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After intense negotiations, terrorists return Israeli teen’s body

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Tiran Fero (courtesy)

By Batya Jerenberg, WorldIsraelNews.com

The terrorists who seized the body of Israeli Druze teen Tiran Fero from a Jenin hospital returned it to Israeli authorities early Thursday morning, with security sources saying nothing was given in exchange.

Senior Israeli officials praised the Palestinian Authority (PA) for the way it dealt with the crisis, helping it end after some 30 hours of intense negotiations with the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, the majority faction that runs the PA.

The Brigades has been designated as a terrorist organization by Israel, the U.S., EU, Canada, and several other countries.

“The Palestinian security mechanisms and the Palestinian Authority took the incident very seriously as a test in their eyes,” said the officials. “They demonstrated cooperation and a great desire to solve this complex problem, precisely in the city of Jenin. The Palestinian Authority demonstrated responsibility and seriousness here.”

Jenin is a hotspot of terrorism that the PA has had a hard time controlling and, as the officials said, “The Palestinian Authority knew that if it failed the test of exhuming the body, it would be a disaster for them, how to act in the future in this area. The Palestinian public expects them to demonstrate governance in the area.”

The “embarrassment” the PA felt over the incident, as well as heavy and constant Israeli pressure also contributed to the happy ending, according to the officials.

 

 

They said that another factor that contributed to the terrorists telling the PA where to find the body was that they lost the support of their base, the residents of Jenin’s refugee camp, after the IDF closed off their area so that no one could go in or out.

“They understood that they would pay a heavy financial price,” the officials said. “They [also] understood that at the end, the IDF would carry out an action that would end with the return of the body and dead or arrested armed militants.”

Reports had surfaced that the terrorists had demanded that Israel release jailed Palestinians or the bodies of terrorists in order to secure the return of Fero’s remains, but the security officials said Thursday that no demands had been made – and that in any case Israel did not respond to any such requests.

“We did not conduct any negotiations with the holders of the body. We did not give anything in return. We made it clear – this body goes back to the family.”

Around 5:00 a.m., the body was brought in a Red Crescent ambulance to the Salameh crossing near Jenin, where Fero’s family identified it. The funeral is set to be held Thursday afternoon, coinciding with Fero’s 18th birthday, according to his father, Hussam.

“I can’t describe it,” Hussam told Channel 13. “My heart is broken. I lost a son today, it’s his birthday today. Instead of having a birthday with his family, I am preparing a funeral, so you can imagine what pain I am going through.”

The abduction had enraged the Druze community. Hundreds participated in a rally in Fero’s hometown of Daliyat al-Carmel, and dozens of people blocked a major highway Wednesday night for a short time in protest. A video also surfaced on social media of a small group of masked men saying that if the body wasn’t returned immediately, the Druze would go into Jenin to get it themselves.

In an interview on 103FM, Israeli Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Moafaq Tarif had made a veiled threat, saying “All those who were involved in the kidnapping – their names are already known.”

“We trust the IDF and the state and also everyone involved in the negotiations,” he added. “I’ll give negotiations a chance, but there are many ways and many possibilities.”

On the other hand, Fero’s uncle, Edi, told Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alian, one of the IDF’s highest-ranking Druze, that “with all the pain” the family is feeling, his nephew wasn’t alive anymore and he “didn’t want even a single IDF soldier to get hurt” in a mission to get the body back.

Contrary to the family’s accusation that the terrorists had taken Fero while he was still alive, killing him by disconnecting him from the ventilator, the IDF emphasized that Fero had already been declared dead by the time his remains were seized.

Critics erupt after Whoopi Goldberg questions whether Hamas, Taliban are terrorists

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ash Severe/Released)

By Batya Jerenberg, WorldIsraelNews.com

Critics erupted Tuesday after TV host and actress Whoopi Goldberg questioned whether Hamas and the Taliban are terrorists on the show The View.

The four women on the panel were discussing presumptive House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s intention to remove the anti-Israel, progressive Democrat Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee due to her antisemitism.

TV host Sara Haines said there was “one thing” the Michigan Representative had said last year that “bothered” her – “when she tweeted something comparing the U.S., Israel, Hamas and the Taliban as all terrorist organizations.”

“She has maybe way more knowledge and experience in the very complicated Middle Eastern relations,” Haines continued, “but I did find that being on a foreign committee and comparing the country to a terrorist, known terrorists, those are organized terrorist communities. Not Israel, but Hamas and the Taliban.”

At this point, Goldberg interrupted, saying, “Depends on who you talk to.”

Haines first responded, “Right,” but then immediately added, “Well, that’s how they’re recognized, as terrorist organizations.” The other two hosts seemingly backed Goldberg, with one, Sunny Hostin, repeating Goldberg’s statement, and the other, Joy Behar, pointing out that those groups are “recognized in this country [as terrorists].”

Israel, Canada, the EU, Japan, Australia and the UK – besides the U.S. – have all designated Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Critics leaped onto social media to slam Goldberg’s equivocation.

Andrew Ghalili, a foreign policy analyst for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) tweeted, “???? One host on The View says that Hamas is a terrorist organization, and two of the others respond with ‘well it depends who you talk to.’ Yeah, indeed it does. And the people who disagree are terrorist-sympathizing bigots.”

“Whoopi Goldberg, it’s indisputable that Hamas is a terrorist organization…. Giving a pass to #IlhanMN = problem,” posted Jackson Richman, a writer on political affairs.

One person called Goldberg a “terrorist apologist” and another pointed out that “Hamas is responsible for heinous attacks on civilians. I think that qualifies as terrorists.”

In their criticism, the Israel Advocacy Movement brought up a previous controversy involving Goldberg that was called out as antisemitism.

“Remember when Whoopi Goldberg claimed the Holocaust wasn’t racism, it was white people fighting white people? Well, she’s at it again… This time she felt it appropriate to proclaim that not everyone thinks that Hamas are terrorists,” the NGO tweeted.

Goldberg eventually apologized for her Holocaust-related remarks, which had earned her a two-week suspension from her hosting job.The statement Haines referred to on Tuesday came in June last year, when Omar had taken to Twitter to say, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.”

She then backed off after the comment raised a storm of protest, saying her remarks were “not a moral comparison.” Even so, she received a rare rebuke from her party’s leadership for “drawing false equivalences between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban.”

 

Israeli Security Forces Still Hunting for Leads in Jerusalem Bus Stop Bombings; 16 Year-Old Victim Buried

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The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli Security Forces Still Hunting for Leads in Jerusalem Bus Stop Bombings; 16 Year-Old Victim Buried

Edited by: Fern Sidman

Over 12 hours after two bombing attacks in Jerusalem, Israel’s security forces still do not know who carried out the attacks and which terror group they belong to, Kan 11 News reported, as per a report on the Israel National News web site.

INN also reported that security sources said that the lack of knowledge underlines the intelligence failures in connection to the attack, which was planned by a cell that has experience in producing explosive devices.

It was also reported that as part of the investigation of the attacks, a suspicion was raised – due among other things to the proximity of the scene to those areas – that the terrorists in question are residents of Jerusalem and hold Israeli identity cards, the INN report indicated. Though it is not yet clear which terror group they belong to and how prepared they were, security forces have clarified that “sooner or later, we will lay our hands on the terrorists.”

Meanwhile, the investigation into the bombings continues, and an emphasis has been placed on intelligence – activating agents, security cameras, and additional technological means.INN reported that  footage from the scenes of the attacks has been transferred to the police, but none of it clearly shows any suspicious figures which are connected to the attacks and which can be identified as being behind the explosions.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was reported that security cameras at the entrance to Jerusalem were not operational, leading to delays in the investigation of the attacks, as was reported by INN.

It all began as a routine morning  in Jerusalem as rush hour commuters waited for buses to take them to work and school. But then, two blasts went off near bus stops in Jerusalem, killing a Canadian-Israeli teenager and injuring at least 18, in what police said were attacks by Palestinians.

The AP reported that the victim was identified as Aryeh Schupak, 16, who was heading to the yeshiva he was learning at when the blast went off, according to a notice announcing his death. Schupak was also a Canadian citizen, according to Canada’s Ambassador to Israel Lisa Stadelbauer, the AP reported.

INN reported that the first explosion occurred at a bus stop on Sha’arei Yerushalayim Street near the western edge of the capital. The second went off about half an hour later in Ramot, a settlement in the city’s north, the AP reported.

At least 18 people were injured in the explosion, including two in critical condition and two more in serious condition.

MDA and United Hatzalah emergency first responders have been dispatched to the scene to treat the victims, INN reported.

“At 7:06 a.m., MDA’s Jerusalem district 101 call center received a report of multiple injuries as a result of an explosion next to a bus stop on Sha’arei Yerushalayim Street in Jerusalem,” MDA reported.

“MDA paramedics are on the scene providing medical treatment to seven injured people, including one in serious condition and one in critical condition.”

The injured had been evacuated to three different Jerusalem hospitals, including Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center, as was reported by INN.

According to preliminary reports, it appears the explosion was caused by an explosive device concealed in a bag left at the bus stop.

INN reported that shortly afterwards, a second explosion was reported in the neighborhood of Ramot. Seven people were treated after the second bombing, including three who were wounded by shrapnel.

Police forces were deployed to the scenes of the explosions, closing Route 1 at the entrance to Jerusalem to traffic.

“We were at the MDA station by the entrance to the city when we heard a large explosion,” MDA paramedics Moshe Tobolsky and Lior Levy said, INN reported.

“We immediately headed to the scene in large numbers, including ambulances, MICUs and medicycles. two seriously wounded were lying nearby, a 16-year-old in the bus stop and a 45-year-old on the sidewalk. A number of moderately and mildly injured victims were ambulatory on scene. We rapidly conveyed the seriously injured in MICUs to hospital while providing life-saving treatment.”

“It was a crazy explosion,” Yosef Haim Gabay, a medic who was at the scene when the first blast occurred, told Israeli Army Radio. “I saw people with wounds bleeding all over the place.”

JNS reported that hundreds of people attended the funeral on Wednesday afternoon of 16-year-old Israeli Aryeh Schupak, who was killed earlier in the day in the first of twin terror bombings in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Prime Minister Yair Lapid convened a security meeting on Wednesday attended by, among others, Defense Minister Gantz, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Ronen Bar and Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, as was reported by JNS.

“I would first like to send my condolences and the condolences of the government of Israel to the family of Aryeh Shechopek, of blessed memory. He was a boy who never wronged anyone in the world, and he was murdered simply because he was Jewish. I also wish a speedy and full recovery to the wounded,” said Lapid following the meeting, as was reported by JNS.

“This event is different from what we have seen in recent years. An extensive intelligence effort is now underway that will lead us to find these heinous terrorists, those behind them, and those who provided them with weapons,” he continued, according to the JNS report. “I want to say to the citizens of Israel: We will find them. They can run, they can hide—it won’t help them; the security forces will reach them. If they resist, they will be eliminated. If not, we will punish them to the fullest extent of the law.”

INN reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday condemned the double bombings in Jerusalem.

“Incredibly saddened to learn about the death of a young Canadian in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. I’m sending his family and friends my deepest condolences. I’m also thinking of those who were injured. Canada condemns this violence in the strongest possible terms,” tweeted Trudeau, as was reported by INN.

Canada’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the Jerusalem attacks.

“Canada strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack in Jerusalem that claimed the life of a young Canadian and injured many others. Our hearts are with the victims’ family, friends, Jewish communities & those affected by this tragic attack. We stand with the people of Israel,” it said in a tweet.

INN also reported that Pierre Poilievre, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the leader of the official opposition, wrote, “Horrified to hear of the terror attacks in Jerusalem this morning…Conservatives strongly condemn these heinous attacks. We stand with Israel at this dark time.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday also condemned the bombings in Jerusalem, as was reported by INN.

“Earlier today, a Jewish teenager was killed and two Americans were among the injured in a horrific terrorist attack in Israel. We condemn the violence and my thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. We will always stand in solidarity with the Israeli people,” she tweeted.

The bombings took place as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding coalition talks after national elections and is likely to return to power as head of what’s expected to be Israel’s most right-wing government ever, according to an AP report.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, a lawmaker who has called for harsher measures to be taken against Palestinian attackers and who is set to become the minister in charge of police under Netanyahu, said the attack meant Israel needed to take a tougher stance on Palestinian violence, as was reported by the AP.

“We must exact a price from terror,” he said at the scene of the first explosion. “We must return to be in control of Israel, to restore deterrence against terror.”

$40M Bahamian Digs Used by FTX Cryptocurrency Became Haven for Drugs, Partner Swapping

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Sam Bankman-Fried is the founder of the FTX cryptocurrency company that is accused of fraud. Photo Credit: AP

$40M Bahamian Digs Used by FTX Cryptocurrency Became Haven for Drugs, Partner Swapping

Edited by: TJVNews.com

It would appear that the digs that FTX’s Chief Executive Order, Sam Bankman-Fried lived in has seen its share of wild living.

According to a recent report in the New York Post, Bankman-Fried lived with 10 roommates in an ultra-luxurious penthouse pad in at Albany, Bahamas. The group lived at the swanky $40 million apartment and also considered it to be the nerve center for the cryptocurrency giant FTX — the $15 billion company that went recently belly up amid allegations of fraud and mismanagement — according to accounts of staffers who lived and worked there.

The over the top Bahamian headquarters included six bedrooms, two elevators, manicured grounds, a golf course and a boat basin packed with super yachts, according to the Post report.

The partying and highly unusual lifestyle that prevailed was fueled by drugs, vegetarian food and open sexuality which SBF and some of his employees partook in on a regular basis, according to the report.

The Post reported that the group dropped speed, engaged in polyamorous relationships and created a frat house situation. They pulled all nighters and SBF would play video games while on Zoom calls pertaining to a billion dollar investment.

A well-heeled Bahamian local told The Post of the FTX group, “They would walk around in sweats and T-shirts. That was not the Albany lifestyle that residents there signed up for. The typical dress was Ralph Lauren sport jackets. Sam and his group did not seem to fit the part.”

“They worked crazy hours and Albany accommodated them,” said the well-heeled Bahamian, who added that a ritzy restaurant on the grounds of the resort turned into a 24-hour operation to cater to the FTX crew. “It became the equivalent of a company cafeteria,” he added, according to the Post report.

The Post reported that a figure in Miami’s high society, recalling the FTX group’s attendance at a crypto conference put on by SBF at the Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas in April was not impressed.

“They were staying up all night, snorting Adderall, smelling like they hadn’t showered in a week,” he alleged to The Post.

According to a tweet from Bankman-Fried, the FTX boss said: “Stimulants when you wake up, sleeping pills if you need them when you sleep” — that was the formula for FTX’s success, as was reported by the Post.

The Post indicated  that according to a report by CoinDesk, there was an active polyamorous culture among the 10 roommates, “All 10 are, or used to be, paired up in romantic relationships with each other.”

It was alleged on the Twitter feed of @AutismCapital that SBF used a drug called EMSAM in patch form. The Post reported that It is a methamphetamine derivative used on-label to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and is known to increase energy. According to Coindesk, “Bankman-Fried was … possibly suffering side effects of EMSAM (which include compulsive gambling).”

The AP reported that the company tasked with locking down the assets of the failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX says it has managed to recover and secure $740 million in assets so far, a fraction of the potentially billions of dollars likely missing from the company’s coffers.

The numbers were disclosed on Wednesday in court filings by FTX, which hired the cryptocurrency custodial company BitGo hours after FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11, the AP reported.

The biggest worry for many of FTX’s customers is they’ll never see their money again, according to the AP report.  FTX failed because SBF and his lieutenants used customer assets to make bets in FTX’s closely related trading firm, Alameda Research. Bankman-Fried was reportedly looking for upwards of $8 billion from new investors to repair the company’s balance sheet, the AP story said.

Bankman-Fried “proved that there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ conflict of interest,” BitGo CEO Mike Belshe said in an email.

Back at the Helm at Disney, Bob Iger Ousts Ex-CEO’s Top Lieutenant in Major Shakeup

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Back at the Helm at Disney, Bob Iger Ousts Ex-CEO’s Top Lieutenant in Major Shakeup

Edited by: TJVNews.com

Bob Iger, the enterprising entertainment executive who brought Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel under the Disney marquee and challenged the streaming dominance of Netflix, will replace his handpicked successor, CEO Bob Chapek, whose two-year tenure has been marked by clashes, missteps and a weakening financial performance, as was reported by the AP.

The New York Post reported that Iger, 71, revealed the exit of Kareem Daniel, Chapek’s top lieutenant and chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, as part of a major internal restructuring at the Mouse House. Chapek had formed the division in late 2020 in a bid to streamline the entertainment giant’s business strategy.

“It is with an incredible sense of gratitude and humility — and, I must admit, a bit of amazement — that I write to you this evening with the news that I am returning to The Walt Disney Company as Chief Executive Officer,” Iger wrote in an email to employees, according to the AP report.

Addressing the shakeup to staffers,  Iger said, “Our goal is to have the new structure in place in the coming months.“Without question, elements of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution will remain, but I fundamentally believe that storytelling is what fuels this company, and it belongs at the center of how we organize our businesses,” the Post reported.

The Post also reported that Iger said he had asked other top Disney executives, including Christine McCarthy, Jimmy Pitaro, Dana Walden and Alan Bergman, to collaborate on the “design of a new structure that puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

The AP reported that the stunning development comes two weeks after Disney’s quarterly financial performance fell well short of Wall Street expectations on both profit and revenue, a rarity, sending shares tumbling 12%.

The company’s stock jumped more than 6% Monday, with the appointment of Iger effective immediately. The stock is still down 37% this year, according to the AP report.

The tumult atop Disney came quickly with reports that Iger was first approached by board members about a possible return Friday.

The AP also reported that Iger separated completely with Disney near the end of last year after remaining onboard for two years as executive chairman, helping to guide Chapek and to guarantee a smooth transition.

That transition was anything but smooth and on Sunday, Iger agreed to a two year contract to redirect Disney’s trajectory and to help find a new chief executive, as was reported by the AP.

Iger was Disney’s public face for 15 years as chief executive before handing the job off to Chapek in 2020, a stretch in which he compiled a string of victories lauded in the entertainment industry and by Disney fans, the AP report said.

Chapek oversaw Disney during one of the most challenging periods in company history that began with a pandemic and ended, at least under Chapek’s rule, with spiraling inflation.

But his time as chief executive was also marked by what many saw as unforced errors for a company that, under Iger, appeared could do no wrong, the AP report indicated.

The company based in Burbank, California, became embroiled in a public fight with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida — where Disney runs the giant Walt Disney World theme park resort — enacted a measure that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary schools up to third grade, a rule critics dubbed the “don’t say gay” law, as was reported by the AP.

Chapek remained silent publicly at first, and that ignited an employee revolt. The AP reported that when Chapek then denounced the measure, it kicked off a political backlash with conservative lawmakers and media outlets pushing boycotts and labeling Disney as too “woke.”

Months later Chapek fired Peter Rice, the chairman of Disney General Entertainment Television, among the most highly regarded television executives in the industry. The AP also reported that the firing stunned Hollywood and fueled new criticism from investors over Chapek’s leadership.

It was highly unusual for conflicts at Disney to spill into the public sphere but rightly or wrongly, it seemed to be a trait under Chapek, according to the AP report.

A fight with one of Hollywood’s top stars went public last year after Scarlett Johansson sued Disney over her pay for “Black Widow.” Johansson’s potential earnings were tied to the box office performance of the 2021 Marvel film, which the company released simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service Disney+ for a $30 rental, said the AP.

Over the last several weeks, more doubts were raised over Chapek’s plans to cut costs, including reports of plans for major layoffs, while Disney devotees chafed under price hikes at Disney parks.

“The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the company through this pivotal period,” Susan Arnold, Disney’s chairman, said in a prepared statement, as was reported by the AP.

Arnold thanked Chapek for leading the company through the pandemic. The AP reported that the Wall Street applauded Iger’s return.

“We believe there is little doubt that investors will applaud this move,” wrote Citi analyst Jason Bazinet. “The Street likes Mr. Iger almost as much as we do. We view his return as an unalloyed positive.”

The AP reported that Disney said in a filing with regulators Monday that Iger will earn a base salary of $1 million, be eligible for a performance bonus, and get a package of long-term incentives with a target value of $25 million for each year of his contract.

DOJ seeking to have Pence testify in Jan 6 probe

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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(A7) The Justice Department has asked former Vice President Mike Pence to testify in its probe of the events surrounding the January 6 Capitol riots.

The DOJ plans to question Pence about former President Trump’s role in the January 6 riots and efforts by him and his inner circle to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, the New York Times reported.

According to ABC News, sources said Pence is considering whether to testify.

The DOJ’s investigation is separate from the investigation being run by the House Jan 6 Committee for which Pence has on multiple occasions declined to testify.

Several months ago, reports surfaced that the DOJ was looking into Trump as a crucial aspect of its overall investigation into efforts to overturn the election leading to the Capitol riots. Witnesses have reported been asked by the DOJ about meeting Trump in December 2020 and January 2021 to speak of ways to alter the election results in his favor. They have also been queried about Trump pressuring Pence to participate in the scheme.

DOJ officials first contacted Pence’s office weeks ago, the report said. Talks have been ongoing about when the former vice president would testify and what form it would take. If he does agree, it could be months before anything takes place, according to the Washington Examiner.

Pence’s testimony could potentially prove a problem for Trump’s run at the White House in 2024.

Italian PM meets Jewish leaders

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(A7) Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Wednesday met with the head of the World Jewish Congress and Italian Jewish groups, The Associated Press reported.

Meloni’s office said in a statement following the meeting that the Premier insisted on the “essential importance” of Italy’s Jewish community for the nation and Europe during the meeting.

The statement quoted by AP said that during the meeting “there emerged full agreement on the need for a strong and more incisive common commitment to combat every form of antisemitism, a phenomenon in worrisome growth including on the web and social networks.”

It said Meloni “underlined the essential importance of Jewish communities for the Italian and European national identity.”

Meloni, who heads the right-wing Brothers of Italy Party, won Italy’s national election in September.

The Brothers of Italy party is considered a far-right party and has drawn accusations of fascism and semi-fascism, though it suspended a candidate who had praised Hitler prior to the election.

Meloni herself has made several controversial statements, accusing Israel of carrying out “another massacre of children in Gaza” during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, but has attempted to position herself as a more pro-Israel candidate in the recent elections.

She recently told the Israel Hayom newspaper that “Israel represents the only fully-fledged democracy in the broader Middle East, and we defend without any reservations its right to exist and live in security. I believe that the existence of the State of Israel is vital, and Fratelli d’Italia will make every effort to invest in greater cooperation between our countries.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a general statement a week after the Italian election, in which it did not mention Meloni specifically but rather wrote that “Israel congratulates the people of Italy on the end of the election campaign and looks forward to continued cooperation and friendship with the government that will be established and the Italian people.”

The statement added that “Italy is an important friend of Israel.”

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After Meloni officially formed the new coalition in Italy, Prime Minister Yair Lapid congratulated her and said he looked forward “to working together to strengthen the ties between Jerusalem and Rome as well as in the international arena, including in international organizations and in everything related to the fight against antisemitism, in Europe and in the Middle East.”

Kanye West to Trump: Be my running mate

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(A7) Rapper Kanye West said he asked former US President Donald Trump to be his 2024 presidential running mate when the two met at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate this week.

West, whose Twitter account was restored on Sunday after being suspended over antisemitic content, wrote that he visited Mar-a-Lago to make the pitch to Trump. A Trump source confirmed the visit to The New York Post.

“First time at Mar-a-Lago. Rain and traffic. Can’t believe I kept President Trump waiting. And I had on jeans. Yikes,” West tweeted Tuesday night.

“What you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?” he asked, using Twitter’s poll feature to add buttons with the choices “That’s very Ye” or “That’s very Nay.”

West’s Twitter account was initially suspended after he had threatened to go “death con 3 on the Jews” in an apparent antisemitic Twitter rant. West followed this up by claiming that he can’t be antisemitic “because black people are actually Jew.”

West’s reinstatement on Twitter appears to be part of new owner Elon Musk’s policy of lifting bans imposed under his predecessors.

Trump himself was reinstated to Twitter by Musk on Saturday, a day after Musk ran a poll on the matter on his Twitter account.

West and Trump have met several times in the past, including in October 2018, a meeting in which Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter, Ivanka Trump, also took part.

New York Times demonstrates why Israelis have turned right – opinion

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By Stephen M. Flatow, JNS

There has been a great deal of surprise and confusion in the American press over the results of the recent Israeli elections. Pundits and self-styled “experts,” as well as liberal American Jews, seem to be having trouble grasping why Israeli voters turned so decisively towards parties on the political right. Well, one need no look further than the Nov. 19 edition of The New York Times for the answer.

From the headline on page 10, one would not think the article had anything to do with Israel. “Blaze in Gaza Strip Kills 21 Gathered for Family Party,” it announced. Correspondent Raja Abdulrahim began by describing, matter-of-factly, the circumstances surrounding a fire that tragically engulfed the entire top floor of a building in the northern Gaza neighborhood of Jabaliya.

Then Abdulrahim suddenly pivoted and pointed an accusing finger at Israel. She cited claims by Hamas that Israel prevents Gaza from importing adequate firefighting equipment. “Israel’s civil administration … controls the civilian aspects of Israel’s presence in the occupied territories, including Gaza and the West Bank,” she wrote.

Clearly the point of that sentence was to establish that Israel must bear some of the blame for the fire because Israel “controls” Gaza, at least to some extent.

Except that it doesn’t.

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The Israeli civil administration, to which Abdulrahim referred, was established after Israel captured Judea, Samaria and Gaza in a defensive war in 1967. When Israel withdrew from most of Gaza in 1994 as part of the Oslo Accords, the civil administration there was restricted to the narrow sliver where Israeli communities were located. Then, in 2005, Israel expelled the Jewish residents and tore down those communities. The civil administration’s presence in Gaza ended.

Yes, the civil administration still operates in the parts of Judea and Samaria that Israel rules, but not in Gaza.

Now look again at the way Abdulrahim constructed her sentence: “Israel’s civil administration … controls the civilian aspects of Israel’s presence in the occupied territories, including Gaza and the West Bank.”

By blurring “Gaza and the West Bank” together, as if they are a single unit, Abdulrahim created the false impression that the Israeli civil administration still has some control in Gaza, since it operates in part of “the West Bank.”

From Abdulrahim’s previous dispatches for the Times, it is clear that she has visited Gaza. That means either she is suffering from hallucinations that Israel is “controlling” things there, or she is fully aware that it is not but wants to give the impression that it is in order to blame Israel for the Gaza fire.

Either of those two possibilities should be grounds for immediately firing her.

Not that Ms. Abdulrahim’s journalistic misbehavior relieves her editors of any responsibility. After all, they knew what they were getting when they hired her earlier this year. She had previously received awards from the anti-Israel organization CAIR after she wrote a letter denying that Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist organizations.

A staff reporter for one of the world’s most influential newspapers maliciously smears Israel with a blatant falsehood, and her editors look the other way.

This is one reason Israelis have been turning more hawkish in their voting preferences. No matter how many concessions they make, no matter how many risks they take, no matter how many territories they withdraw from—they still get blamed for anything and everything.

You can’t blame Israelis for feeling like, no matter what they do, they just can’t win. Israel’s critics will never play by the rules. They will lie and smear in order to turn public opinion against the Jewish state. They want to see Israel isolated, hated and harangued. And when Israel is threatened, they want the international community to stand idly by.

That leaves Israelis to conclude that their only hope for survival is to strengthen their military resolve and fortify their security policies—in other words, to vote for parties on the political right.

Israel’s critics complain that such thinking represents a “siege mentality.” Maybe that’s because Israel really is under siege—including in the information war, where combatants such as Raja Abdulrahim, pretending to be journalists, hurl dart after dart at the Jewish state without the slightest regard for the facts.

Stephen M. Flatow, is an attorney and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. He is author of “A Father’s Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror.”

Internal Docs Reveal that “Beyond Meat” Products at PA Plant Test Positive for Listeria 

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Internal Docs Reveal that “Beyond Meat” Products at PA Plant Test Positive for Listeria 

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A former employee of the Beyond Meat company revealed in leaked documents that one of the company’s key factories was reportedly riddled with mold, bacteria and other health-related concerns, the New York Post recently reported.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that a leaked internal document revealed Beyond Meat products manufactured at the plant had tested positive for the harmful bacteria Listeria at least 11 times in the second half of 2021 and the first half of this year, according to the Post report.

The document was reportedly provided by a former employee who was worried about conditions in the plant, which is located within an hour of Philadelphia. The Post reported that two other ex-employees confirmed that bacteria had been found at the facility.

The outlet also obtained internal documents stating that various contaminants, including string, metal, wood and plastic, had been found in Beyond Meat products produced at the plant as recently as last December, the Post reported.

Bloomberg reported that published photos from inside the facility that were provided by a former employee showed “what appear to be spills, unsafe use of equipment, and mold on walls and ingredient containers,” according to the report.

Mold can be seen growing on some containers in the Beyond Meat plant, the Post reported. One picture shows a wheeled cart that was placed upside-down inside a large mixer.

After viewing some of  the photos, Bill Marler, a food-safety attorney told Bloomberg that, “mold growth takes a while — that underscores a lack of cleanliness.“If neat and tidy is 1 and filthy is 10, I’d put this at an 8.”

The Post reported that one food safety expert, William Madden of Whole Brain Consulting, told Bloomberg that placing a trolley that had moved around the factory floor into a mixer was essentially “begging for contamination.”

Bloomberg reported that Inspections by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in March and September “found no instances of nonconformance with regulations,” and the company’s food-safety protocols “go above and beyond industry and regulatory standards,” a spokesperson for Beyond Meat said.  The company didn’t comment on its internal documents or specific details about the conditions in its plant, such as the apparent presence of mold and references to safety violations, according to the Bloomberg report.

A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture said that a September 21st visit to the facility, which was referenced by the company in its response to questions from Bloomberg, wasn’t a complete plant inspection. Rather, it was regarding the plant’s unpaid registration — a required, annual $35 fee that had been outstanding for almost a year. The fee has now been paid, Bloomberg reported.

The US Food and Drug Administration hasn’t inspected the plant since Beyond Meat purchased it, an FDA spokesperson told Bloomberg. An internal spreadsheet that spans August 2020 through June 2021 shows dozens of instances of product being slated for destruction because of cross contamination, expiration dates being passed and quality issues such as plastic being found in them. Bloomberg reported that other products were tagged for destruction because they were the wrong color or weight.

Martin Bucknavage, a food-safety expert at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Food Science, said it “would be highly unusual” to have the level of Listeria reported in the internal document, according to the Bloomberg reported. “Although we’re seeing snapshots, there’s enough there that we’re seeing a lot of cleanup that needs to get done,” Bucknavage said after viewing photos from inside the plant and the list tracking Listeria tests.

The Post indicated that the report is the latest headache for Beyond Meat, shares of which have declined nearly 80% since January as demand for plant-based meats cools.

Sales of refrigerated meat alternatives sold at retail plunged 11.9% for the 52 weeks ending on Oct. 9, according to data from IRI Worldwide.

In October, Beyond Meat revealed it would lay off about 200 employees, or roughly 20% of its global workforce, as part of cost-cutting measures. The firm also slashed its revenue guidance.

 

Will the wokesters succeed in killing Thanksgiving?

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Strong winds may ground the much-beloved balloons at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard – Getty Images

The left seems to be dismantling Western civilization, and in particular Christian contributions to it, one step at a time. Now, Thanksgiving, a wonderful American holiday, is on the chopping block among some.

For example, Campus Reform reports: “University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) removed ‘Thanksgiving Closure’ from its calendar in place of ‘Fall Break’ at the alleged urging of a university professor.”

It was a professor of Alaska Native Languages. He wrote, “We are not a white Christian organization, we are a university.” He said it was time for “decolonizing Thanksgiving.”

The school agreed with him and sent out this talking point: “We believe that University breaks should respect all peoples. … We used to have Christmas Break and Easter Break but changed those many years ago to Winter break and Spring Break.”

This is not uncommon today. Foxnews.com reports this week that many schools and media sources are trying to erase Thanksgiving because of woke ideology.

They state: “This week, millions of Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, eating a good meal and watching football. But a creeping vilification of the popular holiday has spread across media outlets and schools, claiming that Thanksgiving is about ‘genocide’ and ‘imperialism.’”

The article quotes a Native American activist who said on MSNBC last year: “Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence.”

This common talking point among the left isn’t true – but that doesn’t seem to stop the woke from constantly using it. It’s ironic because Thanksgiving shows what happened when people of different cultures sit down and celebrate together. The left always pretends to celebrate diversity. But the original Thanksgiving, which they hate, was a celebration involving true diversity.

In my film for Providence Forum, “The Pilgrims,” we feature some guests who showed how the original Thanksgiving celebration in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, provided a good example of people with different backgrounds and cultures breaking bread in harmony.

One guest was William Wrestling Brewster, the great-grandson (by nine generations) of Elder William Brewster, who was the de facto pastor of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.

Brewster the younger said of those early days in Plymouth: “There’s really three entities. There’s the Pilgrims, there’s the Strangers, and then there’s the Native Americans. And they needed to learn how to get along and in a cohesive nature when they came here.”

The Strangers were hired hands of the Pilgrims. They were Englishmen who were sympathetic to the idea of a Bible-based colony, but they weren’t directly a part of the Pilgrim congregation. Two very famous Strangers were Miles Standish, their armed guard, and John Alden, the barrel-maker.

Even after a devastating winter in which half of their number had died, by the time of harvest in the fall of 1621, the permanency of the Plymouth settlement was becoming clear. So the Pilgrims set aside time to thank God for His help. And they invited their new friends, the Indians, to celebrate with them. Earlier the Pilgrims and Indians had made a treaty of peace that would last more than half a century.

In later eras, European settlers, as well as Americans, mistreated Native-Americans in grave miscarriages of justice. But in doing so, they were not at all following the example of the Pilgrims.

Rev. Billy Falling, a Native-American minister and author, was a guest in our documentary. He said, “The Pilgrims did have good relations with the Indians. The Pilgrims were kind to the Indians, they showed them love, they showed them compassion, they showed them the godly way to live.”

Falling told me: “As a Native American, I thank God for the Europeans that brought us the Gospel and brought us Western civilization. Native Americans were just as pagan as the rest of the world. They practiced cannibalism, they practiced devil worship, they practiced slavery, they practiced polygamy, they practiced all the sins of the flesh that the rest of the world practiced.”

Falling added, “It’s hard today to find a ‘sweat’ where, as a Native American, you can go inside and smoke out your sins; but it’s easy to find Native Americans in any congregation in the United States, worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ because of the Europeans. And I thank God for that.”

George Washington was the president to declare a national day of Thanksgiving, in which he said, “[I]t is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

President Lincoln made Thanksgiving an annual holiday – during the bleak days of the Civil War.

Thanksgiving is a rich American holiday and should not be jettisoned because of today’s politically correct professors and media pundits.

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Anthony Fauci Claims the ‘Real Danger’ Will Be Among the Unvaccinated This Winter

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID), that he was calling it quits in December. He retires with many questions he has obviously lied to and refuses to answer about his mistakes dealing with the epidemic. Photo Credit: AP

(Breitbart) Dr. Anthony Fauci is sounding the alarm again, contending that the “real danger” will be among the unvaccinated this winter.

Speaking at his final White House press conference before stepping down as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, and Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden, Fauci sounded the alarm, not only urging testing and vaccination but contending that the “real danger” will be among unvaccinated Americans.

But the people who are most at risk are the unvaccinated.  I mean, we have — 68 percent of our population is vaccinated.  You know, that means that we have 32 percent of the population that’s not,” he said.

That data coincides with the findings of September’s survey from The Economist/YouGov, indicating that three in ten Americans have not received a coronavirus jab. Fauci, however, cited general data, asserting that unvaccinated individuals are more at risk for hospitalization or death. However, he did not mention the growing instances of vaccine-related complications, including “the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination,” as detailed by a Florida Department of Health analysis, leading the state to update its guidance on mRNA vaccines, recommending against them for men under the age of 40.

“And if you look at the data, they are just profoundly striking of the curves of death and hospitalization of unvaccinated versus vaccinated versus vaccinated and boosted,” Fauci claimed, adding, “So, there is a relatively smaller difference in vaccinated and unboosted versus vaccinated plus boosted.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get boosted.”

“But the real danger is in the people who have not been vaccinated.  So, that’s where we expect — if we’re going to see a problem this winter, it’s going to be among those people,” he said, echoing early rhetoric from President Biden, who last year falsely asserted that “you’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.” Yet, at that same town hall event, Biden admitted that vaccinated individuals can catch the virus.

He said in part:

And so, what I say to people who are worried about a new pandemic is: Get vaccinated.  If you’re vaccinated, even if you do catch the “virus,” quote, unquote — like people talk about it in normal terms — you’re in overwhelm- — not many people do.  If you do, you’re not likely to get sick.  You’re probably going to be symptomless.  You’re not going to be in a position where you — where your life is in danger. [emphasis added]

Months later, Biden asserted that vaccinated individuals could not spread the virus — another falsehood. The twice vaccinated and double boosted president would later go on to contract the virus.

Nevertheless, Fauci is urging Americans to get tested for the coronavirus prior to the holidays.

Biden Pushes ‘Greater Action’ on Gun Control After Walmart Employee Allegedly Kills 6 with Pistol

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Law enforcement work the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. The store was busy just before the shooting Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AWR Hawkins

President Joe Biden called for “greater action” on gun control after a Walmart employee with a pistol allegedly killed six people in Chesapeake, Virginia, Tuesday night.

Breitbart News reported that six people were shot and killed around 10 p.m. inside the Chesapeake Walmart and an employee of the store was allegedly the gunman.

CBS News noted that Chesapeake police chief Mark Solesky indicated the gunman used a pistol.

Biden responded to news of the incident by pushing for more gun control.

In a statement released by the White House, Biden lamented the deaths, as they occurred days before Thanksgiving. He then reminded the nation that he signed new gun control laws during the summer of 2022 and intimated the need for even more controls, saying, “This year, I signed the most significant gun reform in a generation, but that is not nearly enough. We must take greater action.”

Breitbart News pointed out that the Biden White House pushed an “assault weapons” ban after the November 13, 2022, handgun attack resulted in the deaths of three of the university’s football players.

WH press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the gun control push the day after the UVA shooting, saying, “Earlier this year, President Biden signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. But we must do more. We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets. House Democrats acted, and the Senate should follow.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. 

Report: Colorado Gay Nightclub Shooting Suspect Identifies as Non-Binary, Uses ‘They/Them’ Pronouns

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Mourners stand along the makeshift memorial to the victims of a weekend mass shooting at a nearby gay nightclub on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fire at Club Q, in which five people were killed and others suffered gunshot wounds before patrons tackled and beat the suspect into submission. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton(Breitbart)

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect who allegedly shot and killed five people and wounded at least 18 others over the weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado, identifies as non-binary and uses “they/them” pronouns, according to a court filing on Tuesday night.

Aldrich, 22, is facing multiple murder and hate crime charges stemming from last weekend’s shooting.

However, Aldrich’s public defender revealed that Aldrich is “nonbinary” and uses “they/them pronouns,” the New York Times reported. In addition to the pronouns, Aldrich is referred to as “Mx. Aldrich” in the court filings.

“Anderson Aldrich is nonbinary,” a footnote in the filing states. “They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.”

 

The news about Aldrich’s gender identity came after Democrats and members of the corporate press politicized the shooting and blamed Republicans for the tragedy.

For example, NBC’s Ben Collins claimed that “Republican politicians” and the “internet’s far-right machine” targeted LGBTQ+ individuals in the months leading up to the nightclub shooting.

“But I think we have to have a come-to-Jesus moment here as reporters,” Collins told MSNBC. “Are we more afraid of being on Breitbart for saying that trans people deserve to be alive, or are we more afraid of the dead people? Because I’m more afraid of the dead people.”

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert as a “bigot” who motivated the shooter shortly after Boebert issued a statement condemning the violence in her home state.

“.@laurenboebert you have played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “You don’t get to ‘thoughts and prayers’ your way out of this. Look inward and change.”

“Dehumanizing rhetoric leads to dehumanizing actions, which quickly translates to violence, shootings, assaults, and worse,” Cortez added in an Instagram post about Boebert.

Aldrich is set to make a virtual court appearance from jail on Wednesday, the Denver Post reported.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter.

Hundreds attend funeral of Jerusalem terror victim, ‘boy who never wronged anyone’

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Many hundreds attended the funeral of 16-year-old Jerusalem bombing victim Aryeh Schupak. (Youtube/Screenshot)

By JNS

Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Wednesday afternoon of 16-year-old Israeli Aryeh Shechopek, who was killed earlier in the day in the first of twin terror bombings in Jerusalem.

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

 

The teenager was killed at a crowded bus stop near the entrance to the capital while on his way to study at his religious school in Moshav Beit Meir.

Authorities believe that blast and another at the Ramot junction were caused by two remotely detonated bombs packed with nails to cause maximum damage.

“I am sending condolences on behalf of all citizens of Israel to the family of Aryeh Shechopek…who was killed today in the terrible terrorist attack. May his memory be for a blessing,” Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Prime Minister Yair Lapid convened a security meeting on Wednesday attended by, among others, Defense Minister Gantz, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Ronen Bar and Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev.

“I would first like to send my condolences and the condolences of the government of Israel to the family of Aryeh Shechopek, of blessed memory. He was a boy who never wronged anyone in the world, and he was murdered simply because he was Jewish. I also wish a speedy and full recovery to the wounded,” said Lapid following the meeting.


“This event is different from what we have seen in recent years. An extensive intelligence effort is now underway that will lead us to find these heinous terrorists, those behind them, and those who provided them with weapons,” he continued. “I want to say to the citizens of Israel: We will find them. They can run, they can hide—it won’t help them; the security forces will reach them. If they resist, they will be eliminated. If not, we will punish them to the fullest extent of the law.”

Canadian Ambassador to Israel Lisa Stadelbauer confirmed that Shechopek also held Canadian citizenship.

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 
The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 
The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 
The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 
The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jeru

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The funeral of Ariel Shttuzpik who was killed earlier today in a terror attack when two explosions at two bus stops one at the entrance to Jerusalem and one in Ramot left one person killed and at least another 13 injured. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 

Palestinian gunmen snatched dead Israeli teen from hospital while still alive – report

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Tiran Fero (courtesy)

By Batya Jerenberg, WorldIsraelNews.com

Israel is demanding the return of the body of a Druze teenager snatched early Wednesday morning from a Jenin hospital by Palestinian terrorists after they learned that he was an Israeli citizen.

The father of 18-year-old Tiran Fero has charged that the gunmen kidnapped his son while he was still alive.

“We went to the hospital in Jenin,” the father, a resident of Daliyat al-Karmel in northern Israel, told the Hebrew-language N12 site. “He was treated well, his condition improved, and then out of nowhere a lot of armed men came, I estimate about 20, who kidnapped him in front of my eyes.”

“They just went into the operating room and took him out. In other words, you can say – they murdered him. He was alive, in a serious but stable condition; as soon as they took him, it was over. Then we heard gunfire as if they were celebrating and proud of the deed.”

Tiran’s uncle told Hebrew-language Kan Reshet Bet that the men shouted, fired into the air, and “nobody dared to stop them. They disconnected him from the machines and tossed him into a car.”

“If we had not complied, they’d have kidnapped us too,” he said. “We barely escaped and hid somewhere until [Israeli] security forces got us out. We were lucky. It was like a scene from a movie.”

According to the IDF, the teen, who had been with a friend at the time, died before the abduction.

“The two were involved in a serious car accident and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment, where one of them died of his injuries,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit in a statement.

“His friend was taken to medical treatment in Israel in serious condition. The young man’s body was taken from the hospital in Jenin and it is expected that it will be returned to his family in Israel as soon as possible, as a necessary humanitarian measure.”

A local unit of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade has taken responsibility for storming the hospital and forcibly removing the body.

The IDF, which is demanding that the body be returned to Israel, immediately closed off all crossings in the Jenin area and banned the entrance of all workers into Israel.

The Palestinian Authority, which is officially in charge in Jenin but in reality has little sway there, is reportedly also involved in efforts to return the body, as is the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel and the mayor of Daliyat al-Karmel.

“They’re trying to do everything to get him out,” Tiran’s father told Kan News. “He’s just a little boy, he hasn’t even finished school yet. He’s not a soldier.”

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