American public support for Israel hits decade low: Gallup poll

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The American people’s support for Israel has fallen to its lowest level in the past decade, a new poll has found, indicating that President Donald Trump’s many controversial decisions to boost ties with Tel Aviv is alienating people back at home.

The new Gallup poll released Wednesday found that 59 percent of Americans said they were “more sympathetic” towards Israel on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

This marks a sharp decline from last year, when 65 percent of the American public sided with the Tel Aviv regime.

The whopping six-percent drop over a one-year period is the biggest in the history of the yearly poll, which was first conducted in 2001.

The decline was seen among both Democrats and Republicans, however, followers of Trump’s own party posted the sharpest decrease.

While among Democrats, feelings of sympathy for Israel went down by a total of six percent, Republican support fell by 11 percent.

The staggering drop in support among Republican comes in contrast to Trump’s deeply close relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The percentage of Republicans saying they sympathize more with Israel in the conflict fell from an all-time high of 87 percent in 2018 to 76 percent today,” the poll said.

The percentage of people who identified as political independents remained the same over the last year, with 60% sympathizing more with Israel.

The number of Americans who said they supported Palestine remained unchanged at 21 percent.

Last year’s survey came amid Washington’s preparations to proceed with Trump’s order to relocate the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, a move that infuriated Palestinians and prompted mixed responses in Washington.

Trump officially recognized al-Quds as Israel’s capital in December 2017, leading Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to halt US-brokered talks with Israel while questioning Washington’s ability to stay unbiased.

Trump in response cut American aid to the PA, withdrawing fund from such institutions as the East Jerusalem Hospital Network as well as several joint Israeli-Palestinian agencies.

The poll comes amid controversy surrounding freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been forced by the Democratic Party to apologize for comments that implied wealthy Americans bought politicians through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

The Minnesota lawmaker, one of the first female Muslim members of Congress, has also supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli regime.

De Blasio Condemns Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Recent Comments As Anti-Semitic, Illogical

Piling on for what? De Blasio Condemns Rep. Ilhan Omar's Recent Comments As Anti-Semitic, Illogical

Before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio heads to South Carolina this weekend, fueling increased speculation about a possible 2020 presidential campaign, he weighed in Thursday on a debate roiling Democrats in Washington, D.C.—specifically his reaction to recent comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). [ more › ]

‘Tim Apple’: Donald Trump gets name of tech giant’s CEO wrong – video

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‘We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple,’ the US president, Donald Trump, told the Apple chief executive, Tim Cook, during a meeting at the White House for the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to discuss technology eduction and jobs. Trump then went on a bizarre rant about crime statistics, the border wall and human trafficking, which, he said, ‘has been going on for a million years’ but no one has done much about it until now

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Red wolf: the struggle to save one of the rarest animals on Earth

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Conservation groups say Trump administration plan that would scale the wolves’ protected area and allow people to shoot the species on private land will snuff out the species

Attempting to locate one of the rarest animals on the planet, US government scientist Joe Madison pointed an antiquated VHF tracking antenna at a tangle of thick vegetation and twiddled some dials on the receiver. A red wolf, judging by the beeps, was in the vicinity but well-hidden.

Related: Last chance to see? Five species under threat in the age of Trump

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My sister is in a Saudi jail. Her crime? Campaigning for women’s rights | Walid al-Hathloul

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Our government claims Saudi Arabia is an open and tolerant nation. Its deplorable actions prove the very opposite is true

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many achievements of women and stand together to demand equal rights. More and more people worldwide are speaking out against injustices and joining the fight for equality.

My sister, Loujain, is one of these brave gender equality activists – and for that she is now in jail. She has dedicated her life to gaining basic women’s rights in our home country of Saudi Arabia, focusing mainly on the women’s driving ban, male guardianship and domestic abuse.

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Facebook takes down fake account network used to spread hate in UK

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More than 100 false accounts posed as far-right and leftwing activists to sow division, says company

Facebook has removed a network of more than 100 accounts and pages for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on its social networks – the first time it has done so for UK-based operations seeking to influence British citizens.

The operation was spread over Facebook and Instagram and used a network of fake accounts to pose as both far-right activists and their opponents. It ran pages and groups whose names frequently changed in order to drum up more followers and operated fake accounts to engage in hate speech and spread divisive comments on both sides of UK political debate, Facebook says.

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North Korea must give up all nuclear weapons before any sanctions relief, says US

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US position hardens after Hanoi summit collapse, warning that any launches at missile sites would violate Kim Jong-un’s promise

The US is demanding North Korea destroys all its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons before receiving any sanctions relief, as positions harden on both sides in the aftermath of last week’s failed Hanoi summit.

The US clarified its demands after satellite images showed the North Koreans had completely rebuilt a space launch site they had partially dismantled after the first summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in June last year.

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Facebook’s new move isn’t about privacy. It’s about domination | Siva Vaidhyanathan

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Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook would be ‘pivoting to privacy’. That’s an empty pledge

If you have visited China in recent years you might have discovered how difficult it is to make your way through without WeChat, an all-purpose mobile phone application. People in China use WeChat for everything from sending messages to family to reading news and opinion to ordering food to paying at vending machines to paying for a taxi. WeChat lets you deposit money in your bank, search for a library book, make a medical appointment, conduct business conference calls, and interact with the government. In China, WeChat is the operating system of your life, as it is for almost 1.1 billion people.

For Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, WeChat is both his greatest challenge and the model for the future of his company. Zuckerberg has long wanted Facebook to be the operating system of our lives – at least for those who live outside of China. WeChat is what Facebook has yet to become. WeChat, should it move beyond China and its diaspora, is also the greatest threat to Facebook’s global domination.

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