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Israeli fascism

Palestinian officials have warned against unaccountable fascism of Israeli officials, saying it threatens regional and international peace and security. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued the warning in a Tuesday statement. It came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised far-right minister Itamar Ben-Gvir that he would oversee the creation of a National Guard to operate under his direct command. In exchange, Ben-Gvir agreed to pause the regime’s controversial judicial overhaul plan. The ministry says the so-called guard will only serve to target, kill, and torture the undefended Palestinian people en masse. It added the regime of Israel will be responsible for the repercussion of such a decision.

Anti-Russia discrimination

Russia slams the criteria announced by the International Olympic Committee intended to enable Russian and Belarusian athletes to take part in international competitions. The head of Russia's Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov said Moscow opposes any notion of Russian and Belarusian athletes competing as neutrals. He added, the parameters are absolutely unacceptable and a discrimination on the basis of nationality. He also denounced the imposition of additional anti-doping procedures for Russian competitors. This comes after IOC issued recommendations for the gradual return to international competitions for Russian and Belarusian athletes. It has set out a pathway for these competitors to earn Olympic slots through Asian qualifying. The IOC had sanctioned Russia and Belarus after the Ukraine war. 

France protests unabated

In France, new clashes have erupted between police and protesters as tens of thousands took to the streets to show their anger at the government’s pension reforms. Police fired tear gas and launched a charge in Paris, arresting some 20 people. Rights bodies including the Council of Europe have accused the police of using excessive force, further fueling the demonstrators' anger. The day of action is the tenth such mobilization since protests started in mid-January against the legislation. People are angry at the overhaul, which includes raising the retirement age to 64. The protests erupted after President Emmanuel Macron, almost two weeks ago, pushed the new pension law through parliament using a special provision sidestepping any vote. Unions have vowed to continue mass protests to force the government to back down.

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