builder? Yes/No. Do you know of any painting that didn’t have a painter? Yes/No. Do you know of any car that didn’t have a maker? Yes/No. If you answered ‘Yes’ for any of the above, give details.”

1:38 A-ha! I mean, it really is a strange inversion of reasoning. You would have thought it stands to reason that design requires an intelligent designer. But Darwin shows that it’s just false.

1:54 Today, though, I’m going to talk about Darwin’s other strange inversion, which is equally puzzling at first, but in some ways just as important.

It stands to reason that we love chocolate cake because it is sweet. Guys go for girls like this because they are sexy. We adore babies because they’re so cute. And, of course, we are amused by jokes because they are funny.

2:31 This is all backwards. It is.

And Darwin shows us why. Let’s start with sweet. Our sweet tooth is basically an evolved sugar detector, because sugar is high energy, and it’s just been wired up to the preferer, to put it very crudely, and that’s why we like sugar.

Honey is sweet because we like it, not “we like it because honey is sweet.” There’s nothing intrinsically sweet about honey. If you looked at glucose molecules till you were blind, you wouldn’t see why they tasted sweet.

You have to look in our brains to understand why they’re sweet.

So if you think first there was sweetness, and then we evolved to like sweetness, you’ve got it backwards; that’s just wrong. It’s the other way round. Sweetness was born with the wiring which evolved.

3:32 And there’s nothing intrinsically sexy about these young ladies.

And it’s a good thing that there isn’t, because if there were, then Mother Nature would have a problem: How on earth do you get chimps to mate? Now you might think, ah, there’s a solution: hallucinations.

That would be one way of doing it, but there’s a quicker way. Just wire the chimps up to love that look, and apparently they do. That’s all there is to it. Over six million years, we and the chimps evolved our different ways. We became bald-bodied, oddly enough; for one reason or another, they didn’t. If we hadn’t, then probably this would be the height of sexiness.

4:38 Our sweet tooth is an evolved and instinctual preference for high-energy food. It wasn’t designed for chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is a super-normal stimulus.

The term is owed to Niko Tinbergen, who did his famous experiments with gulls, where he found that that orange spot on the gull’s beak — if he made a bigger, orange spot the gull chicks would peck at it even harder. It was a hyper-stimulus for them, and they loved it.

What we see with, say, chocolate cake is it’s a supernormal stimulus to tweak our design wiring. And there are lots of supernormal stimuli; chocolate cake is one. There’s lots of supernormal stimuli for sexiness.

5:19 And there’s even supernormal stimuli for cuteness. Here’ s a pretty good example. It’s important that we love babies, and that we not be put off by, say, messy diapers. So babies have to attract our affection and our nurturing, and they do. And, by the way, a recent study shows that mothers prefer the smell of the dirty diapers of their own baby.

So nature works on many levels here. But now, if babies didn’t look the way they do — if babies looked like this, that’s what we would find adorable, that’s what we would find — we would think, oh my goodness, do I ever want to hug that. This is the strange inversion.

6:03 Well now, finally what about funny. My answer is, it’s the same story, the same story. This is the hard one, the one that isn’t obvious. That’s why I leave it to the end. And I won’t be able to say too much about it. But you have to think evolutionarily, you have to think, what hard job that has to be done — it’s dirty work, somebody’s got to do it — is so important to give us such a powerful, inbuilt reward for it when we succeed.

Now, I think we’ve found the answer — I and a few of my colleagues. It’s a neural system that’s wired up to reward the brain for doing a grubby clerical job. Our bumper sticker for this view is that this is the joy of debugging.

Now I’m not going to have time to spell it all out, but I’ll just say that only some kinds of debugging get the reward. And what we’re doing is we’re using humor as a sort of neuroscientific probe by switching humor on and off, by turning the knob on a joke — now it’s not funny … oh, now it’s funnier … now we’ll turn a little bit more … now it’s not funny — in this way, we can actually learn something about the architecture of the brain, the functional architecture of the brain.

7:24 Matthew Hurley is the first author of this. We call it the Hurley Model. He’s a computer scientist, Reginald Adams a psychologist, and there I am, and we’re putting this together into a book. Thank you very much.

Philosopher, cognitive scientist
Dan Dennett argues that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes. His latest book is “Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking,” Full bio
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Manu Manjunath

The fact that we find puppies cute may be an artifact of wiring that has other purposes. We certainly don’t depend on chocolate cake for survival either. We are mistaken to think that all thought, feeling or action is *directly* related to survival. I’m not saying the following example is the explanation, but it illustrates the concept.

The video explains that babies are cute because we’re wired to find them cute, and offers a rationale. Perhaps as a result of this, we react to faces in the animal kingdom that resemble baby faces – round face, large eyes for example.

Even physiological mutation is not always subject to natural selection.

For example, fibrinopeptides are the fastest-evolving molecules – they evolve at the baseline mutation rate. Natural selection appears more tolerant of their variation – perhaps because the body has other ways of compensating. (note – other molecules may mutate at similar accelerated rates, but natural selection weeds the variations out so we do not see the variation in the gene pool: natural selection is not tolerant of their variation).

Big brains brought self-awareness and the ability for abstract thought; this opened the door to all kinds of complexities that may not be *directly* tied to survival.

I might appreciate a painting that you find hideous. I doubt that fact will determine which of us survives, but perhaps creativity will survive better in certain cultures, or perhaps some cultures will survive better with a certain mix of literal and creative minds. Natural selection has produced this mix.

I recommend Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker and The Selfish Gene. Fascinating and eminently readable – even for dummies like me.

Certain traits of babies, especially of mammals, repeat themselves: a big head, delicate body, big eyes etc. If you stop to think about it, kittens, puppies, human babies, and of primates in general, share these traits, which is why we find them cute.

This also explains, for example, why we don’t find bird babies or fish babies cute: they do not follow these standards. It’s not a question of evolving to find them cute, but evolving to find certain traits our own babies have cute, and extrapolating this response to other animals that have them too.

Víctor Chagas

I agree, there are similarities in features among ‘all’ kinds of infant mammals that would have evolved long before our species did. So what we find cute includes non-human mammals too, because we have evolved from previous ancestor species whose ‘cute babies survived better’. We (and dogs, cats, hamsters, horses, etc…) have all evolved from very cute rat-like things that outlived the last dinosaurs of the Jurassic.

Also, we’ve been domesticating dogs and cats for perhaps 10,000 years and there are many times throughout our species’ history where at least having close relationships with dogs may have been important for survival, so maybe we do a better job of finding puppies cute than say, baby rats.

Are you curious how USA create, foment sectarian wars and then resolve them?

During Algeria civil war with extremist Islamic factions in 1990, the USA imposed 5 conditions on President Bouteflika to end the war.

1) Algeria oil money is to be deposited in US banks

2) Algeria gas money to be saved in France banks

3) Stop supporting the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)

4) Stop backing Iran and Lebanon Hezbollah in the UN

5) Form a government with the Islamist factions as done in Turkey

And the US ordered late Saudi Kingdom king Abdullah to desist from buying weapons from Israel, sending them to France and dealing with bribed Algerian army officers who transfer the weapons to the extremist factions.

The US then gave the Algerian army all the necessary coordinates of the location of the factions headquarters and weapon depots. The factions ended their activities within a week.

اتمنى ان تقرأوا هذه الواقعة
10 مايو، 2017/0 .
اذا اردتم ان تعرفوا كيف يتم التحكم بالارهاب طالعوا اجابة وزير الخارجية الجزائري “بن فليس ” السابق كيف تخلصت الجزائر من
الارهاب الذي فتك بها حتى اواخر التسعينات
أ. د . عبدالحميد دشتي نائب سابق في مجلس الامة الكويتي
سؤال مقدم للسيد بن فليس
كيف تمكنتم في الجزائر من القضاء على ظاهرة العنف والقتل والتي استمرت لسنوات عديدة ؟؟؟؟؟
نظر إليَّ السيد بن فليس وأخذ نفسا عميقا مع تنهيدة بسيطة , قام عن مقعده وطلب مني أن نسير سويا بمحاذاة الشاطيء …..

قال والحديث لبن فليس :
في أحد الأيام استدعاني الرئيس بوتفليقة إلى مقره , فوجدت عنده السفير الأمريكي ومعه ثلاثة أشخاص آخرين , تبين أنهم من دائرة السي أي ايه الأمريكية .

طلب مني بوتفليقة الإستماع لما سيقولون . بدأ السفير الأمريكي بالكلام قائلا :
هل ترغبون يا سادة أن تنتهي حالة العنف والقتل السائدة لديكم في الجزائر ؟؟؟

فأجابه الرئيس بوتفليقة :
طبعا وبدون شك ……
استطرد السفير قائلا :
حسنا , نستطيع أن ننهي لكم هذا الوضع وبسرعة , ولكن وحتى نكون واضحين لدينا شروط واضحة يجب أن توافقو عليه مسبقا ……
أشعره بوتفليقة بالموافقة وطلب منه أن يكمل ……

قال السفير :
أولا :
عليكم إيداع عائدات مبيعاتكم من النفط لدينا في أمريكا ……
ثانيا :
عليكم إيداع عائدات مبيعات الغاز في فرنسا …….
ثالثاً :
عدم مناصرة المقاومة الفلسطينية …..
رابعاً :
عدم مناصرة إيران وحزب الله ……
خامساً :
لا مانع من تشكيل حكومة إسلامية وعلى أن تكون شبيهة بما لدى تركيا ……

وافق الرئيس بوتفليقة على هذه الشروط متأملا إخراج الجزائر من حالة القتل والفوضى التي كانت تعصف بالبلاد ……
استطرد السفير الأمريكي :
حسنا , سنقوم بدورنا بالتحدث مع كافة الأطراف المعنية لإعلامهم باتفاقتا .
سأل بوتفليقة :
ومن هي تلك الأطراف ؟؟؟؟؟

فأجاب السفير :
فرنسا و إسرائيل والسعودية !!!!!!!
صعقنا من ذلك وتساءل بوتفليقة:وما علاقة هذه الدول بما يجري لدينا ؟؟؟؟

أجاب السفير والإبتسامة الصفراوية على وجهه ::
السعودية هي التي تقوم بتمويل شراء السلاح من إسرائيل , وتقوم إسرائيل بإرساله إلى فرنسا , وفرنسا بدورها وعن طريق بعض ضباط الجيش الجزائري المرتشين والذين يتعاملون معها , يوصلونها للجماعات الإسلامية المتطرفة …..

واستطرد السفير وسط دهشتنا :
سنقوم بإبلاغ فرنسا وإسرائيل باتفاقنا وعليكم إرسال شخص من طرفكم للتحدث إلى الملك عبد الله ملك السعودية حيث سيكون أسهل إبلاغه عن طريقكم نظرا لصعوبة التفاهم معه .

على أثر ذلك طلب مني بوتفليقة السفر إلى السعودية لأجل هذه الغاية …..
وصلت إلى السعودية بعد ترتيبات مسبقة , والقول لبن فليس , والتقيت بالملك عبد الله وشرحت له ما تم من إتفاق مع الجانب الأمريكي وأنهم أي الامريكان طلبوا من باقي الأطراف وقف الدعم للمسلحين , والآن على السعودية وقف تمويل السلاح .

استغرق حديثي مع ملك السعودية عدة ساعات دون أن يوافق وأصر على موقفه . عندها اتصلت بالسفير الأمريكي وأعلمته عن تزمت الملك السعودي وعدم موافقته على هذا الإتفاق .

أجابني السفير :
لا بأس انتظر قليلا , سأهاتف الملك شخصيا ….. لم تمض بضع دقائق حتى استدعاني الملك وهو يربت على صدره قائلا :
ابشر ابشر .
بعدها بعدة أيام توقف الدعم والتمويل للإرهابيين , وتم تزويد قواتنا المسلحة من الأمريكان بإحداثيات لمواقعهم وأماكن تواجدهم , حيث قامت قواتنا المسلحة بالقضاء عليهم وخلال فترة بسيطة من الوقت

انتهت القصة . هذه القصة التي سمعتها مباشرة من صديقي وليس عن وعن .
والآن أعزائي وأحبتي هل لكم أن تدركوا حجم الدور الذي يقوم به آل سعود وحكام مشيخة قطر في دعم الإرهاب وفي خدمة أسيادهم الأمريكان ولغاية تدمير بلداننا العربية مقابل الحفاظ على كراسيهم ؟؟؟؟

وكيف تتم معالجة مثل هذه الأمور ؟؟؟؟
وما هذا عما يحدث الآن في سوريا والعراق واليمن وليبيا ببعيد .
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أ. د . عبدالحميد دشتي نائب سابق في مجلس الامة الكويتي

The Shooter’s 74-page Manifesto Was Designed to Troll

In the hours after the horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, people desperately searched the internet for any sign of a motive or meaning behind the attack.

Early Friday, a number of unverified social-media posts surfaced, along with a bizarre manifesto posted to 8chan, rich with irony and references to memes.

Together, the posts suggest that every aspect of the shootings was designed to gain maximum attention online, in part by baiting the media.

The shooter live-streamed the attack itself on Facebook, and the video (16 minutes) was quickly shared across YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Before committing the act, he shouted, “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie,” a reference to Felix Kjellberg, who runs YouTube’s most subscribed-to channel. The phrase itself is a meme started by PewDiePie’s fans, and its goal is to be reprinted.

Kjellberg, who has previously found himself embroiled in controversy over alleged anti-Semitism, disavowed the shooting on Twitter Friday morning. “Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy,” he wrote.

By forcing Kjellberg to acknowledge the attack, the shooter succeeded in further spreading the word about the crime to Kjellberg’s tens of millions of followers.

Significant portions of the manifesto appear to be an elaborate troll, written to prey on the mainstream media’s worst tendencies.

As the journalist Robert Evans noted, “This manifesto is a trap … laid for journalists searching for the meaning behind this horrific crime. There is truth in there, and valuable clues to the shooter’s radicalization, but it is buried beneath a great deal of, for lack of a better word, ‘shitposting.’”

Shitposting is a slang term used to describe the act of posting trolls and ironic content designed to derail a conversation or elicit a strong reaction from people who aren’t in on the joke.

Certain aspects of the shooter’s manifesto fall into this category. He includes Navy Seal Copypasta, a meme that originated on 4chan.

The shooter claims that Spyro: Year of the Dragon, a video game, taught him ethno-nationalism and that Fortnite taught him to “floss on the corpses,” referring to a viral dance move from the game. These absurd references are meant to troll readers.

The shooter also credits the far-right personality Candace Owens with helping to “push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness.”

Though the shooter could be a genuine fan of Owens, who has been known to espouse right-leaning views on immigration and gun control, this reference might be meant to incite Owens’s critics to blame her.

That doesn’t mean the racism expressed throughout the 74-page manifesto isn’t genuine. But the complexities of the crime are still unfolding, and as the New York Times journalist Kevin Roose cautioned, “The NZ shooter’s apparent manifesto is thick with irony and meta-text and very easy to misinterpret.”

Unfortunately, when journalists report on these horrific acts, the shooter’s hateful messages are sometimes amplified in the process. But the origins of that hate and the shooter’s public postings do need to be examined, even when taking them at face value is difficult.

Mass killers have long exploited the media environments they operate within. The Zodiac killer gained notoriety by persuading newspapers to publish his cryptic messages.

In 2015, a shooter in Virginia killed people during a live television broadcast.

As the internet and social media have democratized access to information, much of it spreads without necessary context.

As the Verge writer Elizabeth Lopatto noted in 2015, “Our interactions with these killers were mediated by huge media gatekeepers—their manifestos were left at their homes, or sent to newspapers and TV stations. If the manifestos appeared at all, they were quoted from, rather than released in full. This is no longer the case.”

While this system of gatekeeping itself was undoubtedly problematic, since many of the gatekeepers upheld norms and power structures built on privilege, technology has upended our media environment so quickly that many people are ill-equipped to handle the new information environment.

We’ve seen the consequences of this play out in the rise of fake news, thriving misinformation campaigns, and bizarre viral hoaxes warped by trolls to capitalize on people’s worst fears.

Before people can even begin to grasp the nuances of today’s internet, they can be radicalized by it.

Platforms such as YouTube and Facebook can send users barreling into fringe communities where extremist views are normalized and advanced.

Because these communities have so successfully adopted irony as a cloaking device for promoting extremism, outsiders are left confused as to what is a real threat and what’s just trolling.

The darker corners of the internet are so fragmented that even when they spawn a mass shooting, as in New Zealand, the shooter’s words can be nearly impossible to parse, even for those who are Extremely Online.

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TAYLOR LORENZ is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers technology.
Note: New Zealand will be the next to ban automatic weapons after Australia: The 4 Australian terrorists had to go to New Zealand to get their weapons and massacre 49 Moslems in two mosques in Christ Church city

Day 8 performance of Clowns without borders

I don’t usually like to share many pictures per post but really every single one of them is worth it.

We performed for the Roma community last night in a beautiful village in #Romania and it was one of a kind experience. the first time in my 12 years of clowning that I have heard people laughing that much and enjoying every single second.

U know these comedy shows where they add extra laughter after every single act? Well it was even more than that.

This community is a group of people who know how and when to have fun, love music, love dancing and love to laugh despite their harsh life. They are free, loud and very at ease with their bodies.

That little kid with this white suit 🙂 he was so intelligent, so sharp and so sweet. Laughing when he should have and wanted to. Playing along when needed and observing well the details of the show.

That girl with beautiful eyes, didn’t stop going back and forth at the end of the show to give us big big hugs. She was wild, happy and so alive that she could give energy to the whole world and still have some for herself.

And that old lady, the oldest in the pics, with a beautiful flowery scarf on the head well apparently she was their leader of the community.

What a leader. What a community. What a life time experience.

Tonight I slept in a different gypsy village where in a bit we will be performing with our host ( who’s a kick ass gypsy musician ) in yet another gypsy town in #Romania with Clowns Without Borders USA David Lichtenstein Dustin J Allen Jeroen Wils Clown Me In #diariesofaclown#thebalkanroute
Photos by: #AliJDalloul

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New poll shows wide support for apartheid policy in Israel

There were further signs that racism has become normalised in Israel after a poll showed that the majority of the people in the country endorsed banning Arab parties from next month’s general election.

In stark contrast, the same poll showed that only a minority of Israelis endorsed a similar exclusion of a Jewish party despite it being an ultra-right racist group affiliated with known terrorists.

Some 54% Israelis said that they agreed with the decision of the Israeli Central Elections Committee to invalidate the candidacy of Ra’am-Balad—a joint electoral list of two Arab parties—and a mere 18 per cent said that they opposed it.

The survey by Yedioth Ahronoth, revealed that only 38% believe the candidacy of Otzma Yehudit’s Michael Ben-Ari – former supporter of supremacist rabbi Meir Kahanist – should be prevented from running.

While 28 per cent of the respondents said they did not want the Kahanist’s – denounced by many as a fascist group – to be prevented from running in the election.

READ: Israel elections obscuring ‘growing apartheid’ in Palestine, professor claims

Israel’s Central Election Committee – the body which oversees the country’s electoral process and is made up of Knesset Members (MKs) from each political party – announced last week that Ra’am­-Balad is to be banned from participating in the upcoming general election on 9 April. The same Committee permitted Jewish Power to contest the election.

The poll conducted this month and described as being representative of a cross-section of Israeli society shows the broad support for the decision.

It is also likely to be seen as a further sign of the growing normalisation of racism within Israeli society.

Only two days ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that Israel is home only for the Jewish people, ignoring Arab citizens who make up 20% of its population. The comments were widely condemned as an endorsement of apartheid.

(Mind you that Zionism forced mandated England Not to perform local municipal elections in Palestine because the Jews represented only 20% of the people)

Sympathisers of the Israeli state also joined the condemnation, describing the remarks as an aberration despite the fact that Netanyahu cited the country’s own nationality law to support his claim that Israel is a nation-state for the Jewish people only.

INTERVIEW: Arab representation in Israel politics is crucial for the Palestinian struggle

Known as the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People,” the bill passed last year is now enshrined in the country’s constitution.

Critics say it effectively codifies discrimination against Palestinians through the exclusive recognition of Jewish rights to self-determination in the land of Israel while denying the same right to Palestinians.

Israel’s own President, Reuven Rivlin, attempted to distance himself from Netanyahu’s remarks, but this new poll suggests that racism is not only ingrained in Israeli society, the country’s Basic Laws -which are the closest thing to a constitution – dispel any claim that the Likud leaders remarks are a mere aberration.

Israel has passed the Nation-State Law becoming officially an Apartheid State - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel has passed the Nation-State Law becoming officially an Apartheid State – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]




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