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Mace lets loose on news host for asking how she can support Trump

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., accused ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of trying to “shame” her for endorsing former President Trump in a contentious interview Sunday. 

“You’ve endorsed Donald Trump for president,” Stephanopoulos said to Mace on ABC’s “This Week.” 

“Judges and two separate juries have found him liable for rape and for defaming the victim of that rape,” the anchor told Mace. “How do you square your endorsement of Donald Trump with the testimony we just saw?” 

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“Well, I will tell you, I was raped at the age of 16,” Mace said. “Any rape victim will tell you, I’ve lived for 30 years with an incredible amount of shame for being raped. I didn’t come forward because of that judgment and shame that I felt.”

“It’s a shame that you will never feel, George,” she said, addressing the anchor directly. 

“I’m not going to sit here on your show and be asked a question meant to shame me about another potential rape victim,” Mace said. “I’m not going to do that.” 

“It’s actually not about shaming you,” Stephanopoulos said, arguing that his question was about the allegations of rape against Trump in the E. Jean Carroll case. Carroll is a former columnist who alleges that Trump raped her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s.

“It’s not a criminal court case, No. 1,” Mace said in return. “No. 2, I live with shame. And you’re asking me a question about my political choices trying to shame me as a rape victim and I find it disgusting.” 

“And quite frankly, E. Jean Carroll’s comments when she did get the judgment,” Mace continued, “joking about what she was going to buy, makes it harder for women to come forward when they make a mockery of rape. When they joke about it. It’s not OK.” 

“She’s joked about it,” Mace said of Carroll’s comments. “I find it offensive, and I also find it offensive that you are trying to shame me with this question.” 

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Carroll appeared to joke during an appearance on “The Rachel Maddow Show” in January that she was going to go on a shopping spree with the money from her case with Trump. 

“Yes, Rachel! Yes!” Carroll enthusiastically responded. “I had such, such great ideas for all the good I’m going to do with this money.”

“First thing, Rachel, you and I are going to go shopping!” she exclaimed. “We’re going to get complete new wardrobes, new shoes, motorcycle for [Carroll’s attorney Shawn] Crowley, a new fishing rod for Robbie [Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan] — Rachel, what do you want? A penthouse? It’s yours, Rachel! Penthouse and France? You want France? You want to go fishing in France? No?”

Trump intends to appeal the decision that was handed down in January that found him liable for defamatory statements made while denying the rape accusations made by Carroll

A federal jury in New York City decided last year that Trump was not liable for rape but was liable for sexual abuse and defamation.

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 

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Onboard emergency results in Virginia plane crash that killed 5 people, including child

A plane crash in Bath County, Virginia claimed the lives of five people on Sunday afternoon, including four adults and one child, according to police.

WXFR in Roanoke, Virginia reported that the crash happened at the Ingalls Field Airport in Bath County at about 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Jeff Ford, the chairman of the Bath County Airport Authority, told the station a twin jet reported needing to make an emergency landing right before the crash.

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The type of emergency was unknown, authorities said, adding the jet was not based out of the Ingalls Field Airport.

Virginia State Police told Fox News Digital that five people died in the crash: one child and four adults.

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No other details, including the identities of the victims, are available as the story is still developing.

Country music star hands over ownership of Nashville bar to fans in unprecedented move

Eric Church is literally giving a piece of his bar to his fans.

The country music star gave individual deeds to the bricks that built Chief’s in Nashville to the people who have supported him the most throughout his career.

“You’ve helped me build my career brick by brick, and I want the whole world to know that the building is yours,” Church shared. “This is not just another club downtown. This is our house. I’ve been involved in every step of restoring this historic building into a place we can call our own and, because you’ve been with me every step of my career, I’m proud to dedicate a physical brick of the Chief’s building to each and every one of you.”

Fans who received a deed to a Chief’s brick were also given exclusive access to never before heard demos, unreleased video footage and priority entry to the upcoming bar. The highly anticipated bar features six stories in historic downtown Nashville and will also serve as a music venue. Chief’s will host a broadcasting studio for the country singer’s “Eric Church Outsiders Radio” on SiriusXM.

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“My songs are mine, until I release them, and then they’re never mine again,” Church explained. “And this building’s a lot that way.”

“It’s been mine in the building of it, in the cultivating with the stories, the challenges, and the successes,” he added. “But once Chief’s opens, it’s not mine anymore. It belongs to the Choir. It belongs to the fans. It belongs to the patrons. It belongs to the stories they create there. It belongs to the music they listen to there and share from there. So, my story ends where theirs begins and that’s the essence of what you do musically and what we’re trying to do at Chief’s.”

Church began his music career in 2005 after signing to Capitol Nashville. The singer released his debut album, “Sinners Like Me,” in 2006. The album produced three top 20 Billboard Country Chart songs – “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.”

Since his start in Nashville, Church has released nine studio albums total.

In 2021, Church released a double album – “Heart” and “Soul.”

The country music artist is most known for his hits such as “Drink in my Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Smoke a Little Smoke” and “Record Year.”

Chief’s, which Church announced in 2022, is the musician’s most recent project.

Church partnered with Rodney Scott to add a touch of his Carolina roots to the bar. Scott’s Hell of a Q will be situated on the roof of Chief’s.

The Nashville bar will be the newest business added to Church’s growing portfolio. The “Give Me Back My Hometown” singer also owns his own whiskey brand and recently purchased Field & Stream magazine with fellow country star Morgan Wallen.

“Rarely does an opportunity come along to be a part of something truly great,” Church and Wallen said in a statement. “Part of something that has served as a trusted companion to generation after generation. Part of something that has helped shape how we experience and tell stories about the outdoors.”

“And that’s why we teamed up to preserve Field & Stream,” the statement said. “To lend our voices to this iconic American brand so that it can continue to inspire future generations to experience and enjoy the outdoors, just as it has for us and those who came before us. It’s time to return Field & Stream to its rightful home: into the hands of those who love the outdoors and the tales that come from being there.”

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Church is also returning to the Houston Rodeo this year as he closes out the biggest livestock show in the world. The “Talladega” singer will take the stage on March 17.

He previously opened the Houston Rodeo in 2015. That year, 57,338 people attended his concert, according to Chron.com

“I left my comfort zone to come out here and play in this cow s—,” he joked on stage.

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FOX Business’ Larry Fink contributed to this report.

Kate Middleton photo celebrating Mother’s Day facing scrutiny from news agencies

The recently released image of Princess Kate Middleton with her children is under scrutiny. The photo was shared Sunday on official palace social media accounts to celebrate Mother’s Day in the U.K.

The Associated Press announced that it was removing the image from its circulation over concerns it was “manipulated.”

“AP initially published the photo, which was issued by Kensington Palace. But AP later retracted the image because at closer inspection, it appeared the source had manipulated the image in a way that did not meet AP’s photo standards. The photo shows an inconsistency in the alignment of Princess Charlotte’s left hand,” the news agency said.

A statement on their site also urges “Editors and Librarians: Kill from your systems and archives” and explains that “At closer inspection it appears that the source has manipulated the image. No replacement photo will be sent.”

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Fox News Digital confirmed that Reuters and Getty also pulled the photo from their sites.

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The image shows Middleton with her children, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.

“Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day,” the caption read, signed with a “C” for Catherine, Princess of Wales.

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Speculation about Middleton’s whereabouts and health has been running wild since January when it was announced that she had been hospitalized and underwent abdominal surgery.

A spokesperson for Middleton previously commented on the rumors, telling Fox News Digital at the end of February, “Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the Princess’ recovery and we’d only be providing significant updates. The guidance in January stands that the Princess would be recuperating at home in Windsor.”

But even with the new picture and brief statement, rumors continue to swirl.

In addition to the AP’s comment on the photo manipulation, viewers noted that the 42-year-old was not wearing her wedding ring in the photo.

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The Princess of Wales was first seen publicly in an unofficial capacity when she was spotted by photographers being driven in a car by her mother, Carole Middleton.

On Jan. 17, the palace first shared she’d been hospitalized. 

“Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery. The surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery,” the statement said.

Recommendations from her medical team indicated that the princess would likely not resume public duties until Easter, later this month.

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“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate. She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private,” the original statement continued. “The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible.”

Fox News Digital’s Caroline Thayer contributed to this report.

Trump pushed for National Guard troops on Jan. 6, but committee allegedly concealed

The Jan. 6 congressional committee allegedly falsely claimed it did not have evidence that showed former President Trump’s administration requested National Guard assistance, according to a report detailing a “hidden transcript” that was recently released. 

“The former J6 Select Committee apparently withheld Mr. Ornato’s critical witness testimony from the American people because it contradicted their pre-determined narrative. Mr. Ornato’s testimony proves what Mr. Meadows has said all along: President Trump did in fact offer 10,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. Capitol, which was turned down,” Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk said in a statement on Friday.

Loudermilk released a transcript of former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato’s interview with the congressional committee investigating Jan. 6 on Friday, following The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, also a Fox News contributor, reporting, “Former Rep. Liz Cheney’s January 6 Committee suppressed evidence” that the Trump administration pushed for 10,000 National Guard members to be on the streets. 

Ornato’s interview was conducted in January 2022 and attended by Cheney, among other members on the committee. In addition to serving as deputy chief of staff under Trump, Ornato served in the Secret Service for decades.

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The committee, which included seven Democrats and two now-former Republican Congress members, Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, concluded that it found “no evidence” that the Trump administration called for 10,000 National Guard members to Washington, D.C., to protect the Capitol.

Trump has long claimed that he requested the National Guard but that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., failed to act on the request. Amid and following the congressional committee’s investigation, media outlets such as the Washington Post “debunked” Trump’s comments, repeatedly awarding him “Four Pinocchios.”

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Loudermilk on Friday released a transcript of Ornato’s interview with the committee that details how he allegedly overheard then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asking D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to request as much protection for D.C. as she needed.

“When it comes to the National Guard statement about having 10,000 troops or any other number of troops, do you recall any discussion prior to the 6th about whether and how many National Guard troops to deploy on January 6th?” a staffer with the committee asked Ornato.

“I remember he had – he was on the phone with [Bowser], and we – I had walked in for something, and I was there, and he was on the phone with her and wanted to make sure she had everything that she needed. Because I think it was the concern of anti and pro groups clashing is what I recall. And not anywhere near the Capitol, this was just out on the mall area or at the event; and wanted to know if she needed any more guardsmen,” Ornato responded, according to the transcript reviewed by Fox News Digital. 

Ornato went on to cite the “10,000” guardsmen number, according to the transcript, arguing Trump wanted “to make sure that you have enough.”

“And I remember the number 10,000 coming up of, you know, the President wants to make sure that you have enough. You know, he is willing to ask for 10,000. I remember that number. Now that you said it, it reminded me of it. And that she was all set. She had, I think it was like 350 or so for intersection control and those types of thing not in the law enforcement capacity at the time. And then that’s the only thing I recall with that number 10,000 National Guard guardsmen,” he continued. 

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Bowser ultimately asked for just over 300 National Guard members, requesting that they not be armed and only work to assist local police.

Ornato said in his interview with the committee that after Bowser refused additional National Guard members, the White House requested the Defense Department have a “quick reaction force” on hand.

“The only thing I remember with DOD and the National Guard was even though the mayor didn’t want any more National Guard in D.C., that a request was made to have kind of a, lack of better term, a quick reaction force out at Joint Base Andrews being that it was a military installation,” Ornato said in his interview, according to the transcript.

“I remember Chief Meadows talking to DOD about that, I believe. I remember Chief Meadows letting me know that, ‘Hey, there was going to be National Guard that’s going to be at Joint Base Andrews in case they’re going to need some more, we’re going to – the Mayor would need any, we’re going to make sure they’re out there.'”

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Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told Fox News Digital on Sunday morning that The Federalist’s report is “flatly false.”

“The Federalist report is flatly false. No transcripts were destroyed, and as this letter (which has long been public) describes in detail, the Committee adhered to its obligations to allow the Secret Service to protect sensitive security information for interviews of its agents before preserving that testimony in the archives,” Adler said in a statement.

“Also, relevant content of the Secret Service transcripts was summarized in multiple places in the report… This is all a continuation of efforts to lie about and cover up Donald Trump’s culpability for January 6th,” he added, providing links to summarized Secret Service transcripts.

Cheney also took to X this weekend and referred to the report as “BS” while responding to a tweet posted by Mark Levin.

Levin responded to Cheney on X, saying, “I wrote it, moron. You’re a pathetic disgrace and demagogue. And have exposed yourself for all time. Funny how you avoid public debates with your detractors, including me. Coward. You should consider professional help.”

Meadows was reportedly worried about the crowd size ahead of Jan. 6, including from left-wing protesters, according to The Federalist’s report, which pointed to Ornato’s transcript detailing how members of the Trump administration wanted to ensure there were enough troops on the streets. 

“And, again, the crowd sizes were, you know, the organizers were saying, you know, there may be 50,000 here. So that’s where it started, I think, to scare the chief a little bit of how many people were coming in for this event, and wanted to make sure that they would be able to bring in National Guard if needed for this size of this many people inside D.C.,” Ornato said.

When supporters of former President Trump ultimately breached the Capitol, Ornato said in his interview that the White House called on then-Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to deploy assistance.

“So then I remember the chief saying, ‘Hey, I’m calling secretary of defense to get that [quick reaction force] in here,'” Ornato said. 

“[T]he constant was, you know, where is the National Guard? Why isn’t – you know, we’ve got to get control of this,” Ornato added.

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“But, you know, [Meadows] understood the urgency, that’s for sure. And he kept, you know, getting Miller on the phone, wanting to know where they were, why aren’t they there yet,” he later added. 

Hemingway detailed in her report that Ornato’s testimony matched what former Trump administration aide Kash Patel said during testimony amid Colorado’s failed efforts to boot Trump from the ballot over claims his 2024 presidential run violates the 14th Amendment. 

“Mayor Bowser wrote a letter herself on approximately Jan. 4.… declining further requests for National Guard services outside of the 346 National Guardsmen already authorized,” Patel said late last year in testimony. 

“The authorization came in beforehand. It was relayed to the appropriate officials in D.C. and the Capitol Police. It was declined, and we acted when their request finally came in on January 6,” he continued.

The judge in the Colorado case determined Patel was not a credible witness. 

Mark Hemingway, senior writer at Real Clear Investigations, also responded to Cheney’s tweet to Levin this weekend, saying Cheney was using “disingenuous circular logic” by citing Patel as not being a credible witness. 

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Last year, a group of Colorado voters brought a lawsuit arguing Trump should be deemed ineligible from holding political office under a Civil War-era insurrection clause and that his name should thus be barred from appearing on the 2024 ballot. The group said Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, violated a clause in the 14th Amendment that prevents officers of the United States, members of Congress or state legislatures who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution from holding political office.

The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled in Trump’s favor, allowing him to remain on the Colorado ballot and squelching other states’ efforts to remove the former president from their ballots. 

Ornato said the Trump White House on Jan. 6 continually asked, “What’s taking so long?” to deploy assistance to the city, but the rollout was allegedly riddled with hangups. 

“Every time [Meadows] would ask, ‘What’s taking so long?’ It would be, like, you know, ‘This isn’t just start the car and we’re there. We have to muster them up, we have to’ – so it was constant excuses coming of – not excuses, but what they were actually doing to get them there,” he said. “So, you know, ‘We only have so many here right now. They’re given an hour to get ready.’ So there’s, like, all these timelines that was being explained to the chief. And he relayed that, like, you know – he’s like, ‘I don’t care, just get them here,’ you know, and ‘Get them to the Capitol, not to the White House.'”

The Jan. 6 report detailed that then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley said then-Vice President Mike Pence had called Miller at least two times to request a National Guard presence and that Meadows had allegedly called to “kill the narrative that the Vice President is making all the decisions.”

“In contrast, according to General Milley, Chief of Staff Meadows called and said, ‘We have to kill the narrative that the Vice President is making all the decisions. We need to establish the narrative, you know, that the President is still in charge and that things are steady or stable,’ or words to that effect. I immediately interpreted that as politics, politics, politics,’” the report states. 

The report states Trump did not personally make a call. 

Just days before Jan. 6, 2021, an op-ed penned by former defense secretaries, including Liz Cheney’s father, Dick Cheney, argued against involving the military in election disputes. Hemingway cited a report in her piece that Liz Cheney “organized” the op-ed and had allegedly “‘secretly orchestrated’ a pressure campaign to prevent the Defense Department from deploying resources on January 6, 2021.”

Trump has meanwhile previously claimed that Cheney “deleted” evidence that his administration wanted a greater presence of National Guard members.

“Why did American Disaster Liz Cheney … ILLEGALLY DELETE & DESTROY most of the evidence, and related items, from the January 6th Committee of Political Thugs and Misfits. THIS ACT OF EXTREME SABOTAGE MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MY LAWYERS TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR, AND PRESENT, A PROPER DEFENSE OF THEIR CLIENT, ME. All of the information on Crazy Nancy Pelosi turning down 10,000 soldiers that I offered to to [sic] guard the Capitol Building, and beyond, is gone,” Trump posted on Truth Social on Jan. 1, 2024.

The committee’s final report determined that Trump “never gave any order to deploy the National Guard.”

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“President Trump had authority and responsibility to direct deployment of the National Guard in the District of Columbia, but never gave any order to deploy the National Guard on January 6th or on any other day. Nor did he instruct any Federal law enforcement agency to assist. Because the authority to deploy the National Guard had been delegated to the Department of Defense, the Secretary of Defense could, and ultimately did deploy the Guard,” the report states. 

In his Friday statement and transcript release, Loudermilk said the committee “hid” Ornato’s testimony. Loudermilk is chair of the House Administration’s Subcommittee on Oversight, which is looking into the Jan. 6 committee’s handling of the investigation. 

“This is just one example of important information the former Select Committee hid from the public because it contradicted what they wanted the American people to believe. And, this is exactly why my investigation is committed to uncovering all the facts, no matter the outcome,” Loudermilk said in his statement. 

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Fox News Digital reached out to Bowser, Loudermilk and the Trump campaign for additional comment on the matter but did not immediately receive responses.

Russell Wilson’s announced new home for 13th NFL season but it won’t be for long

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson is joining the Pittsburgh Steelers, he announced on Sunday night. 

The 35-year-old quarterback had permission from the Denver Broncos to pursue his next NFL team prior to their official release of him when the new league year begins March 13. The Steelers were among the teams he had visited already, and he spent over six hours with them this past Friday. 

Wilson will sign a team-friendly deal with the Steelers for one year, ESPN reports. 

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Wilson made his intentions known via social media. 

“Year 13. Grateful. @Steelers,” he posted on X with an accompanying video of Steelers fans waving their “Terrible Towels” at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh. 

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It was always expected that whichever team recruited Wilson’s services wouldn’t have to break the bank to do so, since the Broncos still have to pay $38 million of his salary for next season. 

The Steelers were always a team that made sense for Wilson, as they’ve struggled to find a starting quarterback since Ben Roethlisberger retired. Kenny Pickett, the team’s first-round pick in 2022, owns a 14-10 record as a starter since entering the league, but he’s thrown just 13 touchdowns to 13 interceptions in those 24 games. 

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The lack of consistent quarterback play led to Mitch Trubisky’s occasional starts over the last two seasons, and Mason Rudolph was under center at the end of 2023, including during the team’s playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills.

So, Wilson should be heading into training camp as the presumed starter for an offense desperate to break out.

Wilson expressed his desire recently to keep playing for Super Bowl rings following a disaster in Denver. He was benched at the end of the regular season in 2023 amid controversy over his injury guarantee in his contract. 

He ended up finishing 7-8 on the year, which was better than the 4-11 inaugural campaign he put together in 2022. 

The Broncos made their intentions known that Wilson would be on the way out when the new league year kicked in, even though his release would account for $85 million in dead cap money.  

“We spoke with Russell Wilson today to inform of his release after the start of the league year,” general manager George Paton and head coach Sean Payton said in a joint statement. “On behalf of the Broncos, we thank Russell for his contributions and dedication to our team and community while wishing him the best as he continues his career.”

“As we move forward, we are focused on building the strongest team possible for the 2024 season and beyond. We are excited to improve this offseason and will have the flexibility to get better through the draft and free agency.”

As he enters this next chapter, there should be a completely different offensive look in Pittsburgh next season, especially with Arthur Smith as offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Tomlin.

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Wilson will get to work with receiving threats Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth while having a solid running back tandem with Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren.

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Experts refute UN agency claims that Israel coerced employees over Hamas attack

JERUSALEM – The scandal-plagued United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) claimed in a report that some of its workers were pressured by Israel to falsely admit their connections to the Oct. 7 mass murder carried out by Hamas.

According to a report reviewed by Reuters on Friday, “Agency staff members have been subject to threats and coercion by the Israeli authorities while in detention, and pressured to make false statements against the Agency, including that the Agency has affiliations with Hamas and that UNRWA staff members took part in the 7 October 2023 atrocities.”

When asked if UNRWA can provide Fox News Digital with a copy of the UNRWA report and the names of the alleged UNRWA workers, Juliette Touma, a UNRWA spokesperson, said, “I am not able to send it. The report was leaked to the media.”

The UNRWA report claimed that Palestinian detainees described “allegations of abuse, including beatings, humiliation, threats, dog attacks, sexual violence, and deaths of detainees denied medical treatment.”

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When asked if UNRWA considers the U.S. and EU designated terrorist entity Hamas a terrorist organization. Touma said, “It’s not listed by the United Nations as a terrorist organization.” Hamas murdered 1,200 people on Oct. 7 in southern Israel, including over 30 Americans, and kidnapped more than 240 people.

Touma added “What I know is that we have written about the findings of the report on several occasions to the Israeli army and Israeli government.”

Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said last month that dozens of UNRWA employees participated in the Oct. 7 massacre. In November, Fox News Digital reported that UNRWA employees celebrated the Hamas terrorist attack.

Fox News Digital reached out to the IDF and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) about the UNRWA report for comments. The IDF spokesman referred Fox News Digital to the MFA. An MFA spokesman told Fox News Digital the ministry is reviewing if any branches of Israel’s government received the UNRWA report.

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Asked about the report and if in light of other nations refunding UNRWA, a State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “The United States made an independent decision to temporarily pause additional funding to UNRWA while we review these allegations and the steps the United Nations is taking to address them. We continue to emphasize the critical role UNRWA plays in the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Gaza, and across the region, and do not want to see these allegations undermine efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian aid.”

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The State Department spokesperson added, “We saw the announcements from the EU and Canada. UNRWA is the backbone of the humanitarian response in Gaza and plays a critical role for regional stability – it is critical it does not collapse.”

Sweden and Canada announced last week that they plan to pump tens of millions of dollars into the coffers of UNRWA. The State Department spokesperson declined to specifically address the UNRWA report.

Peter Gallo, an international lawyer and former Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) investigator at the U.N., provided Fox News Digital with his detailed analysis of the UNRWA report based on the Reuters article and Touma’s comments, calling them laughable. 

Gallo said, “Even more hilarious is the statement by the UNRWA spokesperson Juliette Touma, who told Reuters that anyone with information on the allegations against UNRWA staff were encouraged to share it with the investigation. That has to be a contender for the best joke of the week.” 

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Gallo said, “These people live in Gaza, where every aspect of their lives since 2006 has been controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization that has no political opposition, because the penalty for opposing them is death and Juliette Touma thinks that ordinary Gazans should provide information – to an Organization that cannot protect them and that has been manipulated by Hamas for years – about individuals who, in the service of Hamas were involved in the murder, rape and mutilation over 1,400 unarmed civilians.”

Jonathan Conricus, senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former IDF spokesperson, said, “UNRWA staff have been exposed as members of Hamas and other terror organization in Gaza, as well as active participants in the atrocities of October 7.”

“As long as UNRWA exists in the Gaza Strip, there will be no peace, no Palestinian self-definition, no stability, but only poverty, despair, and a tremendous waste of human potential.”

The former Israeli army spokesperson said, “UNRWA should be dismantled, and the international community should instead invest in building local organizations focused on the future prosperity of Palestinians in Gaza, instead of indoctrinating children to be terrorists, and forcing Palestinians to live in a perpetual state of victimhood and misery.”

He added, “UNRWA has failed Palestinians in Gaza, has failed in its humanitarian mission, has failed to implement its mandate, and has been exposed to be little more than a facade for the continued rule of Hamas over the Gaza Strip.”

According to Conricus, “UNWRA should be held accountable for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, since UNRWA knowingly decided not to evacuate civilians and not to establish a humanitarian zone in southern Gaza when Israel requested it to do so. It has implemented a policy of prioritizing the continued oppressive rule of Hamas over the needs of the civilian population.”

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David Bedein, director of the Center for Near East Policy Research and an expert on UNRWA’s curriculum, called the UNRWA report “ridiculous” in an interview with Fox News Digital. He cited a 2009 report on his organization’s website that noted, “Since 1990 Hamas has dominated UNRWA’s unions in the Gaza Strip. In the elections held in June 2003, the Islamic Block affiliated with Hamas won 23 of the 27 seats, Hamas’s fourth consecutive victory in the UNRWA elections. That gave Hamas complete control of education, since the Islamic Block won all 11 of the teachers’ seats.”

Bedein claimed Hamas’ domination of UNRWA’s unions in the Gaza Strip continued after 2009.

Reuters contributed to this article.

Black residents spar over who should receive reparation payments in Dem-run city

Black New Yorkers have conflicting ideas over who deserves reparations as a commission will soon begin to discuss the issue.

In December, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill that established a commission to research the best ways to offer reparations to descendants of slaves in the state. By February, she announced the members who would make up the commission. 

Although the commission has yet to meet, some Black residents were already concerned that it would be limited only to direct descendants of slaves, similar to what California’s reparations commission announced.

“That’s a false narrative,” Bertha Lewis, head of the Brooklyn-based Black Institute, told the New York Post. “I don’t give a f–k what California did.”

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She continued, “You can’t just say, ‘Only descendants of slaves from the South.’ Black people faced the effects of slavery — discrimination — simply because they’re Black.”

Lewis also emphasized that it could be difficult to pinpoint direct descendants of slaves, claiming that all Black people have since been affected.

“If you’re going to talk about reparations, you have to talk about discrimination that has gone on a long time against Black people in the White American system,” Lewis said.

By contrast, LittleAfrica News founder Mona Davids, a Black South African, argued that Black citizens who willingly immigrated to New York should not receive reparations since “It was our choice to come here.”

“The only beneficiaries of reparations should be descendants of chattel slavery — not African immigrants or Afro-Caribbean descendants,” Davids told the New York Post.

She added, “Descendants of slaves didn’t have a choice. White people benefited from slavery.”

Davids also called out African countries, pointing out that some of their rulers had previously profited from slavery as well.

“In many cases it was Black Africans who sold slaves. Ghana is rich. Nigeria is rich,” she said.

Fox News Digital reached out to the New York governor’s office for a comment.

Hochul did not elaborate whether reparations included all Black citizens or only descendants of slaves, however, she argued that even descendants of immigrants who arrived after the end of slavery could be culpable in paying reparations.

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“I think of the immigrants and the children of immigrants who’ve come here since the end of slavery,” Hochul said. “They will say, ‘We had no involvement in slavery. … None of our relatives were slave owners.’ And there’s part of me that worries about leaping into this conversation because of the racial divisions, strife it could sow.'”

The governor continued, “These huddles and tired masses came here to seek a better life. … Slaves, people who were enslaved, didn’t come here willingly to pursue a dream, but they came in bondage to live a nightmare. And we have to ask, do those of us whose family came here to pursue a dream not have a role to play in ending a nightmare? Yes, yes we do.”

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Screenwriter accuses Oscar-nominated film of plagiarism before awards show

A screenwriter has accused the Oscar-nominated film, “The Holdovers,” of plagiarizing a script he wrote more than a decade ago.

Simon Stephenson, who has worked on the films “Luca” and “Paddington 2,” outlined his allegations in emails to the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA). 

Stephenson alleged that The Holdovers’ director, Alexander Payne, likely read his script “Frisco” when it made the rounds of Hollywood’s “black list” in 2013. The list refers to an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. “Frisco” peaked at number three. 

In emails, obtained exclusively by Variety, Stephenson alleged that there was “overwhelming” evidence that The Holdovers screenplay “has been plagiarized line-by-line” from “Frisco.” 

“[A]nybody who looks at even the briefest sample pretty much invariably uses the word ‘brazen,’” Stephenson said in one email to the WGA.  

Stephenson went to lengths to compare the two films scene-by-scene, as well as important sequences and dialogue.

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“I can demonstrate beyond any possible doubt that the meaningful entirety of the screenplay for a film with WGA-sanctioned credits that is currently on track to win a screenwriting Oscar has been plagiarized line-by-line from a popular unproduced screenplay of mine,” Stephenson reportedly wrote late last month. 

“I can also show that the director of the offending film was sent and read my screenplay on two separate occasions prior to the offending film entering development.” 

Fox News Digital has reached out to representatives of Stephenson and Payne as well as the WGA for further comment.

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“The Holdovers” is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.