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Gazans shut down US aid groups to protest killing of North Carolina Muslims

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Dozens of young Gazans forced a temporary shutdown of several aid organisations Monday in protest at the killings of three American Muslims of Palestinian origin in North Carolina last week.

“We came here today to close the US institutions for two hours. This event aims to denounce the policy of media blackout that occurred and the US media silence and the US official silence,” said activist Jamal Yaghi.

The activists forced the temporary closure of CARE, Mercy Corps, Amideast and three other aid organisations operating in the Gaza Strip that they associated with US interests.

“The blood of all victims is important, whatever their religion or their nationality,” Yaghi said in an address to the demonstrators who carried “Hate Crime” banners denouncing the February 10 killings.

The Palestinian Authority has condemned the murder of sisters Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, along with Yusor’s husband Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, as a “dangerous sign of racism and religious extremism”.

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The sisters were Jordanian Americans of Palestinian origin, and Barakat’s parents are immigrants from Syria of Palestinian descent.

The three were killed in their Chapel Hill home, allegedly by neighbour Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, whose Facebook page espoused anti-religious views. He is charged with three counts of first degree murder.

The murders, initially viewed by police as sparked by a dispute between neighbours, are being investigated as a hate crime.

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Amid outrage among Muslims across the world, demonstrations have been staged throughout the Palestinian territories, especially Gaza.

After criticism for his initial silence, US President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the “brutal and outrageous” execution-style murders.

Obama said that no one in the US “should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.”


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News flash: Trump’s no racist!

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The gap that Donald Trump continually shows us between word and deed is remarkable. He lets words hurt while ignoring the substance of what the words mean.

That public words that various people, from both in and out of government or politics, say about him seem to matter a whole lot more than actual events, scandals or bad governmental behavior reflecting on his presidency. We’re used to it by now, numb really, so, it seems useful to step back and look at the pattern.

Even so, his tweets on Sunday telling four rebellious first-year congresswomen, citizens who are all of color, that they should return to where they came from “to go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” is an insult that crosses all borders. As it happens, three of the four are American-born, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mich.) has been a naturalized citizen since age 12.

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Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.

"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"

Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.

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Trump administration reopens dangerous ‘longline’ fishing off California

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The Pacific leatherback sea turtle, at up to 2,200 pounds the largest turtle on earth, could disappear from our oceans, yet Trump regulators have OK’d a type of fishing that could wipe out the massive animals.

Pacific leatherback sea turtles are one of eight turtle species the Fisheries Service has identified as most at risk of extinction. The number of West Pacific leatherback sea turtles declined about 6% a year from the 1980s through 2011.

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