By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Irish loyalist paramilitary organisations told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson they are temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal, the Belfast Telegraph reported. An umbrella body representing the outlawed groups said in a letter that the unionist opposition to the Northern Irish Protocol - part of the Brexit divorce deal - should remain "peaceful and democratic". Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal, known as the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, largely ended three decades of violence ...
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A former Oath Keepers member testified Thursday that he believed group founder Stewart Rhodes was in contact with a Secret Service agent.
John Zimmerman told jurors that Rhodes, who's on trial for seditious conspiracy, claimed at a September 2020 rally to have the phone number of someone with the Secret Service who was in contact with former president Donald Trump.
Zimmerman testified that he didn't know whether Rhodes had a connection to Trump, whom he tried to speak with directly by phone the night of the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to another Oath Keeper militant who pleaded guilty seditious conspiracy in May.
William Todd Wilson told a federal court earlier this year that he joined Rhodes at a hotel near the U.S. Capitol shortly after the deadly attack and listened as the militia group's leader called a Trump intermediary on speakerphone but was denied.
“[Rhodes] repeatedly implore the individual to tell President Trump to call upon groups like the Oath Keepers to forcibly oppose a transfer of power,” Wilson said in his guilty plea.
Zimmerman testified Thursday that Rhodes believed in November 2020 that the former president would invoke the Insurrection Act to handle a "rogue government."
"Kind of like what we're going through now," Zimmerman testified, "with Congress just seeming to do whatever they want."
Rhodes called the person Zimmerman believed to be his Secret Service contact during a Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in September 2020 to ask what "parameters we could operate under," the former Oath Keepers member testified.
A local library in the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas could soon be defunded after a local group called Craighead Citizens Taxed Enough filed paperwork for ballot initiative to slash its funds.
Arkansas Times reports that the group filed paperwork with the state Ethics Commission that would slash the library's tax revenue in half, which would likely force it to close down completely.
According to Arkansas Times, the group is going after the library's funding because of "a gay pride display in the Jonesboro library more than a year ago."
Right-wing activists in recent months have targeted local libraries for refusing to take out books that discuss LGBTQ-related issues or critical race theory.
In fact, the Jonesboro library is not the only one to face the threat of defunding, as earlier this year voters in Jamestown Township, Michigan overwhelmingly voted against a measure that would have raised revenue to continue funding the town library after local activists accused it of "grooming" children to have "sinful desires."
“It’s not a political issue, it’s a Biblical issue," Amanda Ensing, an organizer for the Jamestown Conservatives group.
Conservative rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who in the past has criticized Democrats for not condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for espousing anti-Semitic tropes, now has some harsh words for Republicans and their silence on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and what he describes as her "Jew hatred."
Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Boteach argued that Greene's frequent anti-Semitic provocations deserved condemnation from Republicans, particularly when she spoke at a white nationalist conference organized by Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.
"Earlier this year, Greene attended the America First Political Action Conference organized by a man the ADL called a 'prominent white supremacist pundit' and is a Holocaust denier who said Jews burning in gas chambers was like baking cookies," he writes. "After being criticized for speaking at the conference where Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler were praised, Greene doubled down and blamed the bad publicity she got on Democrats and 'Pharisees in the Republican Party.' McCarthy again was silent."
Boteach goes on to recall how Greene also once spouted an absurd claim about the Rothschild family supposedly funding a space laser that it was using to set wildfires in California as a classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
"The Republican Party cannot say it condemns antisemitism and then accept a rabid antisemite in its midst," he concludes. "Republicans may think it is good politics to change the subject by talking about the Democrats, but they only succeed in looking like hypocrites. Although it is late, it is not too late for the GOP to condemn Greene outright before the plague of antisemitism spreads. Marjorie Taylor Greene must be ostracized by the Republican Party."