Pedophile Antifa Leader Found Guilty Of Raping Underage Girl

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ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter leader, Micah Rhodes, has been found guilty of the statutory rape of an underage girl.

ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter leader, Micah Rhodes, has been found guilty of the statutory rape of an underage girl and will be sentenced to prison on Monday.

Rhodes, 24, who received funding from George Soros as part of the Antifa Portland Resistance group, was found guilty by a Washington County Circuit Court jury on Friday.

The girl’s personal details have been withheld to respect her privacy. The jury’s 10-2 verdict came after a 1.5-day trial, according to reports.

Rhodes will be sentenced in May, however he is also scheduled next week to go to trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court in a separate case relating to sex with an underage boy.

Court papers say Rhodes groomed the boy on the internet and the boy wasn’t able to consent because of his age.

Rhodes faces four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.

The Antifa leader was on supervision by the Oregon Youth Authority for sexual abuse and sodomy at the time he was charged for alleged abuse in both counties, authorities say. Juvenile records aren’t public, so details of the earlier case aren’t available.

Rhodes had been required to register as a sex offender at the time he was charged in the Multnomah and Washington county cases, however that didn’t stop Antifa from allowing him to work closely with underage boys and girls.

It also didn’t stop George Soros from pumping millions of dollars into the movement.

As an Antifa leader, Rhodes was frequently seen at marches and sitting in on meetings at Portland City Hall. He also was a leader of Portland’s Resistance, a group that formed after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016.

He helped organize people during night after night of violent and destructive protests immediately after Trump’s victory.

Rhodes is facing as many as five years in prison for the statutory rape of the underage girl if the prosecution successfully argues that Rhodes’ felony was particularly egregious. The court case regarding the accusations of rape of an underage boy begin next week.


Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza killings

Expulsion is latest development in strained relations as Ankara criticises killing of more than 60 Palestinians in Gaza.

Erdogan has been a vocal critic of the violence in Gaza and the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem [Anadolu]
Erdogan has been a vocal critic of the violence in Gaza and the opening of the

Turkey’s foreign ministry has asked Israel’s consul-general in Istanbul to leave the country “for some time”, after Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians during protests in the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, the ministry made a similar call to Israel’s ambassador to Ankara, which received a reciprocal response from Israel on the same day.

Israel protested on Wednesday over what it called Turkey’s “unbecoming treatment” of its expelled ambassador, after the envoy was shown on Turkish media undergoing an airport security pat-down in public view.

In response to Ambassador Eitan Naveh’s treatment, Israel’s foreign ministry said in a statement that it summoned the Turkish embassy’s charge d’affaires.

Naveh had only been in his post since December 2016, after a reconciliation deal earlier that year ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos that saw relations downgraded for more than half a decade.

Ankara has been a vocal critic of the Israeli violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Heightened rhetoric

On Monday, Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinian protesters in Gaza, as tens of thousands of people rallied as part of the Great March of Return and against the US embassy move, which overturned decades of US foreign policy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently on a visit to Britain, had on Monday stepped up his rhetoric, accusing Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan, with a tweeted jibe in Hebrew that as a leading supporter of Hamas “there’s no doubt he’s an expert on terror and slaughter”.

Responding on Twitter in English on Tuesday, Erdogan said: “Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people’s lands for 60+ yrs in violation of UN resolutions”.

“He has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey,” he added.

Controversy over racial incident that ended boys’ lacrosse season divides Haddonfield High

Welcome to the leftist anti-White agenda… where someone’s accusations can shut down an entire team for White players. IF this was said, it’s ignorant and should bring disciplinary action to the culprit… imagine if police blocked off a highway and revoked the license of every vehicle operator because someone stated a driver was drunk… Now Haddonfield, NJ will be overwhelmed with every shyster group like the ADL and Southern Poverty Law Center, using your town for their own gain…

Days after Haddonfield school officials ended the season for the high school boys’ lacrosse team after a report that one of the athletes used a racial slur against a black athlete from another school, the decision continued to draw controversy and conflicting emotions Monday.

Interim Superintendent David T. Lindenmuth canceled the remainder of the lacrosse season  on Friday after an internal investigation could not identify the team member who made the slur.

On the first day in school for students since the announcement of the cancellation,  a student posted a message on social media urging a walkout Monday afternoon in support of the team. The student, a junior, said he felt “obligated to address the lack of due process and lack of support” school administrators had shown toward student athletes in recent days.  He asked his peers “to take a stand against the injustices” and join a protest, but none  materialized.

Lindenmuth said the student later voluntarily decided to abort the planned protest. Focus groups were held with students and staff instead, he said.

”We encourage our students to use their rights,” Lindenmuth said. He defended the decision to end the season, saying, “We took the evidence that we had, and we tried to make the best decision we could, based on the facts we had.”

School officials had set a deadline for someone to identify the student who was responsible and later extended it, students said.

“Since we could not pinpoint one, we had to look at the whole team,” Lindenmuth said last week.

The incident occurred May 1 during a girls’ track meet at Haddonfield involving teams from Sterling High School in Somerdale, Haddon Heights High School, and Haddonfield Memorial High School, according to Lloyd D. Henderson, president of the Camden County East Branch of the NAACP.

The black athlete, from Sterling, was on the track when five to seven white Haddonfield lacrosse players walked by her, said Cydney Thomas, a Haddon Heights track team member who is black. One of the boys told the Sterling athlete “to move, ‘N-word,’ ” Thomas said.  The lacrosse team was practicing on a field surrounded by the track.

The decision to punish the team upset some students, but others saw the decision as just.

Haddonfield seniors Adianna Alston and Taylor Bee, both 18, said they supported the decision.

“I feel that someone should step forward,” Bee, who is white, told reporters in front of the school on Kings Highway East. “Canceling the season was probably the only course of action they could do that would be a punishment, a reasonable and fair punishment.”

A student wearing a Haddonfield lacrosse shirt said that he was not a member of the team but that his brother, who has graduated, played for the Bulldawgs. The student said Haddonfield lacrosse coach Damon Legato had “looked 40 players in the eye and asked them if they said it, and they all said no.”

“You believe three girls over 40 lacrosse players,” said the student, who declined to give his name.

According to Bee, some lacrosse members have suggested that the Sterling student may have misinterpreted a remark. She dismissed that possibility and Henderson called the account “a fairy tale.”

“It’s a pretty distinct statement. I think it’s kind of a hard thing to mishear,” said Bee.

Added Henderson: “They [the lacrosse players] had a whole week to step up to the plate.”

Legato did not respond to messages Monday.

Students said the controversy was a topic of conversation Monday at the school, which enrolls about 850 students in grades nine through 12. Bee said some teachers reviewed the district’s “Human Dignity statement,” which reads in part:

“Diversity is a source of strength. Treating each other with respect and valuing differences eliminates prejudice, builds cooperation, and makes us a stronger community.” 

The allegation put a cloud over one of South Jersey’s most elite school districts, known for its academic and athletic prowess. A complaint filed with the New Jersey state athletic association by Sterling was referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for review by the Division on Civil Rights as a bias incident.

Lindenmuth, the first black schools chief in Haddonfield, said the district would conduct diversity training for students and staff. Additional procedures and requirements are planned for all sports teams, he said.

Alston, who lives in Williamstown and attends Haddonfield as a tuition student, said she has witnessed racial incidents at the school as the only black student in the senior class. She said she has two bi-racial classmates, also seniors.

“There is a lot of ignorance at this school that needs to be addressed,” Alston said. “I’m sad that this incident had to happen, but it’s finally being addressed.”

Ruth Fernands, 18, also a senior, agreed.

“We’ve had an issue for a while where bad things have been said and done, and it’s been covered up, and now it’s not. There’s room for discourse to happen, and I think that’s a step in the right direction,” she said.

The school’s population is 90 percent white, 4.2 percent Asian, 2.2 percent Hispanic, 1.5 percent black, and 1.9 percent multiracial.

The season’s cancellation is believed to be the first time that a New Jersey school has canceled a sports season in progress since 2014, when the Sayreville football program was shut down by incidents of bullying, harassment, and intimidation, according to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Haddonfield on Friday forfeited its final two games, against West Deptford and Cherry Hill East, ending its season 8-0 in the division, 9-5 overall. Haddonfield would have started the NJSIAA tournament on Wednesday, likely as the No. 7 seed in South Jersey Group 1.

In state tournament pairings released Monday by the NJSIAA,  Shore Regional High in West Long Branch was moved up to No. 7 seed in South Jersey’s Group 1. New Egypt was added to the field as the No. 16 seed.

650 confirmed Antifa that were at Charlottesville last year.

This list was taken from the Anti-Antifa Facebook page and has not been verified. For informational use only:

All known Antifa who went to the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017(August 11 and 13 as well):

Key: Antifa with a “*” before their list number are Antifa who are known to be violent.

1. Lacy MacAuley (Leader): Washington, DC
*2. Daryle Lamont Jenkins (Leader): Philly, PA
3. Spencer George Sunshine (Leader): Brooklyn, NY
*4. John Michael Carico (Leader): Chattanooga, TN
*5. Renee Campbell Hall [INJURED]: Chattanooga, TN
*6. Alexander Stokes Contompasis AKA Alex Stokes (Leader): Albany, NY
7. Nicolas “Nic” Roy McCarthy-Rivera (Leader): Charlottesville, VA
8. Andrew Gil Mayton (Leader): Baltimore, MD
*9. Alexandra Shiflett: Bel Air, MD
*10. Cameron Rines: Severna Park, MD
11. Kelly Dietrich: Baltimore, MD
*12. Sean Gerwing Liter (Leader): Louisville, KY
13. Holly McGlawn-Zoller (Leader) [INJURED]: Louisville, KY
*14. Brent Vincent Betterly: Chicago, IL
*15. William Cory Lovell/William Corey Lovell/Corey Lovell: Chicago, IL
16. Jason Charter (Leader): Gaithersburg, MD
*17. Kyle Benjamin Wright (Leader): Chantilly, VA
*18. Rachel “Roody” Michelle Myles: Manassas, VA
19. Shiquan Rah Jackson (Leader): Charlottesville, VA
*20. Deandre Shakur Harris (ASH Seven Hills Antifa) [INJURED] [ARRESTED]: Suffolk, VA
*21. Corey Alexander Long (Flamethrower) [ARRESTED]: Culpeper, VA
22. Vonte “Vonzz” Long: Charlottesville, VA
*23. Charles Allen Howard Jr. AKA Bear Allen: Baltimore, MD
*24. Wyatt Reed: Elliston, VA
25. Lena Marie Seville: Charlottesville, VA
*26. Troy Thomas Dunigan [CONVICTED]: Chattanooga, TN
*27. Jacob Leigh Smith [CONVICTED]: Louisa, VA
*28. Jeff Fogel (Leader): Charlottesville, VA
29. Lara Rogers: Charlottesville, VA
*30. Edgar Brandon Collins [CONVICTED]: Charlottesville, VA
*31. Alec Summerfield (Leader): Maryland
*32. Dan Nguyen: Maryland
33. Jesse Schultz
34. Glenn Cantave: New York City, NY
*35. Hawk Newsome (Leader): New York City, NY
36. Medea Benjamin/Susan Benjamin (Leader): Washington, DC
37. Tighe Barry (Leader): Washington, DC
*38. Antonio “Tony” Wells: Charlottesville, VA
39. Evan “Hen” Henderson: Charlottesville, VA
40. Jay Scott: Waynesboro, VA
41. Cornel West (Leader)
42. Wednesday Allie Vulpes Bowie (ASH Seven Hills Antifa) [INJURED]
43. Marcus Martin [INJURED]: Lovingston, VA
44. Marissa K Blair
45. Courtney Leigh Commander: Charlottesville, VA
46. Nicholas Feggans: Charlottesville, VA
47. Jon Ziegler AKA Rebelutionary Z: Montrose, PA
48. Jake Westly Anderson (Renegade Media)
49. Bill Burke (International Socialist Organization: Athens, OH) [INJURED]: Hockingport, Ohio
50. Jack Basile
51. Natalie Romero [INJURED]
52. Devin Willis: Charlottesville, VA
53. Claire Millicent Wyatt: Washington, DC
*54. George Steppe: Charlottesville, VA
55. Joshua Lopez: New York City, NY
56. Michael Nigro
57. Abdul Aziz
58. Kim Cookemboo/Kim Ottensmeyer
*59. Sara Michel Tansey: Charlottesville, VA
60. Tom Perriello
61. Mitchell Elmo Fryer/Mitchell Lewis
62. Gabriel Komisar
63. David Cole
64. Cody Von Kradz
65. Lee Patterson: Baltimore, MD
66. Ed Hunt
67. Stuart D Leitch: Charlottesville, VA
68. Sandi Bachom [INJURED]
69. Kelly Carson: Richmond, VA
70. Bernadette Christopher Morrell Karpf: Philadelphia, PA
71. Sarah Delaney: Harrisonburg, VA
72. Jay Tubb
73. Brandy Gonzalez
74. Brianna Herrera/Emma Kaplan (Leader): Brooklyn, NY
75. Lisa Moore
76. Cora Schenberg
*77. Kyle Reedy: Washington, DC
78. David Vaughn Straughn: Charlottesville, VA
79. Zach D Roberts
80. Brittany Caine-Conley (Leader): Charlottesville, VA
81. Claudene “Deane” Oliva (Leader): Bowling Green, KY
82. Blake Montgomery
83. Kim Michetti Rolla (Leader): Richmond, VA
84. Elspeth Reeve
85. Osagyefo Sekou (Leader): St. Louis, MO
86. José Angel Romero (Leader): Durham, NC
*87. Daniel Barak Fargason AKA Owsi MacFearchar AKA Ötzi MacFearchar: Richmond, VA
88. Weston Gobar: Charlottesville, VA
89. Aryn A. Frazier
90. Isabella Ciambotti: Charlottesville, VA
91. Colleen Cook
*92. Chance Hayes/Zecharia Hayes: Spotsylvania, VA
93. Sandy Miller
94. Kasey Kelly Landrum
95. Shay Horse
*96. Kim Marie Kelly (Leader): New York City, NY
97. Theodore Edward Whitelow: Harrisonburg, VA
98. Nathaniel “Nate” Chase (Leader): New York City, NY
*99. Nupol Kiazolu: New York City, NY
100. Taryn Fivek (Leader): New York City, NY
101. Ed Zavada: Austin, TX
102. Timothy Porter: Charlottesville, VA
103. Tyler Magill: Charlottesville, VA
*104. Jeffrey Matthew Winder [CONVICTED]: Charlottesville, VA
*105. Kenneth Robert Litzenberger [ARRESTED]: Charlottesville, VA
*106. Phoebe LaFroy Stevens [CONVICTED]: Charlottesville, VA
107. Edward “Emily Florence” Gorcenski: Charlottesville, VA
108. Amanda Patrice Moore AKA Nita-Lynn Patrice: New York City, NY
*109. Jermaine Soo-Tim: New York City, NY
110. Brandon J Taylor: Hampton, NJ
111. Seth Wispelwey: Charlottesville, VA
112. Nikuyah Walker (Leader): Charlottesville, VA
113. Heather Kidd: Shipman, VA
114. Gretchen Burgess: Charlottesville, VA
*115. Tom Keenan (Leader)
*116. Gregory Southall Williams (Leader): Durham, NC
117. Megan Squire (Leader): Gibsonville, NC
118. Anthony “Tony” Crider
119. Beth Reid: Richmond, VA
120. Greyson Goodenow
121. Sally Rose: Charlottesville, VA
122. Laura Albert: Charlottesville, VA
123. Brian Wimer: Charlottesville, VA
124. Alex Rubinstein
125. Erin A Corbett: Brooklyn, NY
*126. Corey Lee Lemley (Leader) (Dates Giovanna Angelina Romkee): Nashville, TN
127. Marvin Leterrius Spencer III: Sherwood, AR
*128. Kristopher Cheney Goad: Richmond, VA
129. Jonathan Taylor Canfield
*130. Caleb Michael Burroughs: Macon, NC
131. Kendall Jennifer Bills: Charlottesville, VA
132. Loren Danielle Oliver-Balerna (Dates Jacob Leigh Smith): Louisa, VA
133. Jeanne Marie Peterson(Stevens) AKA Star Lucinda [INJURED]: Charlottesville, VA
134. Christopher Thomas Schiano (Unicorn Riot)
135. Wendy Parker (Unicorn Riot)
136. Pat Boyle (Unicorn Riot)
137. Daniel Hosterman: Durham, NC
138. Alec R Hosterman: Farmville, VA
139. Lillian Dana Prosperino: Whitesburg, KY
140. Kaitlyn “Kait” Dugan
141. Brandy Daniels: Charlottesville, VA
142. Alexandra “Alexa” Michelle Stott: Raleigh, NC
143. Gretchen Honnold
144. Korla Masters
145. Heather Wilson
146. Brennan Gilmore
*147. Mik Plungis: Catonsville, MD
*148. Julia Bates: Takoma Park, MD
149. Jack Vaughan: Takoma Park, MD
*150. William Healy: Maryland
151. Sylvan Miller: Charlottesville, VA
*152. Paul Minton
153. Frances Richards: Charlottesville, VA
154. Chelsea Marie Stabler AKA Chelsea Marie Melanthios: Charlottesville, VA
155. Mark Aloysious Strandquist: Richmond, VA
156. Courtney Bowles: Philadelphia, PA
157. Damani Harrison: Charlottesville, VA
158. Michael Green: Charlottesville, VA
159. Rosia Parker: Charlottesville, VA
160. Jeanne Pupke: Richmond, VA
161. Eze Amos: Charlottesville, VA
162. Brent Combs: Washington, DC
163. Jamie Dyer
164. Andrew Shurtleff: Charlottesville, VA
165. Jason Espie: Charlottesville, VA
166. Alice Beecher: Whitesburg, KY
167. Laura Cross: Charlottesville, VA
168. Héctor E Alcalá
169. Mark Tinkleman: Philadelphia, PA
170. Brian D McLaren
171. Jeffrey C Pugh
172. Bob Gibson: Charlottesville, VA
173. Jackson Landers: Charlottesville, VA
174. Brian “Cricket” Rakita: Louisa, VA
175. Sean Tubbs: Charlottesville, VA
176. Jay McNeal
177. Mostafa Bassim Adly
178. Michael Fitts
179. Katherine Sigman
180. Mark Ludak: Lambertville, NJ
181. Samuel Corum: Washington, DC
182. Claire-Marie Brisson
183. Evan Nesterak: Charlottesville, VA
184. John Neavear
185. Bob Rodgers: Richmond, VA
186. Jack Smith IV: New York City, NY
187. Kim Kelley-Wagner: Charlottesville, VA
188. Wes Bellamy: Charlottesville, VA
189. Andrew Batcher: Washington, DC
190. Phillip Igyarto: Springfield, VA
191. Jocelyn Prostko
192. Jacob Bonham AKA Aurora Powell: Charlottesville, VA
193. Pete Deer: Charlottesville, VA
194. Stephen “Steveo” Lamont Betties: Charlottesville, VA
195. Brian Shepherd: Louisa, VA
*196. Tim “Sauce” Brown: Charlottesville, VA
197. Don Diego
198. Baynard Woods
199. Brandon Soderberg
200. Hamilton Matthew Masters/Matt Masters
201. Jason C Andrew
202. Tobias Wolf
203. Morgan Hopkins AKA Morgan Freegan
204. Hawes Spencer: Charlottesville, VA
*205. Jordan McNeish
206. John Zangas: Washington, DC
207. Pat Jarrett
208. Laura Sennett
*209. Connor Hicks Douglas: New York City, NY
*210. Caleb Gibrahn Perkins: New York City, NY
211. Michael Gould-Wartofsky: New York City, NY
*212. Chandler William Coates: Louisville, KY
213. Elizabeth Ann Sines
214. Leanne Chia
215. Ian Frank
216. William Nix AKA Maddie Boyd Nix AKA Madeline Hatter: Chattanooga, TN
*217. Jeanette Hoppe Burleigh: Lebanon, OH
218. Charles Edward Robb: Louisville, KY
*219. Sam Schafer: Louisville, KY
220. Samantha Peacoe/Samantha Peace: Charlottesville, VA
221. Jordon Rooney: Pittsburgh, PA
222. Dave Wright: Pittsburgh, PA
223. Otis Harrison: Staunton, VA
224. Dom Bowman: Norfolk, VA
225. Andrew Kimmel
226. Mario Benabe: Bronx, NY
227. Sally Louise Gallagher Swope: Charlottesville, VA
228. Jessica Jude: Durham, NC
229. Joshua Eaton
230. Robert King/Bobby King: Indianapolis, IN
231. Alan Pyke
232. Marisa Holmes (Leader): New York City, NY
233. Robert John Winant: Philadelphia, PA
234. Celeste O’Connor: Maryland
*235. Anthony White: Chicago, IL
236. Carl Dix (Leader)
237. Dan Gottlieb
238. Tadrint “Tay” R. Washington: Charlottesville, VA [INJURED]
239. Constance Paige [INJURED]
240. Jason Wilson: Portland, OR
241. Lana J Heath de Martínez
242. Christopher Tweel
243. Lee Marc White: Charlottesville, VA
244. Brady Earnhart: Charlottesville, VA
245. Delores Rocha Chadwick: Charlottesville, VA
*246. Lindsey Elizabeth Moers: Philadelphia, PA
*247. Shawn Menne: Moorestown, NJ/Philadelphia, PA
248. Vanessa Bolin
249. Beth Alexander
250. Kelly Murphy
251. Kali Cichon
252. Anthony Riondino: New Brunswick, NJ
253. Jason Peterson
*254. Charles “Chuck” Modiano
255. Ian Reid
256. Kat McNeal
257. Melissa Thomas McKenney: Richmond, VA
258. Phil Wilayto: Richmond, VA
259. Alexandra Cope: Lynchburg, VA/Portland, OR
260. Riley McCarthy Bigg
261. Leila Chipowicz
262. Doug Eddy: Charlottesville, VA
263. Caris Adel: Charlottesville, VA
264. David L R Hoover: Norfolk, VA
265. Kim Bobo: Richmond, VA
266. Landon Shroder
267. Jason Lappa: Charlottesville, VA
268. Allison MacEwen
269. Charles Rasputin: Norfolk, VA
270. Brendan Orsinger (Leader): Washington, DC
271. Debra Zervas: Norfolk, VA
272. Craig Eastman
*273. Sean Golash (Leader): Washington, DC
274. Colleen Amelia Sharp: Durham, NC
275. Matteus Frankovich: Charlottesville, VA
276. Alan Goffinski: Charlottesville, VA
277. Beñat Quartararo: Raleigh, NC
278. Quamia Dennis: Charlottesville, VA
279. Austin Gonzalez (Leader): Richmond, VA
280. Joe Heim: Washington, DC
281. Tracye Prince DeSon: Washington, DC
282. Julie Van: Washington, DC
283. Donna Gasapo
284. Daniel Shular
285. Logan Rimel: Berkeley, CA
286. Arlo Millich: Charlottesville, VA
287. Sapphyre Miria: Louisa, VA
*288. Edmund Frost (Leader): Louisa, VA
289. Mark Groeneveld
290. Ruth van Veenendaal: Pitman, NJ
291. Bill Engler: Williamstown, NJ –
292. Dianne Deming Bearinger: Charlottesville, VA
293. Mariah Connie Dean: Charlottesville, VA
294. Katie Spencer White: Charlottesville, VA
295. David Hunter
296. Alexandra Kedrock: Charlottesville, VA
297. Kristin Adolfson
298. Eleanor Goldfield
299. Mardokai Russom: Rockville, MD
300. Laurel Hoa
301. Reagan Greenfield: Charlottesville, VA
302. Kendall King-Sellars: Richmond, VA
*303. Stephen Lemons: Phoenix, AZ
304. Stuart Holme: Charlottesville, VA
305. Jeni Crockett-Holme: Charlottesville, VA
306. Allison Wilkie: Keswick, VA
307. James C Werner
308. Douglas Robert Niven
309. Caroline Polk: Charlottesville, VA
310. Russell Richards: Charlottesville, VA
311. Jennifer Lewis
312. JoAnn Cunningham Tigert
313. Patty Nourse Culbertson
314. Pam Gibson
315. Douglas Turner Day: Waynesboro, VA
316. Mary Manning Stewart: Charlottesville, VA
317. Kate Sedgwick Davidson
318. Ethan Lipscomb: Charlottesville, VA
319. Matt Turner
320. Stephen Barling: Charlottesville, VA
*321. Shane Davidson
322. Traci Blackmon: St. Louis, MO
323. Micah Washington: Charlottesville, VA [INJURED]
324. Ken E Nwadike Jr.
325. Alex Bower: Charlottesville, VA
326. Shadell Hughes: Charlottesville, VA
327. Jordy Yager
328. Dave Norris (Former Charlottesville Mayor): Charlottesville, VA
329. Natalie Brinton Krovetz: Charlottesville, VA
330. Jill Duffield: Charlottesville, VA
331. Kristina Korobeynikova: Louisa, VA
332. AD Carson: Charlottesville, VA
333. Meredith Rose: Charlottesville, VA
334. Kyle Rose: Charlottesville, VA
335. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
*336. Don Gathers: Charlottesville, VA
337. John Stanmeyer
338. Phil Woodson: Charlottesville, VA
339. Linda Peebles
340. Max Hess
341. Elaine Ellis Thomas: Charlottesville, VA
342. Shannon Sherwood Johnston
343. Jo Belser: Alexandria, VA
344. Melanie Mullen: Washington, DC
345. Theresa Lewallen: Alexandria, VA
346. Bernard Cayce Ramey
347. Walter Heinecke: Charlottesville, VA
348. Allen Groves
349. John R Penley: New York, NY
350. Brenda “Bee” Lambert
351. Sandy Hausman
352. Eric Cortellessa
353. Joe LoCascio
354. Brenda Brown-Grooms: Charlottesville, VA
355. Matthew Hatcher: Columbus, OH
356. Seth Herald
357. Megan Jelinger: Lima, OH
358. Sylwia Siemion: New York, NY
359. Aaron Cohen: Brooklyn, NY
360. Hawkins Dale: Charlottesville, VA
*361. Lucha Bright: Chicago, IL
362. Aaron Thomas
363. Charlie Gilliam: Charlottesville, VA
364. Anne Meng: Charlottesville, VA
365. Dolly Joseph
366. Kristen Wilson Pingry
367. Bill Gohl: Baltimore, MD
368. Kim Triplett
369. James Mauney: Salem, VA
370. Lura N Groen
371. Noah C Goodwin AKA Noah St Jacques
372. Monica Painter Martin
373. Rachel Gilmore: Virginia Beach, VA
374. Irma Heppner Mahone: Charlottesville, VA
375. Robbie Hott: Charlottesville, VA
376. Patricia Rowley Hott: Charlottesville, VA
377. Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye
378. Antonio Mitchell
379. Sherin Nowrouz
380. Chaimaa Oualia: Woodbridge, VA
381. Sophie Schectman [INJURED]
382. Rebecca Schectman
383. George Curbelo (Traitor)
384. Dave Bruton: Charlottesville, VA
385. Maria Cristina Trutanich: Winston-Salem, NC/Long Beach, CA
386. Matthew Donald Casella: Greensboro, NC
387. Lindsay Kate Caesar: Greensboro, NC
388. Kathy Shearer: Emory, VA
389. Rees Shearer: Emory, VA
390. Kristin Layng Szakos: Charlottesville, VA
391. Robert Creigh Deeds: Hot Springs, VA
392. Robin Kunkel: Lexington, KY
393. Gabe Cavallaro: Waynesboro, VA
394. Peter Moskowitz: New York, NY
395. Jalane Schmidt: Charlottesville, VA
396. Ned Oliver: Richmond, VA
397. Jackie Kruszewski: Richmond, VA
398. Ryan M Kelly: Richmond, VA
399. Chenjerai Kumanyika: Philadelphia, PA
400. Saadiqa Kumanyika: Philadelphia, PA
401. Zoe Spellman/Zoe McDowell: Charlottesville, VA
402. Meredith Sam O’Leary: Charlottesville, VA
403. David Freeman: Silk Hope, NC
404. Winnie Varghese: New York, NY
405. Laura Saunders
406. Jamie Ballinger: Charlottesville, VA
407. Samantha Towett: Charlottesville, VA
408. Elizabeth Hancock: Charlottesville, VA
409. Devin Gentry: Charlottesville, VA
*410. Joseph Culver
411. Aaliyah Jones
412. Candice Maupin: Charlottesville, VA
413. Jacobie Artasia Maupin: Charlottesville, VA
414. Jonasia Maupin: Charlottesville, VA
415. Casey Ian Patchell
416. CJ Hunt
417. Mitchell Kordella: Richmond, VA
418. Michael Shallal: Washington, DC
419. Victor Thorp
*420. Nicholas “Nic” Evan Smith (Leader): Roanoke, VA
421. Juliana Colette
422. Benjamin Gray
423. Eva Pilgrim
424. Bo Erickson
425. Preston Willett
*426. John Andrew “Andy” Mulligan: Perkasie, PA
*427. Caeden Famiglio: Philadelphia, PA
428. Blair Sydnor Flynn
429. Anej Rendrag: Richmond, VA
430. Bessie Mae Hutt
431. Sheila Blackford: Charlottesville, VA
432. Tim Dodson: Charlottesville, VA
433. Adam Slate: Charlottesville, VA
434. Robert D Lewis: Charlottesville, VA
435. Bethney Foster
436. Bonnie Louise: Des Moines, IA
437. Bryan C Mann: Jamaica Plain, MA
438. Lisa Sharon Harper: Washington, DC
439. Carlton Elliott Smith: Holly Springs, MS
440. Susan Frederick-Gray
441. Sahar Alsahlani: New York, NY
442. Adam King
443. Marguerite Gallorini: Charlottesville, VA
444. Mary A Braden: Baltimore, MD
445. Alethea Leventhal: Charlottesville, VA
446. Scott Marzano: Charlottesville, VA
447. Paul Beyer: Charlottesville, VA
448. Gene Osborn: Charlottesville, VA
449. Garrett Trent: Charlottesville, VA
450. Kirk Conard
451. Jeffrey P Mickle
452. Forrest Swope: Charlottesville, VA
453. Christopher Mathias: New York, NY
454. Ronald Bailey: Washington, DC
*455. Dwayne Emil Dixon: Durham, NC
456. Ben Sherman: Lexington, KY
*457. Maya Malika: Chicago, IL
458. Ari Daniels: Charlottesville, VA
459. Chris Suarez: Charlottesville, VA
460. Lauren Berg: Charlottesville, VA
461. Eberhard Jehle: Charlottesville, VA
462. Joel M Gunter: London, England, UK
463. Sara Flounders
*464. Ronaldo Jahman Dixon: Morgantown, WV
465. Stephen D Melkisethian: Bethesda, MD
466. Rafael E Justo
467. Karla Ann Coté
*468. Jennifer “Kittie” Sobolowski/Jennifer “Kittie” Sobolewski/Jennifer Maria Sobolewski (Baked Sprayer GF/Spencer Sunshine GF/EX!): Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
469. Glenna Gordon
470. Christian W McMillen: Charlottesville, VA
471. Gary Powell: Charlottesville, VA
472. Jasmine Turner
473. Susan Melkisethian
474. Raman Pfaff: Charlottesville, VA
475. Nathan Sheard
476. Jessica Lehrman
477. Allie Conti
478. Zach Caldwell
479. Montae Lamar Taylor: Richmond, VA
480. Tanesha Hudson: Charlottesville, VA
481. Jordan Green
482. Orlando de Guzman
483. Jeannette Candelario
484. Aneyssa Harris
485. Brandon Dudley
486. Nadia Owusu: Baltimore, MD
487. James Lewis: New York, NY
488. Jeannie Nelson
489. Matt Korbon: Charlottesville, VA
490. Sam Becker
491. Sarah Rankin
492. Alba Onofrio
493. Yazmeen Nuñez: Richmond, VA
494. Emily Kingsley
495. Haley W Douglass
496. Michael Douglass
497. Sarah Crisman: Alexandria, VA
498. Destiny D Aman: Alexandria, VA
499. Amanda Hendler-Voss: Dumfries, VA
500. Karen Murray Rivers/Karen E Rivers: Woodbridge, VA
501. Marina Brock: Richmond, VA
502. Melanie Monteclaro Pace: Charlottesville, VA
503. Terri Gerald: Charlottesville, VA
504. Andy B Campbell: New York, NY
505. Elizabeth Marfell
*506. Donald Blakney [ARRESTED]: Charlottesville, VA
507. Joseph Robert Mee AKA Joseph Cornelius Suttree
508. James Dean Seal: New York, NY
509. Christopher P Schulz
510. Christine Mihelcic
511. Taj Arya Leblanc
*512. Rourke Thomas Winder: Afton, VA
513. Rosemarie Harper: Afton, VA
514. Ryan Wender: Afton, VA
515. Melissa Wender: Charlottesville, VA
516. Blake Caravati: Charlottesville, VA
517. Luis Oyola: Charlottesville, VA
518. Michael Bruder
519. Stephen S Daniels: Charlottesville, VA
520. Andy Orban: Charlottesville, VA
521. Alan Box Levine: Charlottesville, VA
522. Jennifer Esser: Charlottesville, VA
523. Jeanine Bordeau
524. Ruis Owin Brown: Charlottesville, VA
525. Tess Yergin/Teresa Collier: Charlottesville, VA
526. Joseph “Joey” Fowler: Charlottesville, VA
527. Ava Elizabeth Collins: Charlottesville, VA
528. Morgan Kiesler: Charlottesville, VA
529. Michael Cary Bragg: Winston-Salem, NC
530. Henry Graff: Charlottesville, VA
531. Allison Wrabel: Charlottesville, VA
532. Roxanne Croft/Roxanne Barreto
*533. James Wilson: Carrboro, NC
534. John Rudoff: Portland, OR
535. Robyn Gurinsky Weatherford: Charlottesville, VA
536. Candi Richards: Richmond, VA
537. Marc Adams: Charlottesville, VA
538. Gina R Carroll: Waynesboro, VA
539. Bernard Dukes
540. Christopher Newman: Charlottesville, VA
541. Adam Luke Senecaut (Leader): Chapel Hill, NC
542. Trish Kahle: Greensboro, NC
543. Jennifer Walker: Charlottesville, VA
544. Corey R Miles: Blacksburg, VA
545. Thomas Burwell: Greensboro, NC
546. Rachel Samuels
547. Abdulelah Aljawarneh (Illegal Alien)
548. Alvin C Jacobs Jr.
549. Jabeen Akhtar
550. Craig Stanley
551. Eric Hurt
552. Dan Miller
553. Rebecca Edwards: Charlottesville, VA
554. Ben Doherty
555. Lisa Woolfork: Charlottesville, VA
556. J Herman Jones: Waynesboro, VA/Richmond, VA
557. Liz Goodwyn: Charlottesville, VA
558. Bryce Woodrell: Orange, VA
559. Luke Dahl: Charlottesville, VA
560. Megan Renfro: Charlottesville, VA
561. Rob T Scott: Charlottesville, VA
562. Laura Shumaker Drummond
563. Brittany Leach
564. Anisa Gray Garnett
565. Chance Drummond
566. John Kluge: Charlottesville, VA
567. Tammy Purcell: Louisa, VA
568. Rhys D Baker: Washington, DC
569. John W Last: Charlottesville, VA
570. Krista Moore
571. Xavier Torres de Janon: Philadelphia, PA
572. Melissa Bohl
573. Leigh Finnegan-Hosey: Washington, DC
574. Andy Stepanian: Laguna Beach, CA
575. Miranda Mossey: Salinas, CA
576. Luke Harms/Luca Charms: Charlottesville, VA
577. John D Copenhaver: Winchester, VA
578. Katrina Turner
579. Salem Pearce: Brooklyn, NY
580. Lizz Goldstein
581. Christina C DiPasquale: Washington, DC
582. Jareyah Bradley
583. Mimi Arbeit: Charlottesville, VA
584. Laura Goldblatt
585. Jenna Hochman
586. Jason Lambert: Roanoke, VA
587. Karen Castanes
*588. Jabari Brisport: Brooklyn, NY
589. Chris Dietrich
590. Emmetri Beane
591. David Curtis: Richmond, VA
592. Edu Bayer: Brooklyn, NY
593. Jeremy Jones: Charlottesville, VA
594. Lisa Jones/Lisa Anne: Charlottesville, VA
595. Richard A DeLoria
596. Bryce Hardy: Lynchburg, VA
597. Samuel Hardy: Lynchburg, VA
598. Mykal McEldowney
599. Melanie Jane Barnum: Charlottesville, VA
600. Mai Shurtleff/AniClair Grey: Charlottesville, VA
601. Suzanne Hall: Charlottesville, VA
602. Damonia Lee: Charlottesville, VA
603. Mike Barber: Charlottesville, VA
604. Ethan Malamud: Richmond, VA
605. Andy Hannas: Free Union, VA
606. Jacin Buchanan: Richmond, VA
607. Thomas Martinez Pilnik
608. Rachel Zaslow
609. Barbara Armacost: Charlottesville, VA
610. Kevin Cope
611. Mila Versteeg
612. Anne M Coughlin
613. Mark Langlet
614. Courtney Koelbel
615. Amanda Lineberry
616. Kate Duvall
617. Julia Davis
618. Sean C Davis
619. Lara Celeste Mack: Harrisonburg, VA
620. Aubtin Heydari [INJURED]: Harrisonburg, VA
621. Zach Williams: Harrisonburg, VA
622. Will Mullany
623. Judith Young
624. Bradford Karl Slocum
625. Josh Hebdon: Harrisonburg, VA
626. Darryl W Cross
627. Matthew O’Donnell
628. April Muñiz: Charlottesville, VA
629. Kailey Adkins
630. Hannah Phillips Pearce: Charlottesville, VA
631. Mark Apollo: New York, NY
632. Brian Rule
633. Melina Caprellian: Richmond, VA
634. Therése Sylvia
635. Chelsea Alvarado [INJURED]: Richmond, VA
636. Paul D Murphy: Richmond, VA
637. Martha Mccausland Ross Havens: Charlotte, NC
*638. Thomas Jackson Massey: Philadelphia, PA
639: Clare Ruday: Charlottesville, VA
640. Alina Kilpatrick
641. Paulina Leonovich: Washington, DC
642. Franklin Bryan: Washington, DC
*643. Michael J Longo Jr.: Philadelphia, PA
644. Carly Romeo: Richmond, VA
645. Alexis Morris [INJURED]
646. Noelle Morris [INJURED]
647. Margaret “Maggie” Nicole Dickhaus AKA Vaughn Stokes: Asheville, NC
*648. Brian Bozicek: Philadelphia, PA
*649. Laura F Evangelisto
650. Alexander Stein


Israeli Minister Refuses UN, EU Calls to Investigate Violence Against Palestinians in Gaza

Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman rejects UN and EU calls to Investigate Israeli army’s violent suppression of Palestinians in Gaza. (AFP/ File Photo)
Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman rejects UN and EU calls to Investigate Israeli army’s violent suppression of Palestinians in Gaza. (AFP/ File Photo)


Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman rejected calls by the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) calling for an investigation into the Israeli army’s violent suppression of protests in Gaza, that left 15 protesters dead on Friday.

Over the weekend, the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, called for independent inquiries into the bloodshed.

An estimated 17,000 Palestinians had taken to the Israeli border on the 42nd anniversary of Land Day, and began the weeks-long “Great March of Return.”

In addition to the 18 protesters killed, a reported 750 wounded people were wounded by live fire, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Additionally, a Palestinian farmer was shot and killed near the border on Friday around dawn, and on Monday, a 29-year-old Palestinian who was injured on Friday succumbed to his wounds.
On Sunday, Lieberman told Israel’s public radio that the government would not be carrying out any inquiry into the casualties, saying “from the standpoint of the [Israeli Defence Force] soldiers, they did what had to be done.”
Lieberman added that he thinks “all of our troops deserve a commendation.”
Israel has repeatedly perpetuated the narrative that the massive demonstrations — which were organized by grassroots organizations and local activists as a nonviolent protest — were organized by the Hamas movement, and that the protests were being used as to “camouflage terror.”
The UN call for the investigation into the killings came after the US blocked a UN Security Council (UNSC) statement on Saturday condemning Israel’s use of force against civilian protesters at the Gaza border, which rights groups have deemed criminal and illegal.
Israeli forces have long been criticized for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, and what rights groups have termed their policy of “extrajudicial execution” in instances where Palestinians who did not pose a direct threat to the lives of soldiers could have been detained or subdued in a non-lethal manner.

After the Gaza killings, it’s time to crack down on Israel

Israel’s killing of 18 Palestinian protesters in Gaza last Friday was entirely predictable. It was also entirely avoidable. The victims were taking part in the annual Land Day march commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians who were protesting Israel’s confiscation of thousands of acres of their land. This year’s event also marks 70 years since the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the displacement from their land during the establishment of the State of Israel. Participants marched to the heavily fortified eastern boundary between Gaza and Israel, in a symbolic show of return to their land and the homes from which they and their families originate. Yet even before the march began, Israel announced that it would deploy more than 100 snipers, helicopters with tear gas, and tanks to shoot the protesters. By the day’s end, Israeli soldiers had killed 18 Palestinians with live ammunition and injured more than 1,700. This despite the fact that not a single Israeli soldier was harmed or even in any danger.

Here lies the tragedy: Palestinians demonstrating against the killing of unarmed Palestinians are themselves gunned down by Israel’s military.

The Israeli army tweeted that “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.” The tweet was quickly deleted when video emerged of soldiers shooting 19-year old Abed el-Fatah Abed el-Nabi in the back.

The tragedy lies not only in the killing of Palestinians, but in the responses of Israel and the United States to this massacre. It has become commonplace, indeed expected, that the killing of Palestinians is either ignored or, more frighteningly, applauded by Israelis, as was the 2014 killing of more than 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza. Indeed, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman — who once called for Palestinian citizens of Israel he deemed disloyal to be beheaded — quickly praised Israel’s military, stating that its soldiers “deserve a commendation.” Calls by Palestinians, the European Union and the United Nations for an independent investigation were swiftly rejected, with both Israel and the Trump administration blocking any endorsement of an investigation by the Security Council. Israel also immediately announced that it would not even go through the theatrics of carrying out its own internal inquiry. The message that Israel and the United States have sent is that Palestinian lives are dispensable, unworthy of any investigation, even when it is clear that their lives were taken unlawfully.

An independent investigation would highlight that Gaza remains under Israel’s 50-year-old military rule and decade-old naval blockade, cut off from the world. It would undoubtedly highlight that, in addition to the electrified fence on Gaza’s eastern and northern sides, Gaza is blocked in with a concrete wall to the south and by the naval blockade to the west. It would highlight that all of the Palestinians killed were killed inside Gaza, and within the undefined Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” that further cuts into Gaza’s territory, in many places by as much as 1,000 feet. In the words of one protester friend shot on Friday, “We did not go to the buffer zone; the buffer zone came to us.” An independent investigation would undoubtedly highlight that live fire may only be used against combatants participating in military action. Killing people is neither a video game nor a sport. In sum, an investigation would reveal that for Israel, it does not matter that Palestinians protest; our lives are considered expendable.

It is for these reasons that Israel and the Trump administration are adamantly blocking any investigation of what took place Friday. This is why the time has come for an arms embargo and sanctions against apartheid Israel, similar to the arms embargo that was imposed by the United Nations against apartheid South Africa. This is not without precedent in the United States, where the Arms Export Control Act has the power to ensure that arms are not given to a government “which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”  Similar legislation exists in the E.U. What is missing is political will. Instead, as the United States and the E.U. continue to try to appease Israel, Palestinians pay the price — with their lives.

What next for Gaza after Israel’s Land Day massacre?

The only window of hope for Gaza, in addition to our own mass mobilisation, lies in the growing BDS campaign.

The Israeli army killed more than a dozen Palestinians who were demonstrating along the Gaza Strip's eastern border on Land Day March 30, 2018. [AP]
The Israeli army killed more than a dozen Palestinians who were demonstrating along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border on Land Day March 30, 2018. [AP]

After imposing a deadly blockade on the two million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip for 11 years and launching three massive, genocidal attacks in the last seven years – aided by the complicity of the so-called international community and the silence of reactionary Arab regimes – last week, Israel has committed a new massacre against peaceful demonstrators commemorating Land Day and asserting their right of return.  

On Friday, March 30, Israeli soldiers killed 17 civilians and injured more than 1,400 others – mostly with live ammunition. According to the Israeli military, the massacre went according to plan. Their spokesperson tweeted – and later deleted – that “[On March 30] nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured. We know where every bullet landed”.

At the beginning of the second Intifada in 2000, I wrote the following:

Gaza has become a war-zone: the biggest concentration camp on the surface of Earth has become a burial site – a noisy graveyard. The Palestinian body has become the ultimate target of the Israeli bullet – the younger the better (Sara, a two-year-old girl from Nablus was also shot in the head.) The Palestinian body has, in other words, become the site of (in)justice: ‘eliminate the body, and it will leave a vacuum that can be occupied – a land without people for people without land’.

Today, we have a sense of deja vu; we’ve been there before and we know that more of us will be killed in what BBC calls “clashes”! The Israeli military, or what the courageous Israeli journalist Gideon Levy calls “the Israel Massacre Forces”, are a gang of thugs indoctrinated by an ideology that dehumanises children and justifies the shooting of innocent civilians.

It is definitely not the right time for such grandiose philosophical questions, but what is the Palestinian to do when he or she lives such a crude political reality?

The question that is on every Gaza Palestinian mind is “why is this allowed to happen, 24 years after the fall of the apartheid regime of South Africa?” We do know why Israel is doing it; we are the unwanted “goyim”, the refugees whose very existence is a constant reminder of the original sin committed in 1948 – the premeditated crime of ethnic cleansing of two thirds of the Palestinian people. We have been cursed for simply having the “wrong” religion and “ethnicity”, for being born to non-Jewish mothers! The problem is that we are not dying quietly; we are making noise, a lot of noise; we are banging the walls of the Gaza tank – to use one of famed Palestinian intellectual and author Ghassan Kanafani’s metaphors.

I have been teaching one of Kanafani’s best novels called All That is Left to You to my students at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University. In this novel, the hero, who happens to be a refugee living in Gaza, loses everything except his will to resist. Holding on to that will, and confronting the horror of Zionist colonialism requires a vision. A vision that could enable him to return to Jaffa, where he had lost his father at the hands of Zionist gangs in 1948. Most of my students relate to, and some even identify with him. They agree that no political solution can be achieved without the implementation of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, which calls for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the villages and cities from which they were ethnically cleansed back in 1948. No wonder, then, that most of my students are among the demonstrators on Gaza’s borders!

In Gaza, we know that Israel is going to get away with it, simply because it has never been held to account for any of the massacres it has committed; we also know that it is going to commit more and worse crimes.

Hasn’t the ESCWA report proven beyond any doubt that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid against the indigenous people of Palestine? We also know that it would not have been able to carry out all these crimes without support from the United States and the so-called international community. We, therefore, have lost hope in official bodies such as the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Instead, we are counting on international civil society to put an end to this ongoing bloodbath committed by apartheid Israel in broad day light.

The tool? Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) until Israel complies with International Law. Forget about meaningless negotiations that have proven to be disastrous, as the late Edward Said had rightly predicted back in 1994; forget about the racist two state solution that has been shot in the head by Israel itself and which fails to deal with the core of the Palestinian question, namely, 6-7 million refugees insisting on asserting their UN-stipulated right of return. The only window of hope, in addition to our own mass mobilisation, lies in the growing BDS campaign supported by conscious people all over the world. They understand that our struggle is non-sectarian, one that is enshrined in the basic principles of the International Declaration of Human Rights, no matter how hard hypocritical Western Media tries to conceal the truth.

White House counsel examines loans to Kushner’s family business

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White House attorneys are assessing whether White House senior adviser Jared Kushner ran afoul of federal ethics regulations by meeting with executives from two companies that loaned millions of dollars to his family’s business.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) had previously raised concerns to the Office of Government Ethics following reports that Kushner met with executives from Apollo Global Management and Citigroup shortly before each company loaned the Kushner Companies millions of dollars.

Apollo loaned $184 million to the Kushner Companies, while Citigroup loaned $325 million to the business, which is run by Kushner’s family.

David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, said in a letter obtained by The Wall Street Journal that he spoke with the White House Counsel’s Office about Krishnamoorthi’s concerns.

“I have discussed this matter with the White House Counsel’s Office in order to ensure that they have begun the process of ascertaining the facts necessary to determine whether any law or regulation has been violated and whether any additional procedures are necessary to avoid violations in the future,” Apol wrote.

“During that discussion, the White House informed me that they had already begun this process. I have asked the White House to inform me of the results of that process,” Apol added.

An Apollo spokesman previously said the executive who met with Kushner was not involved in the decision to loan Kushner Companies money.

A Citigroup spokeswoman said the firm’s relationship with Kushner Companies was not connected to Kushner’s White House role.

Kushner last month had his security clearance downgraded from “top secret” to “secret.” He faced growing scrutiny after The Washington Post reported he requested more intelligence than most other White House officials, and following reports he updated his clearance forms multiple times since joining the administration.

Berkeley Antifa backer raises $85G after fawning media attention

A Berkeley, Calif., activist who expressed support for Antifa and was charged last summer with vandalizing people’s property with hateful graffiti has raised more than $85,000 after media reports about his tough living conditions.

Ismael Chamu, 21, a fourth-year student at the University of Callifornia at Berkeley, started a crowdfunding campaign to help him pay for housing, food and school supplies.

“His family has struggled in recent months to make ends meet. He currently helps support his two sisters, younger brother, mom and dad. He has to leave his current housing on the 13th. Money will be used to buy food, secure housing, and school supplies,” the campaign’s page states.

Chamu has raised the money since Monday, thanks to a puffy article in the Los Angeles Times, describing his grand aspirations and problems of barely making ends meet.

“Ismael constantly scrambles to find shelter and enough food for himself and his siblings while working a campus job, leading a student club and trying to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology,” the article read.

But Chamu is a well-known progressive activist in the Berkeley area who does not shy away from violent rhetoric and actions – a fact the Times article initially omitted.

On June 27, 2017, he was arrested and later charged with felony vandalism and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti in an incident involving painting private property with hateful and racist graffiti.

Some of the messages included “F— White People,” “F— the police,” “F— Frat Boys,” “Kill Cops” and “Kill Yuppies,” “Eat the Rich,” “Class War” and “Black Lives Matter.”

Berkeley police Sgt. Peter Hong said Chamu’s Facebook account included posts “consistent with the graffiti messages.” Those messages include “f— the police, rebellion, Black Lives Matter, God Bless Antifa, White Nationalism and supremacy, tech development and its negative impact on Black and Brown bodies,” KTVU reported.

He also reportedly expressed support of Antifa in Berkeley after protests in Berkeley last year, where peaceful free speech activists clashed with the anarchists. He said the police that protected the right-wing activists were “hand in hand with Nazis,” Berkleyside reported.

Chamu denied his involvement in the crime and pleaded not guilty. He said the police racially profiled him because he is Mexican.

“I was kidnapped by armed agents. I was humiliated. I have been traumatized,” Chamu wrote on Facebook last year. “The Police racially profiled me for being Mexican. For looking like a ‘Burglar’ for appearing ‘Dangerous.’ I will never forget this.”

His arrest sparked support from the student leaders at UC Berkeley and radical Berkeley Jesse Arreguin, who called the incident “unacceptable.” Chamu was not convicted for the crime after outpouring opposition to the local police.

The Berkeley activist also reportedly wrote a blog post supporting violent anarchists and burning down private property. “Private property must be destroyed, bars and hipster shops need to be removed, Google satellite offices must be burned and Google buses need to be slashed,” he wrote in a now-deleted article.

He criticized “Liberal Hillary supporters” and “White techies” for “squirm[ing] the moment a barricade smashed into the Amazon student store; they twist and cry the moment someone praises Antifa.”

Is Antifa Counterproductive? White Nationalist Richard Spencer Would Beg to Differ.

Richard Spencer isn’t having fun anymore. In a lengthy YouTube video posted on Sunday, the white nationalist announced that he would be suspending upcoming public speaking engagements and halting his controversial “college tour.” He said of his rallies, “When they become violent clashes and pitched battles, they aren’t fun.”

“I really hate to say this, and I definitely hesitate to say this,” said the poster boy of the so-called alt-right. “Antifa is winning to the extent that they’re willing to go further than anyone else, in the sense that they will do things in terms of just violence, intimidating, and general nastiness.” He stated that the willingness of far-left activists to use any means necessary in attempts to shut down his speeches has left the far right “up the creek without a paddle.”

Spencer’s announcement came a week after he gave a scarcely attended speech at Michigan State University. The appearance drew antifa protesters that clashed with Spencer’s far-right supporters, landing 20 people under arrest — nearly all from the antifa contingent.

Spencer’s statement, celebrated by antifa groups and supporters across social media, offers a sharp rebuttal to the glut of claims that antifa practices serve as a gift to the far right. Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, is not a group or an organization, but a set of political practices aimed at expunging neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and adjacent groups from public spaces on and offline. While these practices, which include but are not limited to physical confrontations, have been deployed against fascists since the early 20th century, President Donald Trump’s election and the resurgence of overt white supremacy brought antifa opposition to the fore. Where white nationalists gather — from Berkeley to Boston to Charlottesville — antifa has been there with the intent to disrupt those gatherings.

A cottage industry of panicked media commentary has dedicated itself to decrying the threats that antifa and its “no-platforming” stance pose to free speech. Suffice to say, this all-too-prevalent media position is deeply flawed. The aspect of those criticisms that is relevant for our purposes here is the claim that antifa action is not effective. Critics even claim that antifa’s approach is counterproductive, giving oxygen to the attention-grabbing white supremacist fire it would extinguish. Noam Chomsky was far from alone in calling antifa “a major gift” to the far right. Instead, critics argue that the best way to defeat the far right was to debate them, to shed light on the paucity of their arguments, to reason white supremacy away.

Spencer’s latest message suggests the very opposite. “The idea of a college tour was going into the belly of the beast — going into academic, Marxist-controlled territory — and giving a speech that introduces that basic ideas of identitarianism and the ‘alt-right,’” he said in his video, emphasizing the use of “public-facing” events to spread and normalize the “alt-right” message. Anyone who has watched Spencer and his ilk in public debates with liberals on the question of race should see how the belief that his violent white supremacy can be reasoned away is flawed. He sticks to his guns about the necessity of a white “ethno-state,” and his liberal interlocutors call him a monstrous racist. The result is that anti-racists agree with the liberals and racists agree with Spencer. The effect, as both sides hold to their arguments, is mere entrenchment of an intolerable status quo — or, worse yet, closet racists decide Spencer’s arguments license them to come out publicly, too.

The antifa strategy aims to create material, felt consequences for neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups, and those who would organize with them.

Instead of this deteriorating stalemate, the antifa strategy aims to create material, felt consequences for neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups, and those who would organize with them. The approach takes seriously that young, white, often alienated men see promise, belonging, and elevation in these organizations. They don’t join groups like Identity Evropa, an American white supremacist group which has focused heavily on campus propaganda, because of the strength of their arguments — and they won’t leave such communities because of the flawed logic of their ideology, either.

To make the consequences of joining the white nationalist movement appear less appealing — to take the “fun” out of fascism — is precisely the antifa strategy to stymie the movement’s spread. Spencer stating that his rallies are no longer “fun” is music to antifa ears.

It is no accident that antifa tactics beat back the rise of neo-Nazism in the 1970s and 1980s punk scene, or that fighting squads of Jewish ex-service members halted the upsurge of Oswald Mosley’s anti-Semitic, fascist organizing in Britain after World War II. And it’s no surprise that the so-called alt-right has been forced to reconsider its tactics today. While writers for the New York Times opinion section may seek to paint the antifa position as little more than punch-seeking thuggery, the strategy of creating serious consequences for white nationalists who would organize is based on a well-grounded understanding of the desire for fascism and how it spreads.

Spencer has not declared the “alt-right” defeated, and his message certainly signals no death knell for the white supremacy that permeates this country’s DNA. As I’ve noted, the Anti-Defamation League found that last year, white supremacist propaganda tripled on campuses across America and far-right extremism accounted for 71 percent of extremist attacks. Spencer is also just one personality; the far right doesn’t hinge on his college appearances.

Some may argue that Spencer’s plans to become less public-facing, to organize more secretive meetings such that antifa will not be able to turn up, creates more dangerous possibilities for a movement to spread out of sight. The idea, however, that a movement forced underground — whatever that looks like in the age of social media organizing — is more likely to gain traction is unfounded and unempirical.

If “alt-right” speakers do go “underground,” where they will lack police lines and university establishment protections, antifa will be sure to follow them there, too. An antifa tactic that gets less media coverage than Nazi-punching involves intensive online research dedicated exposing who, where, and how groups are connecting and organizing. That’s the whole point of antifa: to do the work, by whatever means necessary, so that the far right has nowhere left to go.

Warning – Milan Kieserling

To all of our friends that own record shops or other online companies, please be aware that we have been notified of an individual in Germany that is purchasing compact discs, then claiming they are defective and filing complaints:

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Ban the racist jerks who embarrassed the Blackhawks and Chicago from all future sporting events

Since when has the word “basketball” been a racist term? Are you sick and tired of the anti-White media constantly attacking with made up dogma? When will enough be enough for White people? At some point, any White individual with at least one working brain cell will recognize this attack and stop kneeling down like whipped dogs. For the countless number of White people subjected to real harassment and attacks from non-Whites, I am sure it would be a blessing to only hear words such as “basketball.”

Chicago Tribune

On Saturday at the United Center, a beautiful night on the ice coincided with ugliness in the stands when four racist jerks embarrassed themselves, the Blackhawks, the sport of hockey and the city of Chicago.

It should be their last Hawks game at the UC. Come to think of it, every one of Chicago’s professional sports teams should ban the offending Neanderthals from walking through their gates. Zero tolerance is the best way to fight intolerance.

In the third period of a 7-1 victory over the Capitals, ushers ejected the so-called fans after they taunted visiting forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who is black, after he was sent to the penalty box for fighting with Hawks defenseman Connor Murphy. The Washington Post cited a Caps official who said the men yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who was visibly upset and reacted by tapping the glass with his stick.

Don’t be one of those people parsing the offensive language to see if it rises to the level of racism. Don’t diminish the power of derogatory words, even if they aren’t the ones some usually associate with hate speech. A slur is a slur, and its hateful origin was based on Smith-Pelly’s skin color. That’s vile anywhere and unacceptable everywhere. Paying $500 for a seat behind the glass doesn’t buy anyone the right to act like a bigot.

Caps coach Barry Trotz set the right angry tone postgame.

“There is absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Trotz said. “Disgusting. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance.”

The Hawks quickly concurred. The team issued a statement late Saturday night that included an apology to Smith-Pelly and the Caps organization.

“We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends our games and these actions will never be tolerated,” the statement read.

Any game marred by a racial incident qualifies as bad. What made this one even worse was that it came in the midst of the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” month, a February promotion intended to show how the game can “drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.’’

Hockey most certainly can. Their cause is just, the goal noble. But, unfortunately, somewhere out there, a talented young black kid learning how to stick-handle might read a headline from Saturday night and wonder if the game is for him.

Roughly 30 NHL players are black. For hockey to indeed become a more inclusive community, like the ad says, then the league must commit to policing its rinks and responding as responsibly as the Hawks did — even if the incident represents the exception more than a rule as it pertains to NHL fans.

How encouraging that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recognized as much.

“Last night in Chicago, individuals directed racial taunts and abuse at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly (and) while this incident was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,” Bettman said in a statement issued Sunday. “The League will take steps to have our clubs remind all stakeholders that they are entitled to enjoy a positive environment — free from unacceptable, inappropriate, disruptive, inconsiderate or unruly behaviors or actions and may not engage in conduct deemed detrimental to that experience.”

A league with a fan base not exactly known for its diversity took the strong stand it needed to take. The Hawks and NHL set the kind of example we increasingly have come to expect from sports teams and their stars. Sports indeed can lead important and necessary social discussion and, if you doubt that, you slept through last week.

Look at Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, whose eloquence and awareness speaking at a candlelight vigil for the shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where Rizzo attended, displayed as much power as anything he’s ever done at the plate.

Look at the four Hawks players — Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook — who supported the Chicago Police Department by standing in line Friday night in Bridgeport with so many other mourners to pay their respects to fallen Cmdr. Paul Bauer at the officer’s wake.

Look at LeBron James, one of the most polarizing athletes in sports, who not only understands his reach but embraces his responsibility as a role model tightly enough to engage discussion – even after Fox News host Laura Ingraham disparagingly told James to “shut up and dribble.’’

“I will definitely not do that,” James told reporters Saturday at NBA All-Star weekend festivities in Los Angeles. “I mean too much to society, I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”

You don’t have to like James to respect his intentions to offer kids hope and open people’s minds. Sports often can offer a light that leads out of darkness, an avenue to enlightenment or empowerment. Sports should be the place we can escape society’s ills for a few hours, not encounter the type of ugliness that happened Saturday night at 1901 W. Madison St.

A few ruined it for the many. Now, those fools can go away for good.


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