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>> on "america tonight." forcing change. cleveland cops under fire. years of stunning allegations, misconduct, excessive use of force. "america tonight's" christof putzel looks at excessive use of force. >> i'm sitting in my truck with my arms up like this. >> and what led the department of justice to step in. >> where does it come to the point where the doj releases a report like this?
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>> will it bring change? also, on tonight, cuba libre, why did president obama decide to make a zeal? was it divine intervention? not coming soon to a theater near you or anywhere else either. a star vehicle, an irate dictator and a hacking scandal that shut down opening night. do fans of kim jong-un have a point? >> and good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. their motto and their motivation is to protect and serve. but police tactics across the country are unit scrutiny we saw the fallout in ferguson and
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staten island. a justice department investigation into the cleveland police department found shocking police department abuse. that report came out after cleeflcleveland police shot tamr rice. >> we got to this corner and everything changed for the worse. >> 29-year-old gregory love said he was trying to make a right turn at an intersection when a cleveland police officer intervened. >> what happened? >> a cleveland police officer had his gun drawn, he's there at the crosswalk path. he has his gun aimed at my vehicle. he steps back, aims the gun looks and fires, boom.
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>> love was unarmed, heading home after going to a concert in the city. i got my arms up and i looked down and i thought oh my god you just shot me. i'm thinking oh my god he's going to kill me. >> in court documents the officer claims love was belligerent and threatening. this video appears to show at least one of love's arms up. the bullet went through the right side of love's chest. after he was shot, he says officers handcuffed himed and charged him -- him and charged hip with making an illegal turn. >> i thought i was going to die in this intersection. >> love's case is one of dozens that the u.s. justice department cited. accusing the police of a pattern of excessive force.
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failing to hold officers accountable. the doj investigation began in 2013, after the killing of citizens that some have dubbed the cleveland atrocity. it started with a car chase, 62 police officers went on a car chase, the two unarmed people inside died of multiple gunshot ones. one of the passengers was timothy russell, a deacon at his church. >> we were really, really close. >> i met with his sister at the church. >> when i found it was him i was really shocked. everything that was announced about the person that was fleeing from the police and ramming the police car and all this stuff was totally out of character for him.
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>> reporter: police say at the time, they believe his passenger melissa williams had shot at police, it turned out they mistook the car back firing for a gunshot. >> it was like the whole cpd was chasing them, car after car after car following this one couple. i mean, it was just crazy. >> you and your family have been pushing for justice for a while now. >> yes. >> and with the release of the department of justice report, do you feel like justice has been served at all? >> well, i feel it is definitely a step in the right direction. they came back with a lot of findings you know, and there's a lot of things that need to be cleaned up in the city of cleveland in the police department. >> the case shook this rust belt city with many calling the incident racially motivated.
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rowe chel anrochelle and her faa wrongful death suit. >> whatever it is they did to flee from the police it did not want a death sentence. >> only one of the 13 officers who shot at williams and russell was criminally charged. he is yet to go to trial. it is a system that is set up to fail and not hold people accountable. >> sabode chandra is a civil rights lawyer who has filed many lawsuits against police. >> regarding police conduct that there's a significant accountability problem. >> he worked as the city's director, found some officers used expensiv competitive exces.
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>> in my experience the cleveland division of police has one of the most insular cultures that is hostile and resistant to change that would improve police-community relations. >> not much has changed. in its report the department of educatiodoj statedwere not full. this time the agencies examined, the russell family is still grieving but hope the doj report will,. >> we believe we have a problem in the division of police. we don't think it's a systemic failure but we do believe we have a problem. but at the same time, i don't want a policeman not tobl able to go home because he wasness killed on the street because he
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didn't do something he should have done. >> we wanted to sit down with the mayor. we e-mailed. we called. but nobody, not the mayor not the police chief and not the police union would talk with us. i did sit down with city councilor matt zone. >> this is a pretty scathings report that came out, and among other things there was a pattern of practice and unreasonable force. how do you react when you hear that? >> many of their findings of think are justified. >> how does it even come to this? how does a department get to the state where the doj has to erase a report like this? >> that is such a broad question and i can go in a million directions with that. you need, i think somebody who realizes and understands what best policing practices are and make recommendations. that's how any agency whether you're in the private sector or
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the public sector works best. >> but like the player zone says the problem is not widespread. >> i could say oh everything the doj said and our police are all bad. the mayor didn't say that he is not nor is this council ready to throw the police under the bus. the vast majority of the police are very did and they do a great job. >> the federal government has investigated at least 20 other local police departments that may have been involved in civil rights violations. councilmember zone says his city is already implementing reforms. >> they want to be more modernized. to arm all of our front line police officers a thousand of our 1500 police officers will all have body cameras.
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>> zone also said the police need to work on their relationship with the city's african american citizens. >> when i see a police officer i wave. but the people of color, our black and brown population and that's unfortunate. >> the doj report describes an us against them relationship in the police force. >> i think the problems within the division of police exist because of a fundamental cultural problem within the department. a paramilitary culture in which everybody is watching everybody else's back. there's been too much go along, get along, and what they did is create a system of accountability that is such a system only in persons. >> these guys are shooting first and asking questions later. >> love was ultimately find $100
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for making an illegal turn. he says the entire incident has left him with painful mental and physical scars. >> sometimes they strike in pain, i'm i'll just take these. i'm going to always have to live with the scars. always remind me of that night. but i'm going to be okay though. i'm a survivor. i have to survive. i got children, boys, i got another child on the way. so i have to survive. you know? >> despite his experience love says he'll teach his boys to grow up respecting police. but he hopes the doj report will help bring about a ceasefire between the community and the completes. christof putzel, al jazeera, cleveland. >> john jay, appreciate you being with us. we layer about these consent decrease, there have been a number of consent decrease wit h
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police departments around the country. do they work? >> they can work and they do work but it takes a unique combination of effort to make them work. first it takes a strong federal judge and a strong chief of police and a strong commitment by the city. because a consent decree is nothing more or less than a document designed to change the culture of police departments that are violating the rights of citizens left and right. they have the term of usage is pattern and practice of violating the civil littl liberf the city. >> seems like they need have teeth in them. do they have time lines? do they have penalties? >> they do. a consent decree is really a blueprint of what needs to be done with metrics that need to
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be met to change a police culture. but it depends on how strongly, as i said, how strong reply the -- how strongly the police chief or the police commissioner is actually committed to making those changes and how strong the federal judge is in overseeing and mandating that those changes be made. >> and imposing whatever penalties might be in place. we look at new orleans that had a consent decree, that was a big deal and about a third of that police department had to retire. that changed the culture of that department to some extent, cincinnati where it's taken seven years to see change or the l.a.p.d, all the years after rampart. look it's hard for me to accept that that affects real change in any kind of timely manner. what happens to the people and the communities in the meantime? >> okay, well, it doesn't affect change if a timely manner, because changing a culture of an
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insular institution like a police department takes time. but i have seen it in los angeles, i'm based in los angeles. i've seen it happen and the department has changed enormously since then. >> but it does take as you say leadership and leadership focused on change in those communities. >> absolutely. >> we appreciate you joining us, joe dominic. when we return, helping her, help herself. >> people with disabilities and different kinds of disabilities, and people with deficits have the right to live on their own. >> "america tonight's" sheila macvicar with a remarkable young woman who will not only change what you think what it means to be disabled, she's just changed the law. later on in the program, sounds like a made for hollywood scene. an international internet hacking ring, and a feared dictator, but it's a plot that won't be seen on the silver
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only on al jazeera america >> it's often tough to get congress to agree on very much but it's recently passed the able act can broad bipartisan support, helping people with disabilities safe for themselves. the able bill has been passed by the senate when it could change the lives of millions of americans. "america tonight's" sheila macvicar speaks to one advocate who has been leading the charge. >> from an early age, sarah wolf has been defying expectations. sarah has down stroam. >> syndrome. >> what would you want people to know about you? >> i'm a good person.
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>> sarah has college credits, works at a law firm, is on several borders of directors, and is a gifted public speaker. >> we treat sarah like everyone else. >> her father decided not to let her condition define her. >> if you don't get involved in that in the very ging it's not going to work for anybody. my wife made that commitment. you know, she really did, she worked hard, very hard. but she got it done. >> her mother's pin mother's ped off. at the age of 18 she became an advocate. >> she and her friend basically set up the first buddy walk.
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>> what is a buddy walk? >> to promote recognition of people with down syndrome. >> come up and show support, had over 800 people that came. it was great, i learned i was an advocate for myself and that's when i learned you know, oh. if i could do it for myself i could do it for other people. >> i am so glad to be here. >> that year sarah was recognized for her work. and along with barbara walters was honored by the national down syndrome society. >> that was my first public speaking engagement before an audience. and i was not nervous. >> makes me realize how lucky i am. >> that experience standing up in front of a ball room of people completely intimidating. >> i don't know if people would
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think they would be intimidated, if you just go up there and do your thing and they see you do it and they just, you know -- so it's the coolest feeling you see people's reaction. >> how do people react? >> just amazing. like they just, wow, a person with down syndrome could speak like that. >> there was never a sense that sarah was in any way unable to do something. she just did it. >> todd o'malley is sarah's godfather and boss. after high school, o'malley offered sarah her first job working at his law firm. >> she needed something to do. to me it was a natural to have her come down here. >> i have been here 13 years. yes do i drink coffee for 13 years, that's where i started.
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>> she doesn't write briefs but she is filing, helps a case manager with complex things, putting together settlement packages and everything. >> today sarah not only works in the law office but in the arc of northern pennsylvania, a advocacy group for people with disabilities. don broderick is the executive director. >> she is a very talented young lady and she has a wonderful skill to be able to present to large groups of people. appears to be effortless. >> but this woman word so har to over-- hard to overcome limitations is now blocked on limits imposed on her by federal regulations. sarah can't save more than $2,000. if she earns more than $700 a month she will lose her disability benefits and pension benefits. she cannot get a raise or work
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full time. sarah like every other disabled person in the united states is legally obliged to be poor. >> good morning, i am sarah, i am 31 years old and happen to have down syndrome. >> now sarah is on a mission. >> i'm excited to share my story today. >> testifying in washington, d.c. in july, sarah was in a unique position to do what others could not. >> this is the fair and right thing to do. >> persuade congress to pass legislation to overcome the disparity for people with disabilities. >> what was the message that you wanted to tell them? >> i wanted to tell them that people with disabilities and different kinds of disabilities and people with down syndrome have the right to live on their own. >> the bill known as the able act, short for achieving a
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better life experience, will allow people with disabilities and their families to create tax exempt savings accounts. something they could not do before without losing government benefits especially health insurance. sarah wie rfer is at the forefront of the lobbying effort. >> it sends a message to our people in congress that people with disabilities in 2014 can work. specifically people like sarah wolf could work full time take her paycheck and deposit it in this account without making herself ineligible for medicaid. >> the able act will help people like jerry, 55 years old and work with sarah at the arc of northeastern pennsylvania as a handyman. >> at times he would make in excess of the $2,000 that is allowed people to have.
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rather than spend down, this allows him to put money away for his future needs whatever they may be as he gets older. >> it could be more secure for sarah, something that hit home last year when she lost her mother, her lifelong inspirati inspiration, to cancer. >> what did she do to help you get to the place you are right now? >> everything. she helped me with everything. basically it's hard to talk about my mom but i like talking about her because it tells me to do better. >> she was really important? >> yes, very, and still is. is so unanimity i'm not crying. >> if this law is passed what --
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if this law is passed what difference will it make to your sister's life? >> it will make a huge difference in her life and of course my life. one of my fears is with the passing of my mom, it really brings to light just how realistic the future could happen tomorrow, in terms of i worry about then the day that my dad's not around. you know and financially, sarah needs to be able to support herself. and it's really hard to do that when you're pretty much linked to poverty. >> sarah has traveled the country to raise awareness about the realities of living with down syndrome. in april she started a change.org petition to pass the able act. it went viral and has over 250,000 supporters. >> how many people do you think will benefit from this? >> i think you know, millions of people with disabilities will benefit from this. the able act allows them to
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create this tool where they can actually fund their own dreams, aspirations, and goals, and make sure that they have ant contribute to society in the ways that they witch. >> i want people to know that i'm just like you. i could do whatever i put my mind and heart to. >> "america tonight's" sheila macvicar joins us here. this has got to be big news for sarah. >> it is very big news. i spoke to her family today, they say she is so excited, they are all so excited. she was so proud this really was her accomplishment. >> what is she going to do now? >> she's going to ask her boss for a raise. >> he wants to give her a raise. >> but now sarah will have the great pleasure of walking into his office and saying, it's time. >> siden information that if you
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are -- hiding information that if you weren't directly involved you wouldn't have known. >> you would be effectively obliged to live in poverty, if you save any money for your future or whatever happens when your family is no longer around to help support you, you will lose your benefits including losing your health shurches. insurance. for so many of those people that is a key to their quality of life. sarah works, she can save for education, she can save for things that are important for her that will help protect her and provide for her in the future and will help ease the burden on her family and her family's mind and that is so true for so many americans. >> some of that is really her pride in being employed, in being able to do the best she can and to be compensated for it appropriately. >> sarah is a going concern. anybody who has met her spoken
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with her or listen to her lobbying congress, knows she's a going concern. she has ideas of other things she would like to tackle and i'm sure she will continue to do those things. she is a young woman of remarkable accomplishment. >> very proud of what she has done, "america tonight's" sheila macvicar, thanks. >> in our next segment, why now? president obama ends a 50 year long stalemate. did providence and the pope make it happen? also ahead, the hollywood blockbuster that won't be coming to a theater near you. how a comedy turned deadly serious angered the world's most reclusive state, really stranger than fiction.
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>> a crisis on the border... >> thery're vulnarable... these are refugees... >> migrent kids flooding into the u.s. >> we're gonna go and see josue who's just been deported... >> why are so many children fleeing? >> your children will be a part of my group or killed... >> fault lines, al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines no refuge: children at the border only on al jazeera america >> now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." four former executives of freedom industries indicted for chemical spells back in january, 300,000 told not to drink their water, about 400 went to the hospital saying they were sickened. failing to repair a storage tank
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containing a coal-cleaning chemical. three day mourning period 148 people most of them children killed in a taliban attack in northwestern pakistan. western consumers made a mad dash to snatch up furniture,ing cars, appliances, big ticket items in record numbers, fearing prices were to shoot higher. foreign sanctions are behind the ruble's decline. jfk was president, that was 1961. the last time that the united states had a substantial conversation with cuba. now, though, president obama has pledged to restore relations, claiming that decades of isolation have not worked.
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one key to the situation, divine intervention, pope francis taking a strong role to push the two together. and u.s. contractor alan gross, lucia newman knows cuba better than anyone we know. lucia, help us to understand what's happened here. the timing of it, why now? >> joie, to understand the timing you have to go back 20 months to the last summit of the americas in cartajena, the highest level regional forum that includes the united states and canada but which secluded cuba which was expelled from the organization of american states at the asking of united states.
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basically, president obama had his feet put to the fire, all the regional leaders said there will not be another summit of the americas without cuba. that summit is scheduled for this april, four months from now. the united states knew that. president obama who was interested in improving relations with cuba but the hadn't made it a priority. or the united states would lose more of its leadership role in its own backyard and placed in a very embarrassing position, sitting at a summit table with raul castro without being able to talk to one another. this has resolved that issue. >> tell us how this is going to change life for ordinary cuban are they going to see an impact
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quickly? >> generations after generations of cubans have lived under the cold war, politically be ideologically and physically. many cubans were crying when they heard the news and they know it will be a slow process for the embargo to be lifted and the economic benefits of that to be felt but the idea of having more normal relations with the united states takes a huge load off many people's minds. >> we referred earlier to the pope's role in this but he wasn't the only one who helped broker a final deal. >> absolutely joie, one of these days i'll have to write a spy novel on just how this happened. the pope was involved but so was uruguay's president, jose
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mohika. he and the president spoke about this, eventually it was president mohika who carried the letter from president obama to raul castro suggesting it is time to start some sort of a conversation. joie. >> lucia newman in buenos aires, thanks. up ending of all places, hollywood. you will not believe this one. sony pictures has cancelled its plans to release "the interview." after the largest movie chains in the country announced they will pull the movie from their screens. al jazeera's rob reynolds wil hs this story. >> it was supposed to spread holiday cheer but as yet, "the
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interview" has spread fear, sphere from the sony pictures lot in los angeles to streets across america. >> the fact that the interview is not opening is a big development. because essentially these anonymous hackers have forced sony's hand in not releasing a movie that had a significant budget, a large budget. >> the terror in tinsel town began about three weeks ago, when sony announcinged they were the target of a reletless hacking attack. the group of hackers ca hackersl themselves guardians of peace, released social security numbers and e-mails, and depicts the
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assassination of north korean president kim jong-un. >> you want us to kill the president of north korea? what? >> in the british tv movie death of a president which debuted as at the time 2006 toronto film festival, the film was actually well received by critics. but the reaction to the soon to be released film starring seth r association ofgan and james franco has now taken a different turn. the threat posted on a file sharing sites reads in partly, remember the 11th of september, 2001 we recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
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the department of homeland security says there is no credible intelligence that indicates an active plot against u.s. movie goers. on the studio lot while execs ponder way to release the film, follow from the leaked e-mails continues. speculation of one of the most powerful women's in hollywood, sony pictures amy pascal will be fired over her e-mails and leaked insensitive comments. >> the potential number of embarrassing conversations she had. >> she asks friend and hollywood producer scott rudin for questions she should ask president obama. what should i ask the president at this stupid jeffary breakfast? >> ruzin responds, would he like
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to finance some movies? >> pascal responds, i downtown it. should i ask him if he likes django movies? >> rudin's response, ride along, i bet he likes kevin hart. the two have apologize ed for their remarks but in hollywood it may be too little too late, with the couple getting a front seat to the dark side of hollywood. rob reynolds, al jazeera, los angeles. >> and u.s. officials have now connected north korea to the hacking attack. after the break. one of the world's most holy sites to both jews and to muslims. and why every day brings new fears for its future.
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have good in the season of peacn jerusalem, a holy site, considered sacred in islam and jerusalem. for centuries the al-aqsa mosque, is considered a holy place. from jerusalem, nick schifrin. >> haysens the messiah's arrival. >> that will come very soon please join god. >> in the center of the city,
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jewish activists, change the thousand year status of the city's holiest place. >> i'm happy to be part of the redemption of the jewish people. >> reporter: and a new breed of right wing israeli campaigners spurs them and the next generation on. >> we want to come back. we wants to go pray on the temple mount. >> they spearhead the growing temple mount movement, third jewish temple on top of one of islam's most sacred shrines. creating a new battle, and threatening to make a israeli palestinian conflict boil. >> young men and all of us boil with anger. >> the dome of the rock, according to them, where mohamed ascended to heaven, the dome was built by a muslin caliph.
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where muslims communicate with god. >> the temple mount is the holiest place in the world.the only holy place of the jewish people. >> jews call it the temple mount, where jews have prayed for 2,000 years. for muslims it's the al-aqsa mosque. ing most important mosque outside of mecca and ne medina. it decided israeli soldiers would leave muslim officials would run it and israelis would be allowed to visit but not pray. that is what the temple mount movement is trying to change. >> the mount need to be jewish. >> on a recent sunday morning, daniel avid and haim wait to
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walk in the mosque. >> translator: we pray that sometime god will want to build the temple and we will be there. >> rabbis used to foasht jews from going there. >> continuing the extreme activity on the temple mount will lead to armageddon. >> late the frequency of the visits has rapidly increased. they are controversial, the police wouldn't let us film with cameras. we followed with cell phone. site hosted ancient jewish temples. the center was the holy of holies, the home of god. >> the holy of holies, was. >> it makes me happy i can come
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to the place that is holy for me and holy for the jewish people. it is important that we have a foothold here. >> reporter: the whole time they are protected by israeli pleas, the chants of god is great. the chants are loudest as the group approaches the dome of the rock. as they are there we found another camera. >> they enter through the mar moroccan gate. the only possibility that we tell them we are not welcome here. this way i, the shouting you are getting. >> from one of the most famous palestinian families. >> they try olet you feel that this place is not for you. it's for them. they want to destroy this mosque
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and rebuild the temple. >> thinks the popularity of the temple mount movement thanks to one man. yehuda glick. >> yog is connected witnothing e truth. >> 49-year-old american born yehuda glick teaches young israelis to go. >> we speak and we say god relove you so much we want to do what you commanded us to do. >> glick visited the site in september 2013. his call was radical and unequivocal. build a third temple and replace the dome of the rock. >> presently the rock is not the place for jewish people. it's a place of terror and
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insightment. >> right wing lawmakers like moshe visit regularly. more months israeli authorities prohibited younger palestinians from going inside. they had to pray outside. tension with the israeli police increased and on october 29th this year it boiled over. a young palestinian drove up to an israeli pulled a pistol and pulled the trigger four times. the target was yehuda glick. >> he aimed his gun at me and he said i'm sorry, i have no clois, yoclois,choice, you are the ene. >> israeli police shot and
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killed hijazi on the roof of his house. the family decorates the inside of the house with pictures of the mount. >> what did the al-aqsa mosque mean to your son? >> you cannot be silent over it. >> the temple mount movement claim the site as their own. >> our sacred place, it is not the most sacred place for any religion. just for jewish people. >> these women are a member of the association, of the jewish temple. they hope to recreate scenes in that temp.. the scenes of women from inside the second temple is their inspiration today. they try use the same dyes and methods used in the first and second temples from the days of
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king solomon. >> we make the same things. >> religious jews believe that one day god will send the second temple on the mount. a place wrongly secluded from. >> it's like telling a muslim, please don't pray at mecca, you can't pray at mecca. >> they walk backwards to avoid turning their back on the sight of the temple. they demand to up end, 1300 years of history. the god the great chants continue as they walk out. they respond with their own chant. the temple they chant will be built. they believe their visits are the vanguard of zion. >> the rabbis who understand the
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next mission, they call upon the jews to go on the temple mount. >> even they say if it means war with muslims. >> if the building of the temple mount is our redemption, then yes, whatever it takes. >> translator: all the young men will revolt. it's a natural response. they will protect their home land, their al-aqsa, their mosque. >> the center of holiness now a center of growing conflict. nick schifrin, al jazeera, jerusalem. >> we will return in our final segment this hour with another view of america's sudden thaw with cuba, that follows more than 50 years of suspicion, intrigue, even an attempted twitter subterfuge, makes you wonder: is all forgiven?
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>> timely this hour a reminder that you can never be too sure about your enemies or your friends. sudden thaw in u.s. cuban relations remind us that there's a lot to forgive after 50 years of frost. >> the serious disaster bay of
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pigs invasion. and assassination attempts at cuban prime minister fidel castro, a plot to destroy his iconic beard by dusting his shoes with a did he pill tri. poisoning his -- a depilitory. after the united states took the situation to a brink of war, recruiting the people to overthrow the government from within. it's not been acknowledged by the u.s. government but one of the most recent plots was to launch a cuban at which timer, zinzinao, a text messaging service, which would evade
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cuba's restrictions. celebrity gossip sports news. at its peak, more than 68,000 users were uploading their own postings approximately'. but in april, uncovered u.s.a.i.d.'s own process, getting the process going towards democratic change. zinzaneo launched in 2010 just after u.s.a.i.d. contractor alan gross was arrested on a mission to expand u.s. access in cuba, it was health as revolutionary and free. u.s.a.i.d. administrator who fiercely, defended the situation. just as alan gross touched down
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on u.s. soil. we do know it didn't work. so we'll see how the other version goes. that's "america tonight." tomorrow on this prom we'l progl investigate the death of lennon lacey, found swinging from a swing set. was it murder or suicide? join the conversation on twitter or at our facebook page any time. good night, we'll have more of "america tonight," tomorrow. >> hundreds of days in
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detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights. >> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime. >> this is a group of men who have grown rich through secretive energy deals between egypt and israel. they have cost the egyptian people billions of dollars in lost revenues. >> so it was obvious that egypt was being ripped off. >> one of the men responsible was a confidant of ex-president hosni mubarak. >> did you steal your country's natural resources? o!

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