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‘I reject hate speech’: Lakeith Stanfield on Clubhouse antisemitism scandal | US news From “World news | The Guardian”



The actor Lakeith Stanfield has spoken out amid controversy over his presence in a Clubhouse room where participants made antisemitic remarks, saying: “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject.”Stanfield, whose films include Sorry to Bother You, Get Out and Judas and the Black Messiah, did not say anything antisemitic himself. But he was a moderator of the discussion, which took place earlier this week.He said he had not known much about one of the subjects being discussed, Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan, a prominent Black figure who has a history of making antisemitic comments.“I definitely don’t align myself with Louis Farrakhan, I don’t stand by him,” Stanfield told the Daily Beast in an interview published on Saturday. “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject. That’s not up for debate, hate is not up for debate.”Clubhouse is a social networking app on which invited users can listen to discussions. The session on Wednesday was meant to offer a “balanced” conversation about whether Farrakhan’s legacy was damaged by his antisemitism.A moderator closed the room after determining the discussion had become incendiary, but another room opened and discussion continued.Stanfield told the Beast he was interested in the topic but “wasn’t sure to what extent” Farrakhan was controversial.Whenever someone’s sentence starts, ‘Well, Hitler had a point’ … you have no point, there’s no leg to stand onAnonymous Clubhouse user“I was much more interested in sort of uncovering this information, so it wasn’t about Louis Farrakhan per se,” Stanfield said.Jewish participants in what was promoted as an attempt to “bridge the gap” between Black and Jewish communities told the Beast they had to defend themselves against “vile antisemitism” and explain why some comments were hateful.“There’s no other perspective,” one Jewish woman who was in the room was quoted as saying, without being named. “I’m not going to debate anyone for my humanity or be told that Hitler was right or that my identity and my heritage is not real.“I’m so tired of this other side. Whenever someone’s sentence starts, ‘Well, Hitler had a point’ or ‘Hitler was wrong about a lot but here’s something he did that was right’, you have no point, there’s no leg to stand on.”Farrakhan has described Adolf Hitler as a “very great man”. He has denied being antisemitic – and in the same speech called Jewish people “Satanic”.Stanfield said he asked a question in the Clubhouse room, whereupon an organizer made him a moderator.“It was so chaotic in the room, there were a couple of outbursts,” he said. “I think I remember someone saying something about ‘all Jews run the world’ or something kind of crazy, and that was one of the people I put down in the audience.”In Clubhouse rooms, moderators control who is put on a “stage” to talk.“But for the most part, one outburst would happen and then the conversation would kind of go back into a normal rhythm.”A Jewish attendee called attention to Stanfield’s presence, noting that he had 79,000 followers who might think he condoned the antisemitic remarks.“I was really caught off guard, because first of all, I didn’t host the room,” Stanfield told the Beast. “But I also didn’t feel that the conversation was really headed in a direction that was completely attacking Jewish people.“At that point, I thought there were still people saying their points and then other people saying their points. So I explained to her that I know that this is a very tense and emotional conversation to have, and I just want everyone to have the time to be able to engage in conversation. So, that was part of me trying to moderate this conversation that was happening.”Stanfield said he walked away from his phone, pointing to how early it was in London, where he is filming the sitcom Atlanta. A “whole bunch of chaos started to erupt and people are saying all kinds of crazy things, apparently”, he said.“The next couple days, there’s conversations about what happened in that room. I was really surprised by a lot of the things that I was hearing that were happening in the room because a lot of those things I just simply wasn’t present for. So, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s terrible.’”After Stanfield’s presence in the Clubhouse room was noted on social media, and the Beast reported the incident, the actor said on Instagram: “Thinking outside the box comes with a cost”, adding: “They’ll always try to discredit and attack you … futile.”He deleted that message and posted a complete apology.







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How to cure type 2 diabetes – without medication | Diabetes From “World news | The Guardian”



It’s 10 years since Professor Roy Taylor revolutionised treatment for type 2 diabetes with a groundbreaking study that showed the disease could be reversed through rapid weight loss. Until his research was published, type 2 diabetes was thought to be an incurable, lifelong condition. Now, for many people, we know it is not.But his achievements – and the thousands of people he has cured – are not something he dwells upon. “I’m in a very lucky position of being able to do this research,” he says, “which really extends what I’ve been doing as a doctor throughout my life.” He laughs at the suggestion that he must occasionally marvel at his own success: “No, no,” he chuckles. “Lots of occupations make a useful contribution to society. I wouldn’t set myself apart.”Modest words for a man whose “useful contribution to society” has given hope to the 3.9m people diagnosed with the condition in the UK and who has shown doctors a new way to fight a disease which causes 185 amputations and 700 premature deaths every week.Now, he wants to go one step further and share everything he has learned directly with the public, in a new book, Your Simple Guide to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes. It’s a 153-page paperback that takes you through the latest research on how the disease develops and explains why rapid weight loss can be so effective at reversing the condition in the early stages – which usually means during the first six years of a diagnosis.“If people really do want to make it happen, then in the first few years of diagnosis, it’s almost universal that their health can be returned to normal,” says Taylor, who is professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University. In one study, he found that nine out of 10 people with “early” type 2 diabetes were cured after losing more than 2½st (15kg).The book also explains who is at greatest risk and why some people who have a “normal” Body Mass Index (BMI) develop the disease, when many people who are more overweight – or even obese – do not.Taylor’s “Newcastle” weight loss programme is a clinically proven method of reversing early type 2 diabetes and his approach is currently being rolled out to people with the condition by the NHS. It involves cutting your calorie intake to 700-800 calories a day. In the book, he explains how the people in his programme managed to do this – typically by consuming only slimming meal shakes and non-starchy vegetables, plus one cup of tea or coffee each day with skimmed milk – lost a life-changing amount of weight in just eight weeks. And how you can do the same, safely, at home.It is almost universal that health can be returned
to normalIn other words, it is a book that has all the hallmarks of becoming a massive bestseller. But Taylor himself will not make a penny from it. He is donating 100% of his proceeds from the book to the charity Diabetes UK, which is “only logical”, he tells me, because they funded his original 2011 study. “That was so far sighted of them,” he says. “They supported research that I know the experts thought was outlandish.” He says just one person at the research committee meeting spoke up for his proposal and convinced the others by saying: “It might sound crazy, but if he’s right, it would be really important.”Taylor decided to write the book because, even though most diabetes experts in the UK have now accepted that his rapid weight loss programme works, many doctors in Europe and the USA remain unconvinced. “It’s not easy to get new ideas accepted in medicine. So it will be a while before this gets into the textbooks and generations of doctors are taught about it.”In the meantime, he feels it is his job – his “duty” even – to make people aware of the discoveries he and others have made in recent years. “I feel a responsibility for passing on this knowledge.”One of Taylor’s most important new discoveries is that everyone has their own fat threshold: an individual level of tolerance for levels of fat in the body. “It’s a personal thing. It’s nothing to do with the sort of information that’s often provided about obesity, which is about average BMI and what the population is doing. The bottom line is, a person will develop type 2 diabetes when they’ve become too heavy for their own body. It doesn’t matter if their BMI is within the ‘normal’ range. They’ve crossed their personal threshold and become unhealthy.”He is currently in the middle of research to find out whether there’s any way of discovering, via a blood test, when people are heading into this dangerous territory and their fat cells are putting out what he describes as “distress signals”.What we do know already is that our bodies start to have trouble controlling blood sugar when fat can no longer be stored safely under the skin and it spills over into the liver and then the pancreas. If these organs get clogged with fat, they stop functioning properly and that is when you develop type 2 diabetes.Everyone has their own level of tolerance for fat in their bodiesIt is particularly important to note that if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, you are more susceptible genetically. People in these circumstances need to be “very careful” about weight, especially in adult life, Taylor says. “If you’ve increased weight quite a lot above what you were at the age of 21, you’re in the danger zone – and you should get out of it. If you’ve got a family tendency for diabetes, then you really want to avoid weight gain in adult life.”As Taylor explains in his book, if you have increased your BMI by three units or more since you were in your early 20s, you are at risk. It doesn’t matter how slim you look to other people. “People imagine that if everybody says they’re slim, they won’t get type 2 diabetes, but in fact that’s not true. Our present research involves people who are not obese, and indeed, have a normal BMI.”This explains why only half of people are clinically obese when they are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and why studies have shown that almost three-quarters of extremely obese people, with a BMI of over 45, do not suffer from type 2 diabetes. “Some people can put on glorious amounts of fat and store it all under the skin without any metabolic problems at all.”Taylor also says that it’s important to bear in mind that type 2 diabetes can, at first, be symptomless, so people at risk may wish to get an annual test done via their GP. A simple finger-prick blood test, which gives an immediate blood sugar level result, can be done in many chemists. Signals to look out for include increasing tiredness and, especially, increasing thirst, and a tendency to have more skin infections, “like boils for instance, or candida,” Taylor says.Rapidly decreasing body weight by 2½st will take most people below their personal fat threshold, dramatically lowering their risk. For this reason, “the book goes through the steps that people need to follow to lose a substantial amount of weight and then keep it off”.Taylor hopes that by writing a paperback in simple, accessible language, he will reach people who are heading towards or have already received a diagnosis and want to learn more about his research. “I’ve realised there is an enormous thirst out there for exact knowledge about how people can deal with this disease themselves, using the new information that we have.” He also wants to explain to as many people as possible what causes type 2 diabetes so individuals feel empowered to make healthy decisions about their body and the food they eat. “This book is for anyone who wants to understand what happens to food after they swallow it and how that’s handled by their body. And also, critically, how that affects their health.” For example, he has found most people don’t realise that if you eat more carbohydrates or protein than your body needs, the excess is converted into fat and then stored.This is a million miles from “fat shaming”, he says, and it is up to each person to decide for themselves whether they are too heavy for their own health and happiness. “What I can point out as a doctor are the circumstances that come about when people have crossed their personal fat threshold,” he says. “There’s no judgment on a person who happens to be heavy, compared with someone who happens not to be. It’s about helping individuals who would otherwise run into trouble.” Your Simple Guide to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes by Professor Roy Taylor is published by Short Books at £8.99. Buy it for £7.91 at guardianbookshop.com







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Israeli airstrike on Gaza claims eight young cousins | Israel From “World news | The Guardian”



Intense Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on Saturday killed eight young cousins who had gathered to celebrate Eid with their mothers, and destroyed the high-rise tower that housed the Associated Press, the leading news agency of its greatest ally.Mohammed Haddidi’s wife and five sons were inside the house when it was bombed, and only five-month-old Omar was pulled from the rubble alive. Rescuers searched for survivors through piles of shattered concrete dotted with toys, a Monopoly boardgame and holiday food prepared for a meal that was never enjoyed.“My wife had gone to visit her brother, and because the children were enjoying playing with their cousins, they asked to spend the night and she agreed,” he told the Observer. Those childhood games would doom almost all of them.The airstrike that killed Haddidi’s family came just a few hours before the daytime demolition of al Jalaa tower, which housed media offices including Al Jazeera, AP and AFP. AP described the missile strikes, which were broadcast live on TV as “the latest step by the military to silence reporting from the territory”, and warned that “the world will know less about what is happening in Gaza” because of it.Saturday, the sixth day of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, was also Nakba (Catastrophe) Day. This commemorates the estimated 700,000 people who were expelled or fled their homes in what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation.Over a week, the conflict has escalated into the most intense exchanges of fire since the 2014 Gaza war, exacerbated by unrest in the occupied West Bank, all amid fears that the situation could spiral further into a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.Serious communal violence inside Israel, such as nightly street attacks carried out by far-right Jewish gangs and Arab youths, have inflamed the situation. On Saturday, a 12-year-old Arab boy was in hospital on a ventilator and with facial burns after a Molotov cocktail that was thrown into his home.Diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire in Gaza made slow progress, even after US envoy Hady Amr flew into Israel and the UN Security Council finally confirmed a meeting about the crisis for Sunday.Palestinians look at destruction caused by Israeli air strikes that killed ten members of the Abu Hatab Hadidi family in Gaza City. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/APIsrael turned down an Egyptian proposal for a one-year truce that Hamas rulers had accepted, an Egyptian official told the AP on Friday. Defence minister Benny Gantz has previously said the bombing will continue until Israel achieves “total, long term quiet.”As officials tried to broker talks, people died from missile and rocket strikes on both sides of the frontier, although casualties were more than ten times higher in the tiny, crowded Gaza strip, where there are few air-raid shelters and residents have nowhere to run to escape Israeli bombardment.In Gaza at least 139 people have been killed, including 39 children and 22 women, health authorities say. In Israel, ten people have been killed including a five-year old boy and a soldier.In a story published only hours before AP staff watched their office reduced to a smoking pile of rubble, correspondent Fares Akram had written that the tower was “the only place in Gaza City I feel somewhat safe”.“The Israeli military has the coordinates of the high-rise, so it’s less likely a bomb will bring it crashing down,” he wrote. “When the thundering bombs, buzzing drones and pounding artillery refresh the pain and trigger the old fear, I seek refuge in work.”AP CEO Gary Pruitt said he was “shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organisations in Gaza.” Pruitt says AP is seeking information from the Israeli government.Al Jazeera vowed to “pursue every available route to hold the Israeli government responsible for its actions”. Director General Mostefa Souag described the attack as a war crime that aimed “to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza”.Media organisations and others in the building were given only an hour’s warning to get people and equipment out of the tower before the strike.President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said the US had told Israeli authorities “that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,” but did not condemn the attack.Israeli’s military, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), said the high rise tower contained “military assets belonging to the intelligence offices of the Hamas terror organisation”. It added later that the building housed a Hamas “Research and Development unit”.It also said it had attacked “a number of Hamas terror organisation senior officials, in an apartment” in the al Shati refugee camp.The only building hit overnight by airstrikes in that camp was a three-storey complex with a family home over a grocer and hairdresser, owned by Haddidi’s brother-in-law.Haddidi heard the bomb land without knowing its target, then he got the call saying his family had been hit. He raced to the ruins of his brother’-in-law’s home but there were no survivors there so he went on to the hospital.“I was happy that Omar was still alive, but at the same time, I asked what future awaits this infant,” he said. “He has a broken leg, and an eye injury.” One of his cousins, a girl, is in intensive care.The other eight children and their mothers, have all been buried already. Neighbours and the ministry of health said no adult men were among the dead or the injured.Neighbours said there was no warning of the attack, the deadliest single strike of this conflict.Hamas said it fired rockets at southern Israel in response; it has poured over 2,000 across the frontier since Monday according to the Israeli military and although most have been stopped by the “Iron Dome” missile defence system, some have landed, killing people and damaging property.The Israeli military’s conduct had already caused tensions with international media, even before the Gaza offices were bombed.There were reports that a military spokesman had lied to the English-language press as part of an elaborate ruse to lure Hamas militants into a trap, by making them think a ground operation was under way.The allegations caused anger and fear in regional newsrooms. “It’s a very dangerous place for the I.D.F. to be, to be suspected of misleading the international press, especially when we’re on the verge of an escalation with Hamas,” Amos Harel, a military analyst for Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper, told the New York Times.“It’s risky for journalists, too,” he added. “The Israeli Army may be forgetting that foreign journalists are on both sides of the fence, and it could be dangerous for them if they’re suspected of being used for Israeli psychological operations.”







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Black US high school student forced to cut hair during softball game | North Carolina From “World news | The Guardian”



A Black high school student in North Carolina was forced to cut her hair during a softball game last month, after umpires said beads in her braids violated rules set by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHS).“It was humiliating,” Nicole Pyles told the Raleigh News & Observer. “Why do I have to take away from myself just to play this game where we are actually doing well? I’m embarrassed because you pick on me in front of all these people for no reason.”Rather than leave the game, Pyles decided to let teammates cut her hair. A video of someone asking the crowd if anyone had scissors was widely shared on social media.In its uniform policy for softball, the NFSHS permits “flat items, no longer than two inches, used to control the hair, such as bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips”. The rules do not account for religious or ethnic considerations.“Who else wears beads?” Pyles said. “Only black girls. People who have coarse hair.”One umpire in the softball game was white and one was Black.A Durham public schools investigation concluded the rule was “culturally biased”. The district said the rule should be changed to be more inclusive and said it supported Pyles.The student’s father, Julius Pyles, told the News & Observer the investigation “should have happened when the incident took place, it shouldn’t have taken this long. This is an incident that should have been addressed immediately.”According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Black school students are disproportionately disciplined across the US.In Texas last year, two Black students with braids were suspended for having hair that went below the top of their shirt collars. The school district kept the policy in place.Nine states – Washington, California, Colorado, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia – have made hair discrimination illegal in schools and workplaces.In Congress, the Crown (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act passed the House in September. It awaits its fate in the Senate.







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Hacked US energy pipeline on track to restore full service but shortages persist | US news From “World news | The Guardian”



Federal officials have said America’s largest energy pipeline is on track to fully restore service following a ransomware attack by a group of cybercriminals.Significant gas shortages persisted on Saturday, however, in several south-eastern states and Washington DC, according to crowdsourced data.As of Saturday morning, 81% of Washington gas stations were seeing outages, according to GasBuddy.com. In North Carolina and Georgia, 68% and 46% of stations were seeing outages. Reports are submitted to GasBuddy by users of its app.The Colonial Pipeline stretches from Texas to New Jersey and delivers about 45% of gasoline used on the US east coast.A cyberattack by hackers who locked up computer systems and demanded a ransom hit the pipeline on 7 May. The hackers did not take control of operations but the Georgia-based company shut the line to prevent malware from affecting systems.Two people briefed on the matter confirmed to the AP that the company paid a ransom of about $5m.President Joe Biden said US officials do not believe the Russian government was involved, but said “we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia”.On Friday Biden’s energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, said the US was “over the hump” on shortages, adding that problems peaked on Thursday and service should return to normal in most areas by the end of the weekend.Speaking to the Associated Press, Granholm said: “The good news is that … gas station outages are down about 12% from the peak” with about 200 stations returning to service every hour. “It’s still going to work its way through the system over the next few days, but we should be back to normal fairly soon.”Colonial reported “substantial progress” in restoring full service.Granholm, like other federal officials, urged drivers not to panic or hoard gasoline, as some have chosen to do.“Really, the gasoline is coming,” she said. “If you take more than what you need, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of the shortages. Let’s share a little bit with our neighbors and everybody should know that it’s going to be OK in the next few days.”Granholm is leading the federal response to the ransomware attack. She said the incident showed the vulnerability not only of US infrastructure but also personal computers. Her 86-year-old mother recently suffered a ransomware attack on her iPad, Granholm said.“So it’s just happening everywhere,” she said. “All these cybercriminals see an opportunity in the cloud and in our connectivity. And so we all have to be very vigilant. That means we’ve got to have security systems on our devices and individually we shouldn’t be clicking on any email with attachments from people you don’t know. I mean, it’s just around us.”Biden signed an executive order on cybersecurity this week and federal agencies were working to protect critical infrastructure, Granholm said.Much of US pipeline infrastructure is privately owned. The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said this week the US should establish mandatory cybersecurity standards.“Simply encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response to the ever-increasing number and sophistication of malevolent cyber actors,” Richard Glick said.Granholm said the US “definitely [has] to look at” mandatory security standards. The industry has opposed government mandates on cybersecurity.Granholm also said the ransomware attack should play a role as Congress considers Biden’s $2.3tn infrastructure proposal.“Obviously pipelines should be considered part of that,” she said. “Cybersecurity should be considered part of that. Energy infrastructure, including transmission grids, should be part of that.“We need to upgrade across the board, and hopefully there will be some interest in a bipartisan fashion to see an upgrade in the nation’s infrastructure.”







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Record metals boom may threaten transition to green energy | Commodities From “World news | The Guardian”



The commodities boom ignited by China’s post-Covid recovery, and stoked by the global move to green energy, broke price records last week even as fears about inflation stalked the markets. But it also risks triggering a rush on metals and minerals that could derail climate action.Iron ore reached the apex of a super-rally that drove prices to $237.57 a tonne in New York on Wednesday. The record followed a surge in demand from China’s steel-making regions, now recovering after the pandemic, which has pushed prices up from less than $94 this time last year.Copper, which is used in products from smartphones to electric cars, has doubled in price over the past year. The metal hit a fresh record of more than $10,700 a tonne last week as Chinese demand continued to rise.Market experts believe prices have further to run, as the rebound continues. But if China has sparked the bullish run on commodities, it is the global drive for green innovation that has fanned the flames.The world’s rising appetite for electric cars, solar panels, batteries and energy infrastructure to reduce reliance on fossil fuels requires metals such as copper and nickel, key materials in most electrical products.This is good news for mining companies, including Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, whose shares have been propelled to multi-year highs by investors eager to claim a stake in a prolonged commodities boom. However, the same economic trend could create a “looming mismatch” between the world’s appetite for green infrastructure investment “and the availability of critical minerals that are essential to realising those ambitions”, according to the International Energy Agency.In a recent report, the energy watchdog found that the global demand for critical and rare minerals would rise to six times higher than today by 2040 if the world were to achieve net zero emissions in 2050. An electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional vehicle, and an onshore windfarm requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-fired plant. Electric cars and batteries, which are expected to increase dramatically in number over the years ahead, require large amount of cobalt, nickel and lithium, as well as rare earth elements. Wind power investment will also need high levels of rare earths, as well as zinc.If the world hopes to keep pace with the trajectory set out in the Paris climate agreement – to keep the global rise in temperature lower than 2C – this could mean demand for lithium alone would climb 40 times higher in the next 20 years because of its use in batteries, according to the IEA.Left unaddressed, these potential vulnerabilities could make progress towards a clean energy future slowerFatih Birol, IEABut forecasts vary widely. At its most demanding, the pace of the “green rush” could outstrip the output of all existing mines and projects under construction, which would be able to meet only half of projected lithium and cobalt requirements and 80% of the world’s copper needs.There are also concerns about the production of these raw materials, which is highly concentrated in a handful of countries. The IEA warns that the world’s top three producers account for more than three-quarters of global supplies. The Democratic Republic of the Congo produced 70% of cobalt and rare earth elements in 2019, according to IEA data, and China was responsible for refining nearly 90% of rare earths used globally.Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, said: “Left unaddressed, these potential vulnerabilities could make global progress towards a clean energy future slower and more costly, and therefore hamper international efforts to tackle climate change.”Others are less pessimistic. Kingsmill Bond, an analyst at the thinktank Carbon Tracker, said: “There is no denying that there will be production bottlenecks as demand for critical minerals rises, but this is nothing new for the mining sector. The fossil system requires over 300 times more material than the renewable system. The disparity is enormous, and no amount of fancy footwork by apologists for the fossil fuel system should deflect us from the central point that we have the resources to make the energy transition a reality and to usher in a new age of growth and prosperity.”







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Thousands join London march in solidarity with Palestine | Palestinian territories From “World news | The Guardian”



Thousands of people have begun to march through central London in solidarity with the people of Palestine.Organisers say immediate action is needed from the UK government to help end the “brutal” violence against the Palestinian people.At least 139 people have been killed in Gaza, including 39 children, after a spiral of violence that began with the eviction of Arabs from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. In Israel at least seven people have been killed, including one child.Saturday is the Palestinian Nakba day, marking the anniversary of the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Arabs from their homes more than 70 years ago.A boy waves a Palestine flag as demonstrators attend a protest in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/ReutersCrowds marched through Hyde Park before arriving outside the gates of the Israeli embassy in Kensington.Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told crowds they were part of a “worldwide movement for justice”.“We must remember we are part of an international movement,” she said. “This is a worldwide movement for justice. “Palestinian people are having their land seized … and they are now being killed in their homes. All of this is illegal. “Today we are saying enough, enough with the complicity. Thank you for standing with us.”Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MP Zarah Sultana were also scheduled to speak.The demonstration has been organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.A spokesperson said: “It is vital that the UK government takes immediate action. It must stop allowing Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished.“The bombardment of Gaza which is killing civilians including children is a war crime. It is occurring in the context of the illegal forced displacement of families in Jerusalem and attacks on Palestinian citizens of Israel by far-right groups including illegal settlers from the West Bank.“The UK government is complicit in these acts as long as it continues to offer Israel military, diplomatic and financial support. Such support must end with a minimum start being an end to the two-way arms trade and trade with illegal Israeli settlements.”Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, told crowds on Saturday: “This time is different. This time we will not be denied any more. We are united. We have had enough of oppression.“Today we are saying enough, enough with the complicity. Thank you for standing with us.”Organisers said crowds stretched back to Bayswater Road from Kensington High Street and numbered 100,000. Demonstrations were also taking place in Birmingham, Coventry, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and other UK towns and cities.







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Israeli strikes destroy Gaza tower housing media organisations | Gaza From “World news | The Guardian”



The Israeli air force has destroyed a tower block in Gaza City housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera in what has widely been decried as an attack on press freedom.The airstrikes on Saturday – the sixth consecutive day of hostilities between Israel and Hamas – came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate al Jalaa tower.There was no immediate explanation beforehand for why the 15-storey building was targeted. As well as the two international media organisations, the high-rise was home to several other media outlets, offices including several internet providers, and private apartments.🚨 Israel has given a “warning” that it will bomb the building that houses Al Jazeera offices and other international media channels in Gaza City in one hour…our colleagues have already evacuated— لينة (@LinahAlsaafin) May 15, 2021
The building was hit approximately six times before collapsing in plumes of black smoke, which engulfed the entire neighbourhood.A statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) after the strike said the building had contained military assets belonging to the intelligence offices of Hamas.“Prior to the strike, the IDF provided advance warning to civilians in the building and allowed sufficient time for them to evacuate the site,” the statement said.“Hamas deliberately places military targets at the heart of densely populated civilian areas in the Gaza Strip.”The aftermath of the attack on al Jalaa tower in Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/ReutersAl Jazeera broadcasted live a phone call between the building’s owner, Abu Husam, and an Israeli intelligence officer in which Husam asks the officer to give the media personnel time to evacuate equipment from their offices. His request was denied.Oh my god. The building where al Jazeera’s office is housed has just been taken down by Israeli airstrikes. There was a warning and evacuated. It houses offices and private homes. I can’t believe it. pic.twitter.com/Q4luRYk9H9— Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker) May 15, 2021
“We ran down the stairs from the 11th floor and now looking at the building from afar, praying Israeli army would eventually retract,” an AP reporter, Fares Akram, tweeted just before the tower was hit.Earlier on Saturday, Akram published a first-person piece in which he described how an Israeli bomb had destroyed his family’s farm in the northern Gaza Strip the day before. Six of his relatives, including his father, three friends and several colleagues have died in the three wars and other hostilities between Israel and Hamas, he wrote.And now bombs could fall on our office. We ran down the stairs from the 11th floor and now looking at the building from afar, praying Israeli army would eventually retract. https://t.co/WU2eLEX7kn— Fares Akram (@faresakram) May 15, 2021
“The Associated Press office is the only place in Gaza City I feel somewhat safe. The Israeli military has the coordinates of the high-rise, so it’s less likely a bomb will bring it crashing down.“But on a deeper level, it’s speaking to people in Gaza, working to get their voices out of a territory they themselves cannot leave, that keeps me sane. When I tell the world what’s happening here, I find some small solace.”The current hostilities between militants in the Gaza Strip and Israel are the worst clashes since the 2014 war. Several reports, citing Egyptian mediation sources, said that on Thursday night Israel rejected a ceasefire proposal that Hamas, the Islamic group which controls the area, had agreed to.Israeli fighter jets hit targets in central Gaza as fight with Hamas escalates – videoSince Monday night, Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which has pounded the Gaza Strip with strikes. In Gaza, at least 139 people have been killed, including 39 children and 22 women; in Israel, seven people have been killed, including a six-year-old boy and a soldier.







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Tesla in fatal California crash may have been in autopilot mode, officials say | California From “World news | The Guardian”



A Tesla car involved in a fatal crash on a southern California freeway last week may have been operating on autopilot, according to the California highway patrol.The 5 May crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles east of Los Angeles, is also under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is the 29th case involving a Tesla that the federal agency has investigated.In the Fontana crash, a 35-year-old man was killed when his Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned semi on a freeway about 2.30am. The driver’s name has not been made public. Another man was seriously injured when the electric vehicle hit him as he was helping the semi’s driver out of the wreck.The state highway patrol (CHP) announced on Thursday that its preliminary investigation had determined the Tesla’s partially automated driving system “was engaged”.But on Friday the agency walked back its previous declaration. “To clarify,“ a new statement said, “there has not been a final determination made as to what driving mode the Tesla was in or if it was a contributing factor to the crash.”At least three people have died in previous US crashes involving the system.The CHP initially said it was commenting on the Fontana crash because of the “high level of interest” about Tesla crashes and because it was “an opportunity to remind the public that driving is a complex task that requires a driver’s full attention”.The federal investigation comes after the CHP arrested a man who authorities have said was in the back seat of a Tesla driving on Interstate 80 near Oakland with no one behind the wheel.CHP has not said if officials have determined whether the Tesla in the I80 incident was on autopilot, which can keep a car centered in its lane and a safe distance behind vehicles in front of it. But it’s likely that either autopilot or full self-driving were in operation for the driver to be in the back seat. Tesla is allowing a limited number of owners to test its self-driving system.Tesla, which has disbanded its public relations department, did not respond to an email seeking comment. The company says in owner’s manuals and on its website that both autopilot and full self-driving are not fully autonomous and that drivers must pay attention and be ready to intervene at any time.Autopilot has had trouble dealing with stationary objects and traffic crossing in front of Teslas. In two Florida crashes, in 2016 and 2019, cars with autopilot in use drove beneath crossing tractor-trailers, killing the men driving the Teslas. In a 2018 crash in Mountain View, California, an Apple engineer driving on autopilot was killed when his Tesla struck a highway barrier.Tesla’s system, which uses cameras, radar and short-range sonar, also has trouble handling stopped emergency vehicles. Teslas have struck several firetrucks and police vehicles stopped on freeways with their flashing emergency lights on.In March, the NHTSA sent a team to investigate after a Tesla on autopilot ran into a Michigan state police vehicle on I96 near Lansing. Neither the trooper nor the 22-year-old Tesla driver was injured, police said.After the Florida and California fatal crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended Tesla develop a stronger system to ensure drivers are paying attention, and limit use of autopilot to highways where it can work effectively. Neither Tesla nor the safety agency took action.







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Israeli fighter jets hit targets in central Gaza as fight with Hamas escalates – video | World news From “World news | The Guardian”


Israeli fighter jets have hit targets in central Gaza, the military said on Saturday, and Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets into Israel after a day of deadly violence rocked the West Bank and unrest persisted inside the Jewish state. 
Early on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said they had hit a Hamas ‘operation office’ near the centre of Gaza City, with additional overnight strikes targeting what the military called ‘underground launch sites’. In an escalation of the worst bout of fighting between Israel and Hamas for seven years, Dozens of Hamas operatives were killed in the strikes by Israeli artillery, the IDF said







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