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Harvard Student Group Attends Frenzied Pro-Hamas Protest at White House

An anti-Israel protester burns an Israeli flag in front of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on June 8, 2024. Photo: Aashish Kiphayet/NurPhoto via Reuters Connect

Members of a prominent Harvard University student group attended a virulently anti-Israel protest in Washington, DC that converged on the White House over the weekend. 

Harvard’s African and African American Resistance Organization (AFRO) sent a cohort of members to attend a Saturday demonstration outside the White House to protest Israel’s military operations against the Hamas terror group in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. The group claimed it attended the mass protest to demand an end to what it called a “genocide” of Palestinians.

“AFRO participated in another national mobilization of over 100,000 people against the genocide of the Palestinian people. The Biden administration’s red line was a fiction, and Israel continues to lay siege on Rafah,” the group wrote on Instagram. 

“If the White House will not drawn a red line, the people will continue to draw their’s [sic] until the complete and total liberation of Palestine,” AFRO continued.

Saturday’s anti-Israel protest in the US capital drew roughly 100,000 people from cities across the country. The protest, organized by the terrorist-connected Palestinian Youth Movement, attracted many demonstrators who explicitly expressed support for violence against Israel and the United States.

Warning: The below tweet contains explicit language.

Protester holding a “Stand with Hamas” outside the White House @FreeBeacon

— Tanner Nau (@tannernau15) June 8, 2024

Several attendants hoisted signs urging Americans to support Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that launched the ongoing war in Gaza by slaughtering roughly 1,200 people in southern Israel on Oct. 7. Other protesters called for Hezbollah, a Shia Muslim terrorist group based in Lebanon, to “kill another Zionist.”

A protester named Michael from Colorado praised the Oct. 7th terrorist attacks as a “brilliant raid” and referred to Hamas as “armed resistance.”

“I support by any means necessary what Hamas can do to resist the genocide that Israel and the Jews who do it. Yeah, the Jews,” Michael said. 

Harvard AFRO, a self-described “militant” activist group which advocates on behalf of black students, has faced an onslaught of allegations of antisemitism since the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel. Three days after the massacre, AFRO signed onto a letter condemning Israel and holding the Jewish state “entirely responsible for all the unfolding violence.” AFRO has helped spearhead many of the anti-Israel campus protests at Harvard in the eight months following the terrorist attacks on Israel. The group has also demanded that the university divest from companies tied to Israel and terminate partnerships with Israeli academic institutions. In an interview with Hamas-supporting journalist Rania Khalek, leaders of the group dismissed criticism of their conduct as “racist” and “anti-black.”

Harvard University has received widespread criticism over its soft-handed approach to antisemitic incidents on campus. Critics skewered the administration for allowing students to repeat chants calling for the elimination of the Jewish state. University donors, some of whom are Jewish, vowed to stop giving money to the school in response. The controversy over the university’s campus climate intensified when former Harvard President Claudine Gay told a US congressional committee that calling for a genocide of Jews living in Israel would only violate school rules “depending on the context.” Gay was subsequently removed from the presidency after conservative news outlets surfaced her long history of repeated plagiarism. 

Alan Garber took the helm from Gay and assembled an antisemitism task force in January to address the concerns of Jewish students and alumni. One of the task force co-chairs Derek Penslar, signed a letter accusing Israel of being an apartheid state. Another co-chair, business school professor Raffaella Sadun, immediately resigned for undisclosed reasons a month later.

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Missile Barrage Hits Northern Israel, Emergency Services Report

Firefighters respond to a fire near a rocket attack from Lebanon, amid ongoing cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, near Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, June 14, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israeli emergency services reported dealing with a string of fires in northern Israel on Friday after dozens of missiles were fired from southern Lebanon into the area around the border town of Kiryat Shemona.

The military said that warning sirens had sounded in northern Israel and emergency services said teams were searching the area, where they reported there was property damage but no casualties.

Television footage on Friday showed damaged buildings and cars as well as brush fires in several locations caused by strikes or falling debris amid heatwave conditions.

The Israeli military has exchanged regular fire with Hezbollah forces across the border in southern Lebanon ever since the start of the war in Gaza in October.

Neither side has appeared to wish a wider conflict, but there has been growing worry that the steady intensification of strikes could push the situation out of control with the risk of a wider conflict in a region that has already seen direct exchanges between Israel and Iran.

The latest salvo came after an Israeli strike killed a senior commander from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, drawing the heaviest bombardment of northern Israel since the start of the war in October last year.

Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated from their homes on both sides of the border, creating growing pressure to resolve the stand-off, but diplomatic efforts have so far proved fruitless.

On Friday, the Israeli military said fighter jets and anti-aircraft systems had intercepted 11 of the 16 drones launched by Hezbollah against Israel in the past 72 hours.

“The Israeli Air Force is continuing to operate at all times to thwart terrorist activities and protect Israel‘s skies from any threat,” it said in a statement.

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G7 Warns Iran Over Continuing Nuclear Program Escalation

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council President Charles Michel pose for a family photo as they arrive to attend a dinner at Swabian Castle in Brindisi, Italy, June 13, 2024. Photo: Italian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

The Group of Seven leaders warned Iran on Friday against advancing its nuclear enrichment program and said they would be ready to enforce new measures if Tehran were to transfer ballistic missiles to Russia, according to a draft communique.

“We urge Tehran to cease and reverse nuclear escalations, and stop the continuing uranium enrichment activities that have no credible civilian justifications,” the statement seen by Reuters said.

Iran has rapidly installed extra uranium-enriching centrifuges at its Fordow site and begun setting up others, a UN nuclear watchdog report said on Thursday.

Iran is now enriching uranium to up to 60 percent purity, close to the 90 percent of weapons grade, and has enough material enriched to that level, if enriched further, for three nuclear weapons, according to an IAEA yardstick.

Iran must engage in serious dialogue and provide convincing assurances that its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful, in full cooperation and compliance with the IAEA’s monitoring and verification mechanism, including the Board of Governors’ resolution of 5 June,” the G7 said.

Iran says its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

The leaders also warned Iran about concluding a deal to send ballistic missiles to Russia that would help it in its war against Ukraine, saying they were prepared to respond with significant measures if it were to happen.

“We call on Iran to stop assisting Russia’s war in Ukraine and not to transfer ballistic missiles and related technology, as this would represent a substantive material escalation and a direct threat to European security,” they said.

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Doorstep Postings: A midtown Toronto byelection play for Jewish votes brings out new accusations of Conservatives keeping a swindler’s list

This is a special edition of Doorstep Postings, the periodic political commentary column written by Josh Lieblein for The CJN. Voters in the St. Paul’s riding believe they’re living amidst Canada’s most consequential political happenings. Ottawa with its seething gossip, Quebec with its linguistic convulsions and the West with its populist stampedes are all considered child’s […]

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