Dec 4, 2018

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead delegation to the West Bank

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) plans to lead a congressional delegation to the occupied West Bank next year, breaking with the traditional visit to Israel for newly elected members of Congress sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), The Intercept reports.

The big picture: Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, told The Intercept that she wants the delegation "to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region." She added, "I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided. … [They] have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there."

  • Details: Last year, the Democratic members who traveled to Israel for the seven-day AIPAC trip had only one 75-minute meeting with a Palestinian official, The Intercept reports, instead meeting with Israeli officials and business leaders for most of the itinerary. Republican members also had one briefing with Palestinian officials during their trip.

The big picture: Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports an end to the Israeli occupation, told The Intercept: "Palestinian rights are being integrated into the broader progressive agenda. It's becoming also standard that if you support single-payer health care and climate justice, you'll support Palestinian rights."

Tlaib also told The Intercept that she is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses economic boycotts of Israeli goods to show support for Palestinian rights.

  • She said that BDS is a way to highlight "issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now."

Go deeper: U.S. downgrades its diplomatic mission to Palestinians

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Countries where novel coronavirus cases are falling may be hit with a "second peak" if they relax restrictions too soon, World Health Organization emergencies chief Mike Ryan warned during a briefing Monday. "We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up," he added.

By the numbers: Almost 5.5 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Monday, and more than 2.2 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 14.6 million tests). The U.K. is reporting over 36,900 deaths from the coronavirus — the most fatalities outside the U.S.

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  3. World: Italy reports lowest number of new cases since February — Ireland reports no new coronavirus deaths on Monday for the first time since March 21 — WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns.
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LATAM Airlines files for U.S. chapter 11 bankruptcy

A LATAM air attendant aboard one of the company's planes in March. Photo: Kike Calvo/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

LATAM Airlines Group SA said in a statement early Tuesday the firm and its affiliates in in the United States, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

Why it matters: Latam is Latin America's largest airline and its shareholders include Delta Air Lines. CEO Roberto Alvo noted in the statement the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the airline industry.