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The World Health Organization Director-General (File photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

"President Trump on Friday announced that the U.S. is 'terminating' its relationship with the embattled World Health Organization (WHO) over its failure to enact reforms in the face of U.S. concerns over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its pro-China bias.

'Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,' Trump said at a press conference.
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The U.S. has raised concerns about WHO officials' praise of Chinese 'transparency' and its repitition of Chinese claims that the virus could not be spread from person-to-person..."

Trump announces U.S. 'terminating' relationship with W.H.O. Article

Palestinian cameraman Eyad Hamad

Palestinian social media exploded in anger Thursday after the Associated Press news agency fired a Palestinian cameraman, apparently at the request of Palestinian police who objected to his support for a fellow journalist the Palestinians had jailed.

Veteran Palestinian cameraman Eyad Hamad, 63, was fired by AP under mysterious circumstances, with Palestinians claiming that the agency had capitulated to demands from the Palestinian Authority (PA) apparently connected to Hamad's support for Anas Hawwari.

Palestinians say Hawwari was arrested by the PA security forces after criticizing the PA, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) said AP fired Hamad "based on a complaint by the Palestinian police against him."

MADA denounced the firing and said it "calls the agency to reverse its decision, which violates his right to express his opinion, his right as a journalist and a citizen to protest and express solidarity with a colleague who was arrested, and calls on the AP to disclose the complaint message it received from the police."

AP's Jerusalem Bureau Chief refused to comment about Hamad, who has worked for the AP for the past 20 years, only telling The Jerusalem Post "we don't comment on personal matters."

According to MADA, Hamad and a group of journalists staged a sit-in on Tuesday outside the PA office in Bethlehem to protest the arrest and beating of Hawwari by Palestinian police.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate slammed the AP decision and called for Hamad to be reinstated.

"The Palestinian Journalists' Union denounces the decision of the Associated Press agency to arbitrary [sic] dismiss fellow journalist Eyad Hamad from his work," saying they stood by their fellow journalist "especially because he is known for his profession and dedication to his work and has been injured, broken, beaten and arrested for his activity and work at the agency."

According to social media posts, Hamad's leg was broken in 2019 during an altercation with Israeli security forces.

Fellow journalists joined in the condemnation of the AP.

"The table must be turned over the heads of the unjust decision-makers who fired colleague Hamad. The photojournalist Eyad is a human being, and he conveyed his message with respect and politeness, and it is a shame that was dealt with in this way," tweeted Palestinian journalist Ismail Al Thawabta.

Journalist Mohsen Alafranji said the "arbitrarily unfair dismissal is a crime that calls for a unified and resolute stance by all journalists, and from professional syndicates against this assault on a journalist who has spent his life serving his cause, his people, and his homeland."

Despite its own record of arrest and abuse of journalists in Gaza, the Hamas terror group jumped on the bandwagon.

"We condemn the Associated Press's dismissal of photojournalist Eyad Hamad in this heinous manner, which does not indicate the slightest commitment to professional ethics," said Salama Maarouf, who heads the Hamas government media office in Gaza.

Another Palestinian noted that both Fatah and Hamas have a record of harassing journalists.

"In the West Bank, Iyad Hamad, a journalist, is fired from his work in the American AP after a complaint from the Palestinian police," tweeted Meqdad Jameel, who said a Gaza journalist named Yusef Hassan is being held by Hamas for doing investigative reporting. "Violations of freedom of the press is official and deeply rooted."

AP slammed for firing cameraman at behest of Palestinian police Document

May 28, 2020

The World Health Organization (File photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Yes, Blame W.H.O. for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response Article

Site of the shooting at the Halle synagogue, Germany (File photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

More than 2,000 antisemitic crimes in Germany, highest rate since 2001 Article

Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (File photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Forty villagers killed in Islamist massacre in northeast Congo Document

May 27, 2020

Protesters being held by police (Social media courtesy Hong Kong Free Press)

Hong Kong crisis: riot police flood city as China protests grow Document

May 26, 2020

An incendiary balloon launched into Israel from Gaza in an earlier attack (File photo courtesy of Israel Police spokespersons unit)

At least three groups of incendiary and explosive balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip on Monday, announced the terror group Ahfad al-Nasser later in the day, warning that Israel had 72 hours to send medical supplies for the coronavirus outbreak into Gaza, or they would make the Gaza envelope "hell."

The launches of incendiary balloons have become more sporadic in recent months. The last time balloon launches were announced by the balloon units was in late April, and before that in February. While they threatened launches before the Knesset elections in March, none were announced.

Countless incendiary and explosive balloons have been launched by Gaza's terrorists in recent years. They sometimes have books or toys attached to lure children, and some have sparked large wildfires in the past. Israel has threatened and has launched strikes against the Strip in response to continued use of the balloons.

A Palestinian teenager was killed when an explosive device he was working with exploded in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, according to Palestinian reports.

Meanwhile, the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry announced on Saturday the first death of a Palestinian infected with coronavirus in the Gaza Strip.

The victim was identified as 77-year-old Fadila Muhammad Abu Raida, a resident of Khan Yunis.

Some 35 new cases were reported in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 55. In late April, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the Gaza Strip had only 93 ventilators.

A special team formed by Israel's Health Ministry has facilitated the entry of medical equipment and the establishment of a field hospital for coronavirus patients in the Strip. An outbreak in the densely-populated Strip could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

Gaza terrorist incendiary balloon attacks on Israel return Document