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truly humbled by the extraordinary honor of this nomination. and i am especially grateful for the care that you have taken in discharging your constitutional duty in service of our democracy with all that is going on in the world to day. ah, this is audra 0. these are the top stories, explosions and arid science can be heard across give, as russian troops and tanks crawl towards the city center grains president says he expects russian forces to store the capital over night and called on the public to defend it. after 2 days of strikes and shelling across ukraine, international pressure is mounting on moscow to withdraw his forces. miss day did am, but this night will be more difficult than the last one. but the assault will be in keys in the south. by the attention is on keith. we must not lose the capital. i
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would like to talk to our defenders. we need to pull together all the forces to defend our country. all of us have to understand what to expect. we must withstand the destiny of ukraine will be decided to not. russia's veto, the un security council draft resolution there would have deplored its invasion of ukraine. the resolution would have confirmed the sovereignty of ukraine and demanded that russia immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its forces. either a guard mozambwe, demagogic, your grain. our room is cu crane has been flooded with weapons, weapons that were used to kill civilians and don bass. yes, you have made you crane upon in your geopolitical game with no concern whatsoever about the interests of the ukrainian people. responsibility for what is transpiring wise, not only with the ukrainian government, but it also lies at your feet. and your draft resolution is nothing but yet another brutal, inhumane move on this ukrainian chessboard,
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perky shoe onion for many in eastern ukraine. this is an escalation of a conflict that's been raging for 8 years in the turn of halifax, which is controlled by russian back separatists. people say shelling from ukrainian army has hit a secondary school. according to regional prosecutors, 2 people were killed. at least 90 people had been arrested at an anti war protest in the russian city of saint petersburg. o. scuffles broke out when police moved in to break up the demonstration and detain. one of the protesters and thursday officers arrested more than 1700 people taking part in similar valleys across russia. protesters have gathered in new york to denounce russia's invasion of ukraine, anti war demonstrations of being held in times square and close to the russian federations mission to the un. hundreds of people showed their support forgive and demanded an end to fighting those of the headlines. the news continues here on al
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jazeera, after upfront, good by talk to al jazeera. we do believe that the threat of an invasion of ukraine is currently the biggest threat international peace and security. we listen, we are focusing so much on the even a tearing crisis that we forget the long term development. we meet with global news makers and talk about the stories that matter. on our era. russia has launched a full scale invasion of ukraine prowling weeks of direct truck build up along the 2 country, shared border and failed attempts at diplomacy with reports that russian troops have entered here. we speak with your cranium member of parliament. leslie about the lingo was currently in the capital, and we asked how we got to this point and what's next for her country, the last year about the link. oh, thank you so much for joining us on upfront as we speak, you are in ukraine on the ground there in the capital of kiev. what is the
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situation there right now? it's one of the most tense, the 36 hours that ukrainians have had at least ukrainians of my age. you great as it's war to delete war which is firing up all throughout the country. russia is targeting by military and civilian target. we are being hit all from all over the place on the ground and there and also from the side and i guess ukrainians, a shock of what we are seeing was we are experiencing. and what we're living through this was than any kind of my math. you could have ever dream though. you say you craniums are still in shock until very recently. ukrainian president vladimir valencia was downplaying the risk of an invasion to avoid panic. and
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a poll from earlier this month found that only 20.4 percent of ukrainians thought that a full scale invasion would happen soon. did you see this coming? i was hoping this would never come. i have lunch and these a t as to her, as for the best them back with the was of the many of the ukrainians. but to be honest, nothing can prepare you for a full long war with the biggest military power in europe. the biggest military power, the walls and the nuclear power. there's nothing that can provide you with stand that on your right. so really when the president of ukraine was saying that, ok, look, we're actually a t, as we know we're going down. we had the stress of escalation and so on throughout the years, all of that was actually true. and i mean to have the population in panic in
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fear would have caused problems in the streets and would have played very well into brookins big master plan to eradicate independence ukraine on the face of the earth. but instead, the population state bird was there was the ceiling of unity which was growing. and that's the feeling of unity is what is helping us right now with this child in poor speech to announce this attack on ukraine. he talked about how quote ukraine is not just a neighboring country. he said that it was, quote, an inalienable part of russia's history, culture and spiritual space. and that modern ukraine was entirely created by russia . given this mindset, was there any chance that ukraine would have a chance to function as an autonomous, a truly autonomous state? yes. on this is what you bring as are fighting or this is why myself or my mentary
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colleagues. the government, the present been, are asking about less than allies politically. what future has declared in his the crazy my speech is, is a pack of lies casually draw this for him by some kremlin, most of my it was an equally provides his mind on lack of knowledge about history whatsoever. so you print as an independent country, ukrainian, russia, you bring in, people love their freedom. we fight for our freedom. we bring our children up with the law of freedom. and this is what we're doing, since we know we are fighting on the defensive, against an offensive from russia to have the right to exist and to live. and i think that while any nation in the world, and he will be doing the saying that would be fighting for their country and the
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right of that country to exist in that same speech. vladimir putin also made the point that nato exercises have been taking place in ukraine over the past few years . and he said that military contingency of nato countries have been almost constantly present on ukrainian territory under the pretext of exercises. given that nato has always been used as an excuse by moscow. do you think that needles, involvement in ukraine, carrying out exercises, but falling short of giving ukraine actual needle membership? has it ultimately hurt the country? lack ukraine needs. nato. nato needs ukraine in order to stabilize relations with russia. that is, a sooner crane becomes a member of nato. that's it. region has nothing to fight for the spheres of influence, as she likes to call, it would have been decided and,
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and over and game. but we respectfully the, the approach that's been taken so far, that is to say, the nato exercises the lack of full nato membership did give, put in the pretext necessary to engage in the actions we've seen over the last 36 hours if it wasn't for nathan will have found another pretext. because fusion won't ukraine inside of russia does not admit an independent ukraine. fujen is crazy on this has been proven time and time again, starting from his speech starting from the show, shows the trial style way. he made his decisions to invade ukraine and have recognition, so to speak from his people to invade ukraine. look, we are dealing with a psychopathic leader of a very, very big country of a very big army and other nuclear states. and i think that the world should really
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be mindful of that and not give into his lives on his manipulations. and be aware that if we are all to coexist normally, we should follow the rules set up for us after world war 2, which works pretty well. i guess on one countries followed them, but when one country starts pulling out from those rules, it's the responsibility of the international community to stand up to which it says so in the un charter which all these countries that are now nato allies, they have signed it together with the great, so it's now been around ability of the international community to stand up for ukraine. because ukraine has done nothing wrong. we have made a free choice as the sovereign state. we have not threatened russia in one way or the other. we have made a decision about how we act with our own territory. was our own military. and who
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are all partners? russia didn't like it. so russia uses its force and its might to invade ukraine. i think you can sort of fans here. ah, what the who is in the role and who is in the right a how can ukraine much, much smaller country was a much, much smaller and less developed army a be a threat to, i'm sorry, i repeat myself, but the sad, biggest song in the world and the biggest, i mean, you're how we can, we can agree that russia is the aggressive last week. president zalinski appealed to the international community as well as you have just done thing. we don't need your sanctions after them. barduage will happen. and after our country will be fired at or after, we will have no borders or after we will have no economy. why would we need those sanctions then? multiple countries, multiple countries of now announced that they will impose unprecedented sanctions
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on russia. do you feel that this is ultimately too little too late? what are these unprecedented tanks and where are they? i don't see them on the sea. then push the dental sanction would be the swift white crane wants to switch russia from swift. swift operations are used with russia to buy one gas while a gas or the main commodities resources which feeds the russian. the condoms. if they're switched off from the swift, means that they don't get the payments for the oil and gas. so immediately we sort of took 2 birds with one stone. there's also no isolation of russian markets and of russia's biggest market. and clearly this would be the sanction which, which had the most just switching them off from the swift and finding them out the way to pay for the oil and gas. well, of course they won't care about switching off from this list in that regard. so it's, it has to come together today i think that the,
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the early right and correct rowse marley and legally thing to do. all of the, you know, of the international community is a provide you grant, with enough defense to abilities and actually just contingent here and to grant, so that we can stand for the blue creek back from russia. and to is to import such factions that will actually isolate that country or rather that's crazy leader from the rest of the world because the world does not need to be poisoned, was the successes he ought to tell terry and regime in an address to the nation on the 1st day of the invasion, president zalinski said we have been left alone to defend our state who is ready to fight alongside us. i don't see any one. you've talked about the kind of sanctions you'd like to see the type of moves you'd like to see the international community engage in. is there anything else you need the international community to do to recognise, to engage in order to see the current crisis in quickly?
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but the international community can choose either to act or to continue to was just political statements. political statements are very nice. we are very grateful for them. they, they show who side to who people are on. but look, when you do treat the hash tag, stand with ukraine or support ukraine. it's not the mouth. you know, it's not the most stop. the russian may 1000, the russian lanes hovering over the cave and the russian, thanks. moving into our roads and destroying them completely along the villages and along with what needs to be done, the really show us if you're prepared to stand with us because you are standing with us not, not just for the sake of ukrainians and a pretty big country in europe as well, you'll standing with your own safety and security. what we need now is actually un p speed be skipping contingency ukraine. since we are not the nato members of a fine fair enough. but un was the general assembly can adopter from ocean on
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sending peacekeeping contention since ukraine. they don't need the security council for that. we can go the same way. that's the van in korea and mentioned 50, we've seen pictures of bombed out residential buildings. embassy international says that it's confirmed that civilians were killed in a ballistic missile strike outside of a hospital. in vall had our and eastern ukraine. ultimately, what would be the human cost of all of this for the ukrainian people? it will be huge because it's not just the need yet casualties of war that we are still counting. but it is also the future of our children. the mindset was which they are often i'm of those 3. my oldest is 8 years old. he's a boy. and already i can see the damage this is doing to him hearing older as dry the sirens i is seeing old, the playing,
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having to constantly go down and the shelter. ah, you know, this is what of the future. ukrainian generations are going to grow up out with lots of psychological issues because of the war. and that has to also be known and understood, but so far as about civilian targets. so 33 civilian targets have been hit in the last 6 owl. this is absolutely inhumane and unacceptable. 3 of those targets work in the gardens, children. they don't stop at nothing. those people and their crazy leader. will you stay in? yes. i'm staying because i'm a member of parliament. i have responsibility to my people, and i have responsibility to, to my country as the national one of the many credit was born and raised them. i also, i have responsibility to my family today. ukraine is mobilized,
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meaning that everyone who can hold a gun is fighting and is holding that bond against the russian aggressive does not way i can lead or a whole bunch of reasons that she has to let go. thank you so much for joining us in our front. ok, ah. in the past year the ice cream company been and jerry's was accused of terrorism. actress emma watson was called an anti semite actor. mark ruffle faced, virulent attacks on social media. and a 4 page ad in the new york times portrayed musician do a looper and models. bella and gigi did, superimposed over an image of her mass rocket. what do they all have in common? speaking out and support a palestinian rights. but the backlash isn't limited to high profile companies or even celebrities. in recent years, there have been hundreds of cases involving censorship. and silencing of those in
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the west who advocate for palestinians is the label of anti semite being used to suppress voices calling for human rights. joining me now to discuss this are the morality. she is founder and director of palestine legal and barry trachtenberg. he's a professor and historian of jewish history at wake forest university. thank you both for joining us on up front. but let me start with you. how is it that standing up for the human rights of one group of people, palestinians as come to be equated with anti semitism? well, i think we have to understand that this has been something that decades in the making . we're talking about a state israel that has done everything in its power to prevent a people that it occupies that it has dispossessed, that it oppresses that it practices apartheid against it. it's done everything in its power to prevent palestinians from gaining self
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determination from gaining their human rights. and so one of the main tactics that again has been decades in the making is an effort to sneer. anyone and everyone questions. israel foundation on the dispossession of palestinians as anti semitic. the other pillars that, as you noted is too near them as terrorists if they resist, if they, you know, question israel's practices. and so we have to see it in this broader and much longer historical context of the ways that israel has been trying to repress it, growing solidarity movements with the palestinian people. and this effort to typically read the fine anti semitism in a way that encompasses basically any criticism of israel is, is, has,
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has really gained ground in the last several years. in particular, to the extent that this definition has been codified in laws around the world, including in the us and europe, especially very backlash against celebrities and companies. makes the headlines of course, but there's also widespread retaliation against those who are less high profile, including really especially college students. academics. how has this issue affect the campuses in scholars it what this does is it forces students and professors to really self censor in profound ways. we've had a number of high profile cases in the academy, professors who have lost their jobs been denied job offers who have faced regular assault on account of their scholarship, which is peer reviewed. it's accepted by the profession itself. but very often it's
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outsiders, you know, potential donors to, to university supporters of israel, who mouth large media campaigns to try to get those professors defunded to get them stripped of their titles and get them kicked out. the university's student groups also faced this, you know, at fordham university. there's a group of students who've been advocating for justice in palestine for years, who cannot get their organization formerly recognized by the university. because that message is cut out that they are anti semitic. when there's no hint of that whatsoever. and as many jews who want to participate in this movement, who are also banned from doing that work deemed to barry's point, one of the things that is remarkable about the backlash is that it has affected even jewish people. even jewish people have been accused of anti semitism, sen, bernie sanders, who is jewish, and lost family in the holocaust. he's been accused of anti semitism based on his view that the u. s. should not be an apologist for these really government as well as for his support a palestinian rights. a lecount minister accused natalie portman,
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who is israeli and american of engaging in borderline anti semitism. when she declined to go to israel to accept an award out of protest against former prime minister benjamin netanyahu policies. what do you make of the fact that even jewish people are being censored and accused of anti semitism? well, and very alluded to, you know, this really is about policing 1st and foremost, palestinian expressions of their own history, their own experiences, their it reality under israeli oppression. and it also functions to make pariahs of anyone who stands in solidarity with them, who expresses support for palestinian freedom, who criticizes israel's own practices. and so i think it's part of the current developments over the last 10 or so years where you've seen
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increasing questioning within that jewish community of israel's practices. and that's in large part due to a strong grassroots palestine solidarity movement that has really integrated palestine into the progressive move. very, there's also a generational piece to this as well. we're seeing divisions grow between younger and older generations of jewish americans as well over israeli politics. one jewish writer for rolling stone put it. she said she was raised to quote, unequivocally support israel. but she also explains that because the conflict is defined by quote, either you support israel or you support its destruction, it's difficult to quote, even consider the other side. do you see a move toward younger people, younger jewish american to particular supporting a critiques of israel and if so, why it's happening. i think because of the gap between sort of the promise of israel and the reality of israel has just grown so great. and as,
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as younger generations are paying more attention to questions of racism, america, systematic oppression of people of color engaging in issues of, of queer rights. people recognize that there can't be this exception for the, for israel. and you know, my students, when they come into my class that i, that i teach on history and zionism, many of them has gone to israel on the free trips that are provided to college students for jewish college students called birthright. they've been raised going to jewish summer camps. they've been raised having a full on sort of zionist education, but they come to my class, really troubled by what they see on the news. right. so many students in the class this fall who were really worried because when at the time when they're signing up for classes last spring, there were there was the takeover. shake your on communities and check your i just out of jerusalem. and students signed up for my class because they wanted to know
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more about this history. so i think larger and larger numbers of students are starting to engage in this question critically and they're looking to professors to teach that work. but very often teachers are sort of held back there with strained for, from teaching this kind of history because the penalties for doing so can it can be so high, dimmer antisemitism is on the rise with sharp increases in anti semitic incidents and acts of violence in recent years, at the same time, so as the suppression of palestinian advocacy in 2020 alone, your organization documented at least $213.00 incidence of suppression, including a severe and harassment campaigns for those supporting palestinian writes. what are the consequences of restricting the range of opinions allow about israel and completing antisemitism with criticism of his really policies? the consequences are quite stark. you know,
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this is about people's reputations about people's jobs, about the way that we can operate and talk and in a civil society. you know that what we see at palestine legal, we're hearing from hundreds of people every year. is that there are, there is what we have termed a palestine exception when it comes to free speech in this country. and it's, it's just the tip of the iceberg, right? when we look at the ways that israel and israel advocacy groups here in the u. s. haven't tacked palestine advocacy to harassment campaigns or legislation that is curtailing our right to boycott for palestinian rights. these are templates for how the far right in this country is attacking other movements as well. the same kind
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of legislation is now being used to attack the environmental justice movement to attack the efforts to curtail gun rights. you know, the proliferation of guns in the us. we already see legislation being used against other movements. so we know that palestine might be easier because it's a less popular opinion to support palestinian rights in general. it might be easier to suppress speech for posting and writes. but it, it's, it's, it really is the kind of ice breaker for the curtailing of, and the undermining of all of our 1st amendment rights. so it starts with palestine, but it doesn't and there, and that's why we all have to care about us. dmo barry, thank you so much for joining me on up front. that's our show up front. we'll be
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