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Justice Minister: Israel must safeguard Jewish majority

Israel to retain Jewish majority even at risk of violating human rights

Israel must safeguard a Jewish majority even at the expense of human rights, the country's justice minister has said, in a speech defending a bill that would legally define Israel as the "national home of the Jewish people" for the first time.

Ayelet Shaked said on Monday that Israel must both maintain a Jewish majority and democracy, but stressed that keeping the state's Jewish character may come "at the price" of human rights violations.

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Trump’s Education Dept Will Reject Transgender Students’ Bathroom Complaints

Trump's Ed. Dept. tp ignoer transgender bathroom complaints

The Education Department has told BuzzFeed News it won't investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity, charting new ground in the Trump administration's year-long broadside against LGBT rights.

It’s the first time officials have asserted this position publicly as an interpretation of law. No formal announcement has been made.

For nearly a year, the Trump administration took a less clear stance, with officials saying they were studying the issue. When the Education Department and Justice Department withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender restroom access in February 2017, Trump’s officials said in a memo and court filings that they would "consider the legal issues involved.”

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Trump words hurt fight against human trafficking

Trump helping human traffickingThe U.S. government’s efforts to fight human trafficking are stronger than ever, according to the Justice Department. But those working with victims on the ground say there’s a new problem: President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“It’s always been difficult, but what has changed is under previous administrations, the enforcement priority has been those who have committed crimes and other bad actors,” said Jean Bruggeman, executive director of Freedom Network USA, an alliance of 32 organizations that work to prevent trafficking. “We used to tell immigrant communities that if you’re a victim of a crime, you should not fear coming forward. We can no longer say that.”

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Israelis protesting pending deportation of African migrants

Israelis prtoesting pending deportation of African migrantsA government plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants has sparked an unexpected backlash from liberal Israelis and their American Jewish allies who say Israel — established in the wake of the Holocaust — should never be turning away those in need.

The showdown could come to a head on April 1, when the state plans to start expelling Africans, some of whom have been in Israel for years and have children who know no other home, to an uncertain fate.

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Trump plans to sign order keeping Gitmo open, leaked doc reveals

GitmoPresident Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that would reverse an Obama-era directive to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a draft document obtained by POLITICO.

Trump is expected to announce plans to sign the order during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, or in the days before or after the address, a person familiar with the issue said.

U.S. embassies around the world, would rescind part of a separate 2009 order signed by then-President Barack Obama mandating that the facility be “closed as soon as practicable.”
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Too old for DACA, man who spent 30 years of his life in U.S. is deported

Too old for DACA, man deported who lived here for 30 years.His arms wrapped around his wife and two teenage children, Jorge Garcia's eyes welled up Monday as he looked into their eyes one last time near the entrance to the airport security gate.

His wife, Cindy Garcia, cried out while his daughter, Soleil, 15, sobbed into Garcia's shoulder as they hugged, with two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents keeping a close eye on them.

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White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Ex-cop Slager gets 20 years in shooting of unarmed black manA white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Attorneys for ex-North Charleston Officer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play a role in the shooting and Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.

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