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THE HIGHLIGHTS

All eyes are on Israelis and Palestinians. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Back in 1948, the country of Israel was established. The initial idea was to divide the land into two countries, one for Jewish Israelis and one for Palestinians. But the following decades brought a series of wars waged with neighboring Middle Eastern countries - and by the end of these wars, Israel had claimed more and more land, including all of Jerusalem. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

ICYDK, the right-wing Israeli gov has also authorized settlements in Palestinian territories and kicked people out to make room for Israeli settlers. That’s pretty much what’s happening right now in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in Jerusalem. Six families have been ordered to pack up and leave, causing massive protests. Israel’s Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on the evictions soon. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Sheikh Jarrah isn’t the only place where tensions are rising. Lately, there have been clashes at the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a site that’s sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Muslim worshipers have been heading to the mosque during the last few days of Ramadan. Some have thrown stones at Jewish people outside, while Israeli police have responded by entering the site and firing rubber bullets and stun grenades. The violence is only expected to worsen as thousands of far-right Israelis take to the streets to commemorate the day Israel seized all of Jerusalem. 

 

THE TAKE. 

All this comes as there’s no end in sight to the Israel-Palestine conflict. TBD. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: The CDC is updating its public guidance on how the virus spreads. The agency now says that airborne transmission through microscopic droplets is totally a thing - and since these droplets can float in the air for an extended period of time, it’s possible to get infected even if you’re more than six feet away from someone with coronavirus. Over in Japan, there’s growing opposition to the Summer Olympics, with some saying the country’s prime minister is putting the Games above the people. The prime minister denies that claim and says he’s leaving the fate of the Olympics in the hands of the International Olympic Committee. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a bomb exploded just outside a girls’ school in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The death toll currently stands at 68, with countless children missing and at least 165 injured. Some have pointed fingers at the Taliban for the attack, but a spokesperson from the group denied any involvement. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, yesterday, a gunman opened fire on a birthday party in Colorado Springs, killing six people before turning the gun on himself. It’s one of the deadliest mass shootings in Colorado’s history. Authorities are still looking into the shooting, but it looks like the suspect may have been the boyfriend of a female victim. In other news, over the weekend, a cyberattack forced the shutdown of one of the largest US pipelines. A criminal group originating in Russia is thought to be behind the hack. 

 

HUMAN RIGHTS: Recently, it was revealed that China is targeting Muslim women in a push to suppress births in Xinjiang. Reminder: for years, China has been holding between one million and three million Uyghur Muslims in internment camps in Xinjiang where they’re subject to torture, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and death. Now, it looks like Muslim women in Xinjiang are also being forced to be fitted with contraceptive devices, even if they’re at the age when pregnancy is extremely unlikely. Meanwhile, a new complaint is accusing auto parts factories in the Mexican city of Matamoros of labor abuses. Think: workers allegedly haven’t been able to elect a union leader or ratify their collective bargaining agreement. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Tip Jar:” a new Twitter feature that lets you tip certain creators. 


SAY WHAT?

“Chinese safari park 'sincerely sorry' for not telling public escaped leopards on the loose” - an actual headline. WHAT?

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