🌏 Israel Wants To "Thin Out" Palestinians In Gaza, Japanese Woman Soldier Wins Landmark Sexual Assault Case And More

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A bombshell report has revealed that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to “thin out” Palestinians in Gaza “to a minimum”.

The report was published on Dec. 1 by the Israel Hayom newspaper, which is largely seen as a mouthpiece for Netanyahu, according to the Intercept.

Israel Hayom’s report said Netanyahu told his top minister of strategic planning to come up with a plan that not only keeps pushing Palestinians in Gaza into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, but also to mass expel them to European and African countries by sea.

Israel Hayom reported that the plan was top secret due to its “obvious explosiveness” and sensitivity but that Netanyahu sees it as a “strategic goal”.

It said Netanyahu expects the plan to face opposition from the US and Egypt but believed Israel could overcome Egypt’s resistance “unless Cairo starts shooting Palestinians crossing into the country”.

The report said that pushing Palestinians out of Gaza is not a “transfer” but “freeing” them from the “stranglehold” of Gaza’s borders.

Many have pointed out “thinning out” is just an euphemism for ethnic cleansing, which is the systematic forced removal of an ethnic, racial or religious group from an area to make it ethnically homogenous.

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In a landmark moment, this Japanese woman soldier sued three male colleagues for sexually assaulting her and won.

24-year-old Rina Gonoi said that she had wanted to join the army as a child after she saw troops helping victims of an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

But she said after she joined the military, she faced constant sexual harassment, with male colleagues sexually commenting on her body and breast size and even asking her to give them blow jobs.

Then in August 2021, three male colleagues pinned her to the bed, forcibly spread her legs open and rubbed their crotches against her sexually. She said the incident happened in front of several other people, but no one intervened and some people even laughed.

Gonoi said she reported the incident to senior officers but they dismissed her over “lack of evidence”.  After no action was taken, Gonoi eventually decided to leave the military.

In 2022, she took the rare step to go public and share her story on YouTube, drawing attention worldwide and in Japan, where speaking out against gender violence still remains a taboo.

After her video went viral, Japan’s defense ministry issued an apology and said it had dismissed five men in connection to the assault.

It also pressured authorities to launch an official investigation into sexual violence in the military, which uncovered about 1,400 cases of sexual harassment and bullying, most of which had not been reported.

Gonoi then sued the three men, who were found guilty on Tuesday Dec. 12 and sentenced to two-year suspended prison sentences.

For the first time, countries have agreed to “transition away” from fossil fuels to fight climate change.

The agreement was announced on Wednesday Dec. 13 at the end of COP28, the UN’s annual climate change conference, in Dubai, UAE, after 2 weeks of negotiations between nearly 200 countries.

This is the first agreement in COP’s history to explicitly state that it is necessary to shift away from fossil fuels, thus recognizing their role as drivers in the climate crisis.

It calls for countries to “transition away” from fossil fuels in a “just, orderly and equitable” manner this decade to reach net zero by 2050.

However, the agreement was a last minute compromise that does not call for “phasing out” fossil fuels, which means stopping the use of coal, gas and oil.

More than 100 countries, from small island countries – which are the most hard hit by the effects of the climate crisis – to Western superpowers including the US, UK and the EU, had all been fighting for the stronger phrase of “phase out”.

The president of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber, who is the CEO of the UAE’s state oil company, hailed it as a historic moment.

At the conference, countries also committed US$700 million to the “loss and damage” fund that helps pay for climate change damages in poor countries.

However, activists and rights groups say that the number is not nearly enough and that US$400 billion is needed.

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