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Disney’s Non-Woke ‘Inside Out 2’ Opens Huge at Box Office

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By John Noltem (Breitbart)
The Disney Grooming Syndicate’s Pixar division has a huge hit on its hands with Inside Out 2, a movie made for Normal People without any attached controversies involving homosexuality, child grooming, transvestites, transsexuals, gender-swapping, race-swapping, or anything close to woke.
As of Friday night, the sequel to the 2015 hit has already grossed $60 million and is looking at an opening weekend haul of $140-$145 million. That $60 million Friday haul is the second-best opening day for an animated movie ever, behind only the $71.2 million earned by Incredibles 2.
But-but-but I was told 2023’s strikes killed the box office.

 

 

But-but-but I was told Disney killed Pixar by releasing everything too soon on the Disney+ streaming service. But-but-but I was told sexist internet trolls always undermine the box office of female-led movies.
But-but-but my butt. All the entertainment media do is lie.
After nearly a dozen massive flops in a row, Inside Out 2 is shaping up to be Disney’s biggest hit since 2023’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., which was also released without any political or cultural controversy.
Funny how that works.

To cover up the fact that the woke-era collapse at the box office is due to 1) lousy movies and 2) off-putting political and cultural content, the gerbils in the entertainment industry eagerly have made fools of themselves by blaming the pandemic (still!), the strikes, and streaming. But, as I stated just before the release of last week’s box office hit Bad Boys: Ride or Die, I believe the opposite is true — that Normal People are dying to go to the movies, miss going to the movies, and, if something normal and appealing hits theaters, they will show up in droves.
As I reported earlier, “I think millions of us miss going to the movies for an old-fashioned, non-woke, non-gay-stuff good time with movie stars and all the action and laughs a Bad Boys: Ride or Die aims for. The movies used to always be like that. Boy, those were the days…”

 

 

Well, they showed up for the normal, “non-woke, non-gay-stuff good time” that is Bad Boys: Ride or Die and Inside Out 2.
Will the child mutilator advocates at the Disney Grooming Syndicate take notice? Will they grasp how lucky they are that their brand is not yet sullied to a point where people refuse to show up for anything they produce, including a movie for Normal People? The success of Inside Out 2 and the fact that Disney isn’t doomed makes me sad, but Inside Out 2’s success proves there is still time for Disney to back away from the woke/grooming abyss.

 

 

The damage this demonic corporation has done to a generation of little children demands a pitiless reckoning, so I hope Disney keeps pumping out the woke.
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8 soldiers killed in Rafah explosion

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Capt. Wassem Mahmoud
By Vered Weiss, World Israel News
On Saturday, 8 IDF soldiers were killed in an explosion in Rafah in southern Gaza, the deadliest incident in six months.
As of Saturday afternoon, only one of the fallen soldiers was named Druze Captain Wassem Mahmoud, 23, from Beit Jann.
Mahmoud was a deputy commander of Combat Engineering Corps’ 601st Battalion.
The families of the other seven soldiers have been notified, and their names will be announced.
The soldiers were killed by an explosion inside a Namer armored combat engineering vehicle (CEV).
The incident occurred after an overnight operation in the Tel Sultan neighborhood of Rafa during which soldiers from the 401st Armored Brigade killed 50 terrorists.’
The Namer was part of a convoy headed toward buildings captured during the operations, where the troops were to rest.
The vehicle carrying the soldiers that were killed was the fifth or sixth in the convoy, and it isn’t yet known whether the explosion resulted from a bomb that was planted previously or if the terrorists hit the vehicle with explosives.
The IDF is also investigating whether explosives kept outside of the vehicle could have been responsible for the explosion. However, it would be unusual for bombs detonating outside of the car to cause the injuries that resulted in the deaths.
Saturday’s incident brought the IDF death toll since the beginning of the war to 307.
Captain Mahmoud’s uncle, Sharif Ghanem, said his nephew returned to fighting after being injured early in the war.
“A great tragedy has befallen us. Waseem was injured at the beginning of the war by shrapnel that penetrated his arm.”
Sharif Ghanem added, “He was supposed to undergo surgery, but he postponed it until the end of the war. Waseem was a determined and brave fighter, everyone loved him.”
Ghanem said, ” Waseem was supposed to start his studies in March, but he postponed them because his main focus was the army and his unit, and ensuring the security of the country. “

 

Iran Installing and Starting Cascades of Advanced Centrifuges as Tensions High Over Nuclear Program

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This is a locator map for Iran with its capital, Tehran. (AP Photo)

(AP) — Iran has started up new cascades of advanced centrifuges and plans to install others in the coming weeks after facing criticism over its nuclear program, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog said Friday. The U.S. called the moves “nuclear escalations.”

Spinning up new centrifuges further advances Iran’s nuclear program, which already enriches uranium at near-weapons-grade levels and boasts a stockpile enough for several nuclear bombs if it chose to pursue them. However, the acknowledgement from the International Atomic Energy Agency did not include any suggestion Iran planned to go to higher enrichment levels amid wider tensions between Tehran and the West as the Israel-Hamas war rages in the Gaza Strip.

The IAEA said its inspectors verified Monday that Iran had begun feeding uranium into three cascades of advanced IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges at its Natanz enrichment facility. Cascades are a group of centrifuges that spin uranium gas together to more quickly enrich the uranium.

So far, Iran has been enriching uranium in those cascades up to 2% purity. Iran already enriches uranium up to 60%, a short, technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%.

Iran also plans to install 18 cascades of IR-2m centrifuges at Natanz and eight cascades of IR-6 centrifuges at its Fordo nuclear site. Each of these classes of centrifuges enrich uranium faster than Iran’s baseline IR-1 centrifuges, which remain the workhorse of the country’s atomic program.

Tehran did not immediately acknowledge the decision. However, it comes after Iran threatened to take action following a vote earlier this month at the IAEA’s Board of Governors that censured Iran for failing to cooperate fully with the agency.

The decision immediately drew criticism from State Department spokesman Matthew Miller.

“Iran aims to continue expanding its nuclear program in ways that have no credible peaceful purpose,” Miller said in a statement. “These planned actions further undermine Iran’s claims to the contrary. If Iran implements these plans, we will respond accordingly.”

Miller did not elaborate on what steps the U.S. and its allies might take. However, Iran already faces grinding economic sanctions from Washington and others that have deeply cut into its economy and sent its rial currency tumbling over recent years.

Ali Shamkhani, a former top security official within Iran’s theocracy who still advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote on the social platform X that Tehran remains committed to nuclear safeguards though it “won’t bow to pressure.”

“The U.S. and some Western countries would dismantle Iran’s nuclear industry if they could,” Shamkhani wrote.

Since the collapse of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following the U.S.’ unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018, it has pursued nuclear enrichment just below weapons-grade levels. U.S. intelligence agencies and others assess that Iran has yet to begin a weapons program.

Iran, as a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, has pledged to allow the IAEA to visit its atomic sites to ensure its program is peaceful. Tehran also agreed to additional oversight from the IAEA as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. However, for years it has curtailed inspectors’ access to sites while also not fully answering questions about other sites where nuclear material has been found in the past.

The IAEA’s director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, visited Iran in May in an effort to boost inspections, but there hasn’t been any major public change in Iran’s stance.

All this comes as the Islamic Republic also appears to be trying to contain the risk it faces from the U.S. after launching an unprecedented attack on Israel. The assault — a response to a suspected Israeli strike on April 1 which killed two Guard generals and others in Damascus, Syria — has pushed a yearslong shadow war between Israel and Iran out into the open.

Pro-Hamas Group that Vandalized Home of Bklyn Museum Director Vows to Return for More

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Pro-Hamas Group that Vandalized Home of Bklyn Museum Director Vows to Return for More

Edited by: Fern Sidman

In a recent and alarming escalation of tensions, the homes of the Brooklyn Museum’s director and several board members became the targets of anti-Semitic vandalism by the pro-Hamas group, Palestine Action US, according to a report on Thursday in The New York Post.

Palestine Action US’s Instagram post conveyed a stark and menacing message: “YOU TAKE PEACE FROM THE PEOPLE, WE TAKE PEACE FROM YOU. WE WILL BE BACK,” as per the information provided in The Post report. This statement, combined with the footage of the vandalism calls attention to the group’s intent to intimidate and harass individuals they perceive as supporting Zionism and Israeli policies. The group’s rhetoric and actions reflect a broader narrative that conflates legitimate political critique with anti-Semitic tropes and violence.

On Tuesday night, masked agitators defaced the homes of Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak and other museum leaders. The vandals sprayed blood-red paint across the front of Pasternak’s home and hung signs labeling her a “white-supremacist Zionist” and complicit in genocide. The attack didn’t stop there; the perpetrators marked the front doors with inverted red triangles, a symbol associated with Hamas to signify Israelis marked for death, according to The Post report. These actions were captured on video and shared on social media by Palestine Action US, accompanied by a threatening message and a pro-Palestinian hip-hop soundtrack.

The use of such inflammatory symbols and language is deeply concerning. The inverted red triangle, historically used by the Nazis to identify political prisoners and now repurposed by Hamas, is a potent symbol of hate and violence, as was explained in The Post report. Its use in this context not only targets individuals but also perpetuates harmful stereotypes and incites even more dangerous manifestations of anti-Semitism.

The Brooklyn Museum, like many cultural institutions, often finds itself at the nexus of political and social debates. Palestine Action US’s statement that the museum is “an institution tainted with the blood of our martyrs” and “a nexus of Zionism, Imperialism, and settler-colonialism” illustrates how cultural spaces can become platforms for the most egregious forms of Jew hatred. This rhetoric aligns with a broader trend in which cultural and academic institutions are increasingly targeted for their perceived political stances or affiliations.

Palestine Action US, an American offshoot of a UK-based organization, is not believed to have directly committed the vandalism. However, the report in The Post indicated that the group plays a significant role in disseminating anti-Israel propaganda and supporting pro-Hamas protesters. Its social media presence is marked by reposting and amplifying content that aligns with its anti-Israel stance.

 

The group has claimed credit for numerous high-profile protests. Among these is the notorious slashing of a 1914 Trinity College portrait of Lord Arthur James Balfour, the British statesman behind the Balfour Declaration, which is often cited as a foundational document for the establishment of modern Israel, according to the information provided in The Post report.

Palestine Action US is also part of a broader network of similarly aligned groups that engage in various forms of protest and activism against Israel. The relationship between these groups and direct actions, such as the vandalism at Brooklyn Museum leaders’ homes, remains ambiguous. The Post report explained that while there is no clear evidence that Palestine Action US organized or participated in such protests in the US, its role in propagating a narrative that equates support for Israel with complicity in genocide and white supremacy is clear.

The targeting of the Brooklyn Museum and its leaders reflects a growing trend where cultural and academic institutions are drawn into the crossfire of geopolitical conflicts. The museum, accused by Palestine Action US of being complicit in a fallacious narrative of Palestinian genocide, symbolizes for the group a spurious nexus of Zionism, imperialism, and settler-colonialism. This rhetoric fuels a political line that conflates institutional affiliations with broader political agendas, often leading to acts of intimidation and violence.

The response to these actions has been one of widespread condemnation. Community leaders, politicians, and members of the Jewish community have denounced the vandalism as a hate crime. These acts of intimidation and virulent anti-Semitism are not only criminal but also undermine the principles of peaceful protest and dialogue. The fear and insecurity instilled by such actions have far-reaching consequences, not just for the individuals targeted but for the community as a whole.

 

 

Transformational Leaders Ken Langone & Robert Grossman Announce Retirement from NYU Langone Health

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NYU Langone Tisch Hospital Main Entrance. (Photo via nyulangone.org)

Transformational Leaders Ken Langone & Robert Grossman Announce Retirement from NYU Langone Health

Edited by: TJVNews.com

In a significant announcement for the healthcare community, Ken Langone, 88, co-founder of Home Depot and chair of NYU Langone’s board of trustees, along with Robert I. Grossman, CEO of NYU Langone Health, will retire next year, as was reported in The New York Post. Their departures mark the end of an era of transformative leadership for the renowned hospital system.

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Ken Langone and Robert Grossman have been pivotal figures in the growth and success of NYU Langone Health. Grossman, who has served as CEO since 2007, reflected on their achievements in a message to staff, saying, “It is immensely gratifying to know that we have transformed NYU Langone Health into an institution that is simply nonpareil,” The Post report said. He expressed immense pride in the collective efforts of the team, attributing the institution’s success to their dedication and hard work. Grossman, who is also the dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine, emphasized that their accomplishments were a team effort, stating, “Without you, it never would have been possible. But all good things must come to an end.”

Langone and Grossman will step down at the end of August 2025, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and expansion that has positioned NYU Langone as a leader in healthcare.

Fiona Duckenmiller, who has been co-chair of the board of trustees for the past seven years, will replace Langone as the sole chair. As per the information provided in The Post report, Duckenmiller has been a member of the board since 2006 and brings a wealth of experience and continuity to the role. Under her leadership, the board will continue to uphold the high standards and strategic vision that have characterized Langone’s tenure.

NYU Langone Health Robert Grossman

Under the leadership of Langone and Grossman, NYU Langone Health has undergone a remarkable expansion. The institution now comprises six inpatient locations, including the prestigious Perlmutter Cancer Center, and more than 300 outpatient sites across New York and Florida, as was noted in the information contained in The Post report. The system also boasts two medical schools, further cementing its reputation as a leader in medical education and healthcare. This growth has been fueled by a commitment to excellence in patient care, medical education, and research.

Since taking the helm in 2007, Grossman and Langone have also overseen a dramatic increase in NYU Langone’s revenue, growing from $2 billion to over $12 billion by 2023.

Grossman’s tenure as CEO has been marked by a focus on strategic development and innovation. His leadership has not only expanded the physical footprint of NYU Langone but also enhanced its reputation as a leading healthcare provider, as was explained in The Post report.  The integration of cutting-edge technology, patient-centered care, and world-class medical research has been a hallmark of Grossman’s approach.

NYU Langone’s commitment to excellence has been recognized with numerous awards. In September 2023, the system received the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for superior patient care and the Ambulatory Quality and Accountability Award for excellence in outpatient care, as was noted in The Post report. These accolades established NYU Langone as the top-ranked healthcare system in the country, reflecting the high standards of care and patient satisfaction achieved under Grossman’s leadership.

In July 2023, the Langone family made a transformative $200 million donation to NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine, enabling the institution to offer tuition-free education. This donation underscores Langone’s commitment to making medical education accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their financial background, The Post report said. The move has positioned NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine as a leader in educational philanthropy, attracting top talent and fostering the next generation of medical professionals.

Ken Langone, best known for his early investment in Home Depot, has a personal net worth of $8.8 billion according to Forbes, The Post report indicated. His financial acumen and philanthropic efforts have been instrumental in NYU Langone’s growth and success. Alongside Grossman, whose strategic vision and dedication have driven the system’s expansion, Langone’s leadership has left an indelible mark on the institution.

As Langone and Grossman prepare to step down in August 2025, NYU Langone is conducting a national search for Grossman’s successor. Fiona Duckenmiller, who has served as co-chair of the board of trustees for seven years, will replace Langone as the sole chair. The report in The Post indicated that Duckenmiller, a board member since 2006, brings a wealth of experience and continuity to the role, ensuring that the institution’s strategic vision and commitment to excellence will continue.

The retirement of Ken Langone and Robert Grossman marks the end of a significant chapter in NYU Langone Health’s history. Their leadership has driven remarkable growth, financial success, and recognition for excellence in patient care and medical education. As NYU Langone moves forward, it does so with a strong foundation built on innovation, philanthropy, and a relentless commitment to quality. The legacy of Langone and Grossman will undoubtedly inspire future generations of healthcare leaders and professionals, ensuring that NYU Langone Health remains at the forefront of medical excellence for years to come.

Queens Crackdown on Illegal Scooters: Authorities Seize Nearly 100 Mopeds

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Queens Crackdown on Illegal Scooters: Authorities Seize Nearly 100 Mopeds

Edited by: TJVNews.com

In an aggressive enforcement action, nearly 100 illegal scooters were seized from the streets and sidewalks of Queens in the latest effort to curb the growing menace of unregistered mopeds. According to a report in The New York Post, this four-day operation, carried out by detectives from the Queens District Attorney’s Office in collaboration with the NYPD, highlights the significant steps being taken to address the issue of illegal scooters and their association with violent crimes.

Starting on June 4 and concluding on Tuesday, the crackdown resulted in the confiscation of 99 unregistered and uninsured scooters. These vehicles were found parked illegally across various neighborhoods, including Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights, as was reported by The Post. In addition to the illegal scooters, authorities also seized five legally registered scooters that were parked in violation of city regulations.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz emphasized the urgency of this initiative, noting the increasing use of illegal scooters in criminal activities. “Illegal scooters have become a significant concern in our city, as we see them increasingly being used while carrying out violent crimes,” Katz stated, as per The Post report. This operation is part of a broader citywide effort to combat the surge in scooter-related felonies, which have seen a 400 percent increase in scooters being used as getaway vehicles since 2022.

The connection between illegal scooters and criminal activity has been further underscored by the involvement of migrant gangs. Recent data revealed by The Post indicated that newly arrived migrants have been linked to 80% of moped-assisted robberies. This troubling trend highlights the role of illegal scooters in facilitating crimes such as robberies and shootings.

One high-profile case involves Bernardo Raul Castro Mata, a 19-year-old migrant accused of shooting two police officers on June 3 while riding a scooter. The Post reported that Mata, who was staying at a shelter in East Elmhurst, confessed to being recruited into a “snatch and grab” gang, further illustrating the dangerous nexus between illegal scooters and organized criminal activity.

Since February, more than 500 scooters have been seized by detectives and police officers in various operations across the city. This sustained effort reflects the authorities’ commitment to tackling the issue head-on and restoring order to the streets of New York.

In a harrowing incident on May 21, Rabbi Michael Miller, a prominent Jewish leader in New York City, was struck by a hit-and-run e-bike driver, resulting in a broken leg. The New York Post that the incident occurred as Rabbi Miller was returning home from a Jewish heritage event downtown to his Upper East Side residence.

Rabbi Miller, who served as the head of the Jewish Community Relations Council for 35 years and is a retired NYPD chaplain, had just exited the No. 6 train station at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue when he was blindsided by an out-of-control e-bike driver, according to the information provided in The New York Post report.  The driver, traveling the wrong way down a one-way street, hit Miller as he attempted to cross Third Avenue at 77th Street.

 

 

 

NYPD Probes Pro-Hamas Vandalism at Brooklyn Museum Director’s Home; Incident Labeled as Hate Crime

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NYPD Probes Pro-Hamas Vandalism at Brooklyn Museum Director’s Home; Incident Labeled as Hate Crime

Edited by: Fern Sidman

In the early hours of Wednesday, five pro-Hamas protesters vandalized the home of Brooklyn Museum Director Anne Pasternak, an incident now being investigated by the NYPD as a hate crime, according to a report in The New York Daily News. The suspects, clad in dark clothing and face masks, targeted Pasternak’s Brooklyn Heights residence, tossing red paint and painting inverted red triangles on her doors. This symbol, as Jewish advocate Aviva Klompas noted, is historically used by terrorists to mark their targets, the Daily News report added.

Surveillance footage released by the NYPD shows the vandals in action. The suspects not only defaced Pasternak’s home with red paint but also tied a banner to the property. The banner, covered in red handprints, read: “Anne Pasternak Brooklyn Museum White-Supremacist Zionist,” as was reported by The Daily News. This blatant act of anti-Semitism has raised serious concerns within the community and highlighted the rising tensions surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The video of the vandalism was posted on the Instagram account of A15 Actions, a decentralized activist group. The group claims to disrupt economies they believe contribute to the conflict in Gaza. The information provided in The Daily News report indicated that the video, published at around 1 a.m. Thursday, was accompanied by a statement from the group, asserting that “artists and cultural workers” were responsible for the vandalism. They cited their action as a response to the Brooklyn Museum’s alleged betrayal, accusing the institution of calling the police during a protest on May 31.

The protest at the Brooklyn Museum on May 31 saw hundreds of pro-Hamas demonstrators rallying outside the institution, calling for its divestment from Israel, according to The Daily News report. The protest escalated when some activists entered the museum and set up tents inside. The situation resulted in the NYPD arresting 34 protesters. This incident has since fueled animosity towards the museum, culminating in the recent vandalism at Pasternak’s home.

Within Our Lifetime, a pro-Hamas group, has also weighed in on the incident. The group’s co-founder, Nerdeen Kiswani, claimed that during the May 31 protest, police officers tackled her and ripped off her hijab, The Daily News reported,

The NYPD has classified the vandalism at Pasternak’s home as a hate crime, reflecting the severity and symbolic nature of the attack. Pasternak is Jewish. The use of inverted red triangles and the aggressive messaging on the banner suggest a targeted attempt to intimidate and threaten, according to the report. Law enforcement is actively seeking the five suspects involved, urging anyone with information to come forward. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

The vandalism has elicited strong reactions from various community members and organizations. Jewish advocate Aviva Klompas condemned the act, highlighting the historical context of the red triangles as a chilling reminder of terrorist tactics. The incident underscores the increasingly violent anti-Semitic atmosphere in New York City, with cultural and public institutions becoming flashpoints for protest.

Anne Pasternak, as the director of a prominent cultural institution, has become an inadvertent symbol in this conflict. The targeting of her home signifies a troubling escalation in tactics used by the pro-Hamas protestors.

Responding to the incident, a Brooklyn Museum spokesman told Hyperallergic, “The police brutality that took place here on Friday is devastating,” emphasizing that the museum did not call the police, The Daily News report said.

The vandalism of Pasternak’s home was part of a larger predawn spree that targeted the homes of several Brooklyn Museum board members. Indicated in The Daily News report, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and other elected officials condemned these actions, labeling them as “abhorrent acts of antisemitism.” Hochul announced that the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force was collaborating with the NYPD to investigate these incidents and would increase patrols in sensitive locations across the state.

Board members’ homes in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and two locations in Manhattan were also vandalized. The report in The Daily News said that while police have not confirmed if the same five suspects were responsible for these attacks, the pattern suggests a coordinated effort.

In a related incident, 15 vandals targeted the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations on the Upper East Side. Around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, the suspects splattered red paint on the front of the mission and fled the scene in a white U-Haul truck, The Daily News report said. Flyers left at the scene read, “The Palestinian Authority does not represent the Palestinian people, long live the intifada.” This attack, though distinct from the incidents involving the Brooklyn Museum board members, indicates a broader strategy of targeting symbolic sites connected to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, and other officials have expressed their outrage over these incidents. Mayor Adams denounced the vandalism, highlighting the city’s commitment to combating hate crimes and protecting all residents, as per The Daily News. Governor Hochul emphasized the abhorrent nature of these anti-Semitic acts and the state’s proactive measures to ensure community safety.

Similarly, the German Consulate was hit with red paint early Wednesday. The Daily News reported that  flyers posted by Palestine Action US expressed a stark apology, reading, “We sincerely apologize for the genocide we are committing in Gaza.” These actions indicate a coordinated effort to target institutions perceived as complicit in the conflict.

On Monday, a protest erupted outside the Nova Exhibition, a memorial dedicated to the victims of Hamas’ attack on October 7, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 Israelis and the capture of hundreds of hostages. The Daily News reported that protesters waved a flag bearing Hamas’ emblem and displayed signs praising the massacre. This demonstration drew a sharp rebuke from Mayor Eric Adams and relatives of the attack victims, who visited the exhibition the following day and labeled the protest as “despicable.”

Governor Kathy Hochul and other elected officials have condemned the recent acts of vandalism as “abhorrent acts of anti-Semitism,” the Daily News report said.

 

George Latimer for the 16th Congressional District

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George Latimer for the 16th Congressional District

As early voting commences for New York’s primaries, the spotlight is firmly on the Democratic contest in the Bronx-Westchester 16th Congressional District. In this critical race, The Jewish Voice unequivocally endorses County Executive George Latimer over the incumbent, two-term Rep. Jamaal Bowman. The choice is clear: Latimer embodies the qualities and values needed to effectively represent the district and address its most pressing issues.

George Latimer is a seasoned and dedicated public servant with a track record of pragmatic leadership. As a mainstream New York Democrat, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to working across the aisle. His focus on key issues such as affordable housing, job creation for the middle and working classes, and tackling climate change reflects a deep understanding of the district’s needs. Latimer’s approach is rooted in practicality and a genuine desire to improve the lives of his constituents, making him an ideal candidate to represent the 16th District in Congress.

In stark contrast, Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s tenure has been marred by controversy and a troubling pattern of deception. Bowman’s rhetoric often veers into the realm of conspiracy theories and divisive race-based politics. His initial denial of the horrific on-video rapes committed by Hamas on October 7 is just one example of his dangerous disregard for truth and justice. Furthermore, Bowman’s actions have yielded little tangible benefit for the district, highlighting his ineffectiveness as a representative.

Bowman’s dishonesty extends beyond his political rhetoric. He notoriously pulled a fire alarm in an attempt to disrupt a House vote and subsequently lied about his intentions, claiming it was an innocent mistake. Video evidence later contradicted his statement, revealing a calculated effort to derail the legislative process.

Bowman’s deceitful nature is further exemplified by his interactions with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Publicly, he claims to have distanced himself from the DSA, especially after the New York branch co-sponsored a pro-Hamas rally on October 8. However, in private meetings with the DSA, Bowman admitted to maintaining his membership and expressed personal support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. His reluctance to publicly disclose his stance is driven by the district’s significant Jewish and pro-Israel population, revealing a calculated effort to mislead his constituents.

George Latimer stands in stark contrast to Bowman’s duplicity. He respects Israel’s right to exist within secure borders and to defend itself against attacks. Latimer’s integrity and commitment to honest, effective representation make him the clear choice for the 16th District. His focus on unity, practical solutions, and respectful discourse is precisely what the district needs in these challenging times.

The stakes in this primary are high, and the choice is clear. New Yorkers in the 16th Congressional District deserve a representative who is honest, effective, and committed to addressing their needs. George Latimer’s proven track record and dedication to public service make him the no-brainer choice for Democrats. It is time to elect a leader who prioritizes the well-being of his constituents over divisive rhetoric and deceptive politics. George Latimer is that leader.

 

 

 

Condemning Anti-Semitism in NYC Must be “Across the Board”

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Following the Holocaust, snti-Semitism was politically incorrect in America for about 30 years, but a new kind of anti-Semitism started originating from Campus leftism of the 1960’s just after Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 Six-Day-War and the new military alliance it formed with America

Condemning Anti-Semitism in NYC Must be “Across the Board”

As tensions escalate over the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism has surfaced in New York City, with Jewish residents being targeted and threatened. This behavior, whether legally or socially unacceptable, must be addressed with urgency and decisiveness. Recent incidents of vandalism against Jewish leaders of the Brooklyn Museum call attention to the need for both legal action and public condemnation.

Two particularly egregious incidents have highlighted the growing menace of anti-Semitism. Vandals targeted the home of Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, who is Jewish. Her home was defaced with red paint, and a banner was hung labeling her a “white-supremacist Zionist.” Similar attacks were carried out against the homes of two museum trustees and its president. These acts are not just vandalism; they are crimes that must be met with swift arrests and prosecutions. The offenders responsible for these hate-fueled actions must be brought to justice to deter further acts of anti-Semitic intimidation.

Pro-Hamas protesters have irrationally linked the Brooklyn Museum’s leadership to Israel’s military actions. This has led to protests outside the museum, with some protesters being arrested, which they viewed as an excessive response. While protesting is a fundamental right and even unruly demonstrations are permissible, these protests must not devolve into targeted attacks on individuals based on their religion, beliefs, or affiliations.

Peaceful protests are an essential part of democratic expression. However, attacking individuals associated with cultural and civic organizations, or those who support Israel’s right to exist, is indefensible. Such actions undermine the legitimacy of the protestors’ grievances and fuel further division and visceral Jew hatred.

The term “Zionist” has increasingly been misused as a socially acceptable euphemism for “Jewish” by the pro-Hamas activists and others in the woke, progressive camp. This thinly veiled anti-Semitism disguises itself as political critique, asserting that the focus is on those who support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, not on Jews per se. This defense is disingenuous and harmful, perpetuating age-old stereotypes and animosities under the guise of political discourse. Criticizing a nation’s policies is one thing; targeting individuals because of their faith or their support for Israel’s existence is another.

To combat this rise in anti-Semitism, both legal and social measures must be taken. Legally, any form of harassment, vandalism, or threats against individuals must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These are not just acts of defiance; they are criminal behaviors that warrant serious consequences. Ensuring that offenders are held accountable will help deter similar actions in the future and protect the safety and dignity of all New Yorkers.

 

Socially, there needs to be a collective condemnation of such behavior. Public figures, community leaders, and everyday citizens must stand together to boldly denounce anti-Semitism in all its manifestations. Tolerance and respect for differing viewpoints are fundamental to a healthy society, and these values must be upheld and defended.

On Monday, a group of pro-Hamas protesters on a subway train at Union Square chanted, “Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist. This is your chance to get out.” When no one responded, the leader of the chant quipped, “Okay, no Zionists here. We’re good.” While this may fall under constitutionally protected speech, the implications and the environment it creates are deeply concerning and unacceptable.

The First Amendment protects the right to free speech, including controversial and offensive expressions. However, there is a stark difference between expressing a viewpoint and creating an atmosphere of intimidation. The subway chant aimed at identifying and singling out Zionists is a clear example of the latter. It is akin to demanding, “Raise your hand if you’re gay,” “Raise your hand if you’re Republican,” or “Raise your hand if you’re Black,” followed by a threatening implication. Such behavior is not only hostile but also dangerous, as it targets individuals based on their identity and beliefs, fostering an environment of fear and exclusion.

The subway incident was linked to the “citywide day of rage for Gaza,” which saw significant protests in downtown Manhattan, particularly outside the Nova Music Festival Exhibit in the Wall Street area. This exhibit documents the atrocities and commemorates the more than 360 victims of the brutal Hamas attack on October 7. The protests included individuals celebrating the massacre and waving flags of Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist organizations known for their violent activities and explicit anti-Israel and anti-Semitic stances.

The Nova exhibit, which has been extended until June 22, serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost of terrorism. It is a critical space for reflection and remembrance of the victims of the October 7 Hamas attack. Despite the protests, the exhibit stands as a testament to the resilience of those affected and the importance of remembering and learning from past atrocities.

The presence of individuals glorifying violence and Jew hatred cannot be ignored. Their actions tarnish the legitimate concerns of peaceful protesters and contribute to an atmosphere of division and hostility.

Every responsible leader in New York should unequivocally condemn such vile behavior. Silence or ambiguity in the face of Jew hatred and intimidation only serves to embolden those who perpetrate these acts. Leaders must take a firm stand, reinforcing that while free speech is protected, it should not be used as a weapon to harass and intimidate others.

As we navigate these challenging times, let us commit to fostering a society where everyone feels safe and respected, regardless of their beliefs or identity.

 

The pro-Hamas protesters who cause collateral damage

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Demonstrators hold a mock trial on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, Friday, May 3, 2024, to protest the Israel-Hamas war. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
By Hugh Fitzgerald, Frontpage Magazine
Those pro-Hamas anti-Israel protesters who have been marching along the streets of European cities screaming their antisemitic hate, calling for the destruction of Israel and its replacement by a 23rd Arab state — for that is the real meaning of “From the river to the sea/Palestine shall be free”— have damaged shops, including stand-alone stalls, and by their threatening presence have discouraged customers from entering the businesses those protesters stand in front of, spewing their hate.
More on what anti-Israel protesters did to one business in London’s Kentish Town, a florist’s modest outside stall, can be found here: “Anti-Israel vandals force Kentish Town flower stall to close,” by Jane Prinsley, The JC, June 7, 2024:

Anti-Israel protesters in north London have wreaked havoc on a flower stall, damaging equipment and forcing the shop to close.
Florist Natasha Boon faces costly repairs and lost income after her shop was forced to shut down amidst the chaos.
Demonstrators from “Gaza Week Camden” allegedly destroyed flower boxes, damaged the stall’s equipment, stole its electrical supply, and on Thursday forced the shop to shut entirely.
Boon, 32, said she has lost at least £500 in income and will have to spend a significant sum repairing the damage done to her stall’s awning….

The problems began on Wednesday when a planned demonstration surrounded Boon’s stall. The florist asked protesters to move away but was told by the group that the council had approved the protest and they refused to move.
“Then it escalated within minutes and there were hundreds if not thousands of people all surrounding my stall, shouting,” Boon said.
She lost multiple customers throughout Wednesday and had to decline phone orders….
Street traffic for the florist’s stall plummeted to nothing; no one wanted to brave the raucous crowd surrounding her business.

And Boon discovered that she could not take most phone orders because she was unable to hear customers over the din of the protesters.
And for those she had been able to hear she knew that neither she, nor a delivery man, could wade their way through the mass of protesters to deliver those phone orders.
So she simply had to decline all orders by phone.
The protesters harassed would-be customers, forcing into their hands leaflets about the “‘apartheid colonial-settler genocidal state” of Israel, not leaving them alone for one minute to look at the flowers for sale.

These customers left Boon’s flower stall without buying anything, in order to avoid the incessant harassment by these protesting bullies.
The protesters vandalized her stall, breaking its canopy, which will cost hundreds of pounds to repair, stood on flower boxes and covered every surface of Boon’s stall with Palestinian flags and their own merchandise for sale, including signs reading “From the river to the sea, Palestine shall be free” and “Say No to Genocide in Gaza,” placed front and center on what was supposed to be a florists’ stall.
For Natasha Boon, a modest keeper of a flower stall, the added expense of repair to the shop’s canopy of 500 pounds will be a major blow.
While the stall is in such disrepair, she cannot conduct business as usual. She needs the damaged canopy to be quickly repaired. Coming up with 500 pounds will for Ms. Boon be a terrific effort.

And how many hundreds or thousands of pounds in lost business has she suffered because of those protesters surrounding her stall, driving away would-be customers?
How many other small businesses, that allow their owners to just barely eke out a most modest livelihood, the way Natasha Boon does with her flower stall in Kentish Town, have suffered both physical damage to their shops and stalls, and loss of customers, because screaming protesters surrounded their shops, vandalizing them, and kept potential customers well away?
The media are uninterested in the story of the economic damage inflicted on innocent men and women when their businesses happen to be situated where a demonstration is taking place.
When thousands of demonstrators converge on a street or a square, driving away customers, and damaging shop fronts or, in the case of Natasha Boon, breaking the canopy of her stall, they ought to be called out for the economic damage that they have wrought on these innocent businessmen and women.

These protesters — many of them well-to-do salon Bolsheviks — don’t give a damn about what their presence means for the businesses to which they block access, nor do they care about the physical damage to those businesses.
This collateral damage to innocent shopkeepers just barely making ends meet, by the acts of those often well-heeled protesters, ought to be given more attention, and the protesters themselves become the object of collective ire, for the harm they have done to such people as Natasha Boon, who cannot afford to lose business because of these protesters, so clearly indifferent to her wellbeing.

Inside the Horrors: Israeli Female Soldiers Held as Slaves by Hamas in Gaza Villas

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Inside the Horrors: Israeli Female Soldiers Held as Slaves by Hamas in Gaza Villas

Edited by:  Fern Sidman

The capture and imprisonment of Israeli female soldiers by Hamas on October 7th has shed light on the harrowing experiences faced by these young women. The heart-wrenching account of Shira Albag, mother of 19-year-old Liri Albag, highlights the severe human rights violations inflicted upon these captives.

Liri Albag was among the many Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hamas on October 7. Her mother, Shira Albag, has been desperately seeking information about her daughter’s condition. According to a New York Post report, Shira recently spoke with Noa Argamani, a newly rescued hostage, who provided a grim picture of the captives’ lives. According to Noa, Liri and other female soldiers were treated as slaves. As per The Post report, they were forced to clean, cook, and perform various domestic tasks in luxurious villas where they were initially held. The hostages had to prepare food they were not permitted to eat and maintain the pristine conditions of their captors’ living spaces.

The use of captives as forced labor in luxury settings adds a grotesque twist to their suffering. These villas, likely intended to flaunt wealth and power, became prisons where the basic dignity and autonomy of the female soldiers were stripped away, as was described in The Post report.  Shira Albag’s statement emphasized the cruel irony of the situation – the hostages were surrounded by opulence yet deprived of basic human rights and sustenance.

As the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) advanced into Gaza, the hostages were moved from the villas to Hamas’ underground tunnel network. This shift marked a drastic deterioration in their living conditions. The tunnels, notorious for their cramped and unsanitary conditions, became the new holding area for the captives. Shira Albag described the tunnels as a place with “no fresh water, and not much food,” according to The Post report. The female soldiers were deprived of clean clothes and had to endure a month-long wait before being allowed to shower. This environment not only exacerbated their physical suffering but also inflicted severe psychological trauma.

The emotional anguish of the hostages is palpable. Freed hostages reported that the female captives collectively cried on the 50th day of their captivity, expressing a deep longing for their mothers, the Post report said. This detail, shared by Shira Albag, highlights the profound isolation and despair felt by these young women. The absence of familial comfort and the constant fear of their uncertain fate contributed to a devastating emotional toll.

On October 7, a video surfaced depicting the horrific aftermath of Hamas’s assault on the Nahal Oz base, just outside the Gaza Strip. The footage, which sent shockwaves through the international community, showed five female soldiers, including Liri, in a state of utter helplessness, as per the information provided in The Post report.  The women, still in their pajamas, were handcuffed and pressed against a wall, surrounded by the bodies of their fallen comrades. The report in The Post also said that the terrorists in the video were seen celebrating their gruesome attack, gloating, and even announcing their intention to sexually assault the captured soldiers.

Liri Albag and the other female soldiers in the video are among approximately 120 hostages who have remained in Gaza for over eight months. The conditions of their captivity are dire, with reports of forced labor, inadequate food, and unsanitary living conditions.

Shira Albag, reflecting on her daughter’s suffering, stated, “I don’t want to imagine what they’re going through now,” The Post reported. This sentiment echoes the collective anguish of the families whose loved ones remain in captivity. The hostages, deprived of basic necessities and subjected to constant fear, face a bleak existence.

As the war drags on, the fate of the hostages remains uncertain. While Israeli authorities believe that more than 70 of the hostages are still alive, conflicting statements from Hamas officials add to the confusion and despair, as was explained in The Post report. Osama Hamdan, a top Hamas official, claimed that “no one has any idea” how many hostages are still alive, casting a shadow of doubt and fear over the families waiting for news.

The treatment of the female soldiers captured by Hamas constitutes a severe breach of international humanitarian law. The forced labor, threats of sexual violence, and inhumane living conditions violate multiple human rights conventions.

 

Gov. Hochul Considering a Face Mask Ban on New York City Subways, Citing Antisemitic Acts

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(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
(AP) — Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that she is considering a ban on face masks in the New York City subway system due to concerns about people shielding their identities while committing antisemitic acts.
Hochul, a Democrat, told reporters the exact details of the policy are not clear but it would contain “common-sense exemptions” for health, cultural or religious reasons. Many people concerned about COVID-19 and air pollution routinely wear masks on the subway.
Hochul said she was in talks with lawmakers on potentially crafting a bill.
At at news conference in Albany, the governor said she was moved to act after “a group donning masks took over a subway car, scaring riders and chanting things about Hitler and wiping out Jews” on Monday night.
It was not clear exactly what incident she was referring to, but it could have been a conflation of different episodes related to pro-Palestinian demonstrations that day in Union Square Park.
Hundreds of people leaving the rally flooded into a subway station, some waving flags and banging on drums, to get on trains headed downtown. On one train, a man who was not wearing a mask led a small group in chanting “Raise your hands if you’re a Zionist” to other passengers, followed by, “This is your chance to get out.”
Meanwhile video circulating on social media showed a confrontation that purportedly happened earlier in the day, when a man in Union Square — who also was not wearing a mask — was recorded shouting, “I wish Hitler was still here. He would’ve wiped all you out.”
It was unclear whether he was involved in the protest or whom he was shouting at. A group of people waving Israeli flags was also in the park at the time.
“We will not tolerate individuals using masks to evade responsibility for criminal or threatening behavior,” Hochul said. “My team is working on a solution, but on a subway, people should not be able to hide behind a mask to commit crimes.”
New York passed a law banning face masks in public in the 1800s as a response to protests over rent. It was suspended in 2020 by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a pandemic public health campaign, and masks were also made mandatory for subway riders until September 2022.
The mask ban previously had drawn criticism from civil rights groups that argued it was selectively enforced to break up protests where people wanted to hide their identities to avoid legal or professional repercussions.
“The Governor’s concerns about masks disguising criminal activity won’t be quelled by banning anonymous peaceful protest. Mask bans were originally developed to squash political protests and, like other laws that criminalize people, they will be selectively enforced — used to arrest, doxx, surveil, and silence people of color and protestors the police disagree with,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.
“A mask ban would be easily violated by bad actors and, if someone’s engages in unlawful actions, the judgement should be made based on the criminal behavior, not their attire,” she said.
Hochul acknowledged that reinstating a ban would be complicated.
“We understand how complex this issue is, and we’re just listening to people and addressing their needs and taking them very seriously,” she said.
Since the war between Hamas and Israel began in October, there have been hundreds of demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists in the city, the overwhelming number of them peaceful. Mask-wearing by participants is common, in part because of fears about police surveillance.
Mayor Eric Adams has also talked about reviving some version of past mask bans and once suggested that shopkeepers tell people they have to take them off to enter.
The wearing of face coverings in public has declined since COVID-19 deaths abated, but many still use them.
“There are people that are at high risk for severe disease from a respiratory infection who may be using masks in a crowded congregated setting such as the subway to decrease their chance of acquiring an infection,” Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said via email.

Patagonia donated $139,000 to terror-associated charity

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The company’s foundation paid $139,000 to the Arizona nonprofit Alliance for Global Justice, which funds progressive causes and is linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Samidoun, designated terrorist groups, the Examiner reported.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), told the magazine, “I would hope Americans would stop buying their products.”
“Patagonia now knows that it is part of the terror funding apparatus and must take swift action,” Marc Greendorfer, president of Zachor Legal Institute, told the Examiner.

Report: Joe Biden Watched His Dog Commander Bite Secret Service Agents, Then Accused Them of Lying

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President Joe Biden walks with his dog Commander, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
By Paul Roland Bois(Breitbart)
President Joe Biden reportedly watched his German shepherd Commander bite and attack Secret Service members in a situation that became so toxic the agents would wish each other a “safe shift.”
Secret Service records reportedly show that agents were fearful that the dog Commander would attack, with one agent even suggesting the use of a muzzle. Per the New York Post:
The 81-year-old president reportedly accused a Secret Service member of lying about being attacked by Major during his first year in office, but was present for at least three separate attacks involving Commander, files released to Judicial Watch under Freedom of Information Act litigation show.
A previously unreported incident on Sept. 12, 2023, featured a pair of bites in which Commander tore holes in a Secret Service member’s suit as Biden took him for a walk in the Kennedy Garden along the South Lawn of the White House.
In the report, the Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president said in his report that Biden “took Commander (on a leash) to the Kennedy Garden this evening for a walk,” which then led to a biting incident.
“While [Biden] and Commander were in the Kennedy Garden I was standing half way from the Book-Sellers [lobby] and the Family Theater,” the agent wrote. “[Biden] opened the Book-Seller door and said [redacted]. As I started to walk toward him to see if he needed help, Commander ran through his legs and bit my left arm through the front of my jacket. I pulled my arm away and yelled no.”

“[President Biden] also yelled [redacted] to Commander. [Biden] then [redacted]. I obliged and Commander let me pet him,” the report continued. “When turning to close the door, Commander jumped again and bit my left arm for the second time. [Biden] again yelled at Commander and attached the leash to him. My suit coat has 3 holes, 1 being all the way through. No skin was broken.”
The report included photos that showed damage to the agent’s suit and dress shirt.
President Joe Biden walks with his dog Commander, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden walks with his dog Commander, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

After another attack in September of 2023 wherein an agent needed medical attention, one agent told another to “have a safe shift,” though it remains unclear if Biden was present for the exchange or biting incident. Two days later, the agency’s Safety, Health & Environmental Division wrote, “Can we please find a way to get this dog muzzled.”
Biden was noted to have been present in two prior attacks – one in October 2022 and the other in December 2022. The documents do not place Biden on the scene for the more severe attacks, such as the one that occurred in November 2022, which sent a Secret Service agent to the hospital after Commander “clamped down on their arm and thigh at the base of a stairwell at the White House,” per the NY Post.

As Breitbart News reported this year, Commander had as many as 24 biting incidents at the White House and other locations. The reported incidents were documented by CNN after it obtained internal USSS documents that showed the dog bit agents more times than were initially thought.
“The new documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal the extent to which the situation had become a serious workplace issue for the hundreds of staff supporting White House operations, and how agency personnel changed their habits to avoid being injured by the German shepherd,” noted CNN.
A source close to Bidens said at the time that the family feels “awful” and “heartbroken” over the biting incidents, adding that they apologized profusely.
“They’ve been heartbroken over this. They’ve apologized to those who have been bitten, taken flowers to some. They feel awful. Commander was over-protective, and even though they tried and tried to work on it, they had to let him go live with other members of their family,” the source said.
Commander joined the family as a puppy in December 2021; the biting incidents began in October 2022 and continued for nearly a full year. Elizabeth Alexander, first lady Jill Biden’s communications director, said in a statement provided to CNN that Commander has been kept away from all White House staff and Secret Service agents since other family members took him into custody.

“The president and first lady care deeply about the safety of those who work at the White House and those who protect them every day. Despite additional dog training, leashing, working with veterinarians, and consulting with animal behaviorists, the White House environment simply proved too much for Commander,” she said.
“Since the fall, he has lived with other family members,” she added.

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How Did 8 Men With Ties to Islamic State Get Into US?

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FILE: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector

Virginia Allen- The Daily Signal

Eight Tajikistan nationals with suspected ties to the Islamic State were arrested across three U.S. cities in recent days.
All eight men entered the U.S. illegally through the southern border and passed initial background checks, according to federal sources that told Fox News the men were “fully vetted.” But passing a background check often does not mean much, according to Thomas Homan, the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement under former President Donald Trump.
“Thousands of terrorists in the world are not found in any database,” Homan told The Daily Signal. “That is why we need to end catch and release and reestablish the ‘Remain in Mexico’ [policy].”
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Homan said he has been raising concerns about the vulnerability of the southern border for three years because the sheer numbers arriving at the southern border daily are preventing Border Patrol from conducting proper vetting of illegal aliens through deep dive interviews and other means.
“Federal law requires that illegal aliens that enter the U.S. illegally ‘shall be detained,’” Homan said. “The Biden administration needs to stop ignoring the law, stop violating the law and secure our border. You will never have strong national security without strong border security.”
Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott echoed Homan, telling The Daily Signal that border security “has always been fundamentally” about preventing illegal entry.
“The entire purpose is to identify and prevent threats from ever entering our home,” Scott said. “The Biden administration soundly rejected this commonsense public safety principle in favor of a reactionary strategy that lets everyone into our home and then tries to sort out the threats afterwards. Now we are seeing the results.”
The White House did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment.
ICE worked with the FBI to make the arrests of the Tajikistan nationals in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, the New York Post’s Jennie Taer first reported.
ICE arrested six of the men after the FBI flagged their suspected ties to the radical Islamic terrorist groups. The two other men in the group were apprehended following surveillance over the course of several months, according to NBC.
A wiretap was a part of the investigation into the illegal aliens, which revealed one of the now apprehended men reportedly talking about bombs.
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI told the New York Post in a joint statement that the arrests were “carried out in close coordination with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces. The individuals arrested are detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”
Between the beginning of fiscal year 2017 and end of fiscal year 2020, Border Patrol apprehended 11 individuals on America’s terrorist watch list between ports of entry at the southern border. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 to present, Border Patrol has apprehended 362 illegal aliens on the terror watchlist between ports at the southern border.

 

Virginia Allen is a senior news producer for The Daily Signal and host of “The Daily Signal Podcast” and “Problematic Women.” Send an email to Virginia.

Gazans plead with Hamas to accept ceasefire

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Gazans arrive in central Gaza after fleeing from the southern Gaza city of Rafah on May 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
By World Israel News Staff
Gaza civilians increasingly disheartened by Hamas’ refusal to accept a compromise for a ceasefire with Israel vented their frustration to foreign reporters, calling publicly on the terror group to soften its terms in hostage deal talks.
Speaking AFP, 67-year-old Umma Ala said Hamas has “led the Palestinian people into a war of annihilation.”
“If the Hamas leaders were interested in ending this war and ending the suffering of the Palestinian people, they would have agreed [to a deal],” said Ala.
Abu Eyad, 55, a resident of northern Gaza, said Hamas’ behavior had made a “mockery of us, our pain and the destruction of our lives.”
Noting that his three children have been separated by the war, he accused Hamas leaders of “sleeping comfortable, eating and drinking” while Gaza civilians suffer the consequences of the war they launched.
“Have you ever tried to actually live our lives today?”
“Did you know that many times we don’t find any food at all?”
Speaking with reporters, 35-year-old Abu Shaker directly addressed the Hamas terror group’s leadership, demanding an explanation for the refusal to agree to a ceasefire.
“What are you waiting for? What do you want? The war must end at any cost. We cannot bear it any longer.”
“We are tired, we are dead, we are destroyed and our tragedies are countless,” he added.
Fifty-year-old Umm Shadi demanding Hamas “end the war immediately without seeking to control and rule Gaza.”
“Every day the war on Gaza increases, our pain and the pain of the people increases,” she continued. “What is Hamas waiting for?”