700 British Artists Pledge to Boycott ‘Israel’

700 British Artists Pledge to Boycott ‘Israel’.

The pledge which was published in the Guardian newspaper along with a letter reads as follows: “We support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. In response to the call from Palestinian artists and cultural workers for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge to accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.”

Copenhagen shootings: Benjamin Netanyahu calls for ‘massive immigration’ of European Jews to Israel in wake of attack – Europe – World – The Independent

“knows no limits to playing to the perpetrators of terror and his own to primp for office – will not work any longer”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel following the double shootings in Copenhagen on Saturday.

Two people were shot dead in Copenhagen on Saturday, including a guard outside of a Jewish Community centre who was protecting the entrance of a Bat Mitzvah party.

Speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem just hours after the attack, Netanyahu proclaimed that, “Jews were killed on European land just because they were Jewish”

He warned that “this wave of attacks will continue” and spoke out to the European Jewish population, saying “Israel is your home.”

via Copenhagen shootings: Benjamin Netanyahu calls for ‘massive immigration’ of European Jews to Israel in wake of attack – Europe – World – The Independent.

Israel’s Arab leaders join forces in attempt to oust Benjamin Netanyahu and influence future government – Middle East – World – The Independent

“Time has come today!”

For years Arabs have been effectively marginalized in Israel’s political life. But at the weekend leaders of the country’s substantial Arab minority launched an alliance which puts them on course to become a powerful force in next month’s general election – with the potential to tip the outcome against the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Five previously fractious political groupings that divided the Arab vote between them agreed to field a single “Joint List” with the aim of toppling the Israeli leader, whom they blame for a further deterioration in their own standing and conditions, and for harming fellow Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

There was standing room only in a Nazareth hall on Saturday night, as 1,500 supporters gave their backing to the combined list of Arab candidates under Israel’s system of proportional representation.

“We are no longer investing our energy in defeating each other; on the contrary we are joining our forces to grow bigger and bigger,” said Aida Touma, a socialist and feminist from the Hadash party who shares prominence on the list alongside such others as Masoud Ganaim, an Islamic fundamentalist.

via Israel’s Arab leaders join forces in attempt to oust Benjamin Netanyahu and influence future government – Middle East – World – The Independent.

BBC News – Turkey rallies over murder of woman who ‘resisted rape’

Thousands of women in Turkey have protested at the murder of a young woman who allegedly resisted an attempt by a bus driver to rape her.

Police discovered the burnt body of Ozgecan Aslan, 20, in a riverbed in the city of Mersin, on Friday.

They have arrested three men in connection with her death – a minibus driver, his father and a friend.

The Turkish president and prime minister called Ms Aslan’s family to offer their condolences.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised the family to hunt those responsible for the crime and punish them.

Ms Aslan, a psychology student, was kidnapped on Wednesday on her way home.

The driver allegedly tried to rape her. She reportedly fought him off with pepper spray, but was then stabbed to death. She was also hit on the head with an iron pipe.

The brutality of the murder caused an outcry across Turkey.

via BBC News – Turkey rallies over murder of woman who ‘resisted rape’.

In small study, aggressive HIV strain identified in Cuba

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A strain of HIV that progresses to full-blown AIDS within three years if left untreated has become “epidemic” among newly infected patients in Cuba who reported having unprotected sex with multiple partners, according to a study published this week by international researchers working with patients and doctors on the Caribbean island nation, as Daniel CHang and Nora Gamez Torres report in The Bellingham Herald.

The strain of human immunodeficiency virus – a combination of three subtypes of the virus – progresses so fast, researchers at Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven said they worry that patients infected with the mutated virus may not seek antiretroviral therapy until it’s too late.

The finding, published this week in the medical journal EBioMedicine, raises concerns among U.S. AIDS researchers who worry that mutated HIV viruses are more difficult to diagnose, might eventually become resistant to therapy and could challenge efforts to develop a…

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