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Anti-Israel Social Justice Activist Shaun King Gets Banned From Instagram

Left-wing activist Shaun King. Photo: Roman Iwasiwka/Flickr.

Prominent left-wing and anti-Israel activist Shaun King had his Instagram account blocked on Monday after repeatedly posting pro-Hamas content on the social media app as well as posts criticizing Israel’s military campaign against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

The well-known Black Lives Matter activist, who had 6 million followers on the Meta-owned social media application, posted a video message on a friend’s Instagram account about being banned. In the clip, he also accused Israel of committing a genocide in Gaza during its ongoing war against Hamas terrorists controlling the region, a military campaign that twas launched in response to the horrific Hamas terrorist attack in southern Israel on Oct. 7, where 1,400 civilians were killed and 240 others were kidnapped.

“I’ve been through hard times. This is not hard times. Hard times is Gaza right now,” said King, 44, in the video. He further claimed that Meta, Instagram and Facebook — another social media platform owned by Meta — “have decided to stand in the way of those of us fighting for the human rights and dignity of Palestinians.” King’s Facebook account remains active as of Monday and he continues to repost messages critical of Israel on X/Twitter.

The activist added that he would like to get his Instagram account back “but not if that means compromising my values, speaking up for Palestinians.” He also said he is speaking with “attorneys and other people involved” about being booted from Instagram.

In the caption for the video, King said he is “frustrated” by being banned “for fighting for Palestine” and continued to rail against Israel for allegedly carrying out “genocide and the war crimes in Gaza and the West Bank.” He added, “You can NEVER mince words about genocide. You can never mince words about war crimes.”

King has repeatedly bashed Israel for its military actions after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack and even shared Hamas propaganda videos claiming that the hostages were being treated kindly. He also falsely claimed in late October that he played a part in the release of Natalie Raanan, 17, and her mother, Judith Tai Raanan, two Americans taken hostage by Hamas on Oct. 7  and held in captivity in the Gaza Strip for nearly two weeks before being released.

“First and foremost, we make it clear that he is lying!” Raanan family members wrote in a statement. “Our family does not and did not have anything to do with him, neither directly nor indirectly. Not to him and not to anything he claims to represent.”

In late November, King shared on social media a video of a Hamas shooting attack targeting Israeli civilians in Jerusalem but the caption claimed that the video showed Israelis shooting Palestinians in the West Bank. The video remains on his X account as of Monday, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Even before the start of the Israel-Hamas war, King has repeatedly promoted hatred towards and violence against Israel, while also making other offensive comments targeting the Jewish community. He has accused Israel of apartheid; claimed on social media that the Holocaust is only considered important because its victims were Europeans, defended Nation of Islam leader and notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan, and promoted the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Also on Monday, pro-Palestinian activist Mohammed el-Kurd — who has been promoted antisemitism, anti-Zionism and antisemitic tropes about Israel — had his X account removed.

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Israeli Official: ‘Important Operation’ in Yemen Sends Strong Message to Shiite Axis

Drones are seen at a site at an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on April 20, 2023. Photo: Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS

i24 NewsA senior Israeli security official spoke to i24NEWS on Saturday on condition of the retaliatory strike carried out by the Israel Air Force against the Houthi jihadists in Yemen.

“This is an important operation which signals that there’s room for further escalation, and sends a very strong message to the entire Shiite axis.”

“We understood there is a high probability of counter attacks, but if we do not respond, the meaning is even worse. Israel has updated the US prior to the operation.”

The strike on Hodeida came after long-range Iranian-made drone hit a building in central Tel Aviv, killing one man and wounded several others.

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IDF Confirms Striking ‘Terrorist Houthi Regime’ in Yemen’s Hodeida

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi addresses followers via a video link at the al-Shaab Mosque, formerly al-Saleh Mosque, in Sanaa, Yemen, Feb. 6, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

i24 NewsThe Israeli military on Saturday confirmed striking a port in Yemen controlled by the Houthi jihadists, a day after the Iranian proxy group perpetrated a deadly drone attack on Tel Aviv.

“A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck military targets of the Houthi terrorist regime in the area of the Al Hudaydah Port in Yemen in response to the hundreds of attacks carried out against the State of Israel in recent months.”

After Houthi drone attack on Tel Aviv, reports and footage out of Yemen of air strikes hitting Hodeida

— Video used in accordance with clause 27A of Israeli copyright law pic.twitter.com/d2uE16ZzQ1

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) July 20, 2024

Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, issued a statement saying “The fire that is currently burning in Hodeidah, is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear. The Houthis attacked us over 200 times. The first time that they harmed an Israeli citizen, we struck them. And we will do this in any place where it may be required.”

“The blood of Israeli citizens has a price,” Gallant added. “This has been made clear in Lebanon, in Gaza, in Yemen, and in other places – if they will dare to attack us, the result will be identical.”

Gallant: ‘The fire currently burning in Hodeida is seen across the region and the significance is clear… The blood of Israeli citizens has a price, as has been made clear in Lebanon, in Gaza, in Yemen and in other places – if they dare attack us, the result will be identical.’ pic.twitter.com/DmHjwfHtPV

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) July 20, 2024

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One Part of Cyprus Mourns, the Other Rejoices 50 Years After Split

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves after attending a military parade to mark the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus in response to a short-lived Greek-inspired coup, in the Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, in the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus July 20, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Greek Cypriots mourned and Turkish Cypriots rejoiced on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of part of the island after a brief Greek inspired coup, with the chances of reconciliation as elusive as ever.

The ethnically split island is a persistent source of tension between Greece and Turkey, which are both partners in NATO but are at odds over numerous issues.

Their differences were laid bare on Saturday, with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attending a celebratory military parade in north Nicosia to mark the day in 1974 when Turkish forces launched an offensive that they call a “peace operation.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due later on Saturday to attend an event in the south of the Nicosia to commemorate what Greeks commonly refer to as the “barbaric Turkish invasion.” Air raid sirens sounded across the area at dawn.

Mitsotakis posted an image of a blood-stained map of Cyprus on his LinkedIn page with the words “Half a century since the national tragedy of Cyprus.”

There was jubilation in the north.

“The Cyprus Peace Operation saved Turkish Cypriots from cruelty and brought them to freedom,” Erdogan told crowds who gathered to watch the parade despite stifling midday heat, criticizing the south for having a “spoiled mentality” and seeing itself as the sole ruler of Cyprus.

Peace talks are stalled at two seemingly irreconcilable concepts – Greek Cypriots want reunification as a federation. Turkish Cypriots want a two-state settlement.

Erdogan left open a window to dialogue although he said a federal solution, advocated by Greek Cypriots and backed by most in the international community, was “not possible.”

“We are ready for negotiations, to meet, and to establish long-term peace and resolution in Cyprus,” he said.

Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, but a shared administration between Greek and Turkish Cypriots quickly fell apart in violence that saw Turkish Cypriots withdraw into enclaves and led to the dispatch of a U.N. peacekeeping force.

The crisis left Greek Cypriots running the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004 with the potential to derail Turkey’s own decades-long aspirations of joining the bloc.

It also complicates any attempts to unlock energy potential in the eastern Mediterranean because of overlapping claims. The region has seen major discoveries of hydrocarbons in recent years.

REMEMBERING THE DEAD

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides, whose office represents the Greek Cypriot community in the reunification dialogue, said the anniversary was a somber occasion for reflection and for remembering the dead.

“Our mission is liberation, reunification and solving the Cyprus problem,” he said. “If we really want to send a message on this tragic anniversary … it is to do anything possible to reunite Cyprus.”

Turkey, he said, continued to be responsible for violating human rights and international law over Cyprus.

Across the south, church services were held to remember the more than 3,000 people who died in the Turkish invasion.

“It was a betrayal of Cyprus and so many kids were lost. It wasn’t just my son, it was many,” said Loukas Alexandrou, 90, as he tended the grave of his son at a military cemetery.

In Turkey, state television focused on violence against Turkish Cypriots prior to the invasion, particularly on bloodshed in 1963-64 and in 1967.

Turkey’s invasion took more than a third of the island and expelled more than 160,000 Greek Cypriots to the south.

Reunification talks collapsed in 2017 and have been at a stalemate since. Northern Cyprus is a breakaway state recognized only by Turkey, and its Turkish Cypriot leadership wants international recognition.

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