In new playground Dubai, Israelis find parties, Jewish rites

By ISABEL DEBREDecember 30, 2020

A rabbi and other guests pass a Christmas tree to take part in an Israeli wedding ceremoney in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. For the past month, Israelis long accustomed to traveling incognito, if at all, to Arab countries, have made themselves at home in the UAE’s commercial hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was a scene that just a few months ago would have been unthinkable. As Emiratis in flowing white robes and headdresses looked on, the Israeli bride and groom were hoisted on the shoulders of skullcap-wearing groomsmen and carried toward the dance floor, where dozens joined the throng swaying and singing in Hebrew.

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25 settler attacks on Palestinians reported since teen died in police chase

As Jerusalem and West Bank boil with protests over police’s alleged role in death of Ahuvia Sandak, Yesh Din rights group reports increase in assaults

Demonstrators holds placards showing Ahuvia Sandak as they protest against his death in a car crash during a police chase last week, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on December 29, 2020. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Muataz Qasrawi said he was at home with his family on Thursday night when rocks began crashing through the windows.

“Around eight settlers emerged from the olive trees. They threw stones into our house. We have small children living here: a week-old baby, a young girl, a boy who’s only six months old, a ten-year-old,” Qasrawi, a resident of the West Bank village of Huwarra, said in a phone call with The Times of Israel.

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Set to amend ‘pay to slay,’ PA hopes Biden will shun law deeming PLO ‘terrorist’

Palestinians aim to fundamentally change relationship with US when new president takes office, hope to reopen PLO office in DC, including by overcoming a US law that hinders ties

Then-US vice president Joseph Biden, left, walks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 10, 2010. (AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

NEW YORK — With just three weeks until US President-elect Joe Biden enters the White House, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is putting together a strategy for a reset of ties with Washington after three years of boycotting the Trump administration.

The centerpiece of the effort will be convincing the Biden administration to designate as unconstitutional congressional legislation from 1987 that labeled the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) “and its affiliates” a terror group, senior Palestinian officials told The Times of Israel.

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Chief justice decries ‘politicization’ of judiciary as new judges sworn in

Esther Hayut alleges government efforts to interfere with judicial appointments panel for ‘ulterior motives,’ in criticism appeared aimed at lawmakers from Netanyahu’s Likud party

Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut on Thursday implicitly accuse the government of seeking to meddle in judicial appointments, in criticism that appeared aimed at lawmakers from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for new judges, Hayut said “there were those who tried to thwart” the work of the Judicial Appointments Committee for “ulterior motives.”

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The Lesson Of 2020: What’s The Point Of Pointing Out The Hypocrisy?

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog,

I’ve been on vacation in Mexico for the past two weeks. But that isn’t the reason content from me has been scarcer than normal. Yes, vacations are supposed to be for recharging and taking a break from your routine.

But as I sat down to write this morning the overwhelming sense of futility washed over me. And nothing saps your will to work more than reading through the headlines and noting the complete lack of conscience on display by the media, our political leadership or frankly anyone with half a brain.

We live in a world today where the legislature of one of the most important states in the Union, Pennsylvania, released a report where more than 200,000 votes were counted than were actually cast. And no one in our media seems to think this is news.

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Eastern Caribbean Issues Rare Volcano Alert

Rarely do we hear about volcanoes in the eastern Caribbean, but this week, rumblings from down under prompted officials to issue volcanic alerts in Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

On Tuesday, warnings were issued for La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines after tremors, powerful gas emissions and a new volcanic dome were observed. 

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) said that scientists observed an “effusive eruption within the crater, with visible gas and steam.”

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More Than Half Of Chinese Adults Overweight As Obesity Becomes Latest Health Crisis

The prevalence of obesity has become a worldwide phenomenon, and in China, the world’s most populous country, adults are becoming increasingly overweight. 

It seems that over the last few decades, China has “absorbed” the best the “West” has had to offer, which includes fast-food restaurants, credit cards, smartphones, apps, and also all the stolen intellectual property, but at the same time imported the worst. 

We outlined in 2013 that American influence (“lazy lifestyles”) was quickly spreading across China, creating a massive and unspoken diabetes crisis.  

Fast forward seven years later, shocking new statistics show the percentage of overweight Chinese adults has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, according to BBC News

China’s National Health Commission wrote in a new report that in 2002, 29% of adults were overweight. As of 2020, the figure is now 50% of adults are classified as overweight, of whom 16.4% are obese. 

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The Year In Review: 2020 In 20 Visualizations

Authored by Nick Routley via VisualCapitalist.com,

Can you remember a year more life-changing than 2020?

Over a million lives were lost in the pandemic, oil prices turned negative, and protests swept the streets. At the same time, 10 years of technology advancements seemed to happen in mere months—and now vaccinations are rolling out at a record speed.

Below, we round up some of the year’s biggest news events with charts and visualizations.

The Year in Review: 2020 in 20 Visualizations

Graphic #1   ⟩⟩   January 2020 – Australian Bushfires

For some in the Southern Hemisphere who ushered in the new year first, it started on fire.

Reuters assessed the scale of the damage caused by bushfires across Australia. In fact, total burned areas reached 18.6 million hectares (186,000km²) by March, bigger than the total land mass of entire countries like Cuba.

Here’s the damage done in the state of New South Wales alone, compared to previous years:

 
While bushfires are common in Australia, this year, dry conditions fueled the flames. The fires raged for nearly 80 days, displacing or killing nearly 3 billion animals—a devastating biodiversity loss for the country.
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Fake Pastors Swindle Churchgoers In $28 Million FX/Crypto Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges against two Maryland companies and their principals allegedly defrauding more than 1,000 investors in a $28 million Ponzi scheme. 

The SEC first filed the complaint against 1st Million LLC and Smart Partners LLC, and their principals, Dennis Jali, John Frimpong, and Arley Johnson, in August, for defrauding 1,200 investors, many of which were “African immigrants.” 

The complaint said the trio “exploited common ancestry and/or religious affiliations to earn investors’ trust. Many of the investors were health care workers and/or members of churches attended by Jali, Frimpong, and/or Johnson.” 

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2020’s Bio-Economic World War: Communist China Lied; Millions Of Humans Died

Authored by Austin Bay via The Epoch Times,

The Chinese Communist Party’s COVID-19/Wuhan virus disinformation campaign (cover-up) rates as 2020’s biggest Big Lie. By any measure, especially body count, the CCP committed 2020’s most consequential and deadliest falsehood.

The following analysis summarizes decisions and actions by China’s communist rulers from December 2019’s final days through the end of January 2020, when U.S. President Donald Trump shut down air travel between mainland China and America.

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