President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

Dangerous, foolish, irrational, scary, terrifying, irresponsible, a clown, a disaster. These are just some of the words used to describe the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency by politicians, diplomats and analysts around the world.

As the businessman gave his first major policy address since becoming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, Guardian correspondents in Washington and around the globe asked the international community whether it was prepared for the swaggering billionaire to occupy the White House.

Many said they still cannot believe the nation that elected its first black president just eight years ago will now rush to embrace a man who has offended Mexicans, Muslims and others. The possibility that Trump might actually win fills great swaths of the planet with dread with the apparent and notable exception of Vladimir Putins Russia with concerns over everything from trade to the nuclear trigger.

While Trump was delivering his speech in Washington, outlining a doctrine of naked self-interest that would shake the rust off Americas foreign policy, the heads of all the major UN agencies gathered in Vienna, Austria, for a strategy session with secretary general Ban Ki-moon, now in his last eight months in office.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations

Syria: Aleppo hospital hit by barrel bombs and cluster bombs, reports say

Crucial facility in rebel-held district had already been bombed earlier in week in an assault described by UN chief as war crime

The largest hospital in the rebel-held side of Aleppo has been devastated by barrel bombs, witnesses have said, as forces loyal to the Russia -backed government intensified their assault on the area with a major weekend offensive.

The crucial facility, known as M10, had already been put out of service before the latest attack, having suffered a heavy bombardment three days earlier, in an assault that the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, denounced as a war crime.

With M10 and the second-largest hospital in the eastern part of the city now both out of use, only six operational hospitals remain in the region, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (Sams).

Two barrel bombs hit the M10 hospital and there were reports of a cluster bomb as well, Adham Sahloul of Sams said.

The recent surge in attacks in Aleppo from forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, have been some of the worst in the countrys five-year civil war . More than 220 people have died and residential buildings have been reduced to heaps of rubble.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/01/-syriaairstrikes-major-offensive-against-rebel-held-areas-of-aleppo

Israel MP benefited from controversial law on illegal Jewish outposts

Activists say Bezalel Smotrich of Jewish Home party lives in one of houses recently legalised by countrys parliament

A far-right Israeli MP who backed a controversial law retroactively legalising illegal Jewish outposts built on privately-owned Palestinian land will personally benefit from the legislation, because his home is one of several thousand covered by the provision, activists have revealed.

Bezalel Smotrich, who represents the Jewish Home party, praised the passage of the law in early February as a historic day for the settlement movement and for Israel.

He did not mention at the time that it would potentially also benefit him, by changing the status of his own home in the settlement of Kedumim. He is reportedly one of the least wealthy members of parliament, with a 15 year-old car, around 30,000 in savings and a house worth just over 200,000.

There are around 150 homes built illegally on private land (in Kedumin), as well as public facilities including road infrastructure, said Dror Etkes, director of the Kerem Navot NGO which focuses on land issues. Smotrichs house is one of them.

The so-called regulation bill passed at the start of February, retroactively legalises the construction of thousands of Jewish settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land. The original landowners are to be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property.

The international community deems all settlements illegal, but Israeli law distinguishes between the construction of homes on areas that the government deems state land, which are legal, and building projects on land owned privately by Palestinians.

map showing Bezalel Smotrich’s house

A string of court cases in recent years has forced the government to demolish some homes built on private Palestinian land, including nine in a settlement called Ofra this week. The bill effectively removes the threat hanging over other similar homes.

The new law has been dubbed a theft and land grab by opponents, and condemned by the international community including the new UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres. It was even slammed by Israeli right wingers like former Likud Minister Dan Meridor, who called it evil and dangerous.

Palestinian councils and human rights organisations have launched a legal challenge that is expected to have a strong chance of success.

Kedumim was mapped by Israels Civil Administration several years ago, and data provided by Etkes shows Smotrichs home is part of an enclave clearly outside the settlements boundaries.

Aerial photographs show land there was being cultivated from the 1970s to the 1990s, one measure the Israeli government uses to assess Palestinian ownership. Construction on homes began in the early 2000s.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/02/israel-mp-benefited-from-controversial-law-on-illegal-jewish-outposts

President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

Dangerous, foolish, irrational, scary, terrifying, irresponsible, a clown, a disaster. These are just some of the words used to describe the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency by politicians, diplomats and analysts around the world.

As the businessman gave his first major policy address since becoming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, Guardian correspondents in Washington and around the globe asked the international community whether it was prepared for the swaggering billionaire to occupy the White House.

Many said they still cannot believe the nation that elected its first black president just eight years ago will now rush to embrace a man who has offended Mexicans, Muslims and others. The possibility that Trump might actually win fills great swaths of the planet with dread with the apparent and notable exception of Vladimir Putins Russia with concerns over everything from trade to the nuclear trigger.

While Trump was delivering his speech in Washington, outlining a doctrine of naked self-interest that would shake the rust off Americas foreign policy, the heads of all the major UN agencies gathered in Vienna, Austria, for a strategy session with secretary general Ban Ki-moon, now in his last eight months in office.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations

Palestinian barber keeps alive memories of his father’s flight from Jaffa

Iskander Hinn has on display the old clippers and razors his father took with him when he fled home 68 years ago

In a cabinet at the back of Iskander Hinns barbershop in the West Bank city of Ramallah are a row of bone-handled cut-throat razors and, on the shelf below, a set of steel-sprung hand-operated clippers.

The tools speak of a previous era and of one moment in particular: the day in 1948 when Hinns father, a barber, fled the coastal city of Jaffa with the tools of his trade in the midst of the event Palestinians mark as the Nakba catastrophe that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel.

The flight or expulsion of more than 700,000 Arabs during Israels war of independence in 1947-49 is marked by Palestinians on Israeli Independence Day which fell on Thursday as well as officially each year on 15 May.

In Hinns barbershop, evidence of the Nakba is still unusually present even if his father did not like to talk to his children about his flight from Jaffa.

A valve radio that sits on top of his glass cabinet dates from 1936. Hinn bought it himself but it is exactly the same model as one his father had.

A wealthy barber who also rented out four Morris Eights from his shop on Jaffas King George Street, Habib Hinn took one of his cars, 3,000 Palestinian pounds in cash, and the tools of his trade and drove to Ramallah, believing he would return, perhaps within a week, when the violence had died down.

But the barber pictures of whom hang in the shop in Ramallah returned to Jaffa only once, to see where his shop had once been situated. That was 40 years later, in the same month that he died.

Hinn
Hinn in front of the cabinet where he keeps his fathers tools. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian

He opened up a new shop in Ramallah, first in the Old Town, and then here in 1950 when he realised he wasnt going back and when he had spent most of the money he had brought with him, his son said.

Born after his father had fled to Ramallah, Hinn is intimate with the details. The shop was three doors wide with seven chairs for cutting hair, and his Morris Eights stood on the street outside.

We met on 12 May, the 68th anniversary of the day Jaffa fell to Israeli forces. He took what he could carry. Some of his money. The rest he buried under some old car wheels in a hole, Hinn said. The razors, clippers, a wooden coatstand and a chair his father took with him that day still survive in the Ramallah barbershop.

Others in the family fled to Jordan, Lebanon and further afield but, wanting to go to a place where he knew people, Habib Hinn settled on Ramallah. A customer, friend and neighbour had been Aziz Shehadeh, a lawyer from Ramallah, whose son is Raja Shehadeh, the feted Palestinian writer whose hair Hinn now cuts and who wrote about the family in his book The Sealed Room.

Hinn, who studied chemistry at university and makes his own hair products, joined the shop aged 18 and has worked there ever since.

Hinn
Hinn in his barber shop. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian

My father talked only very rarely about the shop in Jaffa. And then one day in 1987 he said: Lets go and see the shop. We drove in the Fiat we had then.

It had been transformed into an antiques shop. They stopped to look on the other side of the street but did not make it across, they say, before the Israeli police appeared and told them not to go into the shop.

I suppose one of his old [Jewish] neighbours recognised him and called the police. For him it was the end.

This year Hinn found his fathers key. Many Palestinians keep the keys to their old family homes as a poignant symbol of what they lost as Israel was born and the demand for the right of return.

However, Hinns father had hidden his for reasons his son believes he understands. I was clearing out the furniture in his old bedroom. He had hidden it in the bottom of his closet. He had hidden it because he loved us. He didnt want us to feel the loss he had hidden all those years.

And because he was wise. I think he must have known that if I had seen it and heard about it when I was young, I might have ended up in jail.

He studied the key in his hand. It is a message, delivered at an age when we could understand it. It says that sometime in the future I can return. It will open the door. I will pass through. And no one can stop me.

Like many Palestinians whose families were displaced during the Nakba, Hinn said he could not see Jaffa as Israel but still as Palestine. He insisted he held no bitterness or animosity towards Israelis as individuals for who they are only for what he said Israeli policies had done to Palestinians.

He does not even rule out coexistence, but does not see any evidence that it is possible in the plausible future.

Putting his key aside, he added: What it says to me is personal. This is not about the Palestinian leadership or political factions. It is about my case.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/13/palestinian-barber-memories-fathers-flight-jaffa

Syria: Aleppo hospital hit by barrel bombs and cluster bombs, reports say

Crucial facility in rebel-held district had already been bombed earlier in week in an assault described by UN chief as war crime

The largest hospital in the rebel-held side of Aleppo has been devastated by barrel bombs, witnesses have said, as forces loyal to the Russia -backed government intensified their assault on the area with a major weekend offensive.

The crucial facility, known as M10, had already been put out of service before the latest attack, having suffered a heavy bombardment three days earlier, in an assault that the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, denounced as a war crime.

With M10 and the second-largest hospital in the eastern part of the city now both out of use, only six operational hospitals remain in the region, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (Sams).

Two barrel bombs hit the M10 hospital and there were reports of a cluster bomb as well, Adham Sahloul of Sams said.

The recent surge in attacks in Aleppo from forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, have been some of the worst in the countrys five-year civil war . More than 220 people have died and residential buildings have been reduced to heaps of rubble.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/01/-syriaairstrikes-major-offensive-against-rebel-held-areas-of-aleppo

Israel MP benefited from controversial law on illegal Jewish outposts

Activists say Bezalel Smotrich of Jewish Home party lives in one of houses recently legalised by countrys parliament

A far-right Israeli MP who backed a controversial law retroactively legalising illegal Jewish outposts built on privately-owned Palestinian land will personally benefit from the legislation, because his home is one of several thousand covered by the provision, activists have revealed.

Bezalel Smotrich, who represents the Jewish Home party, praised the passage of the law in early February as a historic day for the settlement movement and for Israel.

He did not mention at the time that it would potentially also benefit him, by changing the status of his own home in the settlement of Kedumim. He is reportedly one of the least wealthy members of parliament, with a 15 year-old car, around 30,000 in savings and a house worth just over 200,000.

There are around 150 homes built illegally on private land (in Kedumin), as well as public facilities including road infrastructure, said Dror Etkes, director of the Kerem Navot NGO which focuses on land issues. Smotrichs house is one of them.

The so-called regulation bill passed at the start of February, retroactively legalises the construction of thousands of Jewish settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land. The original landowners are to be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property.

The international community deems all settlements illegal, but Israeli law distinguishes between the construction of homes on areas that the government deems state land, which are legal, and building projects on land owned privately by Palestinians.

map showing Bezalel Smotrich’s house

A string of court cases in recent years has forced the government to demolish some homes built on private Palestinian land, including nine in a settlement called Ofra this week. The bill effectively removes the threat hanging over other similar homes.

The new law has been dubbed a theft and land grab by opponents, and condemned by the international community including the new UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres. It was even slammed by Israeli right wingers like former Likud Minister Dan Meridor, who called it evil and dangerous.

Palestinian councils and human rights organisations have launched a legal challenge that is expected to have a strong chance of success.

Kedumim was mapped by Israels Civil Administration several years ago, and data provided by Etkes shows Smotrichs home is part of an enclave clearly outside the settlements boundaries.

Aerial photographs show land there was being cultivated from the 1970s to the 1990s, one measure the Israeli government uses to assess Palestinian ownership. Construction on homes began in the early 2000s.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/02/israel-mp-benefited-from-controversial-law-on-illegal-jewish-outposts

President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

Dangerous, foolish, irrational, scary, terrifying, irresponsible, a clown, a disaster. These are just some of the words used to describe the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency by politicians, diplomats and analysts around the world.

As the businessman gave his first major policy address since becoming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, Guardian correspondents in Washington and around the globe asked the international community whether it was prepared for the swaggering billionaire to occupy the White House.

Many said they still cannot believe the nation that elected its first black president just eight years ago will now rush to embrace a man who has offended Mexicans, Muslims and others. The possibility that Trump might actually win fills great swaths of the planet with dread with the apparent and notable exception of Vladimir Putins Russia with concerns over everything from trade to the nuclear trigger.

While Trump was delivering his speech in Washington, outlining a doctrine of naked self-interest that would shake the rust off Americas foreign policy, the heads of all the major UN agencies gathered in Vienna, Austria, for a strategy session with secretary general Ban Ki-moon, now in his last eight months in office.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations

Palestinian barber keeps alive memories of his father’s flight from Jaffa

Iskander Hinn has on display the old clippers and razors his father took with him when he fled home 68 years ago

In a cabinet at the back of Iskander Hinns barbershop in the West Bank city of Ramallah are a row of bone-handled cut-throat razors and, on the shelf below, a set of steel-sprung hand-operated clippers.

The tools speak of a previous era and of one moment in particular: the day in 1948 when Hinns father, a barber, fled the coastal city of Jaffa with the tools of his trade in the midst of the event Palestinians mark as the Nakba catastrophe that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel.

The flight or expulsion of more than 700,000 Arabs during Israels war of independence in 1947-49 is marked by Palestinians on Israeli Independence Day which fell on Thursday as well as officially each year on 15 May.

In Hinns barbershop, evidence of the Nakba is still unusually present even if his father did not like to talk to his children about his flight from Jaffa.

A valve radio that sits on top of his glass cabinet dates from 1936. Hinn bought it himself but it is exactly the same model as one his father had.

A wealthy barber who also rented out four Morris Eights from his shop on Jaffas King George Street, Habib Hinn took one of his cars, 3,000 Palestinian pounds in cash, and the tools of his trade and drove to Ramallah, believing he would return, perhaps within a week, when the violence had died down.

But the barber pictures of whom hang in the shop in Ramallah returned to Jaffa only once, to see where his shop had once been situated. That was 40 years later, in the same month that he died.

Hinn
Hinn in front of the cabinet where he keeps his fathers tools. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian

He opened up a new shop in Ramallah, first in the Old Town, and then here in 1950 when he realised he wasnt going back and when he had spent most of the money he had brought with him, his son said.

Born after his father had fled to Ramallah, Hinn is intimate with the details. The shop was three doors wide with seven chairs for cutting hair, and his Morris Eights stood on the street outside.

We met on 12 May, the 68th anniversary of the day Jaffa fell to Israeli forces. He took what he could carry. Some of his money. The rest he buried under some old car wheels in a hole, Hinn said. The razors, clippers, a wooden coatstand and a chair his father took with him that day still survive in the Ramallah barbershop.

Others in the family fled to Jordan, Lebanon and further afield but, wanting to go to a place where he knew people, Habib Hinn settled on Ramallah. A customer, friend and neighbour had been Aziz Shehadeh, a lawyer from Ramallah, whose son is Raja Shehadeh, the feted Palestinian writer whose hair Hinn now cuts and who wrote about the family in his book The Sealed Room.

Hinn, who studied chemistry at university and makes his own hair products, joined the shop aged 18 and has worked there ever since.

Hinn
Hinn in his barber shop. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian

My father talked only very rarely about the shop in Jaffa. And then one day in 1987 he said: Lets go and see the shop. We drove in the Fiat we had then.

It had been transformed into an antiques shop. They stopped to look on the other side of the street but did not make it across, they say, before the Israeli police appeared and told them not to go into the shop.

I suppose one of his old [Jewish] neighbours recognised him and called the police. For him it was the end.

This year Hinn found his fathers key. Many Palestinians keep the keys to their old family homes as a poignant symbol of what they lost as Israel was born and the demand for the right of return.

However, Hinns father had hidden his for reasons his son believes he understands. I was clearing out the furniture in his old bedroom. He had hidden it in the bottom of his closet. He had hidden it because he loved us. He didnt want us to feel the loss he had hidden all those years.

And because he was wise. I think he must have known that if I had seen it and heard about it when I was young, I might have ended up in jail.

He studied the key in his hand. It is a message, delivered at an age when we could understand it. It says that sometime in the future I can return. It will open the door. I will pass through. And no one can stop me.

Like many Palestinians whose families were displaced during the Nakba, Hinn said he could not see Jaffa as Israel but still as Palestine. He insisted he held no bitterness or animosity towards Israelis as individuals for who they are only for what he said Israeli policies had done to Palestinians.

He does not even rule out coexistence, but does not see any evidence that it is possible in the plausible future.

Putting his key aside, he added: What it says to me is personal. This is not about the Palestinian leadership or political factions. It is about my case.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/13/palestinian-barber-memories-fathers-flight-jaffa

Palestinian barber keeps alive memories of his father’s flight from Jaffa

Iskander Hinn has on display the old clippers and razors his father took with him when he fled home 68 years ago

In a cabinet at the back of Iskander Hinns barbershop in the West Bank city of Ramallah are a row of bone-handled cut-throat razors and, on the shelf below, a set of steel-sprung hand-operated clippers.

The tools speak of a previous era and of one moment in particular: the day in 1948 when Hinns father, a barber, fled the coastal city of Jaffa with the tools of his trade in the midst of the event Palestinians mark as the Nakba catastrophe that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel.

The flight or expulsion of more than 700,000 Arabs during Israels war of independence in 1947-49 is marked by Palestinians on Israeli Independence Day which fell on Thursday as well as officially each year on 15 May.

In Hinns barbershop, evidence of the Nakba is still unusually present even if his father did not like to talk to his children about his flight from Jaffa.

A valve radio that sits on top of his glass cabinet dates from 1936. Hinn bought it himself but it is exactly the same model as one his father had.

A wealthy barber who also rented out four Morris Eights from his shop on Jaffas King George Street, Habib Hinn took one of his cars, 3,000 Palestinian pounds in cash, and the tools of his trade and drove to Ramallah, believing he would return, perhaps within a week, when the violence had died down.

But the barber pictures of whom hang in the shop in Ramallah returned to Jaffa only once, to see where his shop had once been situated. That was 40 years later, in the same month that he died.

Hinn
Hinn in front of the cabinet where he keeps his fathers tools. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian

He opened up a new shop in Ramallah, first in the Old Town, and then here in 1950 when he realised he wasnt going back and when he had spent most of the money he had brought with him, his son said.

Born after his father had fled to Ramallah, Hinn is intimate with the details. The shop was three doors wide with seven chairs for cutting hair, and his Morris Eights stood on the street outside.

We met on 12 May, the 68th anniversary of the day Jaffa fell to Israeli forces. He took what he could carry. Some of his money. The rest he buried under some old car wheels in a hole, Hinn said. The razors, clippers, a wooden coatstand and a chair his father took with him that day still survive in the Ramallah barbershop.

Others in the family fled to Jordan, Lebanon and further afield but, wanting to go to a place where he knew people, Habib Hinn settled on Ramallah. A customer, friend and neighbour had been Aziz Shehadeh, a lawyer from Ramallah, whose son is Raja Shehadeh, the feted Palestinian writer whose hair Hinn now cuts and who wrote about the family in his book The Sealed Room.

Hinn, who studied chemistry at university and makes his own hair products, joined the shop aged 18 and has worked there ever since.

Hinn
Hinn in his barber shop. Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian

My father talked only very rarely about the shop in Jaffa. And then one day in 1987 he said: Lets go and see the shop. We drove in the Fiat we had then.

It had been transformed into an antiques shop. They stopped to look on the other side of the street but did not make it across, they say, before the Israeli police appeared and told them not to go into the shop.

I suppose one of his old [Jewish] neighbours recognised him and called the police. For him it was the end.

This year Hinn found his fathers key. Many Palestinians keep the keys to their old family homes as a poignant symbol of what they lost as Israel was born and the demand for the right of return.

However, Hinns father had hidden his for reasons his son believes he understands. I was clearing out the furniture in his old bedroom. He had hidden it in the bottom of his closet. He had hidden it because he loved us. He didnt want us to feel the loss he had hidden all those years.

And because he was wise. I think he must have known that if I had seen it and heard about it when I was young, I might have ended up in jail.

He studied the key in his hand. It is a message, delivered at an age when we could understand it. It says that sometime in the future I can return. It will open the door. I will pass through. And no one can stop me.

Like many Palestinians whose families were displaced during the Nakba, Hinn said he could not see Jaffa as Israel but still as Palestine. He insisted he held no bitterness or animosity towards Israelis as individuals for who they are only for what he said Israeli policies had done to Palestinians.

He does not even rule out coexistence, but does not see any evidence that it is possible in the plausible future.

Putting his key aside, he added: What it says to me is personal. This is not about the Palestinian leadership or political factions. It is about my case.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/13/palestinian-barber-memories-fathers-flight-jaffa