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Holy Days in Israel Inundated with Violence

Holy Days in Israel Inundated with Violence
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Israel has again been thrust into violence and turmoil as rocket attacks, the largest in 17 years, have martyred the start of the Jewish Passover holiday. Throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tensions have been high as militant groups in Gaza and Lebanon sponsored by Iran have been launching missiles into Israel.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to extract “significant price” from those responsible of the attacks and has laid the blame on the Hamas organization, who engaged in an 11-day battle with Israel in 2021, and with Hezbollah in Lebanon, who were of the 2006 war against Israel. Palestinians in turn have accused Israeli police for their brutality at the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The escalating violence between Israel and its enemies has revealed a changing face of geopolitics in the Middle East as Russia, China and Iran attempt to expand their presence due to a reduction of US influence in the region. US President Joe Biden has appealed to all sides to de-escalate the situation. In agreement, the Israel Defence Forces encouraged against a retaliatory tit-for-tat pattern and called for a return to peace.

In response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s visits to the United States to strengthen the nation’s ties, China has released sanctions on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, but such measures have minimal effect as there is little connection between the targets and China.

At the same time, the Ukrainian military has reported that they thwarted more than 40 attacks by Russia in 24 hours and the Pentagon is now researching an abuse of private war documents that divulge details regarding US and NATO efforts to bolster Ukrainian forces.

The city of Cambridge, England is seeking to re-establish its relevancy in the world with the launch of Amazon Prime Video’s first African-original film titled “Gangs of Lagos”. Nigeria, a leading movie producer in the competition with well-known players like Netflix, Disney+ and Showmax, has piqued the world’s interest in their stories.

Furthermore, the United Kingdom has requested to re-start talks with the US for a trade deal in the hopes of President Biden becoming less resistant to the idea and in order to fulfill the needs of its voting public.

The judicial ethics of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife have come under fire due to the undisclosed acceptance of expensive trips abroad given by a billionaire Republican donor over the last two decades. This has raised several questions surrounding ethical regulations in the Court and the hopes of a wider effort to have all nine justices follow the same standards.

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