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🇵🇸 Palestinians opinion on Hamas 🔒,
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Israel was right about Al-Shifa Hospital
What’s happening: Evidence of extensive Hamas activity in Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital recently came to light while the Israel Defense Forces continued operations there. Several “fact-checkers” and other mainstream media sources had repeatedly denied the hospital was a Hamas base.
Reminder: Article 19 of the Geneva Convention ensures the “protection to which civilian hospitals are entitled shall not cease unless they are used to commit, outside their humanitarian duties, acts harmful to the enemy.”
The details: Israel says it found a Hamas tunnel under the hospital with a “blast door” at the end, which suggests it may open up to an even larger tunnel. The IDF also found more large stashes of weapons in the hospital. What’s worse, remains of numerous hostages were found near the hospital.
The video: Israel uncovered two surveillance videos from October 7 which show hostages brought inside Al-Shifa Hospital alongside Hamas terrorists holding rifles. In one instance, the hostage — who did not appear to be injured — was being dragged through the front entrance of the hospital by terrorists.
Implications: This is hard evidence that Hamas uses a civilian hospital for military purposes. Importantly, indications from the hospital staff suggest Hamas had a regular presence there and October 7 was not a one-time occurrence.
Scandal: International organizations that have access to Al-Shifa never mentioned that Hamas operates there even though it has been an open secret since at least 2014. It also appears that certain doctors at Al-Shifa lied when they explicitly said there were no Hamas terrorists in the hospital.
Humanitarian crisis: 31 premature babies were transferred out of Al-Shifa Hospital due to lack of power for incubators. It is extremely difficult for injured patients to get the care they need almost anywhere in Gaza right now, and there are gruesome reports of procedures taking place without anesthesia.
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WHAT WE'RE WATCHING
🇵🇸 Palestinians still approve of Hamas, Arabic poll shows. Residents of Gaza and the West Bank approve of Hamas by 76 percent and last month’s attack in Israel by 75 percent, according to the Arab World for Research and Development. Only 13 percent expressed any opposition to the attack. The poll also found that 98 percent of Palestinians have a “very negative” view of America.
💰 Dark money groups funded DC’s anti-Israel rioters. Activist groups funded by George Soros and other left-wing donors got violent with U.S. Capitol police outside the Democratic National Committee Headquarters last week. The organizations — IfNotNow, Democratic Socialists of America, and Jewish Voice for Peace — have been planning several rallies to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. Rioters at the DNC building wore masks to hide their identities.
📱 Pro-9/11 content renews scrutiny of TikTok. Users are posting videos expressing sympathy for 9/11 orchestrator Osama bin Laden and his “letter to America” in a viral TikTok trend. Videos about the letter, which discusses the Palestinian cause, and other anti-Israel content are inspiring new calls to ban the app in the U.S. The China-owned platform claims it is quickly banning any pro-terrorism posts.
🤥 Liberals falsely claim a U.S. city banned homosexuality. The city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, passed an ordinance making it illegal to be gay in public, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and left-wing media outlets. What actually happened is that the city banned "indecent exposure, public indecency, lewd behavior, nudity or sexual conduct” and quickly removed language in the city code from 1949 that included homosexuality.
Argentina’s Trump wins presidency and takes the country right
What’s happening: Argentina’s Javier Milei, a conservative with libertarian leanings running on an anti-establishment platform, won the presidential election over Sergio Massa, the economy minister and run-of-the-mill center-leftist.
The backdrop? Argentina is in crisis mode, suffering from a nearly 140 percent inflation rate, crime concerns, and tanking government-approval numbers.
A quote machine: Milei, often compared to Donald Trump, is about as unique as a political figure can get. He’s made a name for himself by sarcastically bashing leftists (”they will kill you”) and by poking fun at political correctness (”If you do not recite ‘cool socialism’ or if you are not woke, you are a danger to democracy”).
If you want a friend, get a dog: Milei has five dogs, all of which are clones of his beloved dog Conan, who died in 2017.
Not just image: His platform is a rare mix of hardcore libertarian economics and strong social conservatism, and his plan is to make radical changes in Argentina.
An anti-bank warrior: Milei has said he is “obsessed” with Argentina’s central bank — but it’s no love affair. He’s called for its elimination, blaming the bank for the country’s inflation rate. By contrast, even American libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul often push only for an audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Dollarization: Some countries, like Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, are looking for an alternative to the dollar, but Milei hopes to make it Argentina’s official currency. The Argentinian Peso has plummeted in value, down 858 percent in value over the past five years against the dollar.
The BRICS: Argentina’s current president had announced the country was set to join a partnership of countries including China known as “BRICS.” But Milei has said that’s not happening. He’s sworn it off, saying he “won’t make deals with communists.”
Social conservatism: Milei opposed Argentina’s legalization of abortion in 2020. He has pledged to ban it again, arguing life begins at conception.
Why it matters: It is not a coincidence former President Donald Trump was elected the same year of the Brexit nationalist movement. Milei could make ripples across a South America that has recently moved left. He’s also already being charged with criminal cases by the current government, which echoes Trump’s situation in America.
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Should LGBT ideology be banned from government institutions?
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🤔 Unsure (24)
👍 Yes: “It’s a religion. Feel free to practice whatver religion you want, just keep it out of my government.” — Rob
👍 Yes: “It does nothing but divide and undermine everything this country was founded upon.” — Irvin
👎 No: “Fascism!” — Mike
🤔 Unsure: “I don’t know why someone’s sexual orientation has anything to do with the government, so yes. However, I’m also cautious of overregulation.” — Katie
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