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Omar to Introduce Resolution Declaring Support for Anti-Israel BDS Movement

Omar to Introduce Resolution Declaring Support for Anti-Israel BDS MovementRepresentative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will introduce a resolution this week declaring support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to elevate the Palestinian negotiating position vis-a-vis Israel through an international pressure campaign.“We are introducing a resolution . . . to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told Al-Monitor. “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”The announcement comes on the same day that the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on which Omar sits, plans to vote on another non-binding resolution explicitly condemning the BDS movement as an attempt to “undermine the two state solution” by demanding “concessions of one party alone and encourag[ing] Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure.”The anti-BDS resolution further notes that the movement's founder, Omar Bharghouti, has openly dismissed the possibility of reaching any settlement that allows the state of Israel to retain its sovereignty.Omar is expected to cast the lone vote against the anti-BDS resolution, further highlighting the divide between herself and the panel's older, more-established lawmakers, who have condemned her comments about Israel in the past.Representative Elliot Engel (D., N.Y.), the committee's chairman, accused Omar of “invoking a vile, anti-Semitic slur” earlier this year after she suggested that pro-Israel American lawmakers' loyalty to the country was suspect. However, he resisted Republican calls to remove Omar from the panel in the wake of her comments.The House also passed a non-binding resolution in March condemning anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in response to Omar's suggestions that support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins.”Omar told CBS News's Gayle King this week that she doesn't regret the words she used to cast support for Israel as primarily the product of the Israel lobby's financial influence.“So you don't regret your words either?” King asked.“I do not. But I have gotten the — I am grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words make people feel and have taken every single opportunity I've gotten to make sure that people understood that I apologize for it,” Omar responded.



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'The answer is no': Boris Johnson warns Trump he won't support war with Iran

'The answer is no': Boris Johnson warns Trump he won't support war with Iran"If you were to ask me whether I think should we now… be supporting military action against Iran, then the answer is no."



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Officials in Multiple Cities Speak Out Against Planned ICE Raids and in Support of Their Immigrant Communities

Officials in Multiple Cities Speak Out Against Planned ICE Raids and in Support of Their Immigrant Communities"If anything, this hampers our ability to address crime in our communities"



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Man has life support accidentally cut off by wrong family after being mistaken for someone else

Man has life support accidentally cut off by wrong family after being mistaken for someone elseA man died without his relatives knowing after a mix up led to another family turning off his life support.Relatives say Elisha Brittman, 69, was misidentified as Alfonso Bennett after he was found naked and unresponsive with serious facial injuries beneath a car in Chicago in April.He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was listed as John Doe while his family continued their desperate search for him, according to the CBS 2 news channel.Mr Bennett’s family later received a phone call from the hospital, which said he had been identified through mugshots and that he was in intensive care.When he showed no signs of improvement, the Bennett family agreed to have his ventilator removed and he died days later.The family were in the middle of arranging the funeral when the real Alfonso Bennett turned up at a barbecue.Mr Brittman’s relatives, who still believed he was missing at the time, learned of his death after he was eventually identified through fingerprints at the morgue.Both families have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Mercy Hospital, accusing them of negligence.They say the mix up, which has been devastating for everyone involved, may never have happened if Mr Brittman had been fingerprinted in the first place.Mr Bennett’s sister Rosie Brooks, who received the phone call saying her brother was in hospital, told a press conference on Wednesday: “I said ‘how did you all verify this was Alfonso Bennett’ –they said ‘through the Chicago Police Department’.“In my heart I could not recognise him.”She added: “If this [the fingerprinting] had been done when they first picked that body up we wouldn’t even be here today.”State senator Patricia Van Pelt said she would look into introducing legislation which would require an unconscious person to be identified through fingerprints.Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for Chicago Police, said in a tweet last month: “To say that we currently have questions is an understatement.“We have detectives looking into every aspect of this incident – from the incident response to the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation and the notification of family members.”A spokesperson for Mercy Hospital said it would not be providing a statement at this time.The Independent has contacted Chicago Police Department for comment.



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Biden's support from black voters cut in half after debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Biden's support from black voters cut in half after debate: Reuters/Ipsos pollFormer Vice President Joe Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has lost support among African-Americans after taking heat on racial issues during the party’s first debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. The survey, conducted from Friday to Monday in the days following the debate in Miami, found 22 percent of adults who identify as Democrats or independents said they supported Biden, down 8 percentage points from a similar poll conducted earlier in June. Support for Biden among blacks, a critical Democratic voting bloc, was cut in half, with about two out of 10 saying they backed President Barack Obama’s former vice president, compared with four out of 10 in the June poll.



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Biden Support Shrinks in Second Post-Debate Poll as Harris Rises

Biden Support Shrinks in Second Post-Debate Poll as Harris Rises(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden is barely clinging to front-runner status and Bernie Sanders has fallen sharply as Democratic voters give new attention to Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren after their strong debate performances.Biden remains at the head of the pack of Democratic presidential contenders — though barely — in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday. The former vice president had support from 22% followed by Harris with 20%, a result within the margin of error. Warren had 14% support and Sanders was at 13% in the poll conducted June 28 – July 1.That’s an 8 percentage-point drop for Biden since Quinnipiac’s June 11 poll and it represents a major boost for Harris, who had support from 7% in the early survey. Sanders also slid from 19% while Warren’s standing was little changed.It’s the second poll since last week’s Democratic debate showing Biden’s front-runner status put in peril. A CNN poll released Monday found Biden’s lead over the field had shrunk by 10 points as Harris and Warren got significant bumps in support.To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Sobczyk in Washington at jsobczyk@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Confrontations after rally to support Hong Kong police

Confrontations after rally to support Hong Kong policeAngry confrontations broke out around Hong Kong’s parliament Sunday as protesters supporting the city’s police taunted anti-government demonstrators on the eve of the anniversary of the semi-autonomous territory’s 1997 handover from Britain to China. Hong Kong saw two record-breaking rallies earlier this month by anti-government protesters opposed to a now-postponed plan to approve extradition to mainland China. Twice in the last two weeks the city’s police headquarters has been blockaded by angry crowds.



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Warren restates support for busing amid Biden-Harris duel

Warren restates support for busing amid Biden-Harris duelJoe Biden and Kamala Harris had clashed the night before on the former vice president's past stances on busing.



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Biden's Support Slipped 10 Points After Debates, Poll Shows

Biden's Support Slipped 10 Points After Debates, Poll ShowsThe poll also showed Harris gaining a significant number of supporters



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The Latest: Iran envoy to Japan seeks support over US crisis

The Latest: Iran envoy to Japan seeks support over US crisisMorteza Rahmani Movahed said on Monday in Tokyo that Iran faces alleged U.S. “economic terrorism” and suspected sabotage attempts in the Persian Gulf. President Donald Trump last year withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and has imposed sanctions.



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