"In 1960, the USSR accused the U.S. of running an aerial spying program over its territory. Our government denied it to the American people, only admitting it when confronted with the captured U-2 pilot Gary Powers. Americans were genuinely shocked that their government would lie to them. Today the lying has become so routine that people are no longer shocked. There can be no true democracy when government manipulates the people with spin, hype, propaganda, phony 'leaks,' and outright lies." -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Israel banned thousands of Palestinian Christians in the occupied West Bank from entering the occupied city of Jerusalem to participate in Palm Sunday celebrations in advance of the Western church dates for Easter next weekend. Israeli troops were out in force at checkpoints surrounding Jerusalem and in the vicinity of the Old City.

Celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which were held in Israel over the weekend, were marred by multiple instances of Israelis "celebrating" the killing of Palestinians in Gaza, videos and photos have shown.

The Jewish festival of Purim was held this year from sunset on 23 March to nightfall the following day by Jews around the world.

Boston's black clergy are calling for a $15 billion reparations package, funded by local white churches, in an effort to address the historical injustices of slavery and racism.

The demand was made public during a press conference held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, convened by the Boston People’s Reparations Commission, as reported by The Boston Globe.

NBC News is apparently getting concerned about recent polling showing former President Donald Trump beating President Joe Biden among Latinos and sees Christianity as a big reason why.

The news outlet brought out the Christian nationalist boogeyman in hopes of persuading some to change their mind.

“Latino evangelical support for Christian nationalism rises as Trump courts religious vote,” NBC headlined Monday.

Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in their hundreds on Tuesday with the protection of the army, Anadolu Agency reports, as Palestinians marked the second day of Ramadan.