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Palestinians: Israeli Troops Kill 10 In West Bank Violence




JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, WEST — According to Palestinian officials, Israeli forces killed at least nine Palestinians and injured several others in a large-scale raid Thursday in the occupied West Bank. After the deadliest single operation in the territory in 20 years, Palestinian leaders broke security ties with Israel, which could lead to more violence.

In a separate incident, the Israeli military fatally shot a 22-year-old Palestinian.

The raid in the Jenin refugee camp raises the prospect of a major flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian fighting, puts Israel’s new hardline government to the test, and casts doubt on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned trip to the region next week.

In an effort to stop Islamic militants, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority said they would cut security ties. This raised the stakes. Previous such efforts have failed, partly due to the benefits the authority derives from the relationship but also due to US and Israeli pressure to keep it going.

The move makes people worry that Islamist militant groups won’t be stopped from attacking and that the Israeli army will have to do more raids on its own.

Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules Gaza, has threatened retaliation for the raid. In the past, when violence got worse in the West Bank, rockets were fired back from the Gaza Strip.


Palestinian Troops On High Alert

Israeli troops were on high alert in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza. Protesters poured into the territory’s streets, chanting in solidarity with Jenin. Palestinians in the refugee camp dug a mass grave for the deceased, and Abbas declared three days of mourning, with flags flying at half-staff.

According to Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, Abbas decided to reduce security coordination “in light of repeated aggression against our people and the undermining of signed agreements,” referring to commitments made during the Oslo peace process in the 1990s. He also said that the Palestinians planned to complain to the Security Council of the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and other international groups.

The last time the PA cut security cooperation with Israel was in 2020. This was in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to annex the occupied West Bank, which would make it impossible to have a Palestinian state in the future. Six months later, however, the PA resumed cooperation, indicating the importance of the relationship and Palestinian relief at the election of President Joe Biden.

According to Barbara Leaf, the top US diplomat for the Middle East, the administration is deeply concerned about the situation, and civilian casualties reported in Jenin are “quite regrettable.” However, she said the Palestinian announcement to halt security cooperation with Israel was a mistake.

“We do not believe this is the appropriate step to take at this time,” she told reporters.

palestinian International Criminal Court Is Problematic

According to Leaf, the Palestinian pledge to take the matter to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court is also problematic.

“We want to see them go in the opposite direction,” she added, “and they have to engage with each other.”

The Israeli military launched a rare daytime operation in the refugee camp on Thursday, claiming it was to prevent an imminent attack on Israelis. The camp, where the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group has a significant presence, has been the target of near-daily Israeli arrest raids.

Palestinians identified at least one of the dead as a militant, but it was unclear how many others were associated with armed groups.

Later in the day, Israeli forces fatally shot a 22-year-old Palestinian, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, as Palestinians protested Thursday’s raid north of Jerusalem.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have risen since Israel increased raids in the West Bank last spring in response to a wave of Palestinian attacks.

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Israelis Who Murder Palestinians Will Get Immunity

Israel’s new national security minister, far-right politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who wants to give Israeli soldiers who shoot Palestinians legal immunity, posted a video of himself triumphantly beaming. He praised security forces, saying the government “backs our fighters in the war against terrorists.”

The raid left a trail of destruction in Jenin. The apparent target of the operation, a two-story building, was a charred wreck. The military claimed it entered the building to detonate the alleged explosives of the suspects.

During the fighting, Palestinian Health Minister May Al-Kaila said paramedics struggled to reach the wounded, while Jenin Governor Akram Rajoub said the military prevented emergency workers from evacuating them.

Both accused the military of firing tear gas into a hospital’s pediatric ward, causing children to choke. A hospital video showed women carrying children into a corridor.

According to the military, forces closed roads to facilitate their operation, which may have complicated rescue efforts, and tear gas was likely blown into the hospital from nearby clashes.

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Officials Investigating Deaths

Magda Obaid, 61, was identified as the victim by the Palestinian Health Ministry, and the Israeli military said it was investigating her death. Health officials identified eight other men who died as men aged 18 to 40. One of the dead, Izz al-Din Salahat, was identified as a fighter by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, an armed militia affiliated with Fatah, the secular political party that controls the Palestinian Authority. According to the ministry, at least 20 people were injured.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, May 14, 2021, will be the deadliest day in the West Bank since 2002. Thirteen Palestinians were killed in various clashes that day. However, Thursday marked the single bloodiest incursion since 2002, during the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, which left scars visible in Jenin.

“We request that the international community assist Palestinians in their fight against this extremist right-wing government and protect our citizens,” Jenin governor Rajoub said.

The violence has “deeply alarmed and saddened” United Nations Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland, who has urged calm. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Turkey, which recently reestablished full diplomatic ties with Israel, condemned the attack, as did neighboring Jordan.

Tensions over violence in the West Bank have previously spilled over into Gaza.

“The resistance’s response to what happened today in the Jenin camp will not be delayed,” warned top Hamas official Saleh Arouri.

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Dozens Of People Killed

The coastal enclave’s Islamic Jihad branch has repeatedly fought Israel, most recently in a three-day clash last summer that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

According to B’Tselem, nearly 150 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank and east Jerusalem last year, making 2022 the deadliest year in those areas since 2004. 30 Palestinians have been killed this year.

According to Israel, the majority of those killed were militants. However, youths protesting the incursions and others not involved in the clashes have also been killed. One-third of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops or civilians this year, not including Thursday, had ties to armed groups.

Last year, 30 Palestinians were killed in attacks on Israelis.

Israel claims its raids are intended to dismantle militant networks and prevent attacks. According to the Palestinians, the agreement cements Israel’s 55-year-long occupation of the West Bank, which Israel captured along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians want those areas for their future state.

Israel has built dozens of settlements in the West Bank, which now house 500,000 people. Even though peace talks have been stalled for more than a decade, the Palestinians and much of the international community see settlements as illegal and an impediment to peace.




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Indonesia’s Marapi Volcano Erupts For The Second Day As 12 Climbers Remain Missing




PADANG, Indonesia – Officials in Indonesia paused the search for 12 climbers on Monday when Mount Merapi volcano erupted again, sending a huge burst of scorching ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air.

The deaths of 11 climbers were discovered earlier in the day while searching for the missing, but efforts to locate them were hampered by the resumed activity, according to West Sumatra’s Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik. He stated that the search would restart whenever conditions improved.

The agency shared a video of rescuers escorting an injured climber on a stretcher off the mountain and into a waiting ambulance to be brought to the hospital.


On Sunday, Marapi erupted, unleashing clouds of burning ash.

Since 2011, the volcano has remained at the third highest of four alert levels, indicating above-normal volcanic activity, prohibiting climbers and villagers from approaching the peak within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), according to Hendra Gunawan, the head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation.

“This means there should be no climbing to the peak,” Gunawan explained, adding that climbers were only permitted below the danger zone, “but sometimes many of them broke the rules to fulfill their satisfaction to climb further.”

On Saturday, over 75 climbers began their ascent of the nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) mountain and became stranded. Rescuers saved 52 people, including three on Monday. According to Hari Agustian, an official with the local Search and Rescue Agency in Padang, the West Sumatra provincial capital, eight of those rescued Sunday were transported to hospital with burns, and one suffered a fractured leg.

Before beginning their ascent, all climbers registered at two command stations or online with West Sumatra’s conservation office, according to Agustian. When asked how many individuals may be stranded, he claimed it couldn’t be confirmed because some may have taken unauthorized routes up the mountain, and residents may have also been present.

During Sunday’s eruption, Marapi erupted thick ash columns as high as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), and heated ash clouds extended for miles. Tons of volcanic debris buried nearby villages and cities. According to a social media video, volcanic dust and rain covered the faces and hair of evacuated climbers.

Authorities provided masks and urged inhabitants to wear eyeglasses to protect themselves from volcanic ash as falling ash blanketed several communities and obstructed sunlight.


Rubai and Gobah Cumantiang, the nearest villages about 5 to 6 kilometers (3.1 to 3.7 miles) from the peak, are home to approximately 1,400 people.

According to Gunawan, the Sunday eruption was not preceded by a large rise in volcanic earthquakes. Deep volcanic earthquakes were only detected three times between November 16 and Sunday, while the peak’s deformation equipment or tiltmeter revealed a horizontal pattern on the radial axis and a small inflation on the tangential axis.

“This shows that the eruption process is taking place quickly and the center of pressure is very shallow, around the peak,” the scientist stated.


According to Gunawan, Marapi has erupted on average every 2 to 4 years since 2004.

Gunawan added that this eruption was not the result of magma movement and that marapi eruptions are typically sudden and challenging to detect using equipment because the source is close to the surface.

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that left no one dead. It is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is vulnerable to seismic activity due to its placement on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircles the Pacific Basin.


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Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press




Are you adept at flirting or chatting up possible partners? If this is the case, you may already have rizz and be unaware of it.

Young folks utilize the Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm.

It was one of eight words chosen from a shortlist to define the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.

A public poll was used to narrow down the list before Oxford lexicographers made the ultimate selection.

Swiftie, Beige Flag, and Situationship were among the other contenders.

If you are not a member of Generation Z, the term may be meaningless to you.

However, it is widely utilized online, with billions of views of the hashtag “rizz” on TikTok.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

It is described as style, charm, or attractiveness, as well as the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, by Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary [OED].

The word “charisma” is assumed to be a shorter variant of “charisma.”

It can also be used as a verb, as in “to frizz up,” which means “to attract, seduce, or chat up someone.”

It’s essentially a modern version of the “game,” described as skill, proficiency, and the capacity to sexually entice people through one’s charm.


What do the shorlisted words mean?

Beige flag (n.): a character feature that indicates that a partner or possible partner is boring or lacks creativity; (also) a quality or habit, especially of a partner or potential mate, that is very distinctive but not good or bad. [proposed definition]

A situationship (n.) is a romantic or sexual relationship that is not formal or established.

Swiftie (n.): a devoted follower of Taylor Swift. [proposed definition]

Prompt (n.): a command issued to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, or the like that affects or influences the content it generates [draft definition]

De-influencing (n.): the activity of deterring individuals from purchasing specific things or pushing people to consume less material goods, particularly through social media [draft definition]

The Oxford University Press emphasized that lexicographers are writing a draft definition “for the Word of the Year campaign” and that terms without draft definitions are already in the OED.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

The rest of the words will be included in dictionaries “after assessment of their longevity, frequency, and breadth of usage,” according to the statement.

Kai Cenat, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber is widely credited with popularizing the term rizz, which he used with his buddies.

The word’s popularity has grown this year, and in June, actor Tom Holland was asked by Buzzfeed about the secret to his frizz.

Holland responded, “I have no rizz at all.” “I have limited rizz,” he says before detailing how he won his fiancée Zendaya over by playing the “long game.”


Another slang term characterizing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behavior that was last year’s Oxford word of the year was “goblin mode.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, stated that while “goblin mode” was popular following the epidemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront.”

He speculated that the word referred to “a prevailing mood of 2023, where more of us are opening up after a challenging few years and finding confidence in who we are.”

Mr. Grathwohl said that the increased use of the word frizz demonstrated that words and phrases derived from online culture “are increasingly becoming part of the day-to-day vernacular.”

The language specialists at Oxford University Press chose the selection of eight words.

This list was then subjected to a public vote in late November, narrowing the field to four finalists before the experts decided.

Collins Dictionary revealed “artificial intelligence” as the word of 2023 in November.


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Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs




Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has resigned from the inter-governmental group planning the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, describing it as a “pointless talkfest” and a “dysfunctional farce.”

It is the first substantial divide for the organizers, whom the International Olympic Committee chose to host the 2032 Summer Olympics in 2021.

The so-called Leaders’ Forum, which includes officials from all three levels of government and various organizations, is intended to deliver the Olympics while leaving a legacy for Queensland. Its mandate is to collaborate with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Queensland state government to “progress the significant venues, villages, and transportation infrastructure” for the Games.

However, Schrinner claimed that the committee was meant to “place key stakeholders while the state government made all the real decisions behind closed doors.”


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

“The truth is that we’ve always wanted to be team players. On Sunday, Schrinner stated, “The state government wanted to play politics.”

He advocated for creating an independent authority, similar to the one that oversaw preparations for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the London Olympics in 2012, to bring planning “back on track.”

“We don’t need overpriced stadiums, we need better transport,” Schrinner said. “This week it became very apparent that the Intergovernmental Leaders’ Forum is a dysfunctional farce.”

According to Schrinner, sports have become “more about overpriced stadiums.”
A $2.7 billion US makeover of the existing Gabba stadium in inner-city Brisbane, which would be dismantled and rebuilt, is intended to be the centerpiece of an Olympics with sites around southeast Queensland. However, Schrinner suggested that alternative options be investigated.

He was particularly critical of the state government’s proposals for Brisbane City Council to contribute $91 million to upgrade another local stadium, the RNA Showgrounds, to host cricket and Australian Rules football while the Gabba is redeveloped.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

A 20,000-person stadium will be built within the showgrounds for the next five years to house the Brisbane Lions AFL teams and the Brisbane Heat cricket club. Schrinner resigned in response to the state government’s request for a financial commitment from the city for a temporary cricket and AFL site.

“The state government’s game playing is jeopardizing the games and they are quickly losing the support of the people of Queensland,” Schrinner said in a statement. “It’s clear that the games have become more about overpriced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions.”

Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe expressed surprise at Schrinner’s decision to resign. If he chooses to return, a place will be reserved for him.

Queensland will have council elections in March of next year. Schrinner’s conservative Liberal National Party alliance and the opposition Australian Labor Party had previously backed the Gabba renovation.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

The Greens’ candidate for mayor of Brisbane, Jonathan Sriranganathan, has stated that if elected, his party would oppose the demolition and rebuilding of the Gabba. He called it a “deplorable waste of money” and a “bad deal for our city.”


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