A Weekend of Violence in Palestine - The Monday AM Quickie 1/30/23

Big football Sunday for me over here – gonna have both the games going on one monitor as I type up the newsletter and recover from this ugly cold. By the time you read this we'll know if Brock Purdy is headed to a Superbowl or not... can he do it? I hope so. [EDIT 6:30PM Sunday: drat.] - Jack


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Israel's Brutal Raids Create More Violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Escalating violence in the West Bank has created another pressure cooker of tragedy in the early days of 2023: more than 20 Palestinians have been killed by the IDF or Israeli settlers in recent days, while a gunman killed 7 Israelis outside of a synagogue. As always, the violence has not been one-sided, but nor has it been proportional.

Many major outlets have chosen to focus on the tragic massacre outside of the synagogue in East Jerusalem. That grief is real, but it should not overshadow the horrific violence Israel's military and security forces have visited upon Palestinians.

The latest death is of a Palestinian man who died at the hands of Israeli settlers, who claim that he was armed with a handgun. The victim was 18. Palestinian authorities say that Israeli settlers carried out 150 attacks against Palestinians or their properties in the West Bank.

Already, Israel has killed 30 Palestinians this year – in less than month. Last year Israel killed more than 170 Palestinians, the deadliest year in recent history. The current wave of back and forth violence – much of it borne by Palestinian civilians – was first ignited by an Israeli raid on the Palestinian neighborhood of Jenin. Israeli forces killed 9 Palestinians in that raid, which they claimed was against "Islamic jihad" militants in the area. Palestinian authorities say one of the dead was a woman in her 60s. During the raids Palestinian officials say Israeli troops fired tear gas towards the Jenin Government Hospital, causing inhalation injuries in some children there.

This follows a trend of Israel's government sinking further and further into the far right as their apartheid policies against Palestine have also escalated. Israeli settlers already responsible for much of the violence in the West Bank have been emboldened by the resurgence of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently seeking to eliminate as many checks on his power as he can. It's pretty clear what he plans to do with that power: create as much misery for the subjugated people of Palestine as possible.

Tyre Nichols's Death Was a Murder. The Only Question is How Many Were At Fault

By now you've probably seen many of the details in the horrific Tyre Nichols case. He was murdered by five police officers who were part of Memphis's "elite" SCORPION unit, which was one of these so-called special police forces that often run themselves like criminal gangs and are almost immediately linked to illegal activities and brutal use of force complaints. Now, the focus of this story will (hopefully) turn to the culpability of everyone beyond the five direct murderers: the EMTs who failed to render aid, the police chief who created the SCORPION unit, the people who train cops to shout incoherent commands at suspects and punish any "disobedience." What's clear is that some "increase in training" is not what's needed, but instead a complete overhaul (dare we say abolition) of how policing works in this country.

Ohio Couple Was Running Nazi Homeschooling Network Through Telegram

HuffPost has a wild story out this weekend: a married couple in Ohio were running a private Nazi homeschool network through the social networking and messaging app Telegram. Yes, "private Nazi homeschool network" is an absurd phrase, but that's pretty much what it was. The couple, who referred to themselves as "Mr. and Mrs. Saxon" said on a Nazi podcast in 2021 that they had created the “Dissident Homeschool” channel on Telegram "after years of searching for and developing “Nazi-approved material” for their own home-schooled children — material they were eager to share," per HuffPo. The channel now has nearly 2,500 subscribers, and provides parents with tips on how to keep their curriculums compliant with U.S. homeschooling laws while also letting them practice cursive with quotes from Adolf Hitler. Great stuff!


  • AOC Stepping Into Number 2 Slot on House Oversight Electoral power can build slowly, and despite their faults, the Squad is still making moves. via Politico.
  • George Santos Campaign Contributors Are Real Fishy Some don't even exist! via HuffPost.
  • Paul Pelosi's Attacker Wishes He Hurt More People The man is clearly mentally ill, but his statements are still frightening. via HuffPost.
  • Russia and Ukraine Fighting For Control of Villages Around Bakhmut The battles will likely decide who controls the Donbas region going into the Spring. via NYT.


$1 Million

Amount that Donald Trump secretly donated to discredit the Arizona vote audit, according to a new investigation by the Guardian.


1/30 Sam and Emma host Jefferson Cowie, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, to discuss his recent book Freedom's Dominion: A Sage of White Resistance to Federal Power.


Matt Walsh Makes Desperate Plea For Attention

Notice me! Notice me!

WATCH: Right-Wingers Hilariously Trolled During Anti-Woman Protest

The fragility on display here is just so precious.


“I am at peace, or as at peace as I can be.”

– Former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a new interview, basically saying that he's not mad, and not to put it in the newspaper that he's mad.

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