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As Israel enters a new, dangerous phase in its conflict with Hamas, The Algemeiner is rounding up developments in the region and around the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Sept. 27, 2023. Photo: ABIR SULTAN/Pool via REUTERS

Prince, Princess of Wales Condemn ‘Appalling’ Hamas Terror Assault on Israel

A spokesperson for the Prince and Princess of Wales on Wednesday released a statement saying the members of the British royal family are “distressed” by the Israel-Hamas war.

“The horrors inflicted by Hamas’ terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling; they utterly condemn them,” the statement read. “As Israel exercises its right of self defense, all Israelis and Palestinians will continue to be stalked by grief, fear, and anger in the time to come.”

Prince William, the heir apparent to the British throne, visited Israel in 2018, marking the first time a senior member of the royal family went on an official visit to the Jewish state.

US State Department Issues New Advisory to ‘Reconsider Travel’ to Israel Over Terrorism Concerns

The US State Department on Wednesday issued a new advisory urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Israel due to “terrorism and civil unrest” following Hamas’ terrorist onslaught against the Jewish state.

“Terrorist groups, lone-actor terrorists, and other violent extremists continue plotting possible attacks in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza,” the advisory reads. “Terrorists and violent extremists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Violence can occur in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza without warning. There has been a marked increase in demonstrations throughout Israel, some with little or no warning.”

The warning comes amid an ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group in control of Gaza. Hamas invaded Israel on Saturday and has targeted the Jewish state with thousands of rockets. Well over 1,000 Israelis have been killed, and thousands more have been wounded. In response, Israel has launched air strikes targeting Hamas targets in Gaza. Many observers expect Israel to soon begin a ground operation into Gaza, where dozens of Israelis are being held captive.

The State Department advisory also warns people to reconsider travel to the West Bank and flatly says “do not travel to” Gaza due to “armed conflict.”

US Senators to Introduce Legislation Freezing $6 Billion Iran Payment in Wake of Hamas Invasion

US Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Mitch McConnel (R-KY) on Wednesday announced that they would introduce legislation to formally freeze $6 billion in Iranian funds released to the regime in Tehran in a recent prisoner exchange deal amid reports of Iran’s involvement in Hamas’ terrorist assault against Israel over the weekend. The Algemeiner‘s Andrew Bernard has more.

Sunni Religious Authority Calls on Palestinians to Die in Gaza

One of the most respected religious authorities in Sunni Islam on Wednesday issued a statement calling for Palestinians in Gaza to “die on your land” as “martyrs.”

Egypt’s Al-Azhar, a centuries-old Sunni religious seminary in Cairo that has hosted the likes of First Lady Jill Biden, published a statement on its website and on social media calling on Palestinians to die rather than leave “their land” to the “Zionist entity.” The Algemeiner‘s Andrew Bernard has more.

Air Canada Grounds Pilot for ‘Unacceptable’ Antisemitic Posts Following Hamas Massacre

Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, has grounded a commercial pilot who posted antisemitic messages across his social media accounts calling for Israel’s destruction, even after the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas murdered well over 1,000 Israelis in a multi-pronged invasion of the Jewish state over the weekend.

“F—k you Israel. Burn in hell,” First Officer Mostafa Ezzo, who piloted an Air Canada-branded B787 plane out of Montreal, wrote in an Instagram Story earlier this week. A separate image showed him in his Air Canada uniform wearing a Palestinian flag necktie.

Ezzo’s social media accounts have reportedly been deleted. According to the Toronto Sun, he remains on Air Canada’s staff, but he’s been “grounded” and placed on a no-fly list that doesn’t allow him to travel on the airline as either a pilot or a passenger. The Algemeiner‘s Dion Pierre has more.

White House: 22 Americans Killed, 17 Unaccounted for in Hamas Massacre

White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre at a press conference on Wednesday announced that the American death toll in the Hamas massacre in Israel on Saturday had risen to 22, with 17 Americans unaccounted for and possibly hostages.

Speaking at the same press conference, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said that those numbers are likely to increase. The Algemeiner‘s Andrew Bernard has more.

Hebrew University Issues Plea for Help in Search of Professor’s Son Missing Since Hamas Assault

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has asked for the public’s help in locating the son of one of its professors who was present at the Kibbutz Nir Oz, located near the Gaza border, when Hamas terrorists launched a terrorist assault there on Saturday.

Prof. Jonathan Dekel-Chen, an American who immigrated to Israel at age 18, said the status of his 35-year-old son, Sagui Dekel-Chen remains unknown. Sagui is a husband and father of two. His wife is currently pregnant with their third child. The Algemeiner‘s Dion Pierre has more.

Muslim Doctor With Israeli EMS Group Shot, Held Hostage by Hamas

A Muslim doctor volunteering for Israel’s emergency service organization United Hatzalah was held hostage for several hours and shot twice by Hamas terrorists who had infiltrated southern Israel, according to a Hatzalah spokesman.

Tarek Abu Arar was driving to his shift at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon on Saturday morning when at a  junction near Sderot he came across a person who seemed injured on the side of the road. The Algemeiner‘s staff has more.

France Working to Deport Foreigners Arrested in Antisemitic Incidents Following Hamas Attack

Speaking outside a Jewish school in a suburb of Paris on Wednesday, France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that at least two individuals are in the process of being deported from France over antisemitic incidents following the Hamas terrorist invasion of Israel on Saturday.

French media reported that, according to the interior minister’s office, one incident involved a Syrian man speaking English who tried to enter a synagogue school in Paris, was stopped by the school’s guards, and began talking about bombs and shouting “Allahu Akbar” before he was arrested. Another involved a man who was stopped by police driving in front of a synagogue in Cannes and was found to be in possession of a tear gas canister. The Algemeiner‘s Andrew Bernard has more.

Lebanese-American Ex-Porn Star Fired From Playboy After Siding With Hamas Violence

Two companies have severed ties with Lebanese-American former porn star and content creator Mia Khalifa after she made comments on social media supporting the Hamas terror attacks in Israel that have already killed over 1,000 Israeli civilians since Saturday.

Starting on Saturday — the same day that Hamas launched its large-scale attack against Israel — Khalifa wrote multiple messages on X/Twitter to her over 5 million followers making fun of the deadly attacks in Israel. In one post, she wrote, “I can’t believe the Zionist apartheid regime is being brought down by guerrilla fighters in fake Gucci shirts — the biopics of this moment better reflect that.”

She also asked Hamas terrorists, who she described as “freedom fighters,” to “flip their phones and film horizontal” so she could have a better viewing of the atrocities carried out by the terror group. The Algemeiner‘s Shiryn Ghermezian has more.

Law Firm Rescinds Job Offer to Law Student Who Expressed ‘Absolute Solidarity With Hamas Invasion

A prominent international law firm based in Chicago has rescinded an offer of employment to a law student at New York University who sent a message to the school’s Student Bar Association (SBA) expressing “absolute solidarity” with Hamas’ terrorist onslaught against Israel.

“Winston & Strawn learned that a former summer associate published certain inflammatory comments regarding Hamas’ recent terrorist attack on Israel and distributed it to the NYU Student Bar Association,” the law firm said in a statement. “These comments profoundly conflict with Winston & Strawn’s values as a firm. Accordingly, the firm has rescinded the law student’s offer of employment.”

The student — Ryna Workman, president of the SBA — had sent a message to the NYU student group on Hamas’ invasion of Israel, which resulted in more than 1,000 Israeli deaths. “I want to express, first and foremost, my unwavering and absolute solidarity with Palestinians in their resistance against oppression,” Workman wrote. “Israel bears full responsibility for this tremendous loss of life … I will not condemn Palestinian resistance.” The Algemeiner‘s Dion Pierre has more.

VIDEO: Israeli Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Flower Bouquets to Funerals Across Nation

Israeli Medic Confirms Babies Beheaded at Kibbutz

A senior medical official with Zaka, Israel’s volunteer civilian emergency service organization, has confirmed that he personally saw Israeli children and adults beheaded by Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

“I saw a lot more that cannot be described for now, because it’s very hard to describe,” Yossi Landau, the head of operations for the southern region of Zaka, told CBS News. He then referred to parents and children found with their hands bound and clear signs of torture.

The confirmation came after reports from international media organizations on Tuesday describing horrific scenes at the kibbutz. The Algemeiner‘s staff has more.

Israeli Interrogation Footage Reveals Hamas Terrorists’ Cruel Intentions

Footage purporting to show the interrogation of a captured Hamas terrorist who infiltrated Israel over the weekend has been circulating on social media. The video shows the suspected terrorist admitting that Hamas intended to rape Israeli women and children who were captured. The footage is reportedly from the official Israeli security forces handling the investigation, although The Algemeiner could not independently verify its authenticity.

Jewish Singer Matisyahu Tells Celebrities Staying Silent on Israel War: ‘This Is Bigger Than Your Brand;

Jewish singer Matisyahu slammed celebrities who have held back from commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas because “they’re afraid they’re going to lose followers” or “some of their fame and standing.” He said the current conflict is not just about Israel, noting Hamas’ brutal assault on Israeli civilians. “It’s about women and children being burned in the streets, being taken from their homes, and that’s not about land.” The singer also defended Israel’s “right to exist” in the face of terrorism. The Algemeiner‘s Shiryn Ghermezian has more.

Netanyahu, Gantz Agree to Form Emergency Israel Unity Government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist opposition party leader Benny Gantz have agreed to form an emergency government, according to a joint statement from Gantz’s National Unity Party.

The new Israeli war cabinet will comprise of Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Gantz, who previously served as defense chief.

Jewish Reality TV Star Sends $750K Worth of Humanitarian Aid to Israel

Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel has raised $750,000 worth of humanitarian aid and supplies for Israel through her emergency relief initiative BStrong, with the goal of reaching $1 million in aid. The initiative is sending cargo planes to Israel filled with items such as medical and construction supplies, baby and female products, hydration, and children’s entertainment. Already distributed items in Israel include medical supplies, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, and food in some kibbutzim in the north and south that took in people evacuated from other areas. The
Algemeiner‘s Shiryn Ghermezian has more.

Senior Turkish Official Tells Netanyahu ‘You Will Die’

Turkey’s Deputy Education Minister Nazif Yilmaz appeared to threaten Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, writing that he “will die.”

“One day they will shoot you too,” Yilmaz wrote on X/Twitter. “You will die.”

The message was a response to a video posted by Netanyahu showing Israeli air strikes in Gaza, the enclave controlled by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Israel has been targeting Hamas with strikes after the Islamist group invaded the Jewish state over the weekend. Since then, more than 1,000 Israelis have been killed, thousands more injured, and dozens taken hostage.

Netanyahu was set to visit Turkey in the coming months. He and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met last month in New York during the UN General Assembly in their first-ever known meeting.

EU President Calls Hamas Terror Onslaught an ‘Act of War’

EU President Ursula von der Leyen said in a new statement: “The terrorist attack by Hamas is an act of war. And we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

The EU chief added that Hamas’ terrorism “has nothing to do with the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

She also addressed European funding to the Palestinians: “Our humanitarian support to the Palestinian people is not in question. Yet it is important that we carefully review our financial assistance for Palestine. EU funding has never and will never go to Hamas or any terrorist entity. So we will now again review the entire portfolio in light of an evolving situation on the ground.”

Israel Strikes Hamas ‘Military Center’ at Islamic University in Gaza

Israel’s air force struck a “military center” at the Islamic University of Gaza on Wednesday, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

“Hamas transformed an institute of knowledge into an institute of destruction. A short while ago, the IDF struck an important Hamas operational, political, and military center in Gaza — the Islamic University,” the IDF said. “Hamas transformed a university into a training camp for weapons development and military intelligence.”

US Ammo Arrives in Israel as Gaza Ground Operation Expected

The first plane carrying US ammunition landed in Israel on Tuesday evening, Israeli officials said.

The armaments are designed “to facilitate significant military operations and increase preparedness for other scenarios,” according to the IDF.

The Biden administration this week announced the delivery of US munitions to Israel, which has been striking Hamas in Gaza after the Palestinian terror group launched a multi-pronged invasion into the Jewish state over the weekend. Many observers are expected Israel in the coming days to launch a ground operation in Gaza, where Hamas has dozens of Israelis held captive.

Hezbollah Claims Responsibility for Firing Missile at IDF Position on Lebanon Border

Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist group based in Lebanon, said it fired anti-tank guided missiles on an Israeli army post on the Lebanon border.

“The Islamic Resistance reaffirms that it will be decisive in its response to the Israeli attacks targeting our country and the security of our people, especially when these attacks lead to the fall of martyrs,” the group said in a statement, adding the attack was in response to the killing of its members in an Israeli shelling earlier this week.

In response to Hezbollah’s attack, the Israeli military on Wednesday said it struck a military observation post belonging to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon as well as the area from which the launch originated.

To catch up on the events of the Israel-Hamas war from Tuesday, click here.

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