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State senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting “a mistake.”

But Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a black Democrat, said she has no plans to resign as numerous top Republicans and Democrats in Missouri have insisted since Thursday’s post in which she wrote “I hope Trump is assassinated!” Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, said Friday that state senators should oust her.

“I made a mistake, and I’m owning up to it. And I’m not ever going to make a mistake like that again. I have learned my lesson. My judge and my jury is my Lord, Jesus Christ,” Chappelle-Nadal, who later deleted the post from her personal Facebook page, told reporters at a church in Ferguson.

She had asked media outlets to not publish the news conference’s location beforehand because she’d received death threats since the post.

“President Trump, I apologize to you and your family,” she added. She walked out and didn’t take any questions after delivering her three-minute statement.

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

Chappelle-Nadal’s post was in response to one that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office. She has said she made the comment out of frustration with the Republican president’s response to the recent white nationalist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, for which Trump said “both sides” shared some blame.

Chappelle-Nadal was later questioned by the US Secret Service as part of its investigation into her remarks. She has told The Associated Press that she let the federal law enforcement agency know she “had no intentions of hurting anyone or trying to get other people to hurt anyone at all.”

Parson has said he will ask senators to remove Chappelle-Nadal from office if she does not resign by the time lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to consider veto overrides. The Missouri Constitution says a lawmaker can be expelled upon a two-thirds vote of the elected members of a chamber. But that hasn’t occurred in recent decades, and it’s unclear exactly how it would happen.

Before Sunday’s apology, Chappelle-Nadal had only called the Facebook post “improper” and claimed she was being targeted by the governor and other officeholders because of political expediency or grudges.

“You know, what I’m reminded of is that we’re all human,” she said Sunday, seconds before voicing defiance about calls for her ouster.

She also apologized to Missouri residents and her Statehouse colleagues.

“I will continue to fight for issues that are really, really important,” said Chappelle-Nadal, who was a prominent voice during the protests in Ferguson after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown. “God chooses people for different things, to send different messages.”

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REGINA SPEKTOR (FEMINIST KIKE) SERENADES ISRAEL, SHUNS ‘FUCKING NAZIS’

 

It was a starry, balmy Saturday night at Ra’anana’s Amphi-Park as singer-songwriter Regina Spektor took the stage.

“Shalom Eretz Israel!” she greeted the eager crowd, then straightaway sung several verses of “Shalom Aleichem,” the traditional Shabbat melody, adding “Shavua Tov,” a timely greeting for the beginning of the new week.

Her third appearance in Israel (following two shows at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club in 2007 and a sold out Cesarea’s Amphitheater in 2013), Spektor and her Steinway were joined on stage by Mathias Künzli on drums, Brad Whiteley on keyboards and Israel’s own Yoed Nir on cello.

Opening with “Folding Chair,” Spektor proceeded to serenade the audience with two hours of perfectly enunciated musical storytelling. Rare in Israel, and in live music in general, each word of each of Spektor’s carefully composed songs was perfectly audible, meaning listeners could really get lost in the palpable nostalgia of tunes like “No me quitte pas,” drawing audiences into the details of familiar New York and the romance of Paris, or get wrapped up in the intriguing idea of a hidden and eerily charming gateway to hell in “The Grand Hotel.”

It also meant that Spektor’s more pointedly critical songs were also perfectly clear, and they certainly struck a strong chord. She remarked that she’d been having the hardest time on tour reading news about the “Divided States of America.” Regarding the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virgnia, she said, “Just… f*cking nazis. They’re back. Who knew? So soon?”

It would seem that Regina Spektor knew, considering she previously stated that she has faced antisemitism all her life, and that in fact, being targeted as a Jew is what most made her identify with Judaism. When her family moved from Russia to the United States when she was nine, she still felt “other.” She told The Guardian last year, “Instead of being the Jewish girl in a Russian school I became a Russian girl in a Jewish school. I knew I’d stay the different girl forever. I had dumb teenagers telling me to go back to my f***ing country. Telling me we were taking their jobs. I got so pissed off I was like, ‘You’d better believe I’m going to take your job, I’m going to take your job and three other jobs, too.’ You grow up with that. I came with refugee status – I was a legal alien.”

On that note, she dedicated “Ballad of a Politician” to leaders who show empathy and unite instead of divide people, saying she hoped that soon the song would become irrelevant.

While the smattering of tunes featuring Spektor on synth or guitar were an interesting change, the most stirring tracks were certainly those which focused on Spektor’s unique voice and her skillful piano-playing, like “The Light,” with its sweeping chorus, and “Apres Moi,” with its thrumming refrain switching to Russian in the second half to enthusiastic applause. Spektor was mostly loyal to the studio version of her songs, demonstrating her unique vocal skills as she seemed to at times create her own echo and looping effects live on stage. In an era in which many artists are practically bionic in the ratio of their own abilities to the aid of machines, Spektor swept the stage, completely human and entirely amazing.

Although the sound was on point, the show left something to be desired visually. Sitting sideways on stage at her piano, Spektor’s back was consistently to half of the audience, which seemingly could have been remedied by angling the piano on a diagonal. There were also no screens aside the stage, which meant only the first few rows could see any details in her expression. With songs like Spektor’s, one would imagine the emotion on her face would add a lot of flavor to the experience, so it was a shame. She certainly made the best of the arrangement, however, communicating her sentiments with her intonation and dynamic range.

Spektor made several mistakes throughout the night, such as incorrect chords “Bobbing for Apples.” “Oh f*ck,” she said demurely, “I don’t know how to play guitar, really. This is what happens when you put a piano girl on a guitar.” Later, back on the keys, “Obsolete” suffered three false starts, however, she was so completely lovable and charming that the slight stumbles seemed to bother no one. Between each song she spread her arm towards the audience and uttered a diminutive “Todah Raba!” and all was and would be forgiven. The entire audience “awwwww’d” when she announced the show was being broadcast on air, and then said in an adorable attempt at an Israeli accent, “Shalom, rah-dee-oh!”

Unsurprisingly, the biggest hits with the crowd were well-known tunes like “Us,” and “Time Served,” the theme to Orange is the New Black, which featured added prison sound effects, and to Spektor’s credit was performed with full dedication, not betraying any fatigue around the oft-requested tune. “Fidelity” was less on point, played at a faster tempo than the album version and with less soul. Resonant ballad “On the Radio” was curiously absent from the setlist.

The crowd lavished love upon Spektor throughout the evening, shouting their affection in Hebrew and English alike, and finally rushing the stage near the end of the show, crowding up to her with phones held aloft during “Hotel Song.”

Spektor loved them right back. “I’ve had some sun, and some sea, and all my freckles are out, and I’m very happy to be here,” she said affectionately of the Holy Land, explaining that she’d first starting singing in front of people on a trip to Israel through the Nesiya Institute when she was 16. Completing the circle, she remarked that it was “a beautiful place to finish the tour,” and said “Thank you so much Israel, we love you, mi kol ha lev,” with all her heart. Spektor closed the encore with a fully-invested “Samson,” with which the audience sang along, every word.

“I loved you first, Regina!” cried one fan, echoing the song’s lyrics. Whichever love came first, Regina Spektor’s romance with Israel was fully realized Saturday night, and seems to have staying power.

Ukraine arrests French-Israeli wanted in ‘fake CEO’ scam

A huckster sentenced for tricking dozens of French banks and businesses into handing over millions of euros has been arrested in Ukraine after a hunt lasting more than two years.

French judicial sources and a lawyer for Gilbert Chikli, a 51-year-old Frenchman, said an extradition hearing would be held on Sunday after he was detained along with a French-Israeli man on Friday.

His arrest was initially reported by the French news weekly Le Point.

Chikli is the alleged mastermind of a scheme that saw some of France’s top companies get embarrassingly fleeced.

He would contact banks and firms posing as either their CEO or a secret service agent and instruct them to hand over large sums, often in the guise of an operation against money laundering.

Thirty-three banks and businesses were targeted between 2005 and 2006, including consulting group Accenture, the Post Office Bank, HSBC, aerospace firm Dassault, electricity and rail giant Alstom and the chic Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette.

Gilbert Chikli giving an interview in Israel at his Ashdod home, December 29, 2015. (Courtesy of i24 News/ via JTA)

He managed to swindle a total of 60.5 million euros ($71.15 million), 52.6 million euros of which was later recovered.

At his trial, a former director of the Credit Lyonnais bank — now known as LCL — gave the court a rundown of Chikli’s scheme that convinced her to hand a million euros to a stranger in the toilet of a Parisian bar.

Chikli spent several months in custody before fleeing to Israel in 2009, where he has been living openly. It is not immediately clear why he was in Ukraine.

Interviewed by French television in 2010, Chikli said he was intrigued by the “game” of scamming.

“You’ve either got the gift or you don’t, it’s like famous actors. When it comes to me, you can say that I have a gift,” he said.

In 2015, he was sentenced in absentia to seven years’ jail and a fine of a million euros. The court also ordered him to pay 5.5 million euros in damages and interest to his victims.

“We have always given our agreement that the rest of his sentence be served in Israel,” Chikli’s lawyer, David-Olivier Kaminski, said on Saturday.

Two accomplices were sentenced to four years in jail and fines of 50,000 euros.

His story inspired a 2015 film, “Je Compte Sur Vous” (I’m Counting on You), with French actor Vincent Elbaz in the starring role.

Who better than a black female rabbi (Nigger Feminist Kike) to talk race, bigotry and healing today?

NEW YORK — Maybe, the rabbi mused, the universe is trying to get us to wake up.

“Mercury is in retrograde, there is going to be a full solar eclipse and it’s Rosh Hodesh Elul [the first of the Hebrew lunar month of Elul],” Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum said, a hint of a smile dancing across her face. After all, a rabbi referencing astrology, astronomy and the Jewish calendar in one go is about as rare as Monday’s solar eclipse.

Yet, there is seriousness beneath her lighthearted remark. She’s not really talking about the cosmos, she’s speaking about last weekend when torch-bearing neo-Nazis and the KKK came to Charlottesville, Virginia. On Saturday, white supremacist James Fields killed Heather Heyer, 32, and wounded 20 others by driving a car into a crowd of left-wing counter-protesters.

This Shabbat, Berenbaum, the newly installed rabbi and educational director at Temple Har Zion in Mount Holly, New Jersey, will deliver a sermon on race, healing and bigotry.

“I can’t afford to stay silent. It’s our responsibility to speak out. The prophets wouldn’t shy away from this and calling it out. I like the idea of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable,” she said. “Judaism is a religion of action and that is not a secret. It’s our spiritual heritage. You have to go outside the synagogue and make a difference.”

As as one of a handful of black female rabbis in the United States, Berenbaum said she feels duty bound to speak about race and religion. Yet, she quickly points out, that sense of responsibility comes more from a spiritual place than anywhere else.

‘I feel the urgency of the racial divide and I think I would feel this way if I wasn’t a dark skinned black’

“I feel the urgency of the racial divide and I think I would feel this way if I wasn’t a dark skinned black,” she said speaking via Skype from her book-lined study.

According to a 2014 Pew Forum survey, two percent of Jews in the US described themselves as black. The Institute for Jewish and Community Outreach in San Francisco found in 2003 that about 20% of the Jewish population in America is black, Asian, Latino or mixed race.

Just as Berenbaum, 34, feels she has no choice but to talk about race, she also feels compelled to speak about how Judaism chose her.

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum in front of the holy ark. (Courtesy)

But don’t cue the majestic music just yet; her story doesn’t include a disembodied voice or a hand reaching down from the heavens. Her story is about how a little girl decided to take charge of her religious life.

Berenbaum grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston where she attended Catholic School. Her Southern Baptist parents were once regular churchgoers — seven days a week, volunteering on committees, Berenbaum said. But when they moved from New Jersey to Massachusetts they toned down their rigorous lifestyle.

‘When I was around 11 I started taking responsibility for my own religion’

“So I didn’t grow up in a religious household, but I grew up in a spiritual house. I grew up with an intense love for God and all things the sacred holds. Then when I was around 11 I started taking responsibility for my own religion,” she said.

For the then-sixth grader that meant no homework and no shopping on Saturdays. She also started writing sermons and celebrating the New Year in September. She delivered her first sermon to her parents on Christmas morning when she was 12.

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum with her family in front of Temple Har Zion in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. (Courtesy)

“As a kid I remember learning how you worked all week and then took a day off. I thought, I’m at school Monday through Friday and I’m not waiting for Sunday for my Shabbat. I called it Sabbath then because I had none of that language,” she said.

It all came together at Tufts University. She double majored in clinical psychology and Judaic studies. She also became a fully practicing Jew, and converted through the Conservative movement in her sophomore year. Even so, she didn’t quite see the rabbinate in her future.

‘I thought, I’m at school Monday through Friday and I’m not waiting for Sunday for my Shabbat’

Instead she looked for entry-level jobs in clinical psychology. One application after another was rejected. Finally, the rabbi she was studying with suggested she teach at a Hebrew school. She found a job at Kesher Center for Jewish Learning and Culture. There she fell in love with the hands-on, immersive style — a style she plans to bring to Har Zion.

She started thinking about rabbinical school. The more she thought about it, the more it made sense. But unsure of which denomination to study with, she spent a lot of time reflecting before making a decision.

‘I’m just Jewish. I’m not particularly Conservative, or Reform. I’m not really Reconstructionist or Orthodox’

“I thought about what kind of Jew am I now and what kind of Jew do I want to be? I want to be a Jewish Jew. I’m just Jewish. I’m not particularly Conservative, or Reform. I’m not really Reconstructionist or Orthodox. I love the idea of being independent. It forces you to think about everything you do,” she said.

She chose to enroll at the trans-denominational Hebrew College in Boston. She received her rabbinic ordination and master’s degree in Jewish education in 2013.

Berenbaum relishes being unaffiliated with any movement. Still there’s nothing willy-nilly about her approach to Judaism. On the contrary, she is very deliberate in everything she does, she said. She also said she’s finding that this approach to Judaism appeals to an increasing number of American Jews.

“Maybe you want to light the candles, but you’re not home 18 minutes before sunset. Maybe you like a certain Reform prayer, but you want to follow the laws of kashrut,” she said. “When you do that you have to learn, you have to know something about why you are choosing what you are choosing. It forces a deeper connection with Jewish traditions because you have to consult a whole bunch of sources.”

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum. (Courtesy)

While Temple Har Zion is traditionally Conservative, the 80 families in the congregation are also keen to include some Jewish Renewal prayers.

She wants to help kids and teens discover the joy in Judaism. She wants them to experience Judaism in the world, not just in Hebrew and religious school. She said she can see taking post-b’nei mitzvah kids on field trips to the supermarket to spur a conversation about kashrut, or experiencing life cycle events by attending a baby naming, a wedding or even visiting a funeral home.

As for the adults in the congregation, she said she is open to whatever they’re interested in. So far, some want to learn Hebrew and others Kabbalah.

Berenbaum also knows she can use the pulpit as a way to welcome those who feel marginalized in the Jewish community, whether they are interracial couples, mixed-race children, or members of the LGBTQ community.

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum with daughter Gayla Bracha. (Courtesy)

She said her first job as rabbi at Shir Hadash, a Reconstructionist congregation in Milwaukee, provided a well of experience from which she can draw.

“As an educated black female rabbi I found that in some places I could really use my skin color to get in, to relate,” she said.

‘I found that in some places I could really use my skin color to get in, to relate’

For example, members of the synagogue often volunteered at a shelter. It was mostly white congregants serving a mostly black clientele. When people came through the line they looked at her and they were so happy to see her, she said.

“There is an element of feeling undignified in having to get food at a shelter. And then to see me, they felt that I got them,” she said.

It’s that connectedness and empathy that she wants to employ not only as a rabbi, but also as a mother to her eight-month-old daughter Gayla Bracha and wife to Joel who is studying to be a special education teacher.

“I hope we’ll have worked out all the racial stuff by the time she, a biracial child, is older. It’s my hope for the world,” Berenbaum said. “We have to be strong. We need to make this world as good as it possibly can be.”

Heather Heyer’s mother: ‘I’m not talking to the president after what he said about my child’

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/heather-heyers-mother-im-not-talking-to-the-president-after-what-he-said-about-my-child/

 

Susan Bro, the mother of slain anti-Nazi protester Heather Heyer, told ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday morning that she does not want to talk with President Donald Trump.

Bro acknowledged that the Trump White House called her on three separate occasions, including once during her daughter’s memorial service. While Bro says that she initially simply missed the White House’s calls, she now says that she does not want to speak with the president.

“I’m not talking to the president now, I’m sorry,” Bro said on GMA. “After what he said about my child… it’s not that I’ve seen someone else’s tweets about him, I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like Ms. Heyer, with the KKK and the white supremacists.”

Trump this week said that he believed there were “very fine” people who were both attending and protesting last week’s white supremacist rally, and he blamed bad actors on “both sides” for the violence that ensued.

During an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Bro revealed that she has received death threats after she spoke out against white nationalists during Heather Heyer’s memorial service.

Australian woman, 26, caught up in Barcelona terror attack has cheated death THREE times this year after narrowly avoiding ISIS attacks in London and France

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4801352/Australian-witness-Barcelona-attack-cheats-death-again.html?ito=social-facebook

  • Julia Monaco, from Melbourne, is on holiday in Barcelona with friends
  • She and her friends were forced to hide in a store when the chaos erupted
  • Van plowed into pedestrians in city’s historic Las Ramblas district on Thursday 
  • The attack killed 13 people and injured more, including a woman from NSW 
  • The woman is in hospital in a serious but stable condition, Foreign Minister said 
  • Two men, believed to be from Victoria, were ‘directly affected’ by the attack

A young Australian woman has cheated death for the third time this year after terrorist attacks took place in three different cities that she was travelling through.

Julia Monaco, 26, from Melbourne, was in a shopping mall with a friend when a van plowed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona on Thursday.

It was her third brush with terrorism since she began travelling around Europe three months ago but she told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell that she won’t let it stop her from seeing the world.

In June, she was put in a lockdown on the London Underground while out with friends when terrorists plowed into people on London Bridge before going on a knife rampage in nearby Borough Market.

Days later, she was in Notre Dame in Paris when a police officer was stabbed outside the famous cathedral.

Julia Monaco was in a shopping mall with a friend when a van plowed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona on Thursday

Julia Monaco was in a shopping mall with a friend when a van plowed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona on Thursday

‘I don’t feel like I want to go home,’ she told Neil Mitchell on Friday morning.

‘I feel like I want to stay here and not let them – whoever they may be – win.

‘I’m going to see what I came here to see.’

Ms Monaco and her friends Alana Reader and Julia Rocca, also from Melbourne, were in the store on Placa de Catalyuna when they saw people outside running for their lives.

The doors were locked and she spoke of how she watched terrified pedestrians banging on the windows trying to get inside from the street.

‘In a split second it all kind of changed and everyone just started running and panicking and running for their lives and crying and screaming and we were forced back into the store, told to get away from the windows and to get low on the ground,’ she told Nine.

It was her third brush with terrorism since she began travelling around Europe three months ago. Pictured from left, Julia Rocca, Steph Lamb, Julia Monaco and Alana Reader on holiday in Rome

It was her third brush with terrorism since she began travelling around Europe three months ago. Pictured from left, Julia Rocca, Steph Lamb, Julia Monaco and Alana Reader on holiday in Rome

Ms Monaco said those inside huddled at the back of an Urban Outfitters store and were told to lie face-down on the floor and away from the windows.

When they were finally allowed to leave, they had to walk back to their hostel and avoid the numerous streets that had been closed by police.

‘You just have to keep going. I’m sure though tomorrow morning my mum will say ‘come home’, but I don’t think I’ve been scared out of travelling,’ she added.

Melbourne man Michael Christou was about 300m from the initial scene of the Las Ramblas carnage and was also nearby when eight people including two Australians were killed in the London Bridge van attack in June.

‘I think it’s following me but you kind of come over here (to Europe) and you expect it to happen but you don’t let it stop you from doing what you want to do.’

Australian Adam James and his wife, who was pushed over and suffered minor injuries as they ran from the scene, were in Istanbul last year when a police bus was blown up in a terror attack.

People react and stand around in the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona, Spain as police investigate a damaged van, believed to be the one used in the terror attack

People react and stand around in the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona, Spain as police investigate a damaged van, believed to be the one used in the terror attack

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said 16 people were killed in the attack and at least 100 injured

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said 16 people were killed in the attack and at least 100 injured

‘It’s happened again. It’s a very real thing,’ he said.

Authorities said at least 13 people were killed in Thursday’s attack – which has been claimed by Islamic State – and 100 more injured, 15 of them seriously.

Three Australians were injured, including an NSW woman who is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia stood in absolute resolute solidarity with Spain in the global battle against Islamist terrorism.

‘This is a global battle against terrorism,’ Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

Early Friday, Catalan police posted a tweet saying they shot and killed four suspects and wounded a fifth in a resort town south of Barcelona.

They said officers ‘shot down the perpetrators’ to ‘respond to a terrorist attack.’

It wasn’t immediately clear from the tweet if the five shot were suspects in the Las Ramblas attack or were allegedly targeting another location.

PM Turnbull says Australia stands in ‘absolute resolute solidarity’
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on Friday morning that one Australian woman is in hospital in a serious but stable condition

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on Friday morning that one Australian woman is in hospital in a serious but stable condition

Police patrol streets in Las Ramblas after Barcelona terrorist

Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the city’s top tourist destinations. People walk down a wide, pedestrian path in the center of the street while cars can travel on either side.

Police immediately cordoned off the city’s broad avenue and ordered stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close.

Other witnesses also described horrific scenes and fearful crowds in the aftermath of the van attack, which has been claimed by the Islamic State.

MFB Commander Graeme O’Sullivan was one of the first responders at Melbourne’s Bourke Street tragedy in January.

He and his wife saw the latest carnage unfold from the rooftop of their Barcelona hotel.

‘We were up on the sixth floor roof terrace, just the pool area, enjoying a few drinks,’ he told Nine.

‘We could clearly hear thuds as the vehicle was running into people, and then a short time after that, obviously, several very loud sickening screams from the people involved down at street level.’

Mr O’Sullivan said the similarity to the Bourke Street Mall event was chilling.

‘Bourke Street wasn’t terrorism and this appears to be, but the result is still the same,’ he told Melbourne radio 3AW.

Forensic policemen arrive in the cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd

Forensic policemen arrive in the cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd

Spain has been on a security alert one step below the maximum since June 2015 following attacks elsewhere in Europe and Africa

Spain has been on a security alert one step below the maximum since June 2015 following attacks elsewhere in Europe and Africa

Australian cyber safety expert Susan McLean was about 100m away as the van zigzagged down the busy avenue, mowing down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground.

‘All of a sudden there was this tidal wave of people running from both Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas towards us screaming, crying and with absolute terror etched on their faces,’ she told Nine Network on Friday.

‘Several of them were calling ‘gun, gun’, so first of all we thought someone had been shot.

‘Then they just kept sort of – it was all in Spanish, it was very difficult to understand – but they were sort of pushing us into shops.’

Ms McLean, who was separated from her husband in the panic, also said the scene reminded her of the Bourke Street Mall rampage.

‘My first reaction was the Bourke Street massacre, because that is what it reminded me of – the vision of people fleeing in just such terror,’ she said.

Keith Fleming, and American living in Barcelona, said he was watching television in his building on a side street just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to the balcony to investigate.

He says he saw ‘women and children just running and they looked terrified.’

Mr Fleming heard a bang, possibly from someone rolling down a store shutter, as more people raced by.

He said armed police arrived and pushed everyone a full block down the street.

Australian witnesses described the attack as reminiscent of the Bourke Strert Mall rampage in January (above)

Australian witnesses described the attack as reminiscent of the Bourke Strert Mall rampage in January (above)

 

State-owned broadcaster RTVE reported that investigators think two vans were used – one for the attack and a second as a getaway vehicle.

The attack in the northeastern Spanish city was the country’s deadliest since 2004, when al-Qaeda-inspired bombers killed 192 people in coordinated attacks on Madrid’s commuter trains.

Spain has been on a security alert one step below the maximum since June 2015 following attacks elsewhere in Europe and Africa.

Cars, trucks and vans have been the weapon of choice in multiple extremist attacks in Europe in the last year.

The most deadly was the driver of a tractor-trailer who targeted Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice in July 2016, killing 86 people.

In December 2016, 12 people died after a driver used a hijacked trick to drive into a Christmas market in Berlin.

There have been multiple attacks this year in London, where a man in a rented SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people before he ran onto the grounds of Parliament and stabbed an unarmed police officer to death in March.

Four other men drove onto the sidewalk of London Bridge, unleashing a rampage with knives that killed eight people in June.

Another man also drove into pedestrians leaving a north London mosque later in June.

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Jewish Media Hiding This Dark Secret About Woman Who Toppled Confederate Monument

When 22-year-old college student Takiyah Thompson toppled a monument of a Confederate soldier in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, she instantly became a hero of the liberal media — a counterbalance to the sick violence we saw in Charlottesville this past weekend. That sentiment only grew after, as WTVD-TV reports, Thompson was arrested at a news conference in which she demanded amnesty for the protesters.

Take, for instance, this headline from the liberal Huffington Post: “Takiyah Thompson, Hailed As ‘Hero,’ Showered With Support For Toppling Confederate Statue.” The media breathlessly reported everything that Thompson said at the news conference, an event put on by the Workers World Party, a group that Thompson belongs to.

Much less — in fact, next to nothing — was said about the Workers World Party, the Marxist-Leninist group that has taken credit for organizing the monument-toppling. There was a reason for that: For Thompson’s story to fit the narrative, the Workers World Party’s history needed to be obscured.

As The Daily Caller points out, the WWP has some very dirty secrets. It’s a pro-North Korean, anti-American organization that often espouses violence and crime to get its way. The Daily Caller describes the party, founded in 1959, as a “hard-line offshoot of the more moderate Socialist Workers Party.”

“Organizers and protesters in Durham sent a clear message: Love does not trump hate; only mobilized people’s power can tear down white supremacy,” the group said in a piece published right after the Durham incident.

The group also stuck up for North Korea’s right to nuclear weapons, saying that Pyongyang is merely “trying to keep from being crushed by the immense force deployed by U.S. ‘capitalist democracy.’”

“It is the right of oppressed people to choose the form of their struggle,” a WWP article from this past Monday reads.

“Those who come from the oppressor nation must not dictate how it should be done … And the same is true on the international arena. If the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have decided that the only way they’ll be safe from another U.S. attack is to have a nuclear deterrent, the best thing we in the U.S. can do is try to make sure that such an attack by the U.S. never happens.”

No matter how you feel about Confederate monuments, this is not the kind of person you want to “shower with support” over a decision to commit politically-motivated vandalism. This is an extremist far outside of the mainstream of American opinion.

Whether or not you agree with what she did — and we do not — that side of the story needs to be told.

US JEWISH CELEBRITIES HORRIFIED BY TRUMP REMARKS

 

Many around the world were shocked to see people with swastika flags and Nazi salutes marching in a US city in 2017. But many were even more shocked when US President Donald Trump defended them in a press conference on Tuesday evening. The president said that many of the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday were “very fine people.”

A wide range of Jewish celebrities expressed horror at the events unfolding – including the death of a young woman, Heather Heyer, when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Superstar singer Barbra Streisand was horrified by the president’s remarks, saying that when Trump speaks without “a prepared statement,” he “says what he really believes.”

“Equating neo-Nazis to those protecting civil rights is disgraceful & crazy,” she wrote on Twitter.

Actor Ben Stiller tweeted that he “just watched the entire Trump news conference. Worst message I have ever heard a president put out to the world.”

And Rob Reiner, the comedian and director, wrote that he is “Getting very tired of asking GOP to show strength. How much strength does it take to reject a POTUS [President of the United States] who embraces Nazis? Step the f*** up!” Writing on her website, Grok Nation, actress Mayim Bialik recounted how she discussed the events of this week with her two children.

“I told my sons about the hatred these people have for Jews. And for blacks. And for progress,” she wrote. “I know what the Trump supporters say about us. That we are whiny liberals who can’t stand that Hillary lost. Well, turns out our paranoia was not unfounded. At least not in this case.”

Stan Lee, the 94-year-old comic book legend responsible for Spider-Man and the X-Men along others, simply reminded his followers of what he’s thought for the last 50 years.

Lee, who grew up in New York as the son of immigrant Jewish parents, posted a column he wrote in 1968 on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today,” he wrote in 1968, in a monthly column that appeared in Marvel Comics. “It’s totally irrational and patently insane to condemn an entire race – to despise an entire nation – to vilify an entire religion.”

In 2017, all Lee had to add was that his statement is “as true today as it was in 1968.”

Actress Debra Messing, who’s currently working on a reboot of her sitcom Will & Grace, also offered a quote – by Holocaust survivor and activist Elie Wiesel.

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation,” she posted on Facebook, quoting from Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Others had a more personal take on the unrest, and Trump’s response to it.

Norman Lear, 95, the producer of shows such as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, told Trump exactly what he thought.

“I fought Nazis in World War II,” he wrote on Twitter. “They aren’t ‘very fine people,’ @realDonaldTrump.”

Josh Gad, best known for his roles in Frozen and Beauty and the Beast, pulled no punches in responding to Trump’s press conference.

“Sound the alarm,” he wrote. “This country is on fire. And the arsonist is the President.”

Hours later, Gad added: “My grandparents lived in concentration camps as they watched their families die because of Nazis. F*** u Mr. President 4 legitimizing hate.”

JARED KUSHNER, IVANKA TRUMP URGED DAD TO MODERATE CHARLOTTESVILLE STANCE

 

NEW YORK — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law, tried and failed to convince her father to moderate his comments on the white supremacist rally and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, The New York Times reported.

Citing unnamed sources, the Times reported Tuesday that the couple, vacationing in Vermont over the weekend, urged the president to reconsider a statement he made on Saturday in which he blamed “many sides” for the violence that erupted at the rally.

Early Sunday, Ivanka Trump herself tweeted a message that more explicitly denounced the far-right ideologies on display in Charlottesville.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” she said. “We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville.”

On Monday, President Trump appeared to heed their advice — “grudgingly,” the Times reported — by reading a statement saying that “racism is evil” and calling out neo-Nazis and white supremacists in specific terms.

On Tuesday, however, in extended unscripted remarks during a news conference in New York, Trump defended his prior assertion and said “there is blame on both sides” for the violence. He appeared to equate protesters on the far left and far right. A 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday in Charlottesville when a car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a group of counterprotesters.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Orthodox Jews who have contributed to Democratic causes in the past, have often been expected to be moderating forces on their volatile father, although critics suggest there is little evidence that they have either tried or succeeded.

Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Tuesday that the pair should seize the opportunity to counsel the president, whose remarks, Foxman said, served to “rationalize away Nazism, its hatred, its violence, and find excuses for it.”

“They need to sit down with him, and say to him, face-to-face, ‘Do you understand what message you’re sending to your grandchildren? That it’s okay for people to march down and yell get rid of the Jews, we don’t want the Jews. And you say this is nothing?’” Foxman told Jewish Insider. “People have said, ‘Well maybe Jared …’ Jared’s grandparents are Holocaust survivors. People say, ‘Well, maybe they were put there to be Esther or Mordechai.’ Well, maybe they have.”

Kushner’s grandmother, Rae Kushner, escaped from the Novogrudok ghetto in present-day Belarus; his grandfather Joseph Kushner also survived the Nazis. Esther and Mordechai are the Jewish heroes of the Purim story, who convinced a Persian king to cancel a genocide against his Jewish subjects.

Jewish Insider also quoted Norman Eisen, former ethics czar in the Obama White House, calling on Kushner and Ivanka Trump to refute the president’s narrative about Charlottesville.

“I know that every day that passes without them directly acting has the opposite effect,” Eisen said Wednesday. “It enables the ignorance and bigotry of the president. I wish I could tell you that I thought that they would speak out, but nothing we’ve seen from them so far suggests that they’re going to do anything to disagree publicly with Trump.”

The rally in Charlottesville included explicitly Nazi and anti-Semitic chants and signage. One of the leaders of the rally, Christopher Cantwell, who writes the white supremacist blog Radical Agenda, told Vice News Tonight that he was disappointed in Trump for having allowed his daughter to marry a Jew.

“I don’t think you could feel the way about race that I do and watch that Kushner bastard walk around with that beautiful girl, OK?” said Cantwell.

Cantwell included a link to the interview on his own website.

ANOTHER WOMAN PUBLICLY ACCUSES ROMAN POLANSKI OF UNDERAGE RAPE

 

Fugitive director Roman Polanski, already fighting a 40-year-old underage rape case in a California court, was accused on Tuesday by another woman, who says he raped her in 1973 when she was 16.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who’s become the go-to lawyer for women accusing famous men of sexual abuse in decades-old cases, introduced “Robin M.,” a new accuser of the Oscar-winning director, at a press conference at her office.

Robin M., 59, wouldn’t give her full name or many details of her accusation, but said she was coming forward now, after 44 years of silence, because she was so “infuriated” by Samantha Geimer, Polanski’s long-ago teen victim, who has publicly supported Polanski’s long legal battle to get his case resolved.

Allred said Robin M. has no plans to sue Polanski, now 83, although she could in civil court. Her underage rape charge would appear to be too old to prosecute criminally under California law. But Robin M. did threaten to seek to testify against Polanski should he ever agree to go to trial on the Geimer case.

“I am speaking out now so that Samantha and the world will know that she is not the only minor Roman Polanski victimized,” Robin M. told reporters, adding Polanski’s fame “does not excuse his criminal conduct of sexually victimizing minors.”

As she spoke, Robin M. dabbed at tears, not unusual at Allred press conferences featuring women who have accused Bill Cosby of raping them decades ago (Allred represents more than 30 Cosby accusers).

Allred told reporters it’s understandable that Geimer would want the case to end after four decades. But any other defendant “who is not rich and famous” would be required to be present for a sentencing proceeding on a felony conviction. Polanski can’t appear in California because he would be arrested and jailed.

“An exception should not be made for a Hollywood film director and it would be wrong for the court to appear to give special treatment to Mr. Polanski,” Allred said.

Robin M. declined to say how she came to meet Polanski or where the encounter happened. She said she didn’t tell anybody except a friend about it at the time, and she didn’t tell her father for fear he would do something in response that would land him in prison.

Robin M.’s sudden appearance prompted annoyed head-scratching from Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, who suggested Allred and her new client are trying to derail his efforts on behalf of Polanski.

“If she wants to, she can come to court and file a brief in favor of the prosecution’s position” on Polanski – not hold a news conference, Braun said.

Braun is trying to persuade a California judge to end the 1977 Geimer case, for which Polanski has been a fugitive from justice since 1978, when he fled to France on the eve of sentencing for his guilty plea to unlawful sex with Geimer, who was then 13.

Polanski feared the judge in the case (now dead) was going to renege on a plea agreement and send him away for more time than the six weeks he had already served in prison during a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing.

An international arrest warrant has confined him to France, Switzerland and his native Poland ever since. The warrant prevented Polanski from collecting his Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film The Pianist.

So far, Polanski and Braun have had little success in persuading Los Angeles prosecutors or the judge to dismiss the case.

In June, Geimer, now 54, went to court to tell Judge Scott M. Gordon that she wanted the case to end, either with an outright dismissal or by the judge sentencing Polanski to time served without him being present. The matter is still pending before the judge.

Allred acknowledged that Geimer does have rights to speak out as a victim in a criminal case in California, but the decision about Polanski is not up to her.

“It is important to point out that the criminal case was filed on behalf of the people of California, and it is not her case,” Allred said. “Her feelings are not conclusive as to the outcome. It is the judge who decides the sentence, not the victim.”