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Israeli police attack Palestinians to protest expulsions

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 23 runners were injured when Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades at an activist-organised run in solidarity with Palestinian families facing forced expulsion in occupied East Jerusalem

Hundreds of runners took part in the event on Friday which began in Sheikh Jarrah and ended 3.5km (2 miles) away in Silwan. Dozens of Palestinians living in the two neighborhoods face the threat of losing their homes to Israeli settlers.

Reporting from East Jerusalem, said the runners were wearing white T-shirts with “7,850” printed on them, representing the number of people activists say are facing forced expulsion in the city.

Israeli security forces had attacked the protesters with stun grenades to disperse them, even though the run was peaceful.

“The young people were simply singing and cheering and were happy that they had done a marathon.

On social media, people posted videos of Israeli forces beating protesters.
One of the runners, Jalal Abu Khater, posted images of his bruised leg and tweeted: “I was beaten six times, attacked by Israeli forces, for running in my ancestral town & city.”

Protests in May against the forced expulsions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah frequently drew violent responses by the Israeli security forces.

On May 9, amid growing tensions, the Israeli High Court delayed a ruling on the expulsion of four Palestinian families. A new court date would be announced in 30 days, it said.

An Israeli crackdown on protesters also spread to Al-Aqsa Mosque, which Israeli security forces stormed several times during the holy month of Ramadan, wounding hundreds of Muslim worshippers.

Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules Gaza, fired several rockets at Israel on May 10 following the expiration of the group’s ultimatum demanding Israel stand down its security forces from the mosque compound.

Israel then bombarded Gaza for 11 days, killing at least 253 people, including 66 children. Rockets fired by armed groups in Gaza killed at least 12 people in Israel.

Rights groups say expulsions could still proceed in the coming months, potentially igniting another round of fighting.

Israeli rights group Ir Amim, which closely follows the court cases, estimates that at least 150 households in the neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan have been served with expulsion notices and are at various stages in a long legal process.

The settlers are using a 1970 law that allows Jews to reclaim properties lost during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation, a right denied to Palestinians who lost property in the same conflict, including Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.
Israel views the entire city as its capital, while Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Meanwhile, some 20 people were injured in separate demonstrations that took place on Friday against illegal Israeli military outposts and settlements near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

Covid-19 in India: A country struggling to breathe problem.

International help is being pledged for india, as it battles a ferocious second wave of coronavirus described by prime minister Narendra modi.
As a storm that has shaken the nation.

Covid-19 in india peoples facing breath problem

Covid-19 in India

Almost 350 000 new infections were recorded in india in the latest 24-hour period and 2767 people have died but experts say the actual numbers are
likely to be much higher, as the epidemic continues to grow hospitals are under intense pressure with shortages of beds and critical supplies including oxygen.

In the capital delhi covid is now killing one person every four minutes.
The capital is being ravaged at a frightening speed with every fire that burns india’s.

Self-belief is dying each funeral is a story of personal loss and national shame, charanjeev malothra has been helping to cremate the dead for
decades, now he barely ever stops working he says i’ve never seen such a terrifying situation i can’t believe that we’re in the capital of india.
People aren’t getting oxygen and they’re dying like animals.

He says we don’t even have enough resources to cremate them outside is on the phone organizing oxygen for the hospital she works in not nothing nothing is being done.

I don’t know government is sleeping or what they are doing i am
totally disheartened in the situation which i am seeing.

Government is a literal failure a person cannot live here in delhi, a person cannot even die peacefully in delhi.

She’s waiting to cremate her grandfather who died.
She says because there wasn’t enough oxygen this small hospital in north delhi.

Facing a daily struggle man we have been spending sleepless nights since last one week, i mean at times we feel like crying because we are not able to help the patient properly every day this is the same scenario.

We are left only with two hours of of the year three hours of death and we are only getting assurance from the system and so families are being told to organize oxygen. At one medical shop we found people with
empty cylinders waiting to buy their own supply for loved ones, who urgently need it.

For many here the government’s promises of rushing in oxygen are coming, too late families left asking why something so basic is unavailable every crematorium we’ve been to we’ve seen body after body being brought.

In it’s hard for anyone to keep count but what workers have been telling me is that the real scale of debts caused by covet 19 in india.

Is a lot higher than what official numbers reflect and a lot of those who died right now have done so, because they couldn’t get oxygen runs a group of volunteers here. Even young people are dying it’s a very bad situation
if it keeps getting worse we’ll have to burn bodies by the side of the road
he says.

There is a sense of abandonment in this country citizens are stepping up to do what a government should left to fight a vicious pandemic on their own
yogurt.

Well tonight a first shipment of british assistance to india is leaving the uk other countries are also pledging support our diplomatic correspondent
paul adams.

Is here in the studio what kinds of help is being sent for well michelle this was really the weekend when the world stood up and took notice of what’s going on in india, not least because a wildfire of infections like
that in a country as large as india 1.4 billion people is clearly not just a local danger it’s a global danger and given those numbers anything any
reaction seems like a bit of a drop in the bucket, but those offers are coming in the united united kingdom is sending 495 oxygen concentrators 140
ventilators and the foreign secretary dominic raab says there could be more
the eu has activated what it calls its civil protection mechanism where member countries pool their emergency supplies again with an emphasis on
oxygen and medicines and the us perhaps stung into action by moves on this side of the atlantic has said that it will immediately supply
the raw materials for vaccines and that’ll involve reversing some export
controls.

United states could supply india with some of its unused uh astrazeneca vaccines that’s a vaccine that has been approved has not yet been approved for use in the united states and it’s got lots of it and it doesn’t need it itself it’s already supplied.

Some of it to mexico and canada earlier in the year so it is coming under some pressure to do that for india as well.

PDM dares Imran to identify MNAs who ‘sold votes’

“Imran Khan has said on national media that his party members have sold their votes. Imran Khan used to say that in the past they had sacked 20 members from the party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. If he still stands by his words and if he is speaking the truth then I challenge him to tell the names of those MNAs and remove them from the parliament,” said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari while talking to reporters after his meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz along with a party delegation, hours after the prime minister’s address to the nation.

Earlier, Ms Nawaz had attended a meeting of the general council of her party which was also addressed by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif through video link from London, in which he once again delivered a hard-hitting speech and accused the “undemocratic forces” and “violators of the constitution” of “imposing an inexperienced and incompetent person on the nation” through fraudulent elections in 2018.

During the news conference with Mr Bhutto-Zardari, Ms Nawaz said that on one hand the prime minister was dubbing his party members as corrupt and thieves while on the other he was planning to seek a vote of confidence from the same members.

“With what face will you (PM) seek vote of confidence from those who, according to you, are available for sale,” she said.

Ms Nawaz said she had not heard the prime minister’s speech but people had told her that it was a speech by a “defeated person.” She said after his rejection by the members of his own party and “humiliating defeats” in the by-elections, the prime minister was fuming with anger and his state of mind was understandable.

Replying to a question about the prime minister’s criticism of the Election Commission of Pakistan, she said it was the same ECP which had been protecting the ruling party in the foreign funding case.

Asked what action the opposition parties had taken against their members who had ditched them during the vote of no-confidence motion against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani last year, the PPP chairman said like Mr Khan, they had never called their members “thieves”. However, they formed a committee and taken action over it.

Mr Bhutto Zardari said the PDM would soon decide about the place and timing for moving a no-confidence motion against the prime minister and claimed that at that time more members sitting on the treasury benches would support them. He said they had defeated a “puppet government” and the whole nation was celebrating the victory of Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in the Senate election.

Earlier, speaking at a news conference at Zardari House, the PPP chairman said that now the PDM would call the shots not Imran Khan who had lost confidence of his own members of the National Assembly. He said the democratic forces would now contest against this “selected and puppet government” for the Senate chairman office.

He said after the Senate defeat, the entire government addressed a press conference. He recalled that Imran Khan had once said that he would dissolve the government if the opposition won the Senate seat from Islamabad.

“Now he (PM) should have at least announced his own resignation,” he said.

The PPP chairman said Imran Khan now once again wanted to stage a drama in the next two days.

Responding to a question, he said they were in contact with their allies and Mr Gilani would be their candidate for the position of the Senate chairman.

He refuted the charge that the PPP had used money in the Senate poll and said Imran Khan had promised Rs500 million to every MNA of his party, adding that no one could compete the state in using money in elections.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari said every institution would have to remain within its own domain and the PPP had been struggling for it for the last three generations.

He said the “beginning of the end” had started for the government and it was “too late” for anyone to try to save the government now.

“Now this puppet show won’t continue, now this drama won’t continue,” he said.

He said Mr Gilani’s win had shown the world that the prime minister had lost the confidence of the National Assembly.

Pakistan still remain on FATF’s grey list until June

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Thursday said that Pakistan remains under “increased monitoring” when it comes to terror financing, therefore, it will remain on the grey list until June 2021.

The decision comes after a three-day virtual meeting of the FATF that began on February 22, during which steps taken by Pakistan against terror financing were reviewed.

Speaking via a live video link, the FATF President Dr Marcus Pleyer said that while FATF recognises Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts, there are still some serious deficiencies that the country needs to address.

“Out of the 27 conditions of the action plan, three still need to be addressed,” he said. “I recognise Pakistan’s efforts, and out of the six tasks that it had to complete, three had been done, but it substantially needs to work on the remaining three in terms of terror financing.”

Pleyer stressed that Pakistan must continue to work on the items that it has committed to and make sure that it meets all the requirements, adding that FATF will once again review Pakistan’s efforts in June 2021.

Replying to a question related to terrorists’ prosecution in Pakistan, he said that the body is “not an investigative organisation,” and that it “does not look at single incidents but takes a look at the entire framework” [to decide a country’s status].

He said that the risk of Pakistan being put on the blacklist had not gone, and that the country must continue to work on outstanding action points to fix its financial monitoring mechanisms.

“The deadline for Pakistan [to meet the 27 conditions] had expired, that is why the body had urged Pakistani authorities to ramp up their efforts in dealing with the items.”

Regarding India, he said that the country has been subjected to the “same rules as others,” adding that the watchdog would take a look at India when the time comes.

Pleyer added that FATF continues to monitor financial crimes and terror financing which have become more complicated due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Back in October 2020, FATF had acknowledged that of the 27 conditions that were put forth to Pakistan, 21 had been fulfilled while six were left.

At that time, Dr Pleyer had said that once the remaining six conditions are fulfilled, an “on-site visit” will be approved under which a team from the FATF will visit the country for the next review.

“Our discussions are confidential […] the members decided by consensus that Pakistan needs to complete these six items for an onsite visit to be granted.

Pakistan completed 90% of FATF’s requirements responding to the development, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said that Pakistan had completed as much as 90% of the FATF’s action plan.

The minister said that the FATF has acknowledged Pakistan’s high-level political commitment since 2018 that led to significant progress.

“It was also noted by FATF member countries that Pakistan is subject to perhaps the most challenging & comprehensive action plan ever given to any country,” he wrote on Twitter.

We are also subject to dual evaluation processes of FATF with differing timelines, the minister said.

“Pakistan remains committed to complying with both FATF evaluation processes and I would like to commend the hard work done by dedicated teams in multiple govt depts at Federal & provincial tiers,”.