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Pakistani Mob Lynches Tourist They Accused Of Blasphemy, Police Say: REPORT

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(Daily Caller) A Pakistani mob dragged a tourist accused of blasphemy from a police station and lynched him, officials said, the BBC reported Friday.

The tourist was accused of desecrating the Quran, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Biden State Department Wants To Use The Power Of Islam To Fight Climate Change)

 

The mob hauled the bloodied man through the streets from the station and set him alight, footage shows, the BBC reported. Mohammad Ali Gandapur, the regional police chief, accused a local mosque of inflaming the mob after police attempted to rescue the tourist, the outlet reported.

“After initially rescuing the man from a crowd, the police took him to the station in Madyan, but announcements from mosque loud speakers asked locals to come out,” Gandapur told Reuters.

Dr. Zahidullah, a local officer, told the BBC that cops tried to clear blocked roads to allow the mob to disperse.

The mob action left 11 people injured, police said, according to the BBC. Police officers constituted eight of the injured, Reuters reported.

Gandapur told the outlet that a case was filed against the organizers of the mob. Hundreds of individuals are under investigation with some as young as 13, the BBC reported.

Other tourists are reportedly scrambling to leave the area following this disturbance to the public peace.

Lynching those accused of blasphemy is not an unheard of practice in Pakistan, the British news outlet reported. Blasphemy, the insulting of Islam or Islamic religious figures, can lead to the death penalty in Pakistan, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Pakistani authorities, however, have not yet carried out such a sentence for those convicted, according to The AP.

Relative of Bibas family urges Trump to ‘take shackles off’ if elected and help Israel free hostages

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The Bibas family, among those still held captive in Gaza (Courtesy)

By Vered Weiss, World Israel News

A relative of the Bibas family, still held hostage in Gaza, wrote an open letter to former US president and current candidate Donald Trump urging him to remove the “shackles” of US pressure so Israel can achieve victory and free hostages.

Yossi Shnaider, Shiri Bibas’s cousin, wrote the letter, which was published by Attorney Marc Zell, Chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel.

The letter begins with Shnaider describing Hamas’s assault on his family and the murder of his aunt Margalit and uncle Yossi Silberman and the kidnapping of their daughter Shiri Bibas along with her husband Yarden and their two small children 4-year-old Aiel and 8.5-month-old Kfir.

Shnaider said that Kfir” had very his first birthday while in captivity, and today he spends half his life in a dark tunnel underground” in Gaza.

Shnaider wrote, “This is a war crime, and the lack of outrage from the world is deafening.”

He added, “For the first time in modern history, children, including a baby, were kidnapped as a bargaining chip in war. This is contrary to all laws.”

 

Like many hostage family members, Shnaider emphasized the need to free the hostages still held in Gaza for 8 months, and he emphasized an Israeli military victory as the best way to secure their release.

He wrote, “The only way for Israel to do that is to make Hamas get down on its knees and beg us to stop and end their terrorist tyranny.”

Therefore, he added, “reliable support from our greatest ally (the US) is critical.”

Shnaider criticized the Biden Administration and wrote, “Pauses, negotiations and erratic messaging is not the way to achieve victory.”

He continued, “The pressure and policies from the Biden administration have created numerous obstacles and hampered the IDF’s ability to operate and conduct military actions in the resolute and uncompromising manner necessary.”

Shnaider appealed to directly to Trump and wrote, “Sir, take the shackles off. We are under attack from Hezbollah at our Northern border, acting in lockstep with Hamas, under the order of the Iranian regime.”

He concluded, “I greatly appreciate all that you do, and look forward to your support in helping Israel finally finish the job, and achieve the safe return of my family and all of our hostages to their homes.”

Rand Paul: Illegal Immigrant Criminal Behavior ‘Should Be Enough to Disqualify Biden from Consideration’

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Jeff Poor (Breitbart)

Friday on FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said while the potential terror threat from illegal immigrants was a cause for concern, the regular criminal behavior should be enough to disqualify President Joe Biden’s reelection.

According to the Kentucky Republican, Biden could have stopped the border situation if he wanted to make it happen.

“You know, I agree with you,” he said. “I think terrorism is of great concern, and I think, you know, with dozens and dozens over, almost 200 people coming in from other countries, you see the list, you see the interviews, Tajikistan, Egypt, Tunisia, all over the Middle East, China, I mean, from all over the place, but it’s not just terrorism. It’s regular domestic criminal, you know, behavior. It should be enough to disqualify Biden from consideration. I mean, imagine the images if people in America can figure out and know that people like Laken Riley were killed by someone that President Biden’s administration specifically allowed to come in. They paroled them. They made the decision that it was OK for them to come into this country.”

“And then when they were arrested for a variety of crimes that they’re here, nobody did anything about it because they were in Democrat cities that are sanctuary cities that being arrested for a crime is not enough to be deported. In fact, they prevent the immigration authorities from seeing the arrest records,” Paul continued. “So, yeah, this is all on Biden’s shoulders, and then he comes forward with a reform, and he says, oh, yeah, this is the bipartisan reform. We’ll let 2,500 people in a day, and then we’ll get serious. Well, 2,500 people day is 900,000 people.”

“Biden has the power to have zero, and that’s what I would do,” he added. “I think that’s what Trump would do. Zero. We start at zero, and we don’t let anybody get paroled. Everybody is turned around and guess what? They keep — they quit coming once they see that people are being turned away, and that’s what has to happen.”

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Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza mortar attack

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Sgt. First Class (res.) Saadia Yaakov Dery, (left) and Sgt. First Class (res.) Omer Smadga (right). (Twitter Screenshot

By JNS and WIN staff

Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed in a Hamas mortar attack in the central Gaza Strip, the military announced Friday morning.

The troops were named as Sgt. First Class (res.) Omer Smadga, 25, from Genot Hadar, and Sgt. First Class (res.) Saadia Yaakov Dery, 27, from Tel Aviv.

Smadga was laid to rest today at the military cemetery in Netanya, while Dery was buried at the military cemetery in Holon.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the mortar fire on Thursday in Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood.

Three additional soldiers were seriously wounded in the attack.

On Sunday, the military announced that 11 soldiers had been killed in action in Gaza over the previous 48 hours. One additional soldier passed away from wounds sustained during fighting last week.

Eight of the soldiers were killed early on Saturday morning when their “Namer” armored personnel carrier was destroyed during an operation in Tel Sultan in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah. It was one of the deadliest incidents since late January, when 21 soldiers were killed in a building collapse caused by a blast in central Gaza.

The total death toll among IDF troops since the start of the Gaza ground operation on Oct. 27 now stands at 312, and at 664 on all fronts since Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre, according to IDF data.

Additionally, Chief Inspector Arnon Zamora, a member of the Israel Border Police’s “Yamam” National Counter-Terrorism Unit, was mortally wounded in Gaza earlier this month during a mission to rescue four hostages.

 

Most alerts from the NYPD’s gunfire detection system are unconfirmed shootings, city audit finds

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(AP) — A gunfire location and detection system long used by the New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies nationwide is sending police officers to respond to loud noises that don’t turn out to be confirmed shootings 87 percent of the time, a city audit released Thursday has found.

The low rate of confirmed shootings through ShotSpotter means police officers spent thousands of working hours responding to unfounded reports of gunfire, said New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, whose office conducted the audit.

“The evidence shows that NYPD is wasting precious time and money on this technology and needs to do a better job managing its resources,” he said in a statement. “Chasing down car backfires and construction noise does not make us safer.”

Among other recommendations, the Democrat called for the city not to renew its contract with SoundThinking, the California-based company that developed ShotSpotter, unless a more thorough performance evaluation is conducted.

The NYPD paid the company more than $45 million between 2014 and 2023, according to the comptroller’s office. A three-year renewal reached in 2021 would bring the total contract amount to nearly $55 million when it expires in December. The system utilizes more than 2,000 acoustic sensors to detect gunshot activity citywide.

A spokesperson for the NYPD referred to the department’s response, included at the end of the audit.

The seven-page reply says, among other things, that the comptroller analysis fails to acknowledge that officers responding to ShotSpotter alerts serve as a form of crime deterrent simply by investigating the scene.

It also says its difficult for the department to determine exactly how many ShotSpotter reports result in a “confirmed shooting” as those are only ones in which shell casings, firearms, property damage, videos, witnesses, victims or other forms of evidence are also identified.

SoundThinking, in an emailed statement, said its reviewing the report but believes it is “gravely misinformed in its assessment of data and the value of ShotSpotter as a critical public safety tool.”

The company argued that the comptroller’s office looked at the wrong metrics and that system is not just accurate and effective but also saves lives in communities hit hardest by gun violence.

“It should focus on full awareness of gunfire as it occurs, rapid response, and most importantly, lives saved,” the company said of the audit.

According to Lander’s audit, unconfirmed shootings ranged from 80% to 92% of alerts during the eight months that his office audited the system between 2022 and 2023. That resulted in police officers investigating more than 7,000 incidents that did not turn out to be confirmed shootings, the audit found.

More than 160 cities nationwide use ShotSpotter, according to the company’s website.

But earlier this year Chicago joined a growing list of major cities, including Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte, North Carolina, that decided to stop using the technology.

 

Believe all women … except for Israeli Oct. 7 survivors

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By Charles Bybelezer and Amelie Botbol. (JNS)

It’s very sad for me that people would not believe, or deny, the sexual violence perpetrated by Hamas,” a former Israeli hostage told JNS.

“I was with the girls in Gaza that were abused and while it’s very difficult to discuss in detail, I saw them after it happened. The girls would not stop talking about their period and I am very worried about them,” she said.

The woman, in her 60s, was freed from Hamas captivity in Gaza in November as part of a ceasefire deal. She asked that her name not be used due to her close connection to another abductee still being held in the Strip.

“I saw that something happened to her. I saw it on her face,” said the ex-captive.

“She was very scared. And she did not tell us at the beginning. She was very quiet. After a couple of hours, she told us that he had touched her in all parts of her body,” she added.

This account is one of many excluded from Catherine Philp’s and Gabrielle Weiniger’s June 7 article in The Times of London, titled “Israel says Hamas weaponised rape. Does the evidence add up?”

The piece is a classic example of denialism, cherry-picking information to paint Jews, and by extension their country, as unable to differentiate between reality and fiction due to their political proclivities and past traumas.

Professor Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Orit Sulitzeanu and Dr. Sarai Aharoni, all of whom were quoted in the Times piece, released a statement accusing its authors of misrepresentation in service of an agenda.

“We generally do not respond to press articles. However, due to the cynical exploitation of our interviews in the article … we feel compelled to depart from our policy,” the statement reads. “Regrettably, the published article misrepresented our words, twisting them to convey the impression that we support the prejudiced argument that claims of sexual violence are being manipulated by Israel.”

Its authors aim “to discredit and gaslight the victims of heinous acts of sexual violence. … In this instance, the reporters’ agenda replaced the professional and ethical commitment to presenting evidence accurately,” the statement continues.

Despite the article’s claims, “The use of sexual violence as a weapon of war was a significant part of the October 7 attack,” it states.

‘We have the footage’

Halperin-Kaddari is the founding director of the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty, and a co-founder of the Dinah Project 7/10, which seeks justice for the victims of Hamas’s sexual crimes.

She told JNS that the testimonies she had heard, omitted from the Times piece, “from a legal point of view lead me to the conclusion that sexual violence on October 7 was used as a weapon of war.”

This conclusion, she said, is based on “evidence that sexual violence was perpetrated in several distinct locations, all at the same time during a very short span, and all performed with an extremely high degree of brutality that included mutilation of the breasts and genitalia.”

She added, “We have the footage, the pictures taken at the scene, the testimonies of eyewitnesses and those of first responders who found all the bodies.”

The documented incidents followed a similar pattern and were carried out in a similar fashion, she said. “This could not have happened unless there were directions and unless it was a premeditated part of the plan of the attack of October 7,” she added.

Nevertheless, the Times cites a grand total of one Oct. 7 survivor, Amit Soussana, who was freed along with more than 100 others from Hamas captivity as part of the November ceasefire deal.

‘We cannot look away’

In March, Soussana told The New York Times that she was sexually assaulted during her 54 days of Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip. She described being held in a children’s bedroom, chained by her ankle. On multiple occasions, a guard named Muhammad would enter, sit next to her on the bed, lift her shirt and touch her.

Soussana recounted that Muhammad had attacked her after briefly freeing her from the shackles to use the bathroom. The terrorist forced her to “commit a sexual act on him” at gunpoint.

The Times noted that the accounts were consistent with what Soussana told an Israeli gynecologist and a social worker within hours of her release. The newspaper reviewed medical files in order to verify the claims.

Released hostage Amit Soussana in front of her destroyed home in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, southern Israel, Jan. 29, 2024. Photo by Paulina Patimer.

On Monday, Soussana recounted her experience during a White House event marking International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

“The sexual assault I experienced should never happen to any human being under any circumstances. No one should ever be sexually violated, and there are no justifying circumstances for these crimes,” she said.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris vowed not to remain silent after hearing Soussana’s story, saying the Israeli survivor, an attorney, “has bravely come forward with her account of sexual violence while she was held captive by Hamas.”

“These testimonies, I fear, will only increase as more hostages are released,” said the vice president. “We cannot look away. And we will not be silent.”

Harris said that after Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre in Israel’s northwestern Negev, she witnessed “images of bloody Israeli women abducted.”

‘Believing survivors has become a loyalty test’

Yet, Philp and Weiniger quote Aharoni to suggest that “the only reason” Soussana and others “told their story was because they wanted some kind of political pressure on the Israeli government to work harder to release the hostages.”

Later, Aharoni is cited expressing concern that politicians linked to Israel’s ruling Likud Party “have used the feminist agenda in a very opportunistic way for a very specific political narrative associated with the Netanyahu government … .

“The question of believing the survivors has become a test of your loyalty to the nation,” they claim.

‘It’s happening right now in Gaza’

Shelly Tal Meron, an Israeli lawmaker from the opposition Yesh Atid Party, confirmed to JNS that “on Oct. 7, we had a lot of cases of sexual assault, mutilation, rape and different kinds of abuse. We also know that it’s happening right now in Gaza so to hear that people are even doubting it is outrageous.”

Tal Meron went on to say, “I have been in contact with hostages who returned from captivity and told me what happened to them. I also met a survivor of the Supernova music festival who heard other women being raped around her. We heard testimony from someone else at the festival who watched a gang rape happen during which the terrorists cut out the breast of their victim and played with it. Another victim was stabbed while being raped and then shot in the back of the head.

“There are a lot of bodies that had sharp objects in the women’s groin, they shot or cut off their intimate parts. We saw that this was a systematic way of Hamas terrorists harming these women.”

‘This is at the doorstep of every country in the world’

Tal Meron is also the chair of the Global Women’s Coalition Against Gender Based Violence as a Weapon of War and has been speaking in parliaments around Europe.

“Right now, it’s happening in Israel to Jewish women but this is at the doorstep of every country in the world, we have instances in Ukraine, against Yazidi women in Iraq, and in Africa,” she explained.

“We are making a plan for initiatives such as proposing legislation in parliaments around the globe. We had around 160 representatives attend the first meeting of our coalition on May 20, including Israeli women, an Iranian, a Lebanese, a Syrian woman,” she said.

Knesset members Boaz Bismuth and Tal Meron lead the Knesset lobby for releasing the remaining hostages in the Gaza Strip, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 9, 2024. Credit: Tal Meron Spokesperson.

Blaming Jewish ‘historical memories’

After attempting to portray Soussana as a political tool, the authors then attribute fantasies of rape on Oct. 7 to “historical memories” imprinted on the Jewish psyche during centuries of pogroms in Eastern Europe–“a fact that would come to play a role in the reporting of what happened” during the Hamas massacre.

According to Philp and Weiniger, this mental problem is compounded because Jews harbor an “idea of the Arab male as an explicit sexual threat to Jewish women,” which, to hammer home their prior point, was “developed in tandem with the movement of Israeli politics to the right.”

The groundwork is thus laid to discredit Zaka, an organization made up primarily of ultra-Orthodox Jewish volunteers who have for decades sifted through the carnage of Palestinian terror attacks in a bid to identify victims and provide them with burials in accordance with Jewish law.

Zaka played an instrumental, albeit imperfect, role in identifying the bodies of hundreds of Israelis mutilated by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7. The authors suggest that such religious Jews are unable to identify evidence of sexual atrocities because they are faithful to their wives.

“At Zaka, we have close to 4000 volunteers: Men and women, Jews, Muslims and Christians, so hearing that we cannot identify rape because we never saw a woman naked aside from our wives is outrageous,” veteran ZAKA volunteer Simcha Greiniman told JNS. “Every volunteer goes through training to understand how to deal with remains without contaminating the scene and to leave it in optimal condition for those coming afterwards to collect evidence.

“According to Jewish law, a man can bury a woman and can handle her body. Zaka volunteers don’t walk away from women who were killed in car accidents and we didn’t walk away from women killed on Oct. 7,” continued Greiniman. “I have many pictures and videos that I took. The police got pieces of evidence from Zaka, including 200,000 images from the scene. A lot of the bodies were shot in their private parts so there wasn’t even the possibility to gather samples.

“We won’t give it to anyone out of respect. Whatever was taken by us was given to the police, and it is their responsibility to make sure what needs to be shown is shown and the rest is not,” he added.

A member of Israel’s ZAKA search-and-rescue organization searches for human remains in Kfar Aza, near the Israeli-Gaza border in southern Israel, Oct. 15, 2023. Photo by Edi Israel/Flash90.

Yet the Times article suggests that Israeli police have done next to nothing and have no evidence at all.

“The Israel Police is currently investigating the heinous crimes and atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists on October 7th, 2023. As part of this complex investigation, our detectives and officers are meticulously examining sexually based offenses,” according to a statement provided to JNS.

“While substantial evidence of various types has already been collected and reviewed, this sensitive matter requires the utmost care to ensure integrity, allowing us to properly process the evidence through the criminal justice system. Beyond the evidence cleared for public release, statements given, and admissions of guilt by the terrorists, we remain committed to upholding due process by reserving the right to not divulge additional sensitive information,” added the statement.

No other interpretation

In January, Haim Otmazgin, another ZAKA volunteer, described to an Israeli parliamentary committee how his team worked to collect bodies while the IDF was battling terrorists nearby because there was a threat of corpses being kidnapped to Gaza.

“Another woman is cuffed, another one is stripped, another one has her body parts cut off. It’s like a series of pictures being repeated again and again. We saw the same things at [Kibbutz] Re’im and later in [other] kibbutzim,” recounted Otmazgin.

“We found a young girl, on the bed, clothes rolled up, shot in the head and her throat split. Her pants rolled down, without underwear on her. There are too many instances like these. … The images we saw tell a story that cannot be interpreted in any other way,” he added.

ZAKA search and rescue volunteers at Kibbutz Be’eri identify the bodies of Israelis slain by Hamas terrorists from Gaza, Oct. 11, 2023. Credit: ZAKA.

Thirty-four paragraphs into their article, the authors finally reach a brief evidentiary stage, in which they admit that sexual violence was, in fact, rampant on Oct. 7.

They write: “On March 4, Pramila Patten sat down before journalists to deliver her findings. There were, she said, ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe there had been rape and sexual assaults on October 7, particularly at the Nova festival ground, and ‘clear and convincing information’—a higher standard of evidence—of rape and sexual torture of hostages held in Gaza.”

What they omit is that Patten, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence and conflict, visited Israel in late January and early February at the government’s invitation.

Her team found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that conflict-related sexual violence occurred in multiple locations during the 7 October attacks, including rape and gang-rape in at least three locations, namely: the Nova music festival site and its surroundings, Road 232, and Kibbutz Re’im. In most of these incidents, victims first subjected to rape were then killed, and at least two incidents relate to the rape of women’s corpses.

“The mission team also found a pattern of victims, mostly women, found fully or partially naked, bound, and shot across multiple locations. Although circumstantial, such a pattern may be indicative of some forms of sexual violence, including sexualized torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”

Pramila Patten
Pramila Patten, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict, with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Jan. 29, 2024. Source: X.

Sulitzeanu, one of the experts who released the statement denouncing their inclusion in the Times piece, is the head of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel. The authors take out of context her explanations regarding Zaka’s special mission in Israeli society, quoting her as calling them “ultra-religious” and questioning their training.

Somehow, Philp and Weiniger fail to mention that Sulitzeanu’s ARCCI in February released a report documenting the “sadistic sex crimes” committed during the Hamas-led invasion on Oct. 7.

“The report finds that the Hamas attack included brutal acts of violent rape, often involving threats with weapons, specifically directed towards injured women. Many rape incidents occurred collectively, with collaboration among the perpetrating terrorists. In some cases, rape was conducted in front of an audience, such as partners, family, or friends, to increase the pain and humiliation for all present,” the report found.

“Some Hamas members pursued victims who escaped the massacre, dragging them by their hair with screams. The majority of victims were subsequently killed during or after the sexual assault. Several testimonies, interviews, and additional sources indicate the use of sadistic practices by Hamas terrorists, aimed at intensifying the humiliation and fear of sexual abuse. Many victims’ bodies were found mutilated and bound, with sexual organs brutally attacked, and in some cases, weapons were inserted into them. Some bodies were discovered deliberately booby-trapped,” it added.

Sulitzeanu told JNS that the Times journalists “abused her sincerity and did not correctly represent her point of view.” She had wrongfully assumed that “we are women, we fight this terrible thing of sexual violence because we believe that nobody should go through this regardless of political affiliations,” she said.

‘You understand it was intentional’

“Not everybody has to believe in the same agenda but being a woman, you fight sexual violence,” she said.

She noted “meeting with Catherine Philp twice. First, at the beginning of the war in October and then once more a couple of months ago. It is not ethical to quote me eight months later,” Sulitzeanu explained.

“On Oct. 7,” she stressed, “Israel worked with limited resources and used what it could in order to do the job required but this doesn’t mean that if a ZAKA volunteer sees a gunshot wound to genitalia, he cannot identify it. Sexual violence took place on Oct. 7, and it did not happen only to one, two, three or four people, it happened in many places and in captivity as well.

“When you have a few dozen victims naked, mutilated, you understand that it was intentional and not by chance. The more information came and the more we understood that it took place all over,” she said.

Hamas Sexual Violence Against Women
Demonstrators protest against Hamas’s sexual violence against women during the Oct. 7 massacre, outside U.N. headquarters in New York, Dec. 4, 2023. Credit: Yakov Binyamin/Flash90.

Equally incredible is that the Times authors fail to note any other instances of witness testimony, such as that provided by Chen Almog-Goldstein, who was released from Gaza after 51 days in Hamas captivity and told Israeli media in December that hostages had been sexually abused.

“We heard three stories from a firsthand source and another story that was told to us. Things that happened a few weeks after the stay in Gaza [began]. They are physically injured. With the way they sexually assaulted them and desecrated their bodies—they don’t know how they will cope,” Almog-Goldstein said.

In an interview with The New York Sun in January, she added: “The captors took advantage of the girls’ moments of vulnerability. When the girls were sad, crying and yearning, their captors would stroke them and touch them in their most intimate parts. They described even more harsh accounts of sexual abuse under gunpoint. And this sexual abuse occurred on a regular basis, not just on the day they were kidnapped.”

‘I’m not surprised by the denial

In December, Dr. Itai Pessach, director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv, told “CBS News Sunday Morning” that his team had interviewed and treated hostages freed as part of the truce agreement the previous month who were sexually abused.

“We did hear and see evidence of sexual abuse in a significant part of the people we have treated. We also heard evidence—and that was one of the hardest parts—of abuse against those that [are still there], both physical and sexual,” he said.

Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, chair of the Civil Commission on Oct. 7 Crimes by Hamas Against Women and Children, was also attacked in the Times article, described as one of the “women[who] made forensic assessments they were far from qualified to make.”

“The head of our archive is the former deputy head of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial archive. We have legal experts, forensic experts. All of us are exposed to traumatizing material on a daily basis,” Elkayam-Levy told JNS. “We collect testimonies with trauma experts. We try to do the most meticulous work. We do our best to represent the victims accurately, give them a voice and an opportunity to get justice in the future.

‘Every week brings new information’

“We compile evidence such as videos, images, work on authenticating the material and sorting it, in ways that international tribunals could use the database in its entirety. We do so in partnership with research institutes, universities and centers around the world that have special expertise in documenting war crimes,” she continued.

Cochav Elkayam-Levy
Cochav Elkayam-Levy. Source: LinkedIn.

Elkayam-Levy emphasized that her initiative is non-governmental despite being branded as “a close associate of the [Israeli] prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.”

“We do not accept Israeli governmental funds. We are an NGO. We are doing our best every day to bring recognition to the victims and ultimately justice,” she said.

“Every week brings new information in the form of footage or testimonies of people who want to come forward,” she continued.

“The Times article creates a hostile environment for victims to come forward. What keeps me going is that we are a safe address for victims to share their stories on their terms,” Elkayam-Levy said.

“I am not surprised by the denial of gender-based crimes. We know that individually every time there is a rape victim who comes forward, we see the difficulty to navigate between denial, systematic discrimination and the disbelief in women. On one hand, I am not surprised, on the other hand it hurts,” she added.

‘The devil took over’

Or perhaps better to hear it from the terrorist’s mouth.

Britain’s Daily Mail last month released footage of two captured Hamas terrorists, Jamal Hussein Ahmad Radi, 47, and his son Abdallah, 18, confessing to rape and murder on Oct. 7.

“My father raped her, then I did, and then my cousin did, and then we left, but my father killed the woman after we finished raping her,” Abdallah told an Israeli interrogator. “Before this woman, we had raped another girl as well; I killed two people, I raped two people, and I broke into five houses.”

In March, the IDF released footage of Manar Mahmoud Muhammad Kasem, 28, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist captured by Israeli troops in Khan Yunis, admitting that he raped a girl on Oct. 7.

“I entered the kibbutz and went inside the nearest house. I entered a room and someone was there who was scared,” he says in the video. The girl begged for help, said Kasem, but he “laid her down, started undressing her and did what I did. The devil took over me. I raped her.”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Manar Mahmoud Muhammad Kasem speaks to IDF interrogators, March 28, 2024. Source: Screenshot.

In December, The New York Times reported that everywhere Hamas terrorists struck on Oct. 7 they brutalized women. A two-month investigation determined such assaults were not isolated incidents but rather part of a greater pattern of Hamas-perpetrated gender-based violence.

The piece pinpointed seven sites where available evidence suggests Israeli women and girls endured sexual violation or mutilation. One witness recounted that a Hamas terrorist had raped an Israeli woman as another severed the victim’s breast.

The same month, the Associated Press reported that at least 10 of the hostages released during the ceasefire in November, both men and women, were sexually assaulted or abused, citing a doctor who treated those released from captivity.

A special form of mental gymnastics

In December, the Israeli mission to the United Nations sponsored an event at the international body titled, “Hear Our Voices: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Oct. 7 Hamas Attack.” It took place against a backdrop of what critics called a “shameful silence,” including by U.N. Women.

During the event, Simchat Greyman, a volunteer for ZAKA, told participants that on Oct. 7 he saw a dead woman with “nails and different objects in her female organs.”

Shari Mendes, an IDF reservist tasked with preparing female soldiers’ bodies for burial, said that “many young women arrived in bloody, shredded rags or just in underwear, and their underwear was often very bloody.”

She added that “our team commander saw several female soldiers who were shot in the crotch, intimate parts, vagina or shot in the breast.”

Hamas Sexual Violence Against Women
Protesters bring attention to the crimes and sexual violence against women during the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on Oct. 7 massacre, as well as reports of abuse of those taken hostage, outside of U.N. headquarters in New York City on Dec. 4, 2023. Photo by Yakov Binyamin/Flash90.

All this information is publicly available, leading U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller to say that Hamas was likely refusing to release additional women hostages to prevent testimony on sexual violence committed against them.

To downplay such horrors or deny them outright requires a special form of mental gymnastics, which the authors of the Times article have perfected along with their fellow denialist travelers.

Case in point: Briahna Joy Gray, the former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, who earlier this month was fired from her two-year gig as co-host of The Hill‘s online program “Rising.” She was sacked after rolling her eyes at and cutting off an interview with Yarden Gonen, whose sister Romi was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from the Supernova music festival during the Oct. 7 invasion.

Yarden had visibly frustrated Gray by imploring her and others to believe Israeli women who come forward with stories of sexual violence perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists.

A day later, Gray let loose on Twitter: “We already knew this [because] of excellent reporting by independent left outlets, but The Hill fired me for pushing back against a guest who tried to use the platform to spread the mass rape hoax, & congress members like @RitchieTorres lie about it almost daily.”

To support her claim of a “hoax,” Gray linked to the Times article.

To clarify: There is ample evidence that Hamas perpetrated widespread sexual violence on Oct. 7. That the scope remains unknown and might never be fully understood is because so many of the victims were killed; that plenty of evidence was lost due to the fog of war and the overriding difficulties associated with collecting samples in the aftermath of a massacre perpetrated by 3,000 invading terrorists; since victims have not yet come forward; or their stories are still working through the justice system of a country at war.

Not due to some nefarious right-wing Israeli conspiracy.

Yet Philp and Weiniger chose to advance Hamas’s denialist narrative by whitewashing horrific crimes committed against innocent women, effectively further dehumanizing them.

They and their editors at the Times might begin a mea culpa by internalizing the underlying humanity demonstrated in a comment cited in their piece by the U.N.’s Patten: “I do not have numbers in the report, because for me, one case is more than enough.”

Far-Left Protests Against Ocasio-Cortez For Endorsing Biden

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(Daily Caller) The pro-Palestinian group Within Our Lifetime plans to protest Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign rally Saturday in the Bronx, the group announced on Twitter.

The group spread flyers for an event called “Flood The Bronx For Gaza,” where they announced they’ll be protesting Ocasio-Cortez‘s planned campaign rally. Their flyer takes aim at the self-described democratic socialist for endorsing Joe Biden for President, claiming “endorsing Biden is endorsing genocide.”

The group shared the flyer on Twitter with the caption “THE BRONX STANDS WITH PALESTINE AGAINST SELL-OUT POLITICIANS WHO TRADE PALESTINIAN LIVES FOR VOTES.”

The flyer featured photos of Ocasio-Cortez and her political allies who will be campaigning with her in the Bronx: Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

Another Democrat ally from her state, New York Rep. Ritchie Torres, responded to the flyer on Twitter, writing “Within Our Lifetime justifies and glorifies the bloodiest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. The notion of ‘flooding the Bronx for Gaza’ is meant as a twisted show of solidarity with Hamas, which describes the terror of October 7 as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.’”

 

Despite the criticism, other pro-Palestinian groups piled on as well.

“When you endorse the genocider in chief, you should expect to be organized against,” the Palestine Solidarity Working Group tweeted.

 

The pushback marks a sea change from a group that was once one of Ocasio-Cortez’s strongest supporters. Ocasio-Cortez, who’s had support from far-left action groups like the Justice Democrats and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), has had to grapple with the growing rift in her party’s progressive wing.

She has been trying to walk the tightrope of denouncing blatant antisemitism in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attacks at the Nova Music Festival in Israel while maintaining criticisms of powerful Israeli influence groups like AIPAC.

 

Israeli FM decries ‘grossly erroneous’ UN data on Hamas war

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The head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres lambasted Israel in the aftermath of the Jenin operation. Credit: Facebook

(JNS) Israel’s foreign minister chided the head of the United Nations, expressing “extreme concern” over the global body’s “ongoing misreporting” of Israel’s war against Hamas.

Israel Katz, Jerusalem’s top diplomat, sent the letter, which was viewed by JNS, on Wednesday. Secretary-General António Guterres’s office confirmed receipt of it.

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Katz said that the online informational humanitarian aid delivery dashboard published by UNRWA—the U.N.’s scandal-plagued Palestinian-only aid and social services agency—was “grossly erroneous” due to an underreporting of some 8,000 trucks since the start of the war, including 4,800 in May alone.

Katz complained that the dashboard did not include deliveries from the Erez Crossing or the U.S.-constructed Gaza floating pier, and included only partial data from the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

In addition, at some point this week, the dashboard Katz referred to ceased to function, with no immediate explanation from the United Nations. Critics have pointed out significant flaws with the dashboard, including the labeling of food as non-food items and vice-versa.

In recent days, the dashboard indicated that a large percentage of trucks entering Gaza had been looted in transit.

Katz also referenced the controversial revisions last month by the U.N. Office of the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs of the fatality tolls in Gaza. The newer numbers, taken from Hamas’s reporting, showed an eye-popping decrease in the number of women and children killed.

Responding to an inquiry from JNS, a spokesman for Guterres blamed the “fog of war” for the inaccurate data, which had been used to castigate Israel in international courts of justice and public opinion.

It was later explained that the revisions were made to split the death tolls between “identified” and “unidentified” bodies, but the new data, like the earlier set, proved to be a mathematical impossibility.

Katz referred to that incident as “the most egregious example” of the United Nations “disseminating misleading or false information,” which, he said, “raises serious questions about its neutrality” and “exacerbates the extreme distrust of Israel and its public towards the United Nations.”

Katz demanded the figures be corrected and an apology issued.

Farhan Haq, a spokesman for Guterres, responded to a question from JNS on the letter during a Thursday press briefing, saying that the secretary-general feels there are “a number of inaccuracies” in the allegations.

Haq said Guterres “had some information on that” and that his office “would be sharing that with our interlocutors.”

Katz visited the United Nations on March 11 to address an informal meeting of the Security Council, dealing with Hamas’s sexual crimes during the Oct. 7 massacre. Katz did not request a meeting with Guterres or any U.N. officials, according to Guterres’s office.

The foreign minister ripped Guterres in a March 23 tweet after Guterres, during a visit to the Egypt-Gaza border, publicly blamed Israel for a backlog of aid trucks.

Katz responded that Guterres held Jerusalem responsible “without condemning in any way the Hamas-ISIS terrorists who plunder humanitarian aid, without condemning UNRWA that cooperates with terrorists—and without calling for the immediate, unconditional release of all Israeli hostages.”

Under Guterres’s leadership, the United Nations “has become an antisemitic and anti-Israeli body that shelters and emboldens terror,” Katz said.

 

James O’Keefe Captures Disney Exec Alleging Discrimination Against White Males in Casting and Corporate Hiring

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Journalist James O’Keefe has captured a Walt Disney Company executive alleging on camera that the studio sometimes discriminates against white males in casting as well as in the hiring process on the corporate side.

In a hidden camera interview released by O’Keefe Media Groip, a Disney TV executive identified as Michael Giordano said that the studio will sometimes explicitly state that white males won’t be considered for certain roles.

Giordano is a senior vice president at the Disney-owned 20th Century Television.

“Certainly there have been times when you know, there’s no way we’re hiring a white male for this,” he said. When asked by the interviewer if this is an unspoken rule, he replied, ” There are times when it’s spoken.”

He said the studio sometimes will put out a directive stating “there’s no way we’re hiring a white male for this role.” He added that Disney “is very careful how they message that to agents.”

Later in the video, Giordano alleges Disney’s discriminatory practices extend to the corporate side.

“As far as Disney’s concerned, I’m a white male. And that’s not who they’re looking to promote at the moment.” He alleged that the company even turned down a half-black candidate for a job because he didn’t look black enough.

“It feels like that, at some point, there’s going to be a lawsuit,” he said, though he added that the company often uses euphemisms that might get them off the hook.

The revelations are the latest to hit Disney after the company embraced DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) as a core corporate value.

As Breitbart News reported, Disney is facing a federal civil rights complaint alleging the company’s DEI policies are unlawful and discriminate against white American men, Christians, and Jews. America First Legal filed the complaint against Disney in February.

Elon Musk published leaked internal Disney documents that show diversity quotas being implemented across the company.

Head of antisemitic group calls to expel Zionists from New York City

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Nerdeen Kiswani. (Twitter Screenshot)

By Tanner Nau, The Washington Free Beacon

The leader of an anti-Israel activist group on Wednesday called to expel supporters of the Jewish state from the city, while criticizing the New York Police Department’s efforts to track down a man who threatened and tried to identify “Zionists” on a subway car.

“We don’t want zionists in Palestine, NYC, our schools, on the train, ANYWHERE,” Nerdeen Kiswani, founder of Within Our Lifetime, wrote on X. “This is free speech, it is saying we don’t want racists here.”

Kiswani’s comments come just over a week after viral video of an anti-Semitic incident on a subway car in the city sparked national controversy and an NYPD investigation.

On the same day Within Our Lifetime staged a protest against an exhibit commemorating victims of the Oct. 7 massacre, pro-Palestinian protesters filled a subway car, and one called for “Zionists” to identify themselves.

“Raise your hands if you’re a Zionist,” one of the protesters yelled, with his fellow demonstrators then repeating the chant. “Repeat after me, this is your chance to get out!”

The NYPD asked for the public’s help in identifying the protester who led the chant, and police are reportedly looking to press hate crime charges in the incident. Kiswani, however, in her Wednesday post dismissed the investigation as a waste of time.

“The NYPD is preoccupied with this phrase over zionists beating ppl in the streets & threatening to rape protesters & their families??” Kiswani wrote.

Kiswani and her organization have a history of anti-Semitic rhetoric and voicing support for Hamas.

Within Our Lifetime is banned from Instagram for violating hate speech guidelines, and Kiswani has praised Hamas on social media, saying she was disappointed that only 50 percent of young adults support the terror group.

Earlier this year, Kiswani appeared on a panel alongside Khaled Barakat, a member of the Israeli-designated terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

While Kiswani endorsed the subway protester’s call to expel Zionists, an article in the New Republic attempted to downplay the chant as merely a joke.

In an article, titled—”Biden Just Criticized These Protests as Antisemitic. Were They?”—writer Talia Jane attempted to debunk recent examples of protests that President Joe Biden denounced as anti-Semitic.

The subhead reads, “It seems disinformation about recent pro-Palestine protests has made it all the way to the White House.”

JEW-HATRED ‘EXPLOSION’ SINCE OCT. 7, SENIOR UK OFFICIAL SAYS
In recounting the event, Jane wrote, “As the car filled with pro-Palestine demonstrators, one protester jokingly remarked to the car, ‘Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist. This is your chance to get out,’ a nod to the density of pro-Palestine protesters on the subway train.”

Jane did not explain why she was confident the chant was a joke. She described the event as “perhaps the most disingenuous” alleged anti-Semitic incident.

New Republic editor Michael Tomasky declined to comment on the piece but directed the Washington Free Beacon to an editor’s note added to the article.

That note acknowledged that the article “does not address these issues with the sensitivity and nuance that this subject requires” and said it should not have been published under the Breaking News vertical.

Texas Police: Two Venezuelan Men Charged with Murder and Rape of 12-Year-Old Jocelyn Nungaray

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Two men, initially from Venezuela, are accused of strangling and raping 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray and leaving her for dead in a Houston, Texas, creek.

Johan Jose Rangel Martinez, 21 years old, and Franklin Jose Pena Ramos, 26 years old, were arrested and charged with capital murder on Thursday by the Houston Police Department in connection to the strangulation death of Jocelyn Nungaray.

Martinez and Ramos, police officials confirmed at a news conference, are initially from Venezuela, though questions about when and how they first arrived in the United States were referred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

On the night of June 16, Jocelyn snuck out of her apartment building after her mother went to sleep. Jocelyn’s boyfriend is the last person to have spoken to the girl. Shortly after midnight, Jocelyn can be seen on surveillance cameras at a 7/11 convenience store alongside Martinez and Ramos.

Police officials said Jocelyn, Martinez, and Ramos ended up at a nearby bridge after leaving the 7/11 convenience store. Between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., police allege that Martinez and Ramos strangled Jocelyn to death, raped her, and left her body in a creek at the bridge.

 

Around 6:00 a.m., a woman called the police and said she had seen a body in the creek. When police responded, they found Jocelyn’s body. Jocelyn’s mother, Alexis Nungaray, said she woke up that morning to discover her daughter missing from their apartment.

Her mother said she jumped in her car and pinged her daughter’s cell phone, which led her to the creek. When she arrived, police officers were canvassing the scene. The mother was told about an hour later that police had found Jocelyn’s body in the creek.

Family friends have set up a GoFundMe page for Jocelyn’s family.

At the press conference, Houston Mayor John Whitmire (D) said he hopes to see Martinez and Ramos locked up without bail until the murder trial. Both suspects are currently in Houston Police Department custody.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter here.

 

How Nvidia Became an AI Giant

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(AP) – It all started at a Denny’s in San Jose in 1993.

Three engineers — Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem — gathered at the diner in what is now the heart of Silicon Valley to discuss building a computer chip that would make graphics for video games faster and more realistic. That conversation, and the ones that followed, led to the founding of Nvidia, the tech company that soared through the ranks of the stock market to briefly top Microsoft as the most valuable company in the S&P 500 this week.

The company is now worth over $3.2 trillion, with its dominance as a chipmaker cementing Nvidia’s place as the poster child of the artificial intelligence boom — a moment that Huang, Nvidia’s CEO, has dubbed “the next industrial revolution.”

On a conference call with analysts last month, Huang predicted that the companies using Nvidia chips would build a new type of data center called “AI factories.”

Huang added that training AI models is becoming a faster process as they learn to become “multimodal” — able to understand text, speech, images, video and 3-D data — and also “to reason and plan.”

“People kind of talk about AI as if Jensen just kind of arrived like in the last 18 months, like 24 months ago all of a sudden figured this out,” said Daniel Newman, CEO of The Futurum Group, a tech research firm. “But if you actually go back in time and listen to Jensen talking about accelerated computing, he’s been sharing his vision for more than a decade.”

The Santa Clara, California-based tech company’s invention of the graphics processor unit, or GPU, in 1999 helped spark the growth of the PC gaming market and redefined computer graphics. Now Nvidia’s specialized chips are key components that help power different forms of artificial intelligence, including the latest generative AI chatbots such as ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini.

Nvidia’s GPUs are a key factor in the company’s success in artificial intelligence, Newman added.

“They took an architecture that was used for a single thing, to maybe enhance gaming, and they figured out how to network these things,” he said. “The GPU became the most compelling architecture for AI, going from gaming, rendering graphics and stuff, to actually using it for data. … They basically ended up creating a market that didn’t exist, which was GPUs for AI, or GPUs for machine learning.”

AI chips are designed to perform artificial intelligence tasks faster and more efficiently. While general-purpose chips like CPUs can also be used for simpler AI tasks, they’re “becoming less and less useful as AI advances,” a 2020 report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology found.

Tech giants are snapping up Nvidia chips as they wade deeper into AI — a movement that’s enabling cars to drive by themselves, and generating stories, art and music.

“Jensen basically has made AI digestible and then Apple will make it consumable,” Newman said.

The company carved out an early lead in the hardware and software needed to tailor its technology to AI applications, partly because Huang nudged it into what was still a nascent technology more than a decade ago.

“Nvidia has been working on different portions of this problem for more than two decades now. They have a deep innovation engine that goes all the way back to the early 2000s,” said Chirag Dekate, a VP analyst at Gartner, a tech research and consulting firm. “What Nvidia did two decades ago is they both identified and they nurtured an adjacent market where they discovered that the same processors, same GPUs that they were using for graphics could be shaped to solve highly parallel tasks.”

At the time, he said, AI was only in its infancy. But Nvidia’s understanding that GPUs would be central to the development of AI was “the fundamental breakthrough that was needed,” Dekate said.

“Until then, we would have been, I would say, in the analytic Dark Ages,” he said. “The analytics were there, but we could never bring these AI elements to life.”

Analysts estimate that Nvidia’s revenue for the fiscal year that ends in January 2025 will reach $119.9 billion — about double its revenue for fiscal 2024 and more than four times its receipts the year before that.

“My hypothesis is the kind of exponential growth that we’re seeing with Nvidia today is potentially a pattern that we’re going to see replicated more frequently in the decades to come,” he said. “This is the Golden Age if you will…this is the best time to be an AI engineer.”

Republican senators accuse Biden admin of slow-rolling Israel aid

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President Joe Biden meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN on September 20th, 2023. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

(JNS) A pair of Republican senators have accused the Biden administration of slow-rolling military aid to Israel, as the public spat between the allies over arms sales continues to escalate.

“The White House is mad because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is telling the truth,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) wrote on Wednesday.

Hagerty noted that the Biden administration “has refused to send Congress formal notifications to finalize a host of arms sales to Israel,” including F-15s, smart bomb kits and munitions even after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee “informally cleared these sales.”

“The norm is for the executive branch to submit formal notifications to Congress roughly 48 to 72 hours after committees informally cleared proposed arms sales,” Hagerty added. “But the Biden administration is violating this norm amid Israel’s multi-front war.”

Netanyahu released a video on social media on Tuesday saying that “in the past few months, the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunitions to Israel.”

The White House has insisted that it only paused a single shipment of 2,000-pound bombs over concerns that they could cause civilian casualties. It has been said that all other arms sales and military aid to Israel are flowing normally.

“We genuinely do not know what he’s talking about,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said on Tuesday. “We just don’t.”

John Kirby, the White House national security communications advisor, repeated to reporters at a briefing on Thursday that the White House does not understand what Netanyahu is saying.

“It was perplexing to say the least, certainly disappointing, especially given that no other country is doing more to help Israel defend itself against the threat by Hamas and, quite frankly, other threats that they’re facing in the region, than the United States,” Kirby said.

“It was vexing and disappointing to us as much as it was incorrect, so difficult to know exactly what was on his mind,” Kirby added.

 

Although Kirby announced that Washington is prioritizing surface-to-air missile sales to Ukraine above other countries, he told reporters on Thursday that Israel would be unaffected by the move.

Following an Axios report on Tuesday that Biden canceled a meeting with Netanyahu scheduled for the latter’s upcoming trip to Washington in July, Kirby was asked during the call with reporters on Thursday whether the two would meet. Kirby said he had nothing to say about the president’s schedule.

KirbyNational Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby holds a daily briefing on March 5, 2024 at the White House alongside Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary. Credit: Oliver Contreras/White House.
‘Sleight-of-hand’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote to U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday accusing him and his administration of engaging in “sleight-of-hand” in response to the White House’s insistence that only one arms delivery to Israel has been paused.

The senator repeated Hagerty’s charge that Washington is slow-rolling the munitions.

“As you are aware, the Arms Export Control Act requires the administration to notify Congress before sending weapons to a foreign country,” Cotton wrote. “Your administration has manipulated this requirement by withholding this formal notification to Congress of approved weapons sales, including F-15s, tactical vehicles, 120-mm mortars, 120-mm tank rounds, joint direct attack munitions and small diameter bombs.”

“Your administration can then claim that the weapons are ‘in process’ while never delivering them,” he wrote. “You’re playing politics with the nation’s honor and our ally’s security.”

 

“Worse still, your administration lacks the honesty to communicate its true policy to the American people, instead preferring to hide behind weasel words and bureaucratic process,” he added.

JNS sought comment from the National Security Council of the White House about the allegations that the administration had taken more than 72 hours to deliver formal notification to Congress of Israeli munitions deliveries after their approval by the relevant House and Senate committees.

Netanyahu said on Thursday that he understands the potential cost of his statements.

“I am willing to absorb personal attacks if that is what it takes for Israel to get the arms and ammunition it needs in its war for survival,” the Israeli prime minister said.

New Yorkers Downplay “Extreme” Heat Dome as Forecasters Warn of Escalating Temps

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New Yorkers Downplay “Extreme” Heat Dome as Forecasters Warn of Escalating Temps

Edited by: Fern Sidman

As a heat dome descended upon New York City on Thursday, forecasters warned of increasingly oppressive temperatures, predicting real-feel temperatures to soar into the high 90s. However, according to a report on Thursday in the New York Post, many seasoned New Yorkers dismissed the alarm, asserting that the city had experienced hotter and more humid days in the past.

Melanie Gedney, a 28-year-old accountant, enjoyed her lunch outside in Midtown and expressed her skepticism about the hype surrounding the heat dome. “It’s hot, but I thought it was going to be hotter. It’s not that humid,” she remarked, as per the Post report.  Reflecting a common sentiment, Gedney noted, “Anytime we have the first weather event of any season it gets hyped up.”

Nearby, Brian, a 37-year-old construction worker, echoed Gedney’s indifference. Amidst his work, he pointed out, “It’s regular heat to me. Could be worse,” the report in The Post said. Brian expressed doubts about the heat dome phenomenon, suggesting that weather events are often exaggerated by officials and media. “They hype up too many things sometimes,” he added.

Despite the apparent nonchalance of some residents, city officials and meteorologists have consistently issued warnings about the severe heat wave. Indicated in The Post report was that Mayor Adams and the National Weather Service emphasized the potential health risks associated with the high temperatures, advising residents to take precautions.

Nevertheless, Irene Borutta, a 75-year-old law firm employee, was also unconvinced by the dire warnings. Smoking a cigarette outside, she remarked to The Post, “It’s hotter than normal this time of year, but then again, I have seen it hotter in New York City.”

A heat dome occurs when a high-pressure system traps warm air over a region, causing temperatures to rise significantly.

Meteorologists have stressed that while the current temperatures may not seem unprecedented to some, the cumulative effect of prolonged heat can exacerbate health issues and strain infrastructure, as was pointed out in The Post report. They also highlight that heat domes are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, making it crucial to heed warnings and take necessary precautions.

Despite the skepticism among some New Yorkers, health officials urge residents to remain cautious. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, conditions that require immediate medical attention. The Post report noted that the city’s emergency services have been on high alert, prepared to respond to heat-related incidents.

Public health advisories recommend staying hydrated, wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing,avoiding strenuous activities during peak heat hours, and checking on vulnerable neighbors. The report in The Post added that cooling centers have been set up across the city to provide relief for those without access to air conditioning.

Samantha Thomas, a meteorologist with FOX Weather, informed The Post on Thursday that the sweltering conditions are expected to intensify. “It hasn’t been too terrible the last couple days — but it is going to get worse as we get into the weekend,” Thomas explained.

The forecast indicates that temperatures will peak at 91 degrees on Friday and 90 degrees on Saturday. However, the real heat is anticipated on Sunday, with highs reaching 94 degrees and real-feel temperatures soaring to a blistering 101 degrees. “We’re close to record heat on Sunday,” Thomas added when speaking with The Post, noting that the hottest June 23 in New York City was recorded in 1888, when temperatures hit 96 degrees.

Despite the foreboding forecasts, New Yorkers embraced the first day of summer with characteristic resilience. Noted in The Post report was that many took to parks to sunbathe, while others flocked to the beaches to cool off. In Times Square, a group of yoga enthusiasts marked the summer solstice with an outdoor session, embodying the city’s spirit of making the best of any situation.

City officials and health experts continue to urge residents to take precautions as the heat wave intensifies. The Post reported that the potential for heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, rises significantly as temperatures climb. Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, are particularly at risk.

The city’s infrastructure and public health systems face significant challenges in coping with such extreme weather. Energy consumption spikes as air conditioning use rises, potentially straining the power grid. Additionally, The Post report added that the urban heat island effect, where cities experience higher temperatures than surrounding areas due to human activities and built environments, exacerbates the situation.

A Disturbing Surge: Anti-Semitism in Canada Amidst the Israel-Gaza Conflict

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A Disturbing Surge: Anti-Semitism in Canada Amidst the Israel-Gaza Conflict

Edited by: Fern Sidman

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has recently come under intense scrutiny amid allegations of discriminatory practices against Jewish students. Critics argue that the TDSB’s policies, purportedly aimed at combating anti-Palestinian hate, have been weaponized to marginalize Jewish identity and suppress expressions of Jewish history and culture.

The most serious accusations against the TDSB include claims that the board has voted to ban the teaching of Jewish history under the guise of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) mandates. This move effectively erases the cultural and historical identity of Jewish students. The contention is that these DEI policies, which ostensibly promote inclusivity and respect for all backgrounds, are being misused to exclude and punish expressions of Jewish heritage.

Several specific incidents have fueled the controversy:

Suspensions for Wearing Jewish Symbols: Reports suggest that Jewish students who wear the Star of David, a widely recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity, risk suspension for allegedly promoting anti-Palestinian hate. This policy has been criticized as a gross misinterpretation of the symbol’s significance and an infringement on religious expression.

Punishment for Expressing Zionist Views: Students who express pride in Zionism or identify as Zionists reportedly face suspension. Zionism, the movement supporting the re-establishment and support of a Jewish state in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel, is a deeply rooted aspect of Jewish identity. Critics argue that penalizing students for such expressions equates to suppressing a fundamental part of their cultural and historical heritage.

Remarks on Hamas: There are allegations that students who refer to Hamas as a terrorist organization could also face disciplinary action. This is particularly contentious given that many governments and international organizations, including the United States and the European Union, officially designate Hamas as a terrorist group. The implication that acknowledging this designation constitutes anti-Palestinian hate has sparked significant debate.

The allegations against the TDSB have ignited outrage and fear among Jewish communities in Toronto and beyond. The targeting of Jewish symbols and expressions of identity has led to accusations that the school board is fostering an environment where being Jewish is seen as inherently antagonistic to Palestinians. This not only misrepresents the Jewish faith and culture but also exacerbates tensions and divisions within the school community.

The controversy surrounding the TDSB’s policies raises broader concerns about how DEI initiatives are implemented and interpreted. While the intention behind such initiatives is to create a more inclusive and respectful environment for all students, the execution can sometimes lead to unintended consequences. The allegations against the TDSB suggest that a balance must be struck to ensure that efforts to combat hate and discrimination do not inadvertently marginalize or suppress other identities.

Community leaders and concerned parents are calling for a thorough review of the TDSB’s policies and practices. They demand transparency and accountability to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, can express their identities freely and without fear of retribution. The broader community is urged to stay vigilant and advocate for policies that genuinely promote inclusivity and respect for all.

2023-2024 –  The Escalation of Anti-Semitism in Canada

Anti-Semitism in Canada saw a dramatic and troubling increase last year, as the conflict between Israel and Gaza was used as a pretext for targeting Jews within Canada. A Toronto news web site known as CP24.com reported that this alarming trend was highlighted in a May 6th report by B’nai Brith, a prominent Jewish advocacy organization, which was released earlier this year to coincide with Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The B’nai Brith report paints a stark picture of the escalation in anti-Semitic acts. According to the document, there were 5,791 documented instances of violence, harassment, and vandalism directed at Jews in Canada in 2023. This figure represents a more than twofold increase compared to the 2,769 incidents reported in 2022. The surge includes 77 violent incidents, over three times the number recorded the previous year.

The latest data from B’nai Brith Canada reveals that 2023 saw the highest number of antisemitic incidents recorded in a single year since the organization began its annual tally in 1982. These figures are corroborated by reports from several municipal police forces, including those in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver, all of which have documented an exponential increase in hate-motivated incidents targeting Jews over the past year.

The rise in anti-Semitism was a central theme during speeches delivered in early May at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. CP24.com reported that Prime Minister Trudeau noted the disturbing escalation since October 7, describing it as a scale of anti-Semitism not witnessed for generations.

“In 2023, we entered a period of crisis,” remarked Richard Robertson, the director of research for B’nai Brith Canada, according to the CP24.com report.

Robertson emphasized that there is no single source of the increase in anti-Semitic incidents, attributing the surge to various groups across the political spectrum. CP24.com reported that he pointed to the “alt-left, the far right, and those acting at the behest of foreign actors” as contributing factors. This multifaceted origin of anti-Semitism reflects a complex web of hatred that spans ideological divides.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza has historically been a flashpoint for anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions globally, and Canada is no exception. As per the information in the CP24.com report, the latest escalation has evidently been exploited by extremists to justify their bigotry, resulting in a sharp increase in hostility towards Jews in the country.

The Jewish community in Canada, already vigilant against anti-Semitism, finds itself in a heightened state of alert. The significant rise in documented incidents has not only increased fear and anxiety among Canadian Jews but also underscored the necessity for robust protective measures and legal interventions.

The B’nai Brith report, while distressing, serves as a crucial document that sheds light on the reality faced by Jewish Canadians today. It calls for urgent intervention and sustained efforts to ensure that Canada remains a safe and inclusive place for all its citizens, regardless of their faith or heritage.

Targeted Attacks on Jewish Institutions

In October, the Winnipeg Police investigated a shooting at a Jewish home, categorizing it as an act of hate. This incident was a grim reminder of the vulnerability of Jewish communities in Canada. Similarly, in Montreal, police launched investigations following two separate attacks on Jewish schools overnight in November, and another incident involving a Molotov cocktail thrown at a synagogue, as was affirmed in the CP24.com report. These attacks have heightened fears among Jewish residents, reflecting a broader pattern of violence and intimidation.

Toronto also saw its share of anti-Semitic threats. Police arrested three individuals after students at a Jewish high school were threatened in October.

Robertson highlighted the alarming frequency of these incidents. “This means that on average, a Jewish Canadian was threatened or assaulted every fourth day in 2023,” he said, as was indicated in the CP24.com report.

The data reveals 462 acts of vandalism targeting Jewish property in 2023. However, the vast majority of recorded incidents—4,847—took the form of online harassment. These digital threats ranged from explicit death threats, such as “you and your family are going to die,” to messages expressing joy at the deaths caused by Hamas on October 7, and declarations of intent to eradicate Israel or Jews.

The significant spike in anti-Semitic incidents can be linked to the events following October 7, when Hamas terrorists invaded Israel, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and the taking of over 200 hostages. More than half of the reported anti-Semitic incidents in Canada occurred in the three months following the initial Hamas attack, CP24.com reported.  This period saw an intensification of online and physical assaults against Jewish individuals and institutions, reflecting the heightened global tensions and their local repercussions.

Within a week of the attack, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) issued a call for “increased vigilance” in light of a noticeable spike in online anti-Semitic threats, as per the CP24.com report. This alarming trend reflects a broader, more systemic rise in anti-Semitism that has left Canadian Jews feeling increasingly vulnerable and isolated.

 

Robertson described this “aggressive rise in anti-Semitism” as leaving Canadian Jews feeling “dehumanized, ostracized, and abandoned.” He highlighted the systemic nature of this hatred, noting that it has forced the Jewish community to question the continued vitality of their presence in Canada. “For perhaps the first time, there was a genuine concern that the Jewish Canadian narrative is at risk of being subject to erasure,” Robertson said, according to the CP24.com report.

The Nation’s Leaders Speak Out

The rise in anti-Semitism in Canada is not occurring in a vacuum. According to the information contained in the CP24.com report, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, speaking at a ceremony in May at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, emphasized that the fading memories of the Holocaust have allowed old, totalitarian ideologies to resurface. He pointed out that the same hateful rhetoric and precursor actions that fueled the Nazis in Germany are re-emerging today, manifesting in various forms across Canadian society.

The resurgence of anti-Semitism in Canada has manifested in various alarming ways, from verbal harassment to physical violence and vandalism. On university campuses, anti-Semitic rhetoric has become increasingly prevalent, targeting Jewish students and creating a hostile academic environment. Jewish buildings and homes have also been attacked, further intensifying the sense of vulnerability within the community.

Poilievre specifically highlighted the proliferation of anti-Semitic rhetoric on university campuses and the targeting of Jewish buildings and homes. He noted that these developments have led many Jewish Canadians to make the “heart-wrenching decision” to conceal their identity, CP24.com reported. Symbols of Jewish faith and heritage, such as the Star of David, kippahs, and mezuzahs, are increasingly being hidden or removed as a protective measure against potential threats.

In a strong statement, Poilievre condemned the situation, declaring, “In Canada, it is absolutely unacceptable that you should be faced with this dilemma.”CP24.com reported that he asserted that Jewish Canadians must be allowed to live “fearlessly and proudly,” and emphasized that it is the responsibility of every Canadian, regardless of their background, to support this right.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at the same ceremony in May commemorating Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, also addressed the surge in anti-Semitism. He described the October 7 attack on Israel as the largest mass killing of Jews since the Holocaust, using this historical context to underscore the gravity of the current situation, as was indicated in the CP24.com report. Trudeau specifically criticized those who use “Zionism” as a vehicle for expressing hatred, defending the concept as a legitimate and important aspect of Jewish identity and self-determination.

Trudeau’s remarks on Zionism were particularly poignant. He argued that in a country like Canada, it should be safe to declare oneself a Zionist, regardless of one’s religious background. “Zionism is not a dirty word or something anyone should be targeted for agreeing with. It is the belief at its simplest that Jewish people, like all peoples, have the right to determine their own future,” he stated, according to the CP24.com report. This defense of Zionism as a legitimate and non-hateful belief counters the narrative that has often been used to justify anti-Semitic actions and rhetoric.

The psychological impact of this surge in anti-Semitism cannot be understated. The feeling of being under siege, both physically and ideologically, has profound implications for the Jewish community’s sense of security and belonging. The decision to hide one’s religious and cultural symbols is a deeply distressing one, symbolizing a retreat from public life and a step towards invisibility.

 

Report: Israeli Hostages Were Held in Homes of Prominent Hamas Professionals in Gaza

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Report: Israeli Hostages Were Held in Homes of Prominent Hamas Professionals in Gaza

Edited by:  Fern Sidman

Dr. Ahmad Al-Jamal, a 73-year-old general practitioner, was a well-respected figure in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His mornings were dedicated to serving the public at a local clinic, while his afternoons were spent at his private clinic, providing essential medical services to the community, as was recently reported by The Wall Street Journal. Known for his skill in performing circumcisions, Dr. Al-Jamal was also an imam at a local mosque, where his Quran recitations were cherished by the faithful.

However, the benevolent exterior of Dr. Al-Jamal’s life masked a harrowing secret. For several months, his home, shared with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, concealed a clandestine operation. According to the information provided in the WSJ report, the Al-Jamal family was hiding three Israeli hostages for Hamas, a fact that remained undisclosed to most residents of the densely populated camp.

Local knowledge indicated that the Al-Jamal family had close ties to Hamas. Dr. Al-Jamal’s son, Abdullah, a 37-year-old Palestinian journalist, was involved in the hostage situation. Indicated in the WSJ report was that the hostages, who were confined in a locked and guarded room within the family’s apartment, could hear the daily lives of Abdullah, his wife Fatma, a phlebotomist, and their children unfolding just beyond their reach.

The concealed truth came to a violent end when Israeli forces, targeting the heart of Hamas operations, executed a precise airstrike on the building housing the Al-Jamal family on June 8th. The airstrike followed a commando raid aimed at rescuing the hostages. The report in the WSJ said that the operation resulted in the deaths of Dr. Ahmad Al-Jamal, his son Abdullah, and Abdullah’s wife. The children of the family, however, survived the attack, according to accounts from neighbors.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Jamal’s dual identity as a community healer and a participant in the activities of a terrorist organization highlights the complex interplay between personal morality and political allegiance in such environments. The Al-Jamal family’s involvement with Hamas also sheds light on the broader social dynamics within Gaza.

In the shadow of the Al-Jamal family’s home in Nuseirat, another family with ties to Hamas harbored their own dark secret. The Abu Nar family, less prominent but no less entwined with the terrorist group, was holding Noa Argamani, a high-profile Israeli hostage whose abduction from the Nova festival on October 7 was captured on video and widely circulated, as was reported by the WSJ. Argamani’s kidnapping made her one of the most recognized among the approximately 250 hostages taken that day.

According to local residents and an Israeli official, the Abu Nar family’s connection to Hamas and their role in hiding a hostage drew deadly consequences. The Abu Nar family, like the Al-Jamals, was killed, and their building was obliterated during an Israeli military operation, as was noted in the WSJ report,

The objective of the June 8 operation by Israeli special forces was to rescue hostages from both the Al-Jamal and Abu Nar residences. This mission was marked by intense fighting and heavy airstrikes. As per the information provided in the WSJ report, the Israeli military stated that the special forces eliminated armed Hamas terrorists guarding the hostages but refrained from commenting on whether they had also killed family members in the process.

In the aftermath of the raid, the site where the Al-Jamal family once lived became a point of morbid curiosity. The rubble drew crowds of onlookers eager to witness the location where hostages had been secretly held within their community. Also indicated in the WSJ report was that this revelation sparked widespread discussion among local residents about the strategic missteps of Hamas in keeping Israeli hostages above ground in such a densely populated area, particularly near a bustling market.

The dense construction of the Nuseirat neighborhood, with its concrete and cinder-block buildings, made it difficult to conceal such activities. The report added that residents expressed surprise at the secret’s longevity, noting that even the slightest sounds, such as a cough, could easily travel through the walls.

The community’s reaction to these events has been one of growing anger towards Hamas. Many believe that the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s decision to keep hostages in residential areas unnecessarily endangered civilians. “Hamas should give us a map of the safe zones we can stay in, because if we knew there were hostages in the neighborhood, we would have looked for another place,” said Mustafa Muhammad, 36, who fled from Gaza City to Nuseirat early in the war with his wife and infant daughter, as was affirmed in the WSJ report.

The notion that Hamas could have avoided such a crisis by using their extensive network of tunnels to house the hostages is a common sentiment among locals. These tunnels, often utilized by Hamas for strategic military purposes, could have provided a more secure location, away from civilian areas, the WSJ report explained. Others argue that the hostages should have been returned to Israel as part of a negotiated cease-fire, a process that has seen little success despite prolonged efforts.

Notably, none of those quoted in the WSJ report or any Gaza “civilians” have offered their condemnations of the October 7th massacre orchestrated by Hamas with the financial backing of Iran. Neither has any Gaza residents given voice to even a modicum of opposition to Hamas for the abduction of Israeli civilians or soldiers, many of whom were peace activists and advocated on behalf of Palestinians living in Gaza. Media pundits and other expert commentators on Middle Eastern affairs have noted that close to the entire 2.2 million people living in Gaza either support Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization.

The Al-Jamal family, comprising Ahmad and his son Abdullah, was deeply embedded within the Hamas network. This connection is evident in the broader familial ties, such as Ahmad’s brother, Abdelrahman Al-Jamal, who serves as a Hamas lawmaker in Gaza’s legislative council, the WSJ reported. Hamas’s control over mosques in Gaza means that imams, like Ahmad, operate with the terrorist group’s approval, further entrenching the family’s association with Hamas.

This intricate web of familial and organizational ties complicates the narrative of victimhood and culpability. While the Al-Jamal and Abu Nar families suffered devastating losses, their involvement with Hamas and the subsequent harboring of hostages positioned them as active participants in the conflict, according to the information contained in the WSJ report.

Abdullah Al-Jamal, a figure whose life and actions embody the intricate and often contradictory realities of the Gaza Strip, was known for his multifaceted roles as a journalist, a spokesman, and a terrorist supporter of Hamas, as was described in the WSJ report.  He was a freelance contributor to the Palestine Chronicle, a pro-Hamas news website based in the United States. The WSJ report noted that his writings and reports were imbued with a clear pro-Hamas perspective, reflecting the broader editorial stance of the publication. Additionally, he worked for Palestine Now, a news agency operated by Hamas, according to Gaza’s government media office, which confirmed his death, the WSJ added. His role extended beyond journalism; he served as a spokesman for Gaza’s Hamas-run Ministry of Labor, a position that further solidified his alignment with the terrorist group.

Al-Jamal made no attempt to conceal his fervent support for Hamas and its activities. On October 7, he openly celebrated the Hamas-led attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 Israelis and others, most of them civilians, as was pointed out in the WSJ report. This attack marked a significant escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Indicated in the WSJ report was that in a Facebook post on the same day, Abdullah wrote, “Praise be to God…Oh God, guide us…Oh God, guide us…Oh God, guide us…Oh God, grant us the victory you promised.” This post not only underscored his ideological commitment to Hamas but also highlighted the religious fervor that often accompanies such terrorist actions.

The media landscape in Gaza is heavily influenced by political and terrorist factions, with outlets such as Palestine Now serving as mouthpieces for Hamas, the WSJ report said. This intertwining of media and terrorism complicates efforts to obtain objective reporting and exacerbates the cycle of Palestinian propaganda that fuels the conflict.