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Why Israel is right to ban Al Jazeera and why the move is long overdue

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A few weeks ago, an Arab terrorist fatally stabbed two police officers, for no reason, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. This led to Israel placing metal detectors on the Temple Mount’s entrances, which sparked outrage, riots and violence from Palestinians and other Arab groups.

I guess they were upset because it would hinder their ability to kill Jews, but what do I know?

So, Israel ended up caving and taking down the metal detectors, in order to quell the riots as best as possible.

The next week, an Arab terrorist broke into a home on Friday night in Samaria and killed three people, celebrating both the Shabbat and the birth of a new baby boy.

But, as expected, Al Jazeera, in its classic pandering to the Muslim cause, covered the events and variables surrounding the riots and violence in an incredibly dubious way. So, on Sunday, as World Israel News reports, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara officially requested to revoke Al Jazeera’s press credentials and close its Jerusalem headquarters.

Al Jazeera’s own site claims that Amnesty International stated on Monday that this move sends a “chilling message that Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage. This is a brazen attack on media freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

But Kara doesn’t buy this argument. “I speak Arabic,” Kara stated, “and you cannot fool me with Al Jazeera English. I know how to identify when a report becomes incitement instead of freedom of expression.” Kara concluded that the network does nothing less than support terrorism. The Jerusalem Post reported that Kara stated, “Our citizens’ security and welfare overcomes freedom and expression in times of terror, period.”

In addition, John Rossomando of The Algemeiner states that many of Al Jazeera’s employees have “actively supported Al Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist groups.” Al Jazeera also took credit for the Arab Spring of 2011, when the Muslim Brotherhood took control from Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and other regime changes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, most of which turned out to welcome terror regimes running those countries. The network has also praised Palestinian suicide bombers as “martyrs.” The article states as well that “the Muslim Brotherhood shapes Al Jazeera’s narrative.”

Ironically, Israel is not the first country to pull the cord on Al Jazeera. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries have done the same. Vox reported that Al Jazeera is owned by Qatar, which has had its diplomatic ties cut by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries for its ties to Iran.

Good for Israel for finally cutting the cord on a network that promotes nothing but violence and terror. Although the Palestinian Authority and Hamas both will not recognize Israel, and both lionize and pay stipends to terrorists, at least Israel has the control to pull a major cog out of the wheel of promoting terror.

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Jeremy Frankel is a Human Resource Coordinator based in New Jersey. An Orthodox Jew, he is also a writer for The Daily Wire and Red Alert Politics. You can follow him on Twitter at @frankeljeremy.

Entertainment and Sports

LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Guns and Crime

Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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