Palestinian Killed After Ramming Car Into 6 Israeli Police in Jerusalem: Police

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian driver who crashed his car into a police roadblock, injuring six officers, in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighbourhood on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred in Sheikh Jarrah, in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, which is the focus of a court case in which several Palestinian families could be evicted from homes claimed by Jewish settlers.

Video obtained by Reuters showed a car slamming at high speed into the roadblock in what police said was a deliberate attack. Police said officers opened fire, killing the driver, whose name was not immediately released.

Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for Gaza’s ruling Hamas Islamist mlitant group, praised what he described as the “heroic and daring operation” in Sheikh Jarrah.

Hamas began rocket strikes on Israel on Monday after weeks of tensions over the possible Sheikh Jarrah evictions and clashes between police and Palestinians at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

After nightfall, police brought a mobile crane to winch concrete barriers into place, blocking the entrance to the potential eviction site and an adjacent tomb reputed to be the burial place of Simon the Just, an ancient Jewish high priest.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move that has not won international recognition. Palestinians want all of Jerusalem as the capital of a state they seek in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh and St

N Ireland’s Main Unionist Party Picks Traditionalist Leader

Northern Ireland’s largest British unionist party chose a religious conservative from the party’s traditionalist wing as its new leader on Friday.

Edwin Poots, currently Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister, won a two-person contest to lead the Democratic Unionist Party — the senior partner in the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government in Belfast. He replaces Arlene Foster, who quit as leader and first minister last month amid recriminations over the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.

Poots vowed to unite the unionist movement in the face of the “massive challenge” brought by Brexit to Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that shares a border with the European Union.

“This party has been the authentic voice of unionism and will continue to be the authentic voice of unionism under my leadership,” he said.

“I will be a leader in unionism who will be reaching out to other leaders in unionism. I want to see unionism working together.”

Poots defeated rival Jeffrey Donaldson by a slim 19-17 margin in a vote of the party’s eight lawmakers in the British Parliament and 28 Northern Ireland Assembly members.

He has said he will serve as party leader but will nominate someone else to be first minister.

Poots is a Christian fundamentalist and believer in creationism whose conservative views on social issues echo those of the DUP’s founder, the late Rev. Ian Paisley, but are far outside the U.K. political mainstream.

A party rooted in the fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church, the DUP opposed Northern Ireland’s 1999 peace accord, but later became reconciled to it and agreed to share power with the Irish Republican Army-linked party Sinn Fein.

The power-sharing relationship has often been rocky, and the Belfast administration was suspended for almost three years from 2017 after it collapsed over a botched green energy project.

Britain’s economic split from the European Union at the end of 2020 has further shaken the political balance in Northern Ireland, a part of the U.K. where some people identify as British and some as Irish.

Post-Brexit trade rules have imposed customs and border checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. The arrangement was designed to avoid checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an EU member, because an open Irish border has helped underpin the peace process that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

The new arrangements have angered Northern Ireland’s British unionists, who say the new checks amount to a border in the Irish Sea, weaken ties with the rest of the U.K. and could bolster calls for Irish reunification.

Tensions over the new rules were a contributing factor to a week of street violence in Northern Ireland cities last month that saw youths pelt police with bricks, fireworks and firebombs.

Foster faced the wrath of party members for backing the divorce agreement that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck with the EU. She quit amid a party push to oust her, saying she would remain as DUP leader until May 28 and as first minister until the end of June.

Foster also alienated sections of the conservative, Protestant party by taking a too-liberal stand on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

The DUP wants the U.K. government to rip up its divorce agreement with the EU. The bloc says that is impossible, and Johnson’s government says it is working to overcome teething problems in the new relationship.

California Budget Has $35 Million for Basic Income Programs

California Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to utilize a fragment of the state’s enormous spending excess to give needy individuals cash every month without any standards on how they spend it.

Newsom’s spending proposition, reported Friday, incorporates $35 million more than five years to pay for “general essential pay test cases programs.” The thought is to give destitute individuals cash every month to help facilitate the anxieties of neediness that can make it harder to figure out regular positions and stay solid.

It’s accepted to be the primary statewide subsidizing for such projects, which are acquiring footing in urban areas the nation over.

Newsom said he will probably uphold these nearby projects so they can create information to help strategy creators choose if the thought will work at a bigger scope. He says he needs California to be an impetus “for discussions the whole way across the country.”

The thought has been around since at any rate the eighteenth century. Indeed, even the U.S. government tried different things with it during the 1960s and 1970s under President Richard Nixon. It’s gotten new life lately because of previous Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, who dispatched a secretly financed ensured pay program in his Northern California city in 2019.

From that point forward, civic chairmen the nation over have begun their own projects, remembering one for Oakland recently that vows to offer up to 600 families $500 every month. A month ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared the city would burn through $24 million to give $1,000 each month to 2,000 families per year with “no inquiries posed.”

Newsom’s proposition would not make a statewide ensured pay program. All things being equal, it would help pay for nearby governments to begin their own projects. Nearby governments would need to help pay for it — either utilizing neighborhood citizen cash or discovering private contributors — and the projects should target low-pay families.

Pundits of these projects say they offer a disincentive for individuals to work. That account has worked out ludicrous year as the government has expanded the measure of month to month joblessness benefits during the pandemic. Managers have announced work deficiencies as the economy returns, censuring the expanded advantages for keeping individuals from looking for work.

However, an autonomous audit of the ensured pay program in Stockton figured out everyday work expanded among individuals who got the cash during the primary year of the task. Toward the beginning, 28% of individuals who got the cash had everyday positions. Following one year, 40% did.

The state proposition is an achievement for Tubbs, who has said ensured pay projects will possibly work long haul on the off chance that they are controlled by the government. His objective has been to show that these projects work with expectations of persuading Congress to pay for one across the country.…