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Five children shot in Baltimore last week

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Five Baltimore children under the age of 17 have been shot over the past week, the Baltimore Sun has reported.

A 10-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys are among the city’s latest gun violence victims and Mayor Brandon Scott is vowing to hold city agencies accountable for providing better resources for Baltimore’s youth.

In a statement last week, Mayor Scott said he was “deeply frustrated by the amount of young people who have been victims of violence in our city, especially in recent days.”

“We cannot accept this,” Scott said at a news conference Friday. “We have to understand that these are children, no matter what was said or what was done. They’re children, and children have to be treated differently than adults, especially when you’re taking about the life or shooting or harming a young person.”

“We have seen a 10-year-old shot in the chest, a 12-year-old shot in the arm, and a 17-year-old shot in a public intersection,” Scott continued. “There is nothing harder than talking to a parent whose child has become a victim of violence.”

Scott is also calling a meeting with Baltimore police leadership “to identify special initiatives targeted at quelling the increase in shootings we have recently seen.”

Fourth grader Kaelin Washington is suffering a punctured lung, fractured rib and emotional trauma after walking to the store last weekend to buy a bag of chips.

“I don’t care what your silly, stupid little beef is. That 10-year-old baby had nothing to do with your beef,” Mayor Scott told news reporters.

A 15-year-old boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital last week after an argument escalated into gunshots.

“Imagine what the world would been like for my family if that had happened to me when I was 15 years old. And it could happen to anyone,” Scott said.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at Friday’s news conference that the department is “working aggressively to identify who is responsible and bring them to justice for these senseless acts of violence. Detectives continue to follow investigative leads, some of them very promising.”

“All these incidents speak to the perpetuating culture of violence in our city to include the easy access of guns by criminal and their desire and willingness to use these guns to solve conflict,” he said.

City Council President Nick J. Mosby said the coronavirus pandemic is putting many children in harm’s way, since it has been keeping children and teens out of the classroom.

“This pandemic has displaced our children from the safety of their classrooms, it has upended their routines and stability, exacerbated behavioral health challenges and created even more economic distress for many families,” Mosby said in a statement Friday. “Layering that on top of Baltimore’s longstanding challenges means too many of our young people are in harm’s way and often in dangerous situations.”

Mayor Scott released a plan last month to increase safety within neighborhoods and expand opportunities for youth.

Scott wants to arrest the most violent offenders in the city and focus on the trauma that drives young men to choose gun violence.

Scott will focus on giving more resources to the housing, health, employment and addiction departments.

Scott’s plan will incorporate the Police Department into his public health strategy. Before the new plan, law enforcement agencies and public health departments worked separately and were often at odds. Scott is forcing the two sides to talk with each other. He is also resurrecting the Strategic Decision Support Centers, where cops, prosecutors, and state prosecutors work together to reduce violence.

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Israel’s Archenemies Heap Praise on Campus Protests

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With such slogans as “Hamas, we love you,” “Freedom for Palestine means death to America,” “Globalize the intifada,” and “From the River to the Sea,” many among the campus protests against Israel call for violence and genocide. So naturally, the protesters have generated gushing praise from some of Israel’s archenemies. In a nod to the heinous October 7 Hamas attack known by its perpetrators as the “Al-Aqsa Flood,” the leader of Hamas praised the campus protests as the “great student Flood,” and has similarly called for a “legal Flood,” a “media Flood” and a “jihadi Flood” against Israel. Additionally, the PLO/Fatah, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, the Houthis, and Students/Faculty for Palestine are making the following claims:

The protests are coordinated. The PLO has suggested that the university protests have been coordinated. For example, WAFA, the official PA news agency, reported the PLO Executive Committee member Osama Al-Qawasmi claimed that “this protest movement came as a result of an effort that the Palestinian communities there have made for many years.”

Further evidence of coordination of the protests can be found in an interview on Jordanian TV with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, a professor at California State University and a member of the group “Faculty for Justice in Palestine.” During the interview, Muhtaseb suggested that her group is coordinating with the Students for Justice in Palestine in the campus protests. Muhtaseb states: “We have two main movements in the American universities: first one is called ‘Students for Justice in Palestine,’ and there is also a faculty movement, a new movement that was created in order to support the student movement. It is called ‘Faculty for Justice in Palestine.’” Additionally, Muhtaseb admits that she is talking to students about “the continuity of the movement” into the summer break and fall semester.

The protests are a vehicle to isolate (and destroy) Israel. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), which the United States has recognized as a terrorist organization since 1997, states that the campus protests are part of a larger operation to isolate Israel. According to the Deputy Secretary-General of the PFLP, “Now, the world is aligning with our people’s cause in ongoing advocacy campaigns and isolating the aggression of the occupation. The achievements of the international popular boycott movement on economic, cultural, academic and political levels have been notable with the university uprisings being a significant highlight.”

Fatah’s youth movement, Shabiba, used the protests to de-legitimize Israel. Shabiba “expressed its appreciation for the student protest movement at the American universities supporting the Palestinian cause… [At] a time when our Palestinian people is dealing wherever it is with a policy of discrimination and apartheid and with the war of occupation, which has been continuing for more than 75 years (i.e., since the establishment of modern Israel).” By accusing Israel of the canards of “occupation” and “apartheid,” and that claiming that Israel has been engaging in such behaviors since its founding, Fatah seeks to delegitimize Israel.

And Hezbollah hopes that the protests bring about the destruction of Israel. Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem wished that the protests will usher in “…a new stage, and maybe one of these days, America will no longer support Israel to such an extent. Without support, Israel is nothing. We would not have to work hard in order to destroy Israel. Without support, it will be destroyed.”

Accusations of Israel’s supporters being violent. In an Orwellian tone, the Houthis, long perpetrators of terrorism against Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Gulf region generally, are claiming that Israel’s supporters are being violent. Yemeni-Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddine Al-Houthi statedThis oppressive pro-Zionist regimes in the West have turned to targeting the student protests with violence, cruelty, humiliating arrests, and strong beatings. They have launched offensive media campaigns, and have made offensive statements by officials against the students.”

Claims that the campus protestors are tolerant and peaceful. In another Orwellian twist, Fatah’s youth movement Shabiba whitewashed the protesters, calling accusations of anti-Semitism at the rallies a “false accusation.” Fatah/the PA/the PLO has long espoused anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and jihad.

Similarly, paraphrasing Nahar Al-Da’wah [River of Preaching] Telegram channel, which is affiliated with London-based Egyptian Al-Qaeda ideologue Hani Al-Siba’i, MEMRI stated that Al-Siba’i engaged in whitewashing of the protests: “Al-Siba’i described the pro-Palestine student protests in the United States as ‘the university intifada,’ and he condemned the “demonization” of the students in American media, as well as the mobilization of American institutions to suppress and silence the protests, which he said are non-violent. He denied assertions that the student protestors are antisemitic, explaining that they are rising up against the injustice being done to the Palestinian people.”

The real problem is the “Zionist lobby.” The PFLP capitalizes on the protests to repeat anti-Semitic tropes about the “Zionist lobby.” According to the Deputy Secretary-General of the PFLP, “The university intifada in America has struck a nerve with the Zionist lobby there.”

Similarly, Yemeni-Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddine Al-Houthi praised the campus protesters as having “…exposed the Zionist in the West – the Zionists of America and the Zionists of Europe, who used to speak about liberal values, and about freedom rights, and all that…” And Hizbullah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem stated “As long as the Muslims, the Arabs, and the free people cannot form a lobby that will be stronger than the Zionist lobby, this ‘popular lobby’ can play a role in changing the point of view and this is more important than the [political] lobby above.”

The campus protests against Israel have united Israel’s key archenemies in their ongoing war against the Jewish state. Such public praise suggests that these groups may be providing material support to the protests. Local and federal authorities need to investigate and prosecute any terrorist ties to the mayhem going on in campuses.

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