Israeli airstrikes cause soaring Palestinian death toll
Sunday saw Israeli airstrikes on Gaza kill 42 people, the deadliest day in week two of Israel’s oppression on Palestine. The aggression is a form of settler colonialism and the Palestinian death toll has soared to nearly 200 people, including 58 children and the head of Gaza’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Ouf. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attacks will go ahead “with full force”, while France and Egypt called for a speedy end to the violence. The United States urged peace on both sides but has been accused of blocking the way of a ceasefire call from the United Nations Security Council.
A confusing and complacent CDC mask mandate
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amended the mask mandate to say that fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, with some exceptions. The move was met with apprehension as many experts believe this mask-shedding is rushed especially at a time when variants are on the rise globally. The mandate also comes at a confusing time when people against vaccinations have taken to mask-wearing and social distancing in an attempt to stay away from the vaccinated.
Kobe Bryant’s Hall of Fame induction
Legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Bryant was presented by Michael Jordan. He was honored by his wife Vanessa in a moving speech that mentioned his commitment to fans.
Suspect arrested in Palisades fire
Burning over three days, the Pacific Palisades fire crossed 1,325 acres and forced 1,000 people to be evacuated from their homes on Sunday. No lives or homes were lost, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas. LAFD arrested a suspect on Monday morning whom they think is responsible for arson.