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ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK Biden Blames Gaza Hospital Carnage on Hamas, US Imposes New Sanctions on Hamas, Egypt to Open Gaza Border Crossing for Aid Trucks – Algemeiner.com

ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK Biden Blames Gaza Hospital Carnage on Hamas, US Imposes New Sanctions on Hamas, Egypt to Open Gaza Border Crossing for Aid Trucks – Algemeiner.com

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.

ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK Biden Blames Gaza Hospital Carnage on Hamas, US Imposes New Sanctions on Hamas, Egypt to Open Gaza Border Crossing for Aid Trucks – Algemeiner.com

IDF soldiers are seen at rest stop near the border with Gaza. Photo: Reuters/Jim Hollander

Biden Says Egypt Agrees to Open Border Crossing to Allow Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has agreed to open the Rafah crossing to allow about 20 humanitarian aid trucks to pass into Gaza.

“Sisi deserves some real credit because he was accommodating,” Biden told reporters.

However, Biden clarified that people will not be able to evacuate Gaza through Rafa.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that, in light of Biden’s demand for humanitarian relief to reach Gaza, Israel will not stop aid entering from Egypt as long as it is limited to food, water, and medicine for the civilian population located in the southern Gaza Strip or evacuating there.

“Any supplies that reach Hamas will be thwarted,” the statement added.

Rioters Burn Down Synagogue in Tunisia

Hundreds of Tunisians reportedly burnt the el-Hamma Synagogue on Tuesday evening, according to videos and images posted on TikTok and X/Twitter. In the initial videos, no police or emergency services are seen responding to the incident.

The synagogue, located in the Gabès Governorate, does not function as a place of worship since there is currently no Jewish community that lives in the town of el-Hamma, according to The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life.

Videos posted the morning after show much of the synagogue complex burnt, with Arabic graffiti sprayed on the walls of synagogue rooms which remained intact.

As of this writing, the Tunisia synagogue attack has not yet been reported by Tunisian or international media. The Algemeiner‘s staff has more.

US Ambassador to Israel Nominee Opposes Iran Negotiations, Outlines How He’d Respond to Hamas

The Biden administration’s nominee to become the next US ambassador to Israel on Wednesday told a Senate hearing that he was opposed to negotiating with Iran at this time.

Jack Lew, who is Jewish, also testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about what the state of Israel means to him personally and how part of his job would be helping Israel respond to Hamas’ massacre of over 1,400 Israelis since Oct. 7. The Algemeiner‘s Andrew Bernard has more.

Survivor of Israeli Music Festival Massacre Recalls Seeing Bodies Burning, Hiding for Hours

A young woman who survived the massacre at the Supernova electronic dance music festival in Israel on Oct. 7 fought to hold back tears as she recounted her experience while speaking to an audience at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

Noa Ben Artzi, a 25-year-old industrial engineering student from Israel, said the attack at the music festival began in the early hours of the morning, when she heard what she thought were fireworks but were really rocket attacks. The Algemeiner‘s Shiryn Ghermezian has more.

Hamas War Fallout: CEO Urges World to Support Israeli Brands as Local Economy Suffers

Alex Haruni and his father Mat established Dalton Winery in 1995. The winery is located in the Galilee in northern Israel, adjacent to the village of Kerem Ben Zimra. Alex spoke to The Algemeiner about being a business owner in Israel amid the current war with Hamas  and how the country is “still reeling from the carnage of that fateful Shabbat” when Hamas invaded the Jewish state and massacred over 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians, on Oct. 7.

“We are still burying and mourning for our dead. Our sons and daughters have all been conscripted to the fronts in both the south and the north. There is not a single family in Israel that has not been touched by these events,” said Haruni, who went on to explain the severe impact that the war has had on Israel’s usually dynamic economy. The Algemeiner‘s Shiryn Ghermezian has more.

Pro-Palestinian Rally at UPenn Descends Into Antisemitism

A pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Pennsylvania descended into demagoguery and intimidation of Jewish students, as speakers berated pro-Israel counter-protesters in the wake of Hamas’ terrorist onslaught against Israel earlier this month.

Several Penn professors attended and spoke at thd protest, which was organized by Penn Against the Occupation (POA), a group headed by Fulbright scholar and Penn senior Leila Shadid. PAO describes itself on its website as “aimed at ending the occupation” and being against “antisemitic rhetoric.”

For roughly seven hours, the protesters walked back and forth across Penn’s grounds chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — a slogan widely interpreted as a call for the destruction of Israel, which is located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The demonstrators also chanted “Israel, Israel, you can’t hide, we caught you in genocide.” The Algemeiner‘s Dion Pierre has more.

German Police Investigating Arson Attack by Hamas Supporters Against Synagogue in Berlin

German police are investigating an arson attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning on a Jewish communal building in Berlin that houses a school, a synagogue, and a daycare center.

Communal officials and police officers confirmed that the attack occurred at 3.45 am. No damage was reported as, according to police, the two Molotov cocktails thrown by the assailants missed their target, landing on the sidewalk where a blaze broke out before being extinguished. Police officers were on guard at the entrance to the building on Brunnenstrasse in the Berlin-Mitte section of the German capital, but failed to apprehend the assailants, who fled on foot. The building contains the synagogue of the Kahal Adass Jisroel Association, a Talmud Torah school, and a daycare center. The Algemeiner‘s Ben Cohen has more.

NYC Law Firm Rescinds Offers to Ivy League Students Who Signed Anti-Israel Letters After Hamas Massacre

Davis Polk & Wardwell, a major New York City law firm, said on Tuesday that it had rescinded job offers to three students at Harvard and Columbia universities who signed letters blaming Israel for — and seemingly justifying — Hamas’ invasion of the Jewish state and massacre of Israelis on Oct. 7. The Algemeiner‘s Dion Pierre has more.

Chanel, Tory Burch, Others in Fashion Donate to Help Israelis Impacted by Hamas War

Several fashion brands and their parent companies have announced that they are making donations to help provide humanitarian aid to Israeli victims of Hamas atrocities following the Palestinian terror group’s infiltration of Israel on Oct. 7.

The luxury house Chanel reportedly said it will make a donation of $4 million to organizations providing emergency humanitarian aid to southern Israel as the country faces a barrage of attacks orchestrated by Hamas, which controls the neighboring Gaza Strip. The Algemeiner‘s Shiryn Ghermezian has more.

US Blames Hamas for Devastating Explosion at Gaza Hospital

US President Joe Biden held Hamas responsible for Tuesday’s explosion at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza during a visit to Israel.

Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden said: “I was deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion of the hospital in Gaza yesterday, and based on what I’ve seen, it appears as though it was done by the other team, not you.”

Biden later said his comment was based on information he had been shown by the US Department of Defense, without elaborating further.

Separately, White House spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a post on X/Twitter that the US does not believe Israel is responsible for the explosion at the Gaza hospital yesterday, based on its current assessment.

“While we continue to collect information, our current assessment, based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information, is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday,” Watson said.

US Imposes New Sanctions on Hamas Finance Network

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Wednesday imposed sanctions on ten key Hamas terrorist group members, operatives, and financial facilitators in Gaza and elsewhere including Sudan, Turkey, Algeria, and Qatar.

“The United States is taking swift and decisive action to target Hamas’s financiers and facilitators following its brutal and unconscionable massacre of Israeli civilians, including children,” said Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen. “The US Treasury has a long history of effectively disrupting terror finance and we will not hesitate to use our tools against Hamas.”

In a separate statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the measures “are directed at Hamas terrorists and their support network, not Palestinians. Hamas alone is responsible for the carnage its militants have inflicted on the people of Israel, and it should immediately release all hostages in its custody. The United States will not relent in using all the tools at our disposal to disrupt Hamas terrorist activity.”

“Hamas’ Own Actions Have Brought This On,” US Ambassador Tells UN Security Council

Speaking to the UN Security Council on Wednesday morning, the US Ambassador to the international body, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, vociferously countered a draft resolution on the situation in Gaza and Israel tabled by Brazil.

“The United States is disappointed this resolution made no mention of Israel’s right of self-defense,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “Like every nation in the world, Israel has the inherent right of self-defense, as reflected in Article 51 of the UN Charter. Following previous terrorist attacks by groups such as al-Qaida and ISIS, this Council reaffirmed that right. This text should have done the same.”

The envoy emphasized that the US  is “working with Israel, its neighbors, the United Nations, and other partners to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It is critical that food, medicine, water, and fuel begin flowing into Gaza as soon as possible. Families, the elderly, and children are in dire need.”

Thomas-Greenfield underlined that “Hamas’ own actions have brought this on – this severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza. And Hamas has caused so much needless suffering, death, and destruction. Every Member State should condemn Hamas’ terrorism and cruelty. And every Member State should call on Hamas to cease its endless barrage of rockets against Israel. This is not complicated. It’s not controversial. This is the bare minimum.”

Arson Attack by Hamas Supporters Against Berlin Synagogue

German police are investigating an arson attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning on a Jewish communal building in Berlin that houses a school, a synagogue and a daycare center.

Communal officials and police officers confirmed that the attack occurred at 3.45 AM. No damage was reported as, according to police, the two Molotov cocktails thrown by the assailants missed their target, landing on the sidewalk where a blaze broke out before being extinguished. Police officers were on guard at the entrance to the building on Brunnenstrasse in the Berlin-Mitte section of the German capital, but failed to apprehend the assailants, who fled on foot. The building contains the synagogue of the Kahal Adass Jisroel Association, a Talmud Torah school and a daycare center. The Algemeiner’s Ben Cohen has more.

To catch up on Tuesday’s developments in Israel and Gaza, click here.



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