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Charlotte Church denies antisemitism accusations after leading choir in pro-Palestinian chant | Ents & Arts News

Charlotte Church denies antisemitism accusations after leading choir in pro-Palestinian chant | Ents & Arts News

Welsh singer Charlotte Church has said she is in “no way antisemitic” after taking part in a concert which featured a controversial pro-Palestinian chant. Church led a choir of approximately 100 people in a rendition of “from the river to the sea” at a gig she co-organised with a Welsh choir in order to raise money for charity, the Middle East Children’s Alliance. But the singer faced a backlash after using the chant, which is viewed by some pro-Israel supporters as a way to call for the eradication of the Israeli state. Some pro-Palestinian supporters reject this, saying it is simply expressing the need for equality for all inhabitants of historic Palestine. Middle East conflict: Latest updates In a live broadcast on Instagram on Monday, Church addressed “alarmist” reports relating to the Big Sing for Palestine event in Caerphilly. “Just to clarify my intentions there, I am in no way antisemitic. I am fighting for the liberation of all people. I have a deep heart for all religions and all difference,” she said. “It was …

Charlotte Church denies ‘River to the Sea’ song sang during pro-Palestine concert is antisemitic

Charlotte Church denies ‘River to the Sea’ song sang during pro-Palestine concert is antisemitic

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Charlotte Church has denied the song “From the River to the Sea” is antisemitic after she belted out a rendition at a pro-Palestine concert. The Welsh musician was recorded singing the divisive song, which can be interpreted as a direct call for the state of Israel to be destroyed, during a pro-Palestine fundraising concert at a village hall in Caerphilly, South Wales on Saturday. In a video posted online, Church, 38, stands behind a banner that reads “Let Palestine Live” at the fundraising event for the Middle East Children’s Alliance charity. She and the choir members wore keffiyeh scarves, which are often worn by pro-Palestine supporters as a symbol of solidarity. (Instagram) At the event, Church was seen singing the divisive lyrics “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – a reference to the land between the Jordan River, which borders eastern Israel, and the …

Food truck kingpin denies claims he took workers’ money and never delivered the trucks

Food truck kingpin denies claims he took workers’ money and never delivered the trucks

Guitars flutter, an accordion wheezes and a singer unwinds the triumphant tale of Fernando Ochoa Jauregui, a Modesto-area builder of food trucks and trailers. “He still parties just because he feels like it,” the lyrics go. “But what he enjoys the most is partying with a banda at festivals in his town with a beautiful lady by his side.” In a video accompanying the Spanish-language corrido, images flash of Ochoa beaming in front of shiny cars and atop jet skis. In some, he wears hats with the logo of his company: 8A Food Trucks. It ends with footage of stacks of cash and a money-counting machine. The narrative ballad, titled “El del 8A” on YouTube, gives the impression that Ochoa is a kingpin at the helm of a burgeoning empire — one who “gives thanks to his father for making him a good kid.” But unhappy 8A Food Trucks customers across California — from Sacramento to Salinas and San Bernardino — tell their own stories. They describe toiling as cooks, custodians and construction workers, saving …

Judge in Trump’s NY fraud case denies request for delay in payout

Judge in Trump’s NY fraud case denies request for delay in payout

On Wednesday, attorneys for Donald Trump requested a 30-day postponement of the $355 million fine handed down in last week’s conclusion of the Trump family’s NY fraud trial and, one day later, their request was firmly shot down. In an emailed response, New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron delivered what Law and Crime refers to as a resounding “No,” explaining to Trump’s defense team that they “have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay,” adding that he plans to sign a judgment proposed by the state that finalizes his ruling. A quick visit to Truth Social — Trump’s preferred sounding board for firing back at decisions against his wishes such as this one — reveals no direct statement other than a share of a Fox News article with his added quote, “New York Resident Greg Gutfeld Threatens to Move to Florida Over Trump Being Fined for Fraud.” Will have to check back later for what is sure to follow. In the request for the stay, Trump defense attorney Clifford Robert charged New York Attorney General Letitia James with an …

Boris Johnson denies Tucker Carlson claims he demanded m for interview | Politics News

Boris Johnson denies Tucker Carlson claims he demanded $1m for interview | Politics News

A row has erupted between Boris Johnson and Tucker Carlson over claims the former prime minister requested one million US dollars to be interviewed by the controversial journalist. The former Fox News host claimed Mr Johnson wanted a $1m fee (around £793,000) to talk to him. However, Mr Johnson’s team said he accepted this offer on the basis the money would go to Ukrainian charities. Mr Johnson ultimately pulled out of the interview after the murder of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, it is understood. Politics: Sunak faces Starmer ahead of Gaza ceasefire vote Mr Carlson made the claim in an extended attack during an appearance on right-wing news channel Blaze TV. The US presenter said he had been “annoyed” after Mr Johnson denounced him as a Kremlin stooge following his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Image: Vladimir Putin, right, during an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Pic: Sputnik He claimed he asked the former Tory MP for a talk and a member of Mr Johnson’s team said “it’s going to …

High Court denies anonymised celebrity’s bid to hand BBC statement to police

High Court denies anonymised celebrity’s bid to hand BBC statement to police

The Royal Courts of Justice. Picture: sjiong/Flickr A high-profile man who is the subject of an injuncted BBC investigation has lost a bid to have a statement contesting the injunction turned over to police. Lawyers for the anonymous celebrity argued that a statement the BBC provided to argue against the injunction contains information that would help the police decide whether or not to charge him over allegations of sexual misconduct. But on Monday a High Court judge rejected the man’s claim. Mrs Justice Collins-Rice said that if the police want to see the sealed document, as they have indicated they do, they may follow procedures laid down already in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.  What is the background to Monday’s ruling in WFZ v BBC? In June last year the High Court granted anonymity to a well-known man, identified as WFZ, who had been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Although WFZ had been arrested in relation to two allegations of sexual misconduct, and interviewed over a third, he had not then …

No.10 Denies Claims Post Office Was Told To Stall Horizon Scandal Compensation Payments

No.10 Denies Claims Post Office Was Told To Stall Horizon Scandal Compensation Payments

Downing Street has denied allegations the Post Office was asked to delay paying compensation to victims of the Horizon IT scandal. Henry Staunton, the former chairman of the Post Office, told The Sunday Times a senior civil servant asked him to stall the payments so the government could “limp into the election” with the lowest possible financial liability. Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson said on Monday: “We refute his allegations over the weekend. “We have sped up compensation to victims. Any suggestion otherwise is not correct.” Henry Staunton has claimed he was told to slow down compensation payments to victims of the Horizon IT scandal. Kemi Badenoch, the business secretary, sacked Staunton from his job in January amid accusations about his conduct. Staunton also claimed she told him he was being removed as someone had to “take the rap” for the Horizon affair. But in a series of angry tweets, Badenoch said she had evidence that Staunton was lying – although she has yet to produce it. No.10 said: “The business secretary asked Henry Staunton to step …

Bob Geldof denies being a ‘white saviour’ for organising Live Aid

Bob Geldof denies being a ‘white saviour’ for organising Live Aid

Sign up to Roisin O’Connor’s free weekly newsletter Now Hear This for the inside track on all things music Get our Now Hear This email for free Bob Geldof has pushed back against claims he’s a “white saviour” for organising the 1985 Live Aid concert. Geldof, now 72, and fellow musician Midge Ure organised a major multi-venue benefit to raise money for people affected by the 1983 to 1985 Ethiopia famine. The show united some of the world’s biggest stars such as Queen, U2, David Bowie and Paul McCartney at London’s Wembley Stadium, and the likes of Madonna, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan at the John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. A new stage musical titled Just For One Day revisits this historic concert nearly 40 years on. In response, some reviewers and audiences have debated the value of the gig in hindsight, and whether it contained elements of white saviourism: white people helping non-white people for self-serving purposes, such as admiration from others. For The Guardian, critic Arifa Akbar noted that the show “encapsulates …

Christian Horner: Red Bull boss denies ‘inappropriate behaviour’ allegation in first public comments since claim emerged | UK News

Christian Horner: Red Bull boss denies ‘inappropriate behaviour’ allegation in first public comments since claim emerged | UK News

The defiant boss of Formula One’s Red Bull team says it’s “business as usual” and he has not thought about resigning after an allegation of “inappropriate behaviour” was made against him. Christian Horner has publicly denied the claim for the first time since being placed under investigation by the team’s Austrian parent company Red Bull GmBH. The accusation by a female colleague surfaced early last week. Horner has previously denied the allegation “entirely”. He broke his silence as he insisted the internal probe, which included him being questioned for eight hours by a lawyer, had not forced him to ponder quitting. Image: Christian Horner is the longest-serving boss on the F1 grid. Pic: PA “Not at all, absolutely not,” said Horner when asked if he had considered his role as Red Bull Racing’s team principal and chief executive. “I am fully committed. I built this team. I convinced people to come and work here.” The motorsport chief, 50, vowed to be in his post for the first F1 race of the new season in Bahrain. …

Musk denies selling Starlink terminals to Russia after Kyiv alleges use

Musk denies selling Starlink terminals to Russia after Kyiv alleges use

A Falcon 9 rocket launches a Starlink mission from Florida on Feb. 27, 2023. SpaceX Ukraine’s main military intelligence agency accused Russian forces of using Starlink terminals produced by Elon Musk’s SpaceX in occupied areas. Starlink has been adamant that its satellite networks have never operated or been marketed in Russia, after its terminals were delivered to Ukraine following the February 2022 invasion, in order to facilitate battlefield communications for Ukrainian forces. “A number of false news reports claim that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is categorically false,” Musk posted Sunday on the X social media platform, which he also owns. “To the best of our knowledge, no Starlinks have been sold directly or indirectly to Russia.” Kyiv’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) claimed Sunday that there was mounting evidence of the equipment being used by Russian forces in the partially-occupied eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. “Yes, there have been recorded cases of use of these devices by the Russian occupiers. This is starting to take on a systemic nature,” GUR spokesman …