Hamas will reverse Trump’s Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally

Hamas will reverse Trump’s Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally

(Worthy News) – Tens of thousands of Palestinians including hundreds of gunmen rallied in Gaza on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of Hamas’s founding and its chief vowed to reverse US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Earlier in the day, Israel shut its border crossings with Gaza in response to daily rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled enclave since Trump’s announcement on December 6, which stirred anger across the Arab and Muslim world and concern among Washington’s European allies as well as Russia.

“We will knock down Trump’s decision. No superpower is capable of offering Jerusalem to Israel, there is no Israel that it should have a capital named Jerusalem. Our souls, our blood, our sons and our homes are a sacrifice for Jerusalem,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told the rally in Gaza City. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]

US presents ‘undeniable’ evidence Iran arming Yemen’s rebels with missiles

US presents ‘undeniable’ evidence Iran arming Yemen’s rebels with missiles

(Worthy News) – US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations unveiled Thursday what she said was “undeniable” evidence proving that Iran is funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of international law.

At a news conference in a hanger at a military base in Washington, Nikki Haley presented recently declassified evidence including segments of missiles launched at Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen.

Haley said the missile parts bear markings showing they originate in Iran and that they have technical specifications specific to Iranian-manufactured weapons. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

FCC votes to end ‘net neutrality,’ giving internet service providers more power

FCC votes to end ‘net neutrality,’ giving internet service providers more power

(Worthy News) – The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the long-time principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from a decade of federal oversight.

The push toward eliminating the rules has touched off protests and stirred fears among consumer advocates and ordinary Americans that cable and phone companies will be able to control what people see and do online. On Thursday, about 60 demonstrators gathered in the bitter chill in Washington to protest the FCC’s expected decision. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

US jets fire warning flares as Russian planes enters Syria buffer zone

US jets fire warning flares as Russian planes enters Syria buffer zone

(Worthy News) – Two US fighter jets on Wednesday fired warning flares after two Russian jets entered a buffer zone intended to keep Russian and US-led coalition forces operating over Syria apart.

After crossing the so-called “de-confliction line,” the Russian Su-25s “were promptly intercepted by two F-22A Raptors providing air cover for partner ground forces conducting operations to defeat ISIS,” Air Forces Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told CNN.

“The F-22s conducted multiple maneuvers to persuade the Su-25s to depart our de-conflicted airspace, including the release of chaff and flares in close proximity to the Russian aircraft and placing multiple calls on the emergency channel to convey to the Russian pilots that they needed to depart the area,” he said. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

(Worthy News) – Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk.

Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes abortion if the physician has knowledge that the procedure is being sought due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21.

Doctors would lose their medical licenses in the state and face a fourth-degree felony charge under the law if they were to perform an abortion with that knowledge. Mothers would not face criminal charges. [ Source: Reuters (Read More…) ]

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

(Worthy News) – Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk.

Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes abortion if the physician has knowledge that the procedure is being sought due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21.

Doctors would lose their medical licenses in the state and face a fourth-degree felony charge under the law if they were to perform an abortion with that knowledge. Mothers would not face criminal charges. [ Source: Reuters (Read More…) ]

Soldiers clash with hundreds of rioters in Ramallah

Soldiers clash with hundreds of rioters in Ramallah

(Worthy News) – Undercover Border Police officers dressed as Palestinians arrested three rioters during a violent standoff outside Ramallah on Tuesday, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Some 400 Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces, burning tires and throwing stones and firebombs, the IDF said.

Security personnel shot tear gas and stun grenades at the rioters. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]

Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

(Worthy News) – Muslim leaders on Wednesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted the summit of more than 50 Muslim countries in Istanbul, said the U.S. move meant Washington had forfeited its role as broker in efforts to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“From now on, it is out of the question for a biased United States to be a mediator between Israel and Palestine, that period is over,” Erdogan said at the end of the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states. [ Source: Reuters (Read More…) ]

Poll: 90% of Palestinians oppose Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Poll: 90% of Palestinians oppose Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

(Worthy News) – The Palestinians overwhelmingly oppose U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and have little faith in the U.S. or its Arab allies, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll found that 91% of respondents consider Trump’ declaration last week to be a threat to Palestinian interests. Meanwhile, 45% believe the Palestinians should cut all contacts with the U.S., submit a complaint to the International Criminal Court and launch an armed uprising against Israel.

Trump’s declaration departed from decades of U.S. policy that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of a future independent state. Israel says the entire city, including east Jerusalem, is its eternal capital. East Jerusalem is home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More…) ]

Republicans strike deal on tax package

Republicans strike deal on tax package

(Worthy News) – Republican negotiators on Wednesday said they’ve managed to strike a deal on a $1.4 trillion tax-cut package and that they’ll be prepared to send it to President Trump’s desk next week.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch told reporters that House and Senate lawmakers working to reconcile the two chambers’ versions have reached an agreement.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said negotiators were preparing to brief their members about a plan and said he didn’t want to get ahead of those talks. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]