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MP Naz Shah: Conflict without end as suffering of Gaza deepens

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Bradford West MP Naz Shah spoke in the Commons this week on the conflict between Israel and Palestine

Bradford West MP Naz Shah spoke in the Commons this week on the conflict between Israel and Palestine

 

Since the Trump Administration came to power, on the surface they have projected an image of trying to bring Israel and Palestine back into talks.

However, the language of Donald Trump has been meek, especially in condemnation of settlement building.

Emboldened, the Knesset has reacted by passing more extreme legislation, and only last month ground was broken with a new “legal” settlement in the West Bank, for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The truth is that we now feel, in many ways, further from

peace than ever: further than ever from a lasting and sustainable peace that would allow Israel to exist in safety and security, bring prosperity, security and self-determination, and give life to the people of Palestine – a fair and peaceful settlement.

Only days ago, I met leading expert Professor Paul Rogers, of the world-renowned peace studies department at Bradford University.

We discussed this issue, and what stood out was that although, in the current context, some would argue that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is small by comparison with that in, say, Syria, in reality it is massive in terms of its symbolism and the way it is used.

It has a significant impact on how terrorism operates in the region and beyond.

It is used to recruit and encourage extremists across the world.

We must understand that peace would be more than a stabilising factor within the region; it would go beyond that.

In the battle against vicious ideologies like that of Daesh, we cannot and must not under-estimate the importance of the Israel-Palestine debate in the wider context of its influence on terror.

There are groups that seek to exploit it for their own gain, and not for the prosperity of the people who are trapped in never-ending conflict.

In 2010, three years after the start of the blockade in Gaza, David Cameron said: “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.”

However, nearly a decade since the start of that blockade, the situation is deteriorating rather than improving.

It is certainly nowhere near the vision of our Government in 2010.

The infrastructure has been decimated.

Bombardment and power shortages are having devastating consequences in hospitals, and a particularly devastating effect

on water treatment.

It has been estimated that there are more than 51,000 displaced people in Gaza.

We must ​recognise the conditions of life there: they are not conditions that anyone should live in, let alone have enforced upon them.

Internationally, there should be no perpetual state of war and no perpetual state of occupation.

This is occupied territory, and the occupying force has a duty to protect these people. Three generations of Palestinians will have grown up knowing nothing but occupation and fear.

We have been debating the two-state solution and the political parameters of this situation for decades, with no peace or negotiations in sight.

We have to find a way to move through this moment into something better.

No doubt there are moderates on both sides, but concessions are almost impossible.

Israel is impregnable in its insecurities, and that does not bring long-term security. I call on the Government to tell us not what they think but what they intend to do.

How are we going to move this process forward?

As I said the last time I spoke, it is time to move beyond condemnation to accountability.

The fact remains that we have seen 50 years of occupation and 10 years of blockade, and engagement in every peace process that has taken place since 1967 is not unilateral.

What has the Oslo agreement brought Palestinians?

There has been a 600 per cent increase in the number of illegal settlements.

It is time to move beyond condemnation.

Naz Shah is the Labour MP for Bradford West who spoke in a Commons debate on Israel and Palestinian Talks.

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Genocide Charities Condemn President Trump’s Muslim Ban

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Leading genocide education charities have come together to condemn Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the United States.

Remembering Srebrenica, who work to educate people about the lessons to be learned from the genocide in Srebrenica, say that the order is discriminatory and will lead to further dehumanisation of people based on their religion.

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, said: "We must be clear about what this order is. It has banned only Muslims from these countries, not any other faith groups. It sends the message that Muslims are sub-human.

"This is a dangerous step. We know from history that we must all be vigilant of slowly creeping fascism, and speak out when we see this. In Bosnia, nationalism became increasingly dependent on denigrating ‘The Other' with the media characterising Bosnian Muslims as 'Islamic fundamentalists' and ‘terrorists', which led to the spreading of fear, leading to discrimination, dehumanisation and persecution. We cannot allow this to happen again and must learn the lessons from the past to create a better future."

Phil Lyons MBE, CEO of the National Holocaust Centre echoed the condemnation, adding: "All world leaders must temper power with compassion and embrace a mature and positive approach towards difference. The signals of refusal, division and rejection should concern us all. These orders challenge our core values and diminish those who support them."

As well as flouting international conventions on the rights of refugees, President Trump is also going against the American constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement: "Any effort to discriminate against Muslims and favor other religions runs afoul of the First Amendment."

Leaders from all the main political parties in the UK, as well as from across Europe have spoken out about President Trump's actions. Remembering Srebrenica have also written to the Prime Minister to highlight their concerns on the impact of this executive order.

The charities emphasise that it is important for everyone to be united against discriminatory actions like these. The Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association (HSFA) was appalled that this order was signed, especially so on the eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day during which President Trump failed to even mention the Jewish people.

Lilian Black, Chair of the HSFA said "I am deeply disturbed by this divisive decision which will deny many vulnerable and desperate people the safety they deserve. If there is one thing we have learned from the past it is that we must not be bystanders in the face of gross injustice and prejudice. The time for appeasement is not now.

"We know from the experiences of Holocaust survivors how important it is for all people to stand up and speak out from day one, before prejudice seeps into the legal and governmental frameworks so that it becomes the norm. I am hugely impressed by the world-wide condemnation of this executive order. Nonetheless it remains a puzzle how his advisers have let this get so far, but maybe not when we consider who they are. We must all stand together and celebrate our diversity, not ban it."

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#StandUpToTrump: Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary to join mass protest Saturday 4th February

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Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbott is to join tens of thousands of protestors on Saturday who will be marching on Downing Street from the US embassy. They will be opposing Trump’s Muslim ban and demanding Theresa May withdraws her offer to the US President to come to Britain.

Recent days have seen massive protests across the world with over 100,000 joining the London Women’s March and 30,000 at Downing Street on Monday this week.

Sabby Dhalu from Stand Up To Racism said: “On Saturday there will be another massive show of opposition to Trump in London with campaigners including Muslim organisations coming to Central London to send a clear message to Theresa May that Trump’s not welcome here”.

Saturday’s demonstration is not the end of the campaign.

Weyman Bennett from Stand Up To Racism said: “On 18 February Stand Up To Racism, Stop the War and the People’s Assembly are organising a #StandUpToTrump summit in London, and then on the 20 February the petition opposing Trump’s visit will be debated in parliament. Anti-Trump groups are calling for a day of action on that day with Stand Up To racism, Stop the War and the People’s Assembly calling on people to descend on parliament”.

Trump’s Muslim ban and his plans to “build a wall” to keep out Mexican migrants are amongst the most oppressive moves by any US president in history. He is not welcome here!

Stand Up To Racism is also organising major national March Against Racism demos in London, Glasgow and Cardiff on Saturday 18 March, supported by the TUC.

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Leeds protest against the Trump inauguration

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Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activists in Yorkshire will be taking part in a number of protests against the Trump inauguration on Friday 20th January and Saturday 21st January.

Youth Fight for Jobs is playing a prominent role in helping organise the demonstration in Leeds at 5pm in Dortmund Square which had been called following an international appeal from Socialist Alternative, a US organisation which initiated the post-election day protests against Trump’s agenda which saw 40,000+ on the streets of major US cities.

Iain Dalton, Yorkshire YFJ organiser said: “Trump was elected by branding him as an anti-establishment candidate – yet he is packing his cabinet full of establishment figures from the banks and other sectors of big business.

“Neither Trump not Clinton offered a real alternative to problems facing ordinary Americans, in the same way as Teresa May’s speeches here talking about championing the ‘Just-About-Managing’ have done nothing to solve their problems.

“The status quo has delivered stagnant living standards for workers in both the UK and the USA. Instead of politicians like Trump being able to step into that vacuum, YFJ believes that a positive alternative has to be put forward that offers a way forward for working people, including increasing the minimum wage to £10 an hour, bringing the railways and utilities into public ownership and a mass programme of council house building.”

The organisation, YFJ, launched by young workers, students and unemployed youth in 2009, campaigns for a future for young people of either a real job, quality training or free education.

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Theresa and Trump: PM to visit President elect Donald Trump in the Springtime

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TRUMP DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE UK: Theresa May has previously said that Donald Trump was wrong when he mentioned that some parts of London were no-go areas for the police

TRUMP DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE UK: Theresa May has previously said that Donald Trump was wrong when he mentioned that some parts of London were no-go areas for the police

Downing Street has confirmed that Theresa May will visit Donald Trump in the Springtime, after she sent her two closest allies on a secret trip to meet the President- elect's advisers.

The secret mission reportedly took place after Mr Trump triggered a rift with Downing Street by suggesting Nigel Farage should be Britain’s ambassador to the United States.

Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, the Prime Minister’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, are understood to have travelled to New York and Washington in the middle of last month.

The US wire service, Bloomberg, reported on Thursday night that Ms Hill and Mr Timothy jetted into the United States in the middle of last month.

A Number 10 spokesman said: “This was part of a process leading towards the PM’s first ever visit with President-elect Trump next year.

“During the second phone call with President-elect Trump, the Prime Minister suggested it would be a good idea for key staff from both teams to meet.

“President-elect Trump agreed this would be useful. We are pleased to have been able to make that happen and the Prime Minister looks forward to visiting the new President in the Spring.”

The mission was part of Mrs May's efforts to build a relationship with the controversial tycoon ahead of his inauguration on 20 January.

A source said: “This was part of a process leading towards the PM’s first visit with President-elect Trump.

“During the second phone call with President-elect Trump, the Prime Minister suggested it would be a good idea for key staff from both teams to meet. President-elect Trump agreed this would be useful.

“We are pleased to have been able to make that happen and the Prime Minister looks forward to visiting the new president in the spring.”

Speaking during a visit to Bahrain, Ms May said: “He is somebody who very much values the relationship he has with the UK.”

During his campaign, when Mr Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the US and claimed parts of London were no-go areas for the police, Ms May as Home Secretary said: “I just think it shows he does not understand the UK.”

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Arjun Rampal: “Oh Teri! Yeh jeet gaya?”

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Actor Arjun Rampal: “Oh Teri! (Oh my God) Yeh jeet gaya? (he won?). Hope all visiting America have got their visas!!!”

Actor Arjun Rampal: “Oh Teri! (Oh my God) Yeh jeet gaya? (he won?). Hope all visiting America have got their visas!!!”

Bollywood has mixed reactions to Donald Trump’s win in the US Presidential Election

Donald Trump won the presidential election in USA as the world closely watched.

While many disliked him for his 'radical' thought and comment against women, some intellectuals liked his aggressiveness and anti-terrorist statements.

Donald Trump presidential campaigning, Las Vegas, America - 21 Jan 2016

In the run up to the US elections an emerged from India. Someone had printed out a picture of Donald Trump’s face and thumbed vermillion on his forehead, in a sign of reverence. There he sat alongside the incense, offerings and Hindu gods.

In India, intellectuals and business people have welcomed Trump’s victory. They expect Trump will create a new chapter of relationship with India.

Here are a few from inside the Indian film industry voicing their opinion.


Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit

“Congratulations Donald Trump for being elected as the 45th President of America with a great mandate.”


Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma

“I predicted Trump’s win and now my prediction is he will be greatest president ever. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy will be forgotten.”


Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

“One thing is for sure. It’s not Obama who proved anyone could be president. It is Trump who has trumped them all!”


Filmmaker Shirish Kunder

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder

“Good thing about Donald Trump becoming President is that now we can use the same tweets for Indian and American politics.”


Director Shekhar Kapur

Director Shekhar Kapur

Director Shekhar Kapur

“Donald Trump 45th President of the United States! US Media is realising they no longer represent the opinion of the majority.”


Abhishek Kapoor

Abhishek Kapoor

Abhishek Kapoor

“America… breatheee… it’s gonna be ok. Change is the only constant.”


Director Vikram Bhatt

Vikram Bhatt

Vikram Bhatt

“TRUMP? Now the US has their own version of Brexit!!”


Music director Vishal Dadlani

Vishal Dadlani

Vishal Dadlani

“Leaving NYC. Hoping to pass out on the plane, and wake up in London, to find that Trump was a horrific collective nightmare, but it’s not.”

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President Trump: Republican to take office in January following shock election night

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NEW HOME: Mr Trump will move into the White House in January

NEW HOME: Mr Trump will move into the White House in January

Brits awoke to the news that the 45th President of the United States of America had been elected on Tuesday 9th November with outsider, Donald Trump, receiving the approving nod from American voters.

The 70-year-old, who has zero political experience and has never held any sort of office in the country, will take over the world’s most powerful presidency in January next year.

His opposing Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, was all but forced to concede the election after losing out on battleground States, eventually calling Mr Trump to confirm her withdrawal.

Despite strong backing from celebrities and former President Barack Obama, Ms Clinton was unable to amass the required votes in hotly contested States, including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Speaking after his victory was confirmed, Trump addressed the nation, telling Americans it was ‘time to bind the wounds of division’.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” he continued. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important for me.

“For those who have chosen not to support me... I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together to unify our great country.”

He added: “We will double our growth and have the strongest economy in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.

“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny, and dream big, and bold and daring.

“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”

PRESIDENT ELECT: Donald Trump will become the oldest ever President to take office in the United States after a victorious elections night

PRESIDENT ELECT: Donald Trump will become the oldest ever President to take office in the United States after a victorious elections night

After thanking his supporters and paying his respects to Ms Clinton, he told the world’s media that his work was ‘just beginning’.

“It’s been what they call an historic campaign,” he said. “But to be really historic, you have to do a great job. And I promise you that we will not let you down. We will do a great job.

“While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is really only just beginning.

“We’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you’ll be so proud of your president. It’s been an amazing honour...

“And I love this country. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Trump’s campaign was one with many controversial moments, including promises about building walls to separate Mexico from the US, a ban on Muslims coming to America, and to grow the nation’s economy by six per cent.

Whether he will be able to stick to the promises now remains to be seen. He may have won the battleground states but the fight has just begun.

We asked Asian Express Readers what they thought about Donald Trump becoming President of the United States of America:

osman-gondal-298x450Osman Gondal:  “It’s a scary situation. Donald Trump - who doesn’t have a political background - is effectively makes decision that will affect the rest of the world. It’s a disturbing state of affairs. I don’t think he has the political nous and political know-how to deal with the current situation in Russia and China and so on and so forth and it could lead to something much bigger and much more worrying.”


qari-asim-347x450Qari Asim: “Some people want to make America great again, but this offer excludes, Muslims, Jews, black people, disabled people, LGBT community, Mexicans and other minorities. By choosing to elect Donald Trump as leader of the free world, the US seems to have lost its credibility to lecture other nations about extremism and immorality. Trump has been voted in by the (primarily white) neglected lower and middle class, many of whom might not like the specifics of the Trump persona but were so anti-establishment that they wanted a 'change' . Trumpism and Brexit is a wake-up call for the political elite throughout the world. The 'outsiders' campaigning against the 'establishment' also need to realise that they don't have to become racist, misogynist, bigots and xenophobic to win votes. Political campaigns should be based on solid policies and not on politics of hatred.”


milly-254x450Milly: “I don’t have much to say really other than I’m just concerned. I’ve got family and friends over there, so I’m worried what the future holds for them.”


nazim-ali-320x350Nazim Ali: “Blimey. It’s too early to say how I feel at this moment in time because he’s just become President. All the rhetoric which he’s used before; I wonder if he’ll live up to it? There’s all these constraints once you become President and you have to become more mature. In the recent Presidential election, a lot has been said about women, Mexicans, Muslims and other ethnic groups. That is a real concern. Also, with him being the most powerful man in the world, how that will play out in the international community and his relationships with other countries and America itself.”


habib-khan-323x450Habib Khan: “America is a fantastic country but if we look at the history, we have had a President that’s an actor - Ronald Reagan - and now they’ve got a clown. Some of the stuff he’s said is just ridiculous. It’s one rule for one community and another rule for another community. If a comment was made like that from someone else it would be put down to extremism but he gets away with it. One rule for one, another rule for another.”


nazim-din-320x450Nazmin Din: “Emotions are running very high so I’m not sure if I can say too much. It’s a very sensitive topic.”


hardeep-singh-sahota-copy-308x450Hardeep Singh Sahota: “I am pretty shocked and dismayed. It is a similar feeling to Brexit. You got to bed thinking everything is going to be alright and you wake up and it’s a completely different world.”


balbir-singh-364x450Balbir Singh: “The way I look at it is, it’s the public that decided it. We live in a democratic society. It’s what they wanted. Donald Trump is clever enough - he did the Apprentice in the America. He’s a successful businessman with potential. Maybe he’s not into politics but he’s got the ability and he will manage. Things have changed over the years. If you look back, we had Ronald Reagan and he was an actor. That’s what politics is. It’s what people want. I’m sure he will make a good President. He will have the backing of his aids. We’re in a new era now and he’s not on his own. He’s a speaker and top advisers will help. Of course, I don’t agree with what he says about Muslims and Mexicans, but that’s how politicians behave. Donald Trump is very assertive and if he says he’ll do it, he’ll do it.”

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Clinton or Trump? ‘Child-like’ campaigning from a child’s point of view

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VOTING CLINTON: Ammara from Leeds believes Trump would be a bad role model for America

VOTING CLINTON: Ammara from Leeds believes Trump would be a bad role model for America

As US voters head to the polls, the choice has never been more difficult for the American public.

Donald Trump has promised to ‘drain the swamp’ which translates to a 100-day plan to clean up corruption.

He said: “We must fix a rigged system in which political insiders can break the law without consequence and where government officials put special interests above the national interest. If we want to make America great again, we must clean up this corruption.”

He has also offered a historic pro-growth plan to create 25 million good paying jobs, adding: “We will cut taxes on middle-class Americans by 35 per cent. We will eliminate every needless job-killing regulations. We will end the off-shoring of American jobs.”

Hillary Clinton has promised to introduce‘comprehensive immigration reform legislation’. She said: “I'm confident that we can work across the aisle to pass comprehensive reform that keeps families together and creates a path to citizenship, secures our border, and focuses our enforcement resources on violent criminals.”

She has also vowed to put forward the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II if she wins the vote. “We’ll produce enough renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade,” she added. “We’ll cut red tape for small businesses and make it easier for entrepreneurs to get the credit they need to grow and hire.”

Throughout the two candidates’ campaigns, people have been critical of the ‘child-like’ back-and-forth insults which seem to appear on a daily basis.

With that in mind, the Asian Express have asked one of its younger readers how she feels about the debate.

Grammar School at Leeds student, Ammara Khan, 12, from Leeds, has made up her mind and says she would vote for Hillary if she lived in America..

She said: “I think Donald trump is a racist person and I know this because he hates Mexicans and Muslims.

“One thing he needs to realise is that one person does not represent the rest of their back ground and there are actually some good Muslims and Mexicans in America.

“If he does win the election, I don't think he will be able to keep his promise of taking Muslims and Mexicans out of America.

“Overall I think that he will be a bad role model for America and he will give them a bad name.

“Most people are only supporting him because they want to get rid of Muslims and Mexicans and they don't think of the rest of the reasons why he should be their president.

“Recently, he had an accusation of sexually harassing young women and he did not get any punishment and this shows that if you have money you can just buy your way around life and you do you want that type of person running your country who does not respect other people, just because of their gender or nationality.

“Stand up for your beliefs, as we are all one nation. If you feel something is wrong make sure you get heard and make a difference.

“Donald Trump is all about having power. He does not know to help people. When have we seen him helping poor people out? Or, in fact, anyone.

“If Donald Trump gets in, it will be a huge mistake for the United States of America.”

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And so it begins… Trump and Clinton begin their debates

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HEAD-TO-HEAD: Latest polls suggest that Trump and Clinton are neck-and-neck in the race for the White House

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Latest polls suggest that Trump and Clinton are neck-and-neck in the race for the White House

The first of four televised debates between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump was streamed around the world earlier this week, as the race for the Presidential hot seat heated up in the States.

It was a showdown of the lawyer and the businessman, with two very different characters taking to the stage and watched by an estimated 100 million people around the world.

Clinton’s political background and her career in the courts served her well as she handled many questions with prowess and Trump was, at times, more animated than his rival.

He labelled the Democratic nominee as ‘lacking stamina’ for the role of President, to which his opponent replied: “As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a ceasefire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina.”

Clinton questioned Trump’s record on sexist comments, his labelling of climate change as a ‘Chinese hoax’ and for not disclosing his tax returns – the latter topic resulted in a retort from Trump with questions about Clinton’s private email set-up when she was Secretary of State.

All in all, the two candidates came head-to-head for the first time on this campaign rally and set the fuses alight, with some minor sparks and bangs.

The biggest question now is... which one of them will shine like a firework display on 4th July and which one will blow their lid?

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Brit arrested for attempted Trump assassination

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CONTROVERSY: Donald Trump’s campaign has been full of divisive moments

CONTROVERSY: Donald Trump’s campaign has been full of divisive moments

Would-be shooter reached for policeman’s gun during candidate rally

A British man is facing up to 10 years in prison after attempting to wrestle a gun from a US police officer in order to shoot Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Michael Steven Sandford, who has been described as a 19-year-old British national, was arrested on Saturday 18th June at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas.

He had reportedly told a Secret Service agent that he had travelled from California with the goal of shooting Trump, adding to investigators that if he were ‘on the street tomorrow’ he would attempt it all again.

“Sandford claimed he had been attempting to kill Trump for about a year but decided to act on this occasion because he finally felt confident about trying it,” the court papers said.

TARGETED ATTACK: Michael Sandford, who holds a British driving license, attempted to shoot Trump at a rally in Las Vegas

TARGETED ATTACK: Michael Sandford, who holds a British driving license, attempted to shoot Trump at a rally in Las Vegas

Court records also showed Sandford, who was in possession of a British driving license at the time of his arrest, had visited a gun range less than a week prior to the attempted assassination.

He had called at Battlefield Vegas to practice shooting, adding that he had never fired a gun before. It was there that he fired 20 rounds from a Glock 9 mm handgun, the records added.

Sandford has now been charged with committing an act of violence on restricted grounds. He has not entered a plea and is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on 5th July.

A spokesperson for Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed they were working with US authorities following the incident.

“We are providing assistance following the arrest of a British national in Las Vegas,” a statement read.

Documents showed that Sandford had been living in the United States for a year and a half, residing in Hoboken, New Jersey.

 

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#PrayForOrlando: Faith groups unite in aftermath of Florida shooting

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KILLER: Omar Mateen opened fire at the Orlando nightclub

KILLER: Omar Mateen opened fire at the Orlando nightclub

Following the largest mass shooting in US history earlier this week - in which 50 people were killed and many injured – world, faith and community leaders have come together to condemn the actions of the lone gunman.

29-year-old Omar Mateen, originally from New York, opened fire at an Orlando gay club in the early hours of Sunday 12th June. Police eventually shot him dead in the club’s bathroom.

Vigils and tributes were seen across the States and around the world for the victims and their families whilst faith leaders were quick to denounce the actions of Mateen.

The American Muslim community united against the attack, with several mosques hosting inclusive iftars with members of the LGBT community - who were invited to break fast with Muslims as part of their Ramadan celebrations.

In Toronto, around 200 people attended such an event, organised by the Toronto Unity Mosque, with around one third of those not identifying themselves as Muslim.

Event organizer and founder of the mosque, El-Farouk Khaki told ABC News, it was a simple concept which needed to be shared at this tragic time.

TRAGIC: 50 people were killed and 53 wounded in the attack at Pulse night club

TRAGIC: 50 people were killed and 53 wounded in the attack at Pulse night club

“The idea was to break bread together and to meet your neighbours,” Khaki said.

“The Peace Iftar is something we have been doing since 2003. I was inspired to create this event after being invited to a Passover seder by a Lesbian Jewish couple.”

He added: “No community is a monolith, there is no such thing as the LGBTI community or the Muslim community, we have communities within communities within communities.”

In New York, the annual ‘Iftar in the Park’ event saw 200 Muslims pray for the victims of the attack in a public display of solidarity.

Food was shared between members of different communities

In Orlando, Rasha Mubarak, regional coordinator for Orlando’s branch of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an advocacy organization, said: “We condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured.

“The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence.”

US reactions:

donald trump (326x450)Donald Trump: “[We need to] suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.

“Although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. It will be lifted, this ban, when and if we as a nation are in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country. They’re pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing.

“We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought-process as this savage killer.”

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Hilary Clinton: “Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the families and friends of Muslim Americans as well as millions of Muslim business people and tourists from entering our country hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror.

“If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist link, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. And you shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show.

“And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.”

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Barack Obama: “This is a devastating attack on all Americans. It is one that is particularly painful for the people of Orlando, but I think we all recognize that this could have happened anywhere in this country. And we feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families that have been affected.

"The fact that it took place at a club frequented by the LGBT community I think is also relevant. We’re still looking at all the motivations of the killer. But it’s a reminder that regardless of race, religion, faith or sexual orientation, we’re all Americans, and we need to be looking after each other and protecting each other at all times in the face of this kind of terrible act.”

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President Donald? Trumping his way to the top

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TRUMP V CLINTON: The bets are on for who’ll make it to president, with odds on a tight battle between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton

TRUMP V CLINTON: The bets are on for who’ll make it to president, with odds on a tight battle between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been pipped to the top of the presidential polling charts for the first time by Republican Donald Trump.

RealClearPolitics (RCP), a polling data site averages out a national poll which asks US citizens who’d they pick to be their president in a competition between two candidates.

They have revealed that Trump is winning by 0.2 per cent ahead of Clinton.

However, the big decision day is still six months away - in November  - so there is plenty of time for Americans to change their mind.

According to other results from leading polls by other major news sources in America, Americans are ‘nearly split’ when given a choice between Trump and Clinton.

When looking at demographic support, Clinton continues to receive a huge amount of support among women. Trump, however, does much better among men.

A third of Clinton and Trump supporters say the chief reason they support their candidate is in opposition to the other party's candidate.

It is clear that negative feelings affect both candidates in the presidential race and something that both candidates will need to rise above to become the next resident of the White House.

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Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is condemned by fellow Republica Member Paul Ryan

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RACIST: Trump wants a ban on all immigrants into the US

RACIST: Trump wants a ban on all immigrants into the US

Not all Republicans want Muslims out of the US 

US Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban of immigrants and visitors into the US was condemned by House Speaker Paul Ryan at a lobby for the Republican National Committee on Tuesday.

He said: “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for. Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces, dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold and defend the constitution.”

Paul Ryan went on to say: “Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims, the vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism and freedom, democracy and individual rights.”

Trump’s comments came in response to a mass shooting and attempted bombing by a husband and wife in San Bernardino, California on 2nd December.

 DEFENCE: Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump

DEFENCE: Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump

14 people were killed and more than 20 were injured when the couple targeted a training event and holiday party, opening fire on about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. The FBI believes the couple was radicalized by al Qaeda. American-born Syed Rizwan Farook was of Pakistani descent and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, entered the US on a fiancée visa.

A reporter at the lobby asked if Ryan would support Trump if he became the Republican nominee for president. He replied: “I’m going to support whoever the Republican nominee is...and I’m going to stand up for what I believe in as I do that.”

Celebrities have been vocal about their distaste for Trump’s racist proposals. Muhammad Ali, the Muslim former boxing world champion, said: “I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam.”

Recent polls suggest that Trump continues to connect with ‘ordinary’ American voters. Republicans broadly back his stance on banning Muslims entering the US until security can be improved.

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