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>> hi everyone. this is al jazeera america. tension in the middle east. the sudden reversal from the israeli prime minister regarding a palestinian state and reaction from the white house. captured on camera a mentally ill man shot to death by dallas police. we talk to his mother about the shooting and the video. beyond ferguson. how critics say the courts across st. louis county see poor
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mostly black residents as a source of revenue. plus speed. >> we'll not just get to 1,000 miles per hour but we can monitor every aspect of it. >> the rocket powered car racing towards the history books. >> the u.s. and israel are allies but their leaders are not friends. today a gesture of good faith on both sides, today they reached out to each other to ease tensions but are they just playing politics? >>reporter: the israeli prime minister's decisive victory came with a pledge. more israeli residents in disputed territories and no palestinian state. that has many palestinians and
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arab neighbors worried. >> i think nothing will change. israel's foreign policy is the same towards arabs and towards all. this enemy has its eye on the palestinian people. all arabs. and there is no way the foreign policy will change. >> netanyahu's campaign rhetoric has strained his relationship with the white house. >> what is apparent is in the context of the campaign and while he was the sitting prime minister of israel he walked back from commitments that israel will previously made to a two-state solution. >> but now two days after his re-election, netanyahu seems to be softening his state. >> circumstances have to change. >> the white house says it's looking at a policy change at the u.n. reportedly, that would mean backing a u.n. proposal to
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create a palestinian state based on borders established in 1949. it would mean israel would have to give up territory captured in 1967 war. a position that netanyahu has long proposed. each side blaming the other for failing to come to a consensus. >> that international legitimacy is fulfilled. >> they hope to put pressure on israel by going directly to the u.n. to make its request for state hood. >> it's incumbent on the new israeli government -- active engagement of the international community that will realize the creation of an available
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state. >> we don't support any specific party but lexes are not politics. the government needs to be judged by deeds. >> stop right there. a government should not be judged by its words? >> i want to tell you something, i'm getting to a point, i'll tell you why, one week before the campaign israeli media published a government that was supposedly of a back door discussion between israel and palestine for which netanyahu was heavy
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criticized. >> are we supposed to believe? isn't this a big flip flop? >> a week before the prime minister was criticized for showing too many concessions, this is good faith. the fact that the prime minister indicated clearly today on msnbc that the state of israel and his government standing behind a two-state solution. it's also important to know that it takes go to tango.
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the occupation is 1948 problem. he tells israelis that there is no viability for any jewish existence there so there has to be a measure there taken. >> what's the difference though between -- i mean what happened in between the time he was against the palestinian state and today other than the fact that he won the election? >> we know what political campaigns are, what democracy is. again, electioneering. >> you say things you don't mean is that what it means >> >> campaign is campaign is campaign. electioneering is not politics. one thing overlooked was the extremists on both sides and the center of israeli politics has risen. >> the white house today raised the prospect of withdrawing
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crucial diplomatic cover with israel and the u.n. and there's a suggestion that there could be a u.n. resolution that could be let's say pretty tough for israel to take. >> how might that play out at the u.n. do you think? >> well we are -- we strongly object to this. we believe that the state of israel and the people of israel believes any peace needs to be conducted between ramalla and jerusalem. at the end of the day, we all have to face the harsh realities and come closer to each other and not avoid it. we call on other muslims to start looking f other ways. the prime minister i have no doubt will show good faith and not attack israel.
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>> we see what's happening around us. look at the region. it's up in flames. let us make this term a hopeful one. thank you very much. >> mohammed is a palestinian american political analyst and colleague of yassir arafat. he joins us from washington. welcome. what do you make of prime minister netanyahu's apparent flip flop on a two-state solution? >> well, we are used to the rhetoric coming from the israeli governments whether right or left wing. all the time they have spoke from both sides of their mouth but they never delivered anything, nothing to the palestinians since 1993 since signing the oslow agreements. without justice, there will never be peace.
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the biggest winner of these elections are the arabs. they won 13 seats. they are the 13 largest union or election of members in israel and israel lost its stability with this. they lie and say it's a jewish state. it's not. israel is for everybody. >> let me just interrupt for a second though. doesn't -- don't the palestinians have to recognize israel's right to exist before this continues? >> i was present in tunis when yassir two-state signed it request prime minister rabin.
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they recognize israel. israel israel is the one that does not tangle with the palestinians. he did everything that he was asked to do. in fact he is becoming a pariah because of -- >> what sort of steps are the palestinians are ready to take in order to try to figure this out? >> i mean really i don't want to be funny. lift our occupation of the israeli land. the palestinians have no power. when they try to reconcile with gaza in order to negotiate with
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israel israel, the united states and israeli government shunned them. and now the israelis are withholding palestinian taxes because the palestinians have asked to join international community organizations. how do they expect us to negotiate with them? to negotiate over what? >> so do you expect the bombs to start firing again and the shells? is that what happens next? based on the last question there's no solution to this. no peaceful solution to it. >> justice for the palestinians. the guns will disappear.
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they're going to have to be disarmed. everybody have to be disarmed. israel have to stop having settlers among the palestinians and harassing palestinians and the peace will prevail but as long as israel insists on having the cake and eating it too occupying the land there is nothing to surrender. so i don't expect the bombs to fly and explosives to start blowing up here and everywhere but i don't expect anything to come up from netanyahu because he had chances many times before. i think when he said he's against a two-state solution that's the truth and i think he's going to continue to derail any attempt to reach a peaceful settal aliments because all they
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want to do is occupy palestinian land. >> good to have you on the program. thank you very much isil has claimed responsibility for wednesday's deadly attack in tunisia. 21 people killed when gunmen killed the museum in the capital tunis. it's shaken their struggling young democracy. here's what makes it so important. tunisia shares borders with algeria and -- islam is the state religion. 99% of the population is muslim mostly sunni. the arab spring started there in 2011 and it's within mostly stable since then at least until wednesday's attack and here's more from ton tunis. >>reporter: they take to the streets to tex press their defiance. the message, a clear rejection of violence and the people who perpetrate it. there was also solidarity with the victims and tributes in
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their memory. some of the victims weren't carrying their passports so they have not been identified yet. more than 40 people were injured. some of them have been talking about their experience. >> we entered one of the rooms in the old part of the museum looking at the mosaics. suddenly we heard shots and people started to run and save themselves. two gunmen were killed to end the siege but it's believed they are accomplices. police say they've arrested nine people so far, four of whom they believe were directly involved in the attack. meanwhile, the prime minister has been giving details of security measures across the country. >> we will be putting in place checkpoints that will be
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manned -- patrolled across the
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nation. iraq. the effort to recapture tikrit from isil appears to have stalled. saddam hussein's hometown. they have mostly accomplished that goal. others are note so sure. >> it was just a week ago that the pentagon's top general was predicting that iraqi forces with the help and assistance of iran would soon retake the iraqi city of tikrit but this week general martin dempsey downgraded that prediction saying it now appears that those so-called local mobilization forces are not having the success they initially reported. when the offensive began two weeks ago, those 20,000 troops most of them are shia militia, a few sunni fighters are tikrit --
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they are bogged down on the outskirts of tikrit and not being able to go in and finish the job taking over the city center. now, the pentagon today offered a much more sober assessment of the fighting say that essentially that there's some very tough urban combat ahead. iraq says this is a natural pause in the offensive giving them time to resupply and rein reinforce. they're continuing to mount this offensive without the assistance of u.s. and coalition air power and the pentagon today confirmed once again that iraq has not asked for u.s. air strikes in
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mosul. jamie, thank you. today marks the 12th anniversary of the u.s. invasion of iraq in 2003. within weeks american troops had taken baghdad but it would take more than eight years before most u.s. troops had withdrawn. still ahead, race and police.
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thank you tensions tonight on the campus of the university of virginia. an african-american student was bloodied after an incident with the abc unit. virginia state police are now
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investigating. erica is here with more on that. >> john the encounter was all caught on cellphone video and now the incident has caught the attention of the governor of virginia who is disturbed by what happened to the student. he says he was trying to enter a bar when asked to show identification. he says he showed his real id from his home state of illinois not a fake but that's when he says agents moves in and took him down. >> three officers pinned me to the ground pressing their knees in my back while blood flowed from the gash to my head. as the officers held me down -- how could in happen? >> allowing his lawyer to speak for him, the student stood silently with visible injuries from his arrest. he was tackled late tuesday night. after officers prevented him
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from entering a bar. the end of the bloody arrest caught on cellphone video. witnesses say officers from virginia's department of alcoholic beverage control slamming his head on the ground. johnson needed ten stitches. in court documentings with the agents describe him as very agitated and belligerent yet the charge against him is obstruction of justice without force. the video quickly went viral sparking outrage. hundreds gathered for railly on campus. a show on campus brought him to tears. >> my heart went out to him. >> she implored the governor of virginia to get involved and he ordered an investigation. >> i'm disturbed and we're going to get to the bottom of it and somebody has to answer to it.
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let's let the investigation will you be its course.
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>> not apply to private campuses. tonight at 11:00, what's behind the push to expand gun rights it was a controversial deal with forest lands for copper mining. the deal was inserted into the national defense bill. when the story first appeared on america tonight, the mining company refused to talk but tonight we hear from them and their opponents. >>reporter: i think we were trying to get ahold of you. when america tonight first approaches mining company resolution copper about a controversial project, they refused to sit down for an interview. >> how did this get through congress? . now after our first report the company has had a change of heart. >> we've got a great story to tell and nothing to hide. >> andrew is the head of
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resolution copper if the. >> the project is going to generate 3,700 jobs. $60 billion of economic -- for the state. the project is a massive new copper mine. this part of arizona's national forest sits on top of one of the world's richest copper deposits. but it's also a place of great natural beauty under federal protection from mining since 1955. resolution copper has been trying to break the protection order for a decade after a dozen failed attempts of congress to acquire the land through special legislation in unexpected maneuver did the trick in december. buried in the 1600 page defense spending bill, a special provision that gives resolution proper the land. what assurances can you dwi the
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american public that this new mine will not create irreversible problems? >> we're committed to developing -- >> maybe a couple of years ago they break ground. what's going to go?
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>> for the jobs the mine will bring. the question is at what price? adam may, al jazeera, superior arizona. up next, we talk to a mother who called police to get her son help and lost him when officers opened fire.
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s. >> it was a call she made many times.
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here's more. >>reporter: when 71-year-old shirley marshall called 911 last june she knew what to say. >> my son is schizophrenic with by polar. she worked more than 30 years in state social services knew the act anymore for services trained in mental health first aid and wanted them to take her son to a psychiatric hospital. she has made the same call more than is hundred times in the last 20 years. ever since her son was diagnosed with bilow poe lair schizophrenia at age 22. he had trouble staying uh-huh ooze meds and police spent frequent visits at her
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home. sfwlen after after had thes discharged him against her propest. >> they said they would send him home and i would ask them can you do extended care? can he stay a few more days and they said he's stable. we can't keep him. >>reporter: how many times were you told no? >> i can't remember. numerous
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times. >> it's so hard. frustrating. there was nothing i could do. >> work with him myself. >>reporter: she says she tried to keep him on his meds at home but the job wasn't easy. she says her son wasn't violent or threatened her but would become incoherent and difficult to control. so in this day in june as police headed to her home marshall thought she'd done the right thing. and a dispatcher was telling the two officers what to corporate. >> bipolar white male needs to go to parkland. >> police. >>reporter: marshall answers the door packed for the hospital and
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then harrison appears with a screwdriver. his mother doesn't know why he had it. >> drop it. >> jay. >> drop it. >> jay. [gunshots]. >> oh they killed my child. oh, they killed my child. >> nine seconds passed before harrison is shot five times and on the ground dying. >> the awesers came to that door. they killed him. >>reporter: police say harrison lunged at him. where was he holding the screwdriver? >> i don't think i can -- just doing like this and just standing there, you know.
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standing there. i didn't see him plunge or go this way that way. >> i don't trust the police. i really don't. dallas police declined an interview but said both officers are both on full duty and the case has been forwarded to the district attorney's office. meanwhile marshall without her son for the first time in 38 years says she relives the nightmare of losing him every
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day. this is the tragedy of the lack of mental health services. >> how are police supposed to know the situation?
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>> i agree that there is no way that we can expect law enforcement to know the history but if nothing else there
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training. better response method in place and to stabilize the situation in that moment because you have so much confusion
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this is not just a training issue. you need other people. if law enforcement is going to be the front line of mental health services, then you need mental health practitioners helping law enforcement which is unacceptable. >> how badly is the system failing -- as i look at these people how badly is our country failing these people deal serious consequences of mental health? >> our country isn't failing. they have failed. you see an individual like him who is consistent services throughout his lifetime and his mother really attempted to work with the system the best she could and just couldn't get there. in our country if a person does not have resources abe there
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deal, serious mental health problems they absolutely can't get the services they need to keep them safe which is why we have to turn to undertrained situations like law enforcement to be the first responders. >> it's good to have you on the program. thank you. >> thank you. across the country, cities are looking to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings. some are using reality-based training with an emphasis on nonlethal force. >> what you're about to see could make the difference between life and
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>> he got to the rear of the car and continued advancing on it. why did you decide at that point to put your pistol up? >> because he did not have any
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weapons in his immediate hands or to where i saw he could quickly get it therefore i pulled out a
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he's represented hundreds of clients who face hundreds of
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dollars in many communities. >> these are part time courts meaning judges are not there ready to meet with those folks. so they will sit sometimes for days and weeks before they have an opportunity to be released. >> should you be going to jail for a minor traffic offense? >> no. >> wesley bell is a part time municipal judge and is running for a seat on the ferguson city council. as a judge he tries to work with defendants but acknowledges that not every judge may be doing that. he says the municipal court system should be reformed. i recommend once the person is hired they serve a one or two year term. for many of these defendants, their cases were continued so they won't know if or how much they owe the city until their next court appearance. >> and one of the big problems
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is that the state requires them to issue a warrant if someone misses a court appearance for a minor infraction like speeding and says that also needs to be change diane, thank you. today the u.n. human right's panel herd accusations that the u.s. justice department has failed to live to the law. researchers say they failed to account for the murders of hundreds of african-americans during the civil rights era. they say the fbi is not even acknowledged it and has underestimated the true number or understated the true number that is. in 2008, congress passed a law ordering the department of justice to investigate the unsolved murders of black americans before 1970. there has been only one successful prosecution. some never before seen video from the civil rights era now has just been released. the alabama state archives
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released this footage of the 1965 selma to montgomery voting rights march showing the third and final -- that's coming up we have watched isil destroy artifacts from the middle east that have also been the targets of thieves of international
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dealers. at the request of the defense and prosecution a new judge will be assigned to the
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case. andy green will drive it a british air force pilot. this is him in 1997 in the desert in nevada.
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but does the idea of going faster make him frightened? >> we can actually do this safely but more importantly we can tell the story live as we're doing it. 12 video cameras on this car will be streaming live on the internet so you can actually watch what's happening as it's happening. >> this is where andy green will try to break the record. the calakalahari desert in south africa. more than # hundred people have carried more than 18,000 tons of rocks off the pan with their bear hands to create this perfectly flat surface.
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>> a rare event will happen
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tomorrow, a total solar eclipse where views from the sun are completely obscured obscured by the moon. the cave in vietnam is so big it has its own river, jungle, and climate. >> it allows light from the sun to come inside which is where much of my film was taken. it
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just was able the give it a scale that we can't get on the ground. my favorite shot is where the drone is -- standing at the bottom that shot details. in order to get it -- and from there, it's about a two-day trek in order to get to it. i still can't believe the reaction to the video. it's been viewed i think 950,000 times. it brings a world that not very many people will be able to see
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to the public >> a comedian with a global following. he's an irish american but his biggest following is in china. he joins us to talk about his global following. >> originally i learned the gaelic language for comedy. >> you moved to ireland. >> oh yes. my story is too long for this interview. i'm originally from new york but went to ireland for boarding school and started doing
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>> calling all hands. >> we would also like citizens to help us find the terrorists. tunisia asks the people to find the terrorists responsible for yesterday's attack the battle for yemen.