December 08, 2023
Dont want Israelis in Gaza? They dont want to be there, either
After a seven-day temporary truce that saw more than 100 Hamas-held hostages released in exchange for three times as many Palestinian prisoners, the fighting in Gaza has resumed. Unsurprisingly, calls for a ceasefire have also resumed with a renewed pitch. Ironically, if there’s one thing the pro-Israel and pro-Palestine camps agree on, it’s that neither wants to see Israel’s soldiers fighting inside Gaza. The last place Israel wants to send its fighting sons and daughters is to the Hamas-controlled enclave, with its from which gunmen emerge to launch ambushes. But 15 years of lethal attacks have made clear there is no way to end Hamas’s terrorism without rooting out the organization once and for all. Hamas has openly promised . So even though Israel did not ask for this war, its only choice is to fight it fully. Those who hoped the week-long pause would lead to a long-term ceasefire misunderstand Hamas, which has a long history of BREAKING ceasefires. Four days into last week’s truce, near Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip and opened fire on them. Israel still upheld the truce for three more days until Friday, when The terrorist group remains true to its founding mission. Hamas is an acronym for (“Islamic Resistance Movement”). It emerged in the late 1980s as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, with a founding for the destruction of Israel and the establishment of an Islamic society. After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas put in place authoritarian institutions to govern the population of 2 million under strict sharia law. It adopted increasingly violent tactics against Israel, capitalizing on funding and . Hamas dispatched suicide bombers onto Israel’s streets, launched tens of thousands of rockets and mortars, released incendiary balloons to set fire to nearby villages, planted roadside explosives, and built tunnels to infiltrate communities, kill and kidnap Israeli soldiers and civilians. Then, on Oct. 7, thousands of Hamas terrorists broke through the Gaza border fence, attacked some 20 Israeli towns and villages, and perpetrated the single-largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. Until then, Israel had tried to keep its citizens safe through a combination of limited MILITARY interventions and economic incentives, including permits for Gazans to work inside Israel. It imposed a maritime blockade to prevent the smuggling of weapons while permitting the entry of international aid into the Strip, knowing much of of that aid would be . Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack made clear that Israel can no longer ignore the jihadi death cult that lives on its doorstep. No Israeli family would be willing to return to the now-vacant towns surrounding Gaza as long as Hamas remains a threat. So for now, swaths of Israel are uninhabitable. To be sure, Israel must abide by the laws of war and make maximum efforts to avoid civilian casualties. Critics can disagree with Israel is waging war in Gaza, but they cannot, in good faith, deny Israel’s duty to defend its citizens and free the estimated 137 remaining hostages. Critics who would deny Israel this right are, very often, the same people who deny Israel’s right to exist in the first place. Those calling for a ceasefire want Israel to retreat from a terrorist group that still holds many hostages, and which will only regroup afterward to stage multiple additional attacks. Such a retreat would send a dangerous message to Israel’s enemies in Hezbollah and Iran, who are watching from other potential battle fronts, assessing Israel’s willingness to respond. The goal of peace-loving people should not just be an end to this current war but an end to all wars in Gaza. That is only possible if the threat of Hamas is removed once and for all. Israel’s soldiers must complete this mission, progressing methodically and carefully to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. A terror state built over 15 years cannot be dismantled overnight. But once it has been dismantled, both Israelis and Palestinians will welcome the day when Israeli soldiers no longer fight in Gaza.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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