Philadelphia To Launch Youth Program In Settlement With Starbucks Arrestees

Philadelphia has reached a settlement with Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson ― the two black men arrested in a city Starbucks last month ― agreeing to pay them each a symbolic $1 and pledging $200,000 toward launching a program for young entrepreneurs.

Wednesday’s settlement was reportedly rooted in a mutual desire to create something positive out of the April 12 event, which set off national outrage and anti-racism protests across Philadelphia.

“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the City in this productive manner,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wrote in a statement to HuffPost. “This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our City, pain that would’ve resurfaced over and over again in protracted litigation, which presents significant legal risks and high financial and emotional costs for everyone involved.” 

Officers handcuffed and detained Nelson and Robinson, both 23, after a Starbucks manager in the city’s upscale Rittenhouse Square neighborhood complained to police that they had refused to make a purchase or leave.

The men’s arrests were shared widely on social media, and they said they had been waiting for another man at the coffee shop for a business meeting about a real estate opportunity. Nelson and Robinson said they had only been in the Starbucks for two minutes when the manager called 911.

Their lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

The pair approached Kenney’s office about creating the $200,000 grant and will now serve on a committee to help establish the grant and award it, NBC News reported. The city’s finance department will create a budget to fund the grant and a curriculum that teaches public high school students about owning their own businesses. 

Starbucks is still planning to close more than 8,000 of its store locations on May 29 so employees can receive racial bias education.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Hungary’s ruling party plans to amend constitution to ban settlement of migrants

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party wants to amend the constitution to ensure that the EU cannot force the country to resettle migrants, Reuters reported. The amendment was submitted to parliament by Prime Minister Viktor Orban in 2016, but it failed to muster the required two-thirds majority after opposition party Jobbik blocked its passage. In the April 8 election, Orban’s party won a third straight term with more than two thirds of the seats, giving it the power to pass constitutional amendments. Fidesz lawmaker Mate Kocsis was quoted by MTI on Thursday, stating that the party also wants parliament to discuss a “Stop Soros” bill, which would tighten rules on non-governmental organisations, including those of Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros.

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Israel Continues to Block and Sabotage Peaceful settlement in Syria



 


It is well known that Israel has been supporting the so-called opposition operating in Syria in order to overthrow the legitimate government of Bashar Assad since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Another Tel Aviv’s goal here is to gain full control over the Golan Heights which Prime Minister B. Netanyahu is currently using to provide the militants from Syria with weapons.

Besides, the fighting jihadists striving to break the war-torn country are receiving medical care in Israeli hospitals. “Israel has been always stood by our side in a heroic way,” confirmed Moatasem al-Golani, the spokesman for the rebel group Liwa Fursan al-Joulan also known as Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s financial assistance, food and weapons supplies.”

To be noticed is that the Israel Defense Forces have set up special paramilitary training camps, both in terms of imparting military, paramilitary and terrorist skills and as an opportunity for radical indoctrination. According to Inside Syria Media Center’s military correspondents on the ground, the Israeli military has been providing weapons and ammunition as well as intelligence support and a full-scale air support.

Thus, Israeli AF (IAF) have carried out more than 100 airstrikes on Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army’s positions. Moreover, the IAF have intensified their activity by conducting an air attack on the Syrian airbase T-4 on April 9, and also on the Ash-Shayrat and Ad-Dumayr air bases on April 17, 2018.

Furthermore, there has recently appeared new evidence of Israel’s increasing supplies to the radicals affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). This assistance mainly consists of providing arms and weapons as well as money to buy ammo at the black market.

Local activists report that in late March – early April the contacts have intensified between the Israeli intelligence officers and the representatives of the Syrian armed groups acting in the area of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Israelis handed over to the militants some bags, boxes and cases, contents unknown, probably ammunitions, medicine and food rations.

We may propose it was the next batch of the so-called help to the Syrian militants controlled by Israel. Tel Aviv, thus, seeks to maximize the support in order to get them ready for an offensive of the Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah in the south of al-Quneitra Governorate.

Obviously, by supplying opposition groups in southern Syria, Israel aims to block and sabotage not only the peaceful settlement of the conflict but also the demilitarization of the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights in accordance with Agreement on Disengagement between Israel and Syria.











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Federal judge rules Indiana must accept settlement of Syrian refugees

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A federal judge ruled that the state of Indiana cannot block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state under an order from then Gov. Mike Pence (R).

In November 2015, Pence was part of a group of 16 governors who announced plans to block Syrian refugees from settling in their states in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris. All but one of the governors were Republicans.

The Indiana policy prevented state agencies from making payments to a nonprofit that helped resettle Syrian refugees.

U.S. District Judge Tonya Walton Pratt on Tuesday ruled that Indiana could no longer withhold authorized payments to the Exodus Refugee Immigration group, according to The Associated Press.

Pratt had temporarily blocked Pence’s order in February 2016, in response to an ACLU lawsuit. The ACLU argued the order illegally targeted refugees based on their nationality.

A federal appeals court upheld Pratt’s block on the policy in an October 2016 ruling, saying Pence’s policy was discriminatory.

Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary, said in a statement that “it makes sense” that the state would now changes its policies under President Trump.

When the now-Vice President was serving as governor he directed all state agencies to stop resettling Syrian refugees in Indiana until the federal government could provide credible assurances that ‘proper security measures are in place.Now, under President Trump’s leadership, proper security measures are being implemented – it makes sense that Indiana would settle,” Farah said.

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Netanyahu warns ‘disproportionate’ settlement growth would anger Trump

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Comment on Israel shoots dead Palestinian teen near Hebron settlement by R. Arandas

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces this morning near an illegal settlement north of occupied Hebron.

Palestinian officials identified the slain Palestinian as Hamzeh Youssif Zamaareh, 19, from the town of Halhoul north of Hebron.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard in the Karmei Tzur settlement near Halhoul before another guard shot him dead.

The injured guard was taken to hospital and was reported as only being lightly injured.

The official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided the Zamaareh family home following the incident, causing clashes to erupt with residents in the area. No injuries were reported.

Read: Israel forces shoot, kill Palestinian boy in Ramallah

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot, detained, or killed over the past two years in alleged attempted stabbing attacks against mostly uniformed Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli forces have been widely condemned by rights groups for what have been deemed “extrajudicial killings”, in situations where alleged assailants could have been detained in a non-lethal manner.



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Re: Israel shoots dead Palestinian teen near Hebron settlement

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces this morning near an illegal settlement north of occupied Hebron.

Palestinian officials identified the slain Palestinian as Hamzeh Youssif Zamaareh, 19, from the town of Halhoul north of Hebron.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard in the Karmei Tzur settlement near Halhoul before another guard shot him dead.

The injured guard was taken to hospital and was reported as only being lightly injured.

The official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided the Zamaareh family home following the incident, causing clashes to erupt with residents in the area. No injuries were reported.

Read: Israel forces shoot, kill Palestinian boy in Ramallah

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot, detained, or killed over the past two years in alleged attempted stabbing attacks against mostly uniformed Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli forces have been widely condemned by rights groups for what have been deemed “extrajudicial killings”, in situations where alleged assailants could have been detained in a non-lethal manner.



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Re: UK ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s new settlement plans

Britain on Thursday “strongly” condemned Israel’s approval of hundreds of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

“The UK strongly condemns the advancement by the Israeli authorities of plans and tenders for settlement units across the West Bank,” said a statement by Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East.

“We call on Israel to reconsider these proposals,” said Burt.

Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution,

he added.

Israeli authorities on Thursday approved the construction of hundreds of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli media reports.

“The plans that were approved involve construction of more than 200 homes in Oranit and more than 50 in Petzael in the Jordan Valley,” Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

According to Haaretz, additional housing units were approved in the Ariel and Alfei Menashe settlements, both of which are located in the northern West Bank.

Haaretz added that the Israeli authorities had also approved plans for “hundreds” of additional housing units in the West Bank settlements of Kfar Adumim and Givat Zeev.

Read: Israeli MPs to submit new bill to annex West Bank settlements

Earlier this week, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to approve the construction of some 2,500 new settlement units across the occupied West Bank.

According to Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, the Israeli authorities approved the construction of 6,742 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2017 — the highest number since 2013.

Some half a million Israelis currently live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.



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Re: Palestine minister: US responsible for Israel settlement expansion

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki criticised the US government for “giving the greenlight” to Israel to do “whatever it wants with Palestinian land”, in regards to Israeli announcements of plans to build over 1,000 new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

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Israel’s announcement of its plans to build 1,122 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank was “one outcome of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”.

Al-Malki added that the Israeli decision was “also a result of the international community’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its acts, particularly with regard to settlement construction.”

Read: EU report documents, criticises ongoing Israel settlement expansion

According to Wafa, he expressed concern that the international community was afraid to take a stand on settlements, which are illegal under international law, because of recent US threats to cut aid to states and organisations who defy pro-Israel American policies.

The minister stressed that the “Palestinian leadership cannot rely on anyone anymore”, though it will “continue to struggle against Israel’s ongoing violations on the political, diplomatic and legal fronts.”



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