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The Daily Brief: Nation of Israel Accused of Legalizing Apartheid

Story Headline: Human Rights Watch bases claims on Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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Summary

  • Human Rights Watch (HRW), a preeminent international human rights advocacy organization, has accused Israel of committing “crimes against humanity” in its legalized disenfranchisement of Palestinians.
  • In a 213 page report, Israel is accused of perpetrating apartheid and discrimination through its single authority rule over two distinct groups in disputed territories.
  • The report profiles the West Bank as an example, with Israelis living in a civil legal system while Palestinians live under military rule.
  • Although HRW does not specifically liken Israel to South Africa, some international observers have noted the similarities in rule based on notions of ethnic supremacy.
  • Israel vehemently denies the accusations, citing HRW’s long standing refusal to acknowledge the security threats that Israelis live under.
  • The report calls for an international commission to further evaluate and propose possible sanctions, including travel bans and the freezing of assets.
  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain inconclusive, and the goal of Palestinian statehood far from certain.  

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Human Rights Watch

The New York Times

National Public Radio

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Hong Kong Leader Warns Bar Association of Government Intervention

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  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the administrative region’s top legal body, the Bar Association, of government intervention.
  • The warning comes after the Association’s Chairman Paul Harris, a British-born human rights lawyer, criticized the jailing of pro-democracy activists and politicians. 
  • Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have labelled Harris an “anti-China politician with intimate foreign connections” and some government officials have even suggested removing him from his position as chairman.
  • This month, 10 pro-democracy figures were convicted of organizing or attending unauthorised assemblies in Hong Kong, including a defendant being represented by Harris. Prominent leaders convicted include media mogul Jimmy Lai, former politician Lee Cheuk-yan, and Hong Kong’s “father of democracy” Martin Lee. 
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Biden To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors By Executive Order

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  • US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage of federal contractors from $10.95/hour to $15/hour.
  • The raise will go into effect January of 2022, and agencies will have until March to implement the order.
  • The measure will also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 by 2024, and will ensure tipped workers on federal contracts earn the same minimum wage as other employees on federal contracts.

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Three Killed in Burkina Faso By Terrorists While Filming Documentary

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  • Two journalists from Spain and a local Irish national were killed in Burkina Faso this week after an abduction by alleged militant Islamist groups. 
  • The journalists David Berian and Roberto Fraile were in the midst of filming an anti-poaching documentary near the Pama Reserve before the attack, resulting in brutal injuries and seized vehicles and weapons. 
  • The Burkinabe government this attack was one of several that occured in the area, adding onto the growing number of violent jihadest attacks in the area, and making Burkina Faso “one of the world’s most acute humanitarian crises” as stated by the United nations
  • The attackers which were deemed “terrorists” by the government have yet to come forward and take accountability for the attack. 

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France Urges And Issues Warnings Over UK Over Brexit Commitments

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  • With the upcoming Brexit trade deal vote, France warned the United Kingdom that it would enforce regulations against their continued business with the European Union if they didn’t honor previous comments made about fishing. 
  • The Brexit deal outlined providing fishing access after French citizens argued the difficulties of obtaining licenses for fishing on British Waters. 
  • French Junior Minister and important member of the French Government Clement Beaune stated that the “U.K. must deliver licenses” and failure to comply will result in “retaliation measures.”
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson supports measures implemented, stating back in December that the U.K. has “taken back control of it’s laws and [its] destiny.” 

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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