Palestinians declare Friday ‘day of rage’ in support of prisoners
Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and other Palestinian factions have called for a “day of rage” on Friday in protest of Israel’s decision to transfer security prisoners to other prisons following the escape of six inmates from Gilboa Prison earlier this week. Meanwhile, a Palestinian Authority official warned that Israel’s “repressive” measures against the prisoners could ignite a new intifada.
WH’s Klain panned for retweeting post on ‘ultimate work-around’ for federal vaccine requirement
Ronald Klain, the White House chief of staff, faced criticism on social media Thursday after he retweeted a post that seemed to praise the Biden administration for pulling off the “ultimate work-around” for a national COVID-19 vaccine requirement. President Biden announced proposed rules that would force private-sector employers with more than 100 workers to either require them to be fully vaccinated or mandate that they undergo weekly tests.
US Biden and China’s Xi hold first call in seven months
Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken with his US counterpart Joe Biden for the first time in seven months. A White House Statement said both leaders had “discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict”. This is only the second call between them since President Biden took office.
Covid: Biden orders employees of big businesses to be vaccinated or face testing
US President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new Covid-19 measures that require workers at large companies to be vaccinated or face weekly testing. The measures also include a vaccine mandate for millions of federal government workers and come as cases in the country are surging. Hospitals in several states have reached capacity amid the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant.
Israeli troops, Palestinians clash again as prisoner manhunt enters 5th day
Israeli forces clashed overnight Friday with Palestinian rioters who took to the streets in solidarity with six security prisoners who broke out of jail earlier this week and remain at large as Israel’s manhunt after them entered its fifth day. Each night, hundreds of Palestinians are taking part in the riots in about ten centers across the West Bank, but these incidents are estimated to intensify and escalate if the prisoners are captured, dead or alive.
India’s deepening love affair with Israel
The revelation that Pegasus – spyware developed by the Israeli cyber-arms company NSO – was used to surveil opposition politicians, activists, public officials and journalists in India, has once again confirmed that the right to privacy, freedom of speech and expression and freedom of the press are threatened under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.
Source: Doomsday News
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