• In the video, the officials are whacking those that are bearing the coffin (ie both hands holding the weight above their shoulders).
  • Four deadly attacks in Israel in past weeks

  • Israeli study makes mainstream the already-known correlation between vitamin D and infection severity

    14x risk of a severe infection if a person has deficient vitamin D level. According to another study from April 2020, risk of death from Covid 10x when the person has deficient vitamin D.

    Yet not talked about by governments. Only vaccines.



    Ivor Cummins comments that high vitamin D levels (or even adequate) is not just about taking lots of vitamin D pills, but rather is about eating an actually healthy diet of good foods, and also getting sun (up to a light pinkness not burning skin). But vitamin D pills are helpful in raising vitamin D levels, obviously.

    Cummins says a comfortable level of vitamin D that makes for a decent immune system function is around at least 30ng/ml.

    People used to have better vitamin D levels than now, according to Cummins. The percentage of vitaminD-deficient white people basically halved to 30% and black people went form like 10% to like 2% (melanin versus sun to produce vitamin D) between like 1991 and like 2002. Mexicans and other tawny people are in between whites and blacks.

    D3 half-life (from vitamin D pills or from sun) is a day or two. Ie daily routine is important for vitamin D (you can't just superboost it one per week or something and expect results that will work every day in between these superboosts). When you eat the pills, it goes to your liver to be converted to the active metabolite 25-OHD. For a vitamin D-deficient person, they might need 5000 - 10,000 IU of the vitamin pills per day.



      
  • Omer Barlev, Israel's minister of public security, says he fears Israeli threats

    ... and is receiving 24/7 protection.

    He spoke against settler violence by Israelis, and received threats. He blamed another political party for making him the enemy of settlers.

     
  • Gaza battery buildup

    20,000 tonnes of waste batteries have built up in the Gaza Strip (leaking pollutants), because export of batteries is still banned by Israel (13 years now for the ban).
     
  • Israeli police caught again planting weapons

    After pulling a guy over for using his phone driving, they planted a gun and arrested him for it. He spent a month in confinement before he was released because a video came to light.

    An Israeli docudrama in 2018 was famous because the officers in it planted a rifle in a Palestinian man's home and depicted it as a discovery. The police in that show were accused of planting a few other weapons, too.

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  • Britain on the cusp of considering officially the entire Hamas as a 'terrorist organization'

    Because it can't tell which parts are political and which militant. Hamas does have a 'political wing,' though.

    US, Canada and EU already designate Hamas a terrorist group.

    The new Israel leadership has been pushing against 'terrorism' and closing NGOs under this justification.

    "I think it's actually a fallacy to consider military and political separate. The political wing is integral in helping the military wing in terrorist organizations." - Anne Herzberg

    Included in the political move, if it passes (and Boris is considered to be pro-Israel) is criminal liability including jail punishment for people who support Hamas (as a 'terrorist organization'). This will affect all groups doing fundraising, meetings, media coverage. A Cambridge University professor commented that it affects teachers and how they teach, and that there has already been challenges to them and their freedom of expression, and the Hamas classification would add to that. She said England's Palestinian community of about 5000 would not any longer be able to speak freely about this issue.

     
  • Israel's bombing of Gaza media tower further called into question

    On May 15, Israel bombed the Al Jalaa Tower (media tower) in Gaza which housed international media outlets (including AJ, AP, and Middle East Eye).

    To justify doing so to the US, Israel (internal intelligence agency) gave the US a file on the situation. The US wasn't satisfied and asked for further info on how the building was linked to Hamas etc. Israel handed the US a second report that closed the gaps " " of the first file.

    However, now Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that the file was 'retroactively edited.' An allegation in this is that Israel did know there was media organizations in the building although they claimed they didn't, or something like that.

     
  • Settler violence is a 'tool' Israel uses to take over Palestinian land - B'Tselem

    According to B'Tselem's recent report, Israel uses 2 techniques to take over land in the West Bank:

    1) Official annexation through the judicial system

    2) Acts of violence carried out by settlers

    B'Tselem called settler violence there systemic, organized and institutionalized.

  • The more the Taliban become pragmatic, the more they're going to lose people, and that's what ISIS is counting on - Kamran Bokhari

    Taliban are now gearing into pragmatism because they have to govern.

    This is a fluidic battle space ... hardliners can become disillusioned very easily if Taliban start to make compromises on ideology.

    We saw this in Syria. There were multiple groups that were not ISIS but they lost a lot of fighters to ISIS over the years.

    There are always going to be people who sympathize with this project. - Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

     
  • Why we don't use the term 'daesh'

    IS is a group of many people who have joined it independently after making a choice, although their choice seems an error to others, they have never stopped being 'people,' and we are all together, and all making mistakes, which if we have a competent larger society, our mistakes can be covered and we can be brought back wiser.

    The term is used by politicians for political reasons, and even by news organizations, because it is derogatory. But like all terms of this type, it is dismissive and simplifying. It signifies the speaker is going to class these people as garbage and less than human and isn't going to think about them anymore as people.
     
  • African Islamist groups on rise

    ... in several countries across the Sahel and some other countries.

    Some analysts say the countries facing an IS threat are those with weak central governments.

    "Local populations are dissatisfied with how governments are delivering. Democracy has not worked for populations in that part of the country." : Bulama Bukarti, Senior Africa Analyst, Tony Blair Inst., who said that if the governments continue to not fund education and other services to create a more civil society, it will continue to be easy for extremist groups to exploit socioeconomic grievances to recruit young people into violence.

    Does it help or hurt, though, to keep calling these groups 'terrorists'? Are they not just non-government military groups?

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu voted out after 10 years

     

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