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Gavin the Brave

Newsom Carthago delenda est,” Carthage must be destroyed – the motto of Cato the Elder and the Roman army during the Punic wars National Review reports, “California Governor Gavin Newsom will conduct tonight’s Christmas tree–lighting at California’s state capitol virtually, amid threats from pro-Palestinian protesters… The Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights announced that it would protest at the state capitol on Tuesday night — the same night Newsom was set to direct the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The group told KCRA Channel 3 that it wants to ‘out Governor Gavin Newsom for hiding from the public because he doesn’t want to face their anger at his shameful stance in regard to the genocide in Gaza.’” Perhaps President of China Xi Jinping can show Newsom the way. The Governor of California need not scurry to a place of safety because he wishes to avoid a public headline-generating backlash as a result of a strenuous moral opposition against a genocidal
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Israel’s Back

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