A witness told officers the shooter was a white male, with a heavy build, bald head and wearing a sleeveless T-shirt.

NBC reports.

CNN reported the shooter to be an “extremist”, carefully avoiding the term “terrorist” while other reports simply used the word “shooter” because, you know, white men full of racist, xenophobic rage can never be terrorists. They just have mental issues and should be empathized with. Etc etc.

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We targeted them because they were Shi’ites, and they are enemies of Islam.

Mohammed Afridi, spokesman for the Darra Adam Khel faction of the Pakistan Taliban told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location. Pakistan Taliban claim sectarian bombing that killed 12.

This has to stop.

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haaretz:

An Orthodox Jew who was weeks away from becoming a New York City police officer said he has been kicked out of the police academy for refusing to trim his beard. 
Former recruit Fishel Litzman of Monsey, New York, was fired Friday after multiple confrontations with the department over the length of his whiskers, he told the Daily News.
Litzman is Hasidic and believes that cutting his beard is forbidden by God.
NYPD rules usually require officers to be clean-shaven. The department makes exceptions for beards kept for religious purposes, but even then only allows 1 millimeter worth of growth. Read more.

Well if that isn’t a ridiculous rule… I just don’t know.

haaretz:

An Orthodox Jew who was weeks away from becoming a New York City police officer said he has been kicked out of the police academy for refusing to trim his beard. 

Former recruit Fishel Litzman of Monsey, New York, was fired Friday after multiple confrontations with the department over the length of his whiskers, he told the Daily News.

Litzman is Hasidic and believes that cutting his beard is forbidden by God.

NYPD rules usually require officers to be clean-shaven. The department makes exceptions for beards kept for religious purposes, but even then only allows 1 millimeter worth of growth. Read more.

Well if that isn’t a ridiculous rule… I just don’t know.

He was shouting at me, ‘You want freedom? You want to topple the regime?’ And he beat me. They asked me, ‘What is your name? What is your father’s name? Where are you from? Why did you join the protest?’ He showed me a video and said ‘Isn’t that you?’ I said no and he beat me. ‘Isn’t that you?’ No. He beat me. ‘Isn’t that you?’ Yes. He beat me more.” […] “I told them: ‘I’m a kid, why are you beating me?’ He said, ‘You’re young? So why are you in a protest?’ I told him: ‘To express my opinion.’ … They electrocuted me in my leg and in my chest. I passed out for about 15 minutes. Then I felt my soul come back to me and I thanked God I did not die. Hossam, a 13-year-old Syrian boy who was arrested on his way home from school last May. He was imprisoned and tortured for three days. Human rights groups say Assad’s regime has systematically targeted and tortured hundreds of children. (via rcabbasi)

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Bridging the gap with a dream: A Jewish architect’s radical plan to link the West Bank and Gaza

haaretz:

French Jewish architect Marc Mimram has an idea that borders on the utopian: to build a huge, multistoried bridge stretching 37 kilometers in order to physically connect the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the two areas under Palestinian Authority rule.

The plan, made public for the first time in the pages of Haaretz, is for a bridge that would rise to a height of 20 meters above the ground, with steel or concrete columns at 250-meter intervals. Read more.