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Issue No. 2496

Protesters challenge Trump’s racism

Protesters challenge Trump’s racism

Trump rallies plagued by protests in US

Protests against the thuggish Donald Trump have spread following the successful shutdown of one of his rallies in Chicago recently.

Demonstrators in Arizona used parked vehicles to block the route to a Trump event last Saturday. Traffic backed up for miles.

Trump was later repeatedly interrupted in Tucson by protesters chanting “No more hate” and “Trump the racist.”

Trump tried to whip up the crowd by saying, “These are not good people folks, they’re not really protesters.”

Protesters tried to rush the doors of a rally in Salt Lake City the night before but were beaten back. In both Tucson and Salt Lake City Trump supporters had to leave the rally by a back exit to avoid protesters.

Also on Saturday hundreds of people demonstrated in Manhattan, New York, against a Trump event.

One of Trump’s major themes at the weekend was to denounce Mexican migrants, saying, “So much crime. Drugs pouring though the border.

“We’re going to build the wall and we’re going to stop it. It’s going to end.”

Charlie Kimber

Palestinian arson murder witness attacked

A witness to an arson attack that killed a Palestinian family in a West Bank village last year has had his home firebombed.

Ibrahim Dawabshe and his wife were sleeping when their home was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He is the only witness to an arson attack that killed his relatives and neighbours, baby Ali Dawabshe and parents Saad and Reham, last July.

Ibrahim is to testify in the high profile trial of Amiram Ben-Uliel, the far right Israeli settler charged with the murders by the Israeli state. But his account is at odds with the state’s version of events.

Israeli security service Shin Bet allege Ben-Uliel acted alone in the attack, whereas Ibrahim says he saw two attackers on the scene.

Shin Bet claim it was unlikely that last Sunday’s fire was started by Israeli settlers. A brick and at least two Molotov cocktails were found near a broken window after the attack.

Nick Clark

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