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  • Democratic policies setting stage for more attacks

    Nov 3, 2023

    (JNS) — For U.S. Republican Senators Steve Daines and Rick Scott, the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre feels personal. At this weekend’s Republican Jewish Coalition Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, Scott detailed to JNS a series of meetings he’s held with Israeli families affected by the tragedy. “We put a big poster of all the hostages’ pictures in my office … two of the families’ kids went over to fight with the IDF and they were captured,” said Scott. He showed JNS a dog tag on a chain given to him by one of those families. In Hebrew, it read “Our he...

  • Israel working to expose Hamas HQ under Gaza's Shifa hospital

    Israel Kasnett|Nov 3, 2023

    (JNS) — Israel is preparing the world for the moment it needs to enter Hamas’s main headquarters, located inside and underneath Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and is focusing media efforts on exposing the terror group’s activities there. According to Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Daniel Hagari, Israel has “concrete evidence” that “hundreds” of terrorists flooded into the hospital to hide from Israeli retaliation following Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre. Israel released video footage on Friday in which a captured Hamas terrorist, a member of the ...

  • Hamas terrorists confess to raping corpses, beheading children

    Lilach Shoval|Nov 3, 2023

    (JNS) — After showing foreign journalists footage of the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists during their Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel, the IDF on Monday published two segments from the interrogation of Hamas terrorists who participated in the massacre. “The plan was to go from house to house, throw grenades and kill everyone there, including women and children,” the terrorist said. He also told interrogators that Hamas had instructed them to behead their victims. “The purpose of entering Israeli territory… was to kidnap civilians...

  • Week before Oct. 7 attack, pro-Hamas groups get seat at White House roundtable

    Nov 3, 2023

    (JNS) — A little more than a week before Hamas terrorists attacked southern Israel on Oct. 7, the White House hosted a roundtable with Islamic groups that have since expressed sympathy for Hamas and blamed Israel for the murderous assault, according to an article in Focus at Western Islamism. “These red flags have been waiving right out in the open for years, and yet these groups were able to get a seat at the table—in the White House no less,” wrote Dexter Van Zile, managing editor of the publication, which is part of the Middle East Forum....

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Nov 3, 2023

    Bank of Israel leaves benchmark rate unchanged (JNS) — The Monetary Committee of the Bank of Israel decided on Monday to leave its key interest rate unchanged at 4.75 percent. The war against terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon that began on Oct. 7 is having various economic effects, both on real activity and on the financial markets, the central bank noted. The bank has taken a number of policy measures to deal with the situation. The financial markets are functioning and a large part of economic activity is continuing as usual, it said. In view of...

  • At a Dead Sea hotel, refugees from Kibbutz Be'eri count their dead and grieve

    Eliyahu Freedman|Nov 3, 2023

    DEAD SEA, Israel (JTA) — Nearly three weeks after Kibbutz Be’eri was massacred, its surviving members still gather for their community’s traditional evening meeting. The kibbutz, ransacked and empty, is now a closed military zone. To those familiar with the litany of atrocities committed on Oct. 7, its name has become synonymous with some of the day’s worst horrors. Many of Be’eri’s residents refer to that day as a “Shoah,” or Holocaust. Now, the nightly meetings instead take place at the David Dead Sea Resort, where most of Be’eri’s member...

  • Hundreds arrested at NYC's Grand Central as rallies take place across the globe

    Ben Sales|Nov 3, 2023

    (New York Jewish Week) — Hundreds of protesters were arrested as they crowded Grand Central Station in New York City on Friday afternoon for a rally sponsored by a Jewish group calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The rally came a day ahead of a series of other pro-Palestinian rallies worldwide. It was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Zionist group that has accused Israel of genocide and blamed its policies for Hamas’ massacre of Israel on Oct. 7, which killed and wounded thousands. While the protest on Friday inconvenienced rus...

  • Jewish students barricade in Cooper Union library as protesters chant 'Free Palestine,' on day of protest across NYC campuses

    Luke Tress|Nov 3, 2023

    (New York Jewish Week) — Jewish students at a New York City college were locked in their school’s library for 20 minutes as pro-Palestinian demonstrators pounded on the doors and shouted slogans. The incident at Cooper Union, a private college in downtown Manhattan, occurred after pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel students held dueling rallies. It came on a day when, at a New York University protest nearby, a protester waved a sign depicting an Israeli flag, its Star of David prominent, in a trash can. Meanwhile, further uptown at Columbia Univers...