Jewish actor and famed Seinfeld star Jason Alexander joined celebrities from Israel and around the world in sharing clips on social media of them speaking on behalf of some of the roughly 40 children held hostage by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7.
In the video that he shared over the weekend on Instagram, Alexander showed viewers a photo of himself at 9 years old before showing a picture of Ohad Munder-Zichri, an Israeli boy who turned 9 last month while in Hamas captivity. Alexander then tried to be the young boy’s voice.
“Hi, I’m Ohad. I’m nine years old,” he said in the video clip. “I’m a football player. I have two best friends but I enjoy getting along with everyone and helping out. I don’t like to brag, but I’m really good at solving Rubik’s cubes. I wait every day to hug my father, and to go back home. Please set me free.”
In the caption for the video, Alexander wrote in part, “On behalf of the kidnapped children, I ask you — set them free, bring all the hostages back home, NOW.”
Munder-Zichri is a fourth-grader from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists along with his mother and grandparents while they were visiting his grandparents’ kibbutz Nir Oz along the border with the Gaza Strip, according to the Associated Press. The young boy’s uncle was killed in the attack.
Other celebrities who participated in the project began their video by showing a photograph of themselves as the same age of the child they spoke on behalf of, before showing an image of the hostage and trying to be their voice. Other participants included Israeli figures such as dancer Anna Aronov; musicians Meli Levi and Ivri Lider; Ukraine-born Israeli actor Mark Ivanir; Fauda co-stars Tomer Capone, Doron Ben David, and Moran Rosenblatt; and fellow actors Sasson Gabai, Odelya Halevi, Alma Zack, Daniel Gal, and Sasson Gabai.
The videos were released ahead of the United Nation’s World Children’s Day on Monday.
The project was reportedly organized by Maayan Arzi-Mlinarski who is the head of Shavot, an organization for girls, and by television personality Sivan Morag. It was made in collaboration with the Hostage Families Forum and a child welfare group.
Hamas terrorists infiltrated southern Israel on Oct. 7 and killed over 1,200 people, mostly civilians, while also taking about 240 hostages back to the Gaza Strip. Most of the hostages have not returned to their families and one female hostage gave birth last week while in captivity.
Also on behalf of World Children’s Day, Israel’s official X/Twitter account posted images of the roughly 40 babies and children held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
“Look at each and every one of their faces. These are the babies, toddlers and children being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza,” read the caption accompanying the photo. “They should be with their families. Not in a dark room somewhere in Gaza. BRING THEM HOME!”
Look at each and every one of their faces.
These are the babies, toddlers and children being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
They should be with their families.
Not in a dark room somewhere in Gaza.
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) November 20, 2023
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Protester Sets Self on Fire Outside Israeli Consulate in Atlanta
i24 News – A protester was in critical condition on Friday after setting themself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. authorities said. A security guard who tried to intervene was also wounded.
A Palestinian flag found at the scene was part of the protest, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said at a news conference. He added that investigators did not believe there was any connection to terrorism and none of the consular staff was ever in danger.
JUST IN: A pro-Palestine protester is in critical condition after they set themselves on fire in “political protest” outside of the Israeli Consulate office in Atlanta.
The protester was reportedly draped in a Palestine flag.
The protester has severe burns and unfortunately, a… pic.twitter.com/B8nUQAj2nU
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 1, 2023
“We do not see any threat here,” he said. “We believe it was an act of extreme political protest that occurred.” Everyone inside the consulate building was said to be safe.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the southeastern U.S., said: “We are saddened to learn of the self-immolation at the entrance to the office building. It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way.”
“The sanctity of life is our highest value. Our prayers are with the security officer who was injured while trying to prevent this tragic act. We are grateful to the city of Atlanta’s law enforcement and first responders for all they do to ensure safety.”
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Released Israeli Hostages Call for Captives to Be Freed
Israeli hostages released in the past week by Hamas in Gaza called on Saturday for the immediate release of fellow captives left behind, a day after a temporary truce that had allowed scores to come home broke down.
Tens of thousands gathered at a rally in Tel Aviv outside Israel‘s defense headquarters, where they cheered Yelena Trupanov, 50, standing on a stage just two days after being freed.
“I came to thank you because without you I wouldn’t be here. Now we must bring back my (son) Sasha, and everyone. Now.”
Similar pleas from other released hostages were shown on video.
A seven-day truce, during which Hamas had released more than 100 hostages, collapsed on Friday after Hamas breached the ceasefire.
Israel said on Saturday it had recalled a Mossad intelligence agency team from Qatar, host of indirect negotiations with Hamas, accusing the Palestinian faction of reneging on a deal that would have freed all children and women held hostage.
More than 240 people – Israelis and foreign nationals – were abducted to Gaza on Oct 7. by Hamas terrorists who burst through the border with Israel and killed 1,200 people.
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IDF Foils Stabbing Attack Near Nablus in West Bank, Eliminates Terrorist
i24 News – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported thwarting a stabbing attack on Saturday afternoon against reserve Battalion 7037 at the X junction near Nablus in the West Bank.
According to the IDF spokesperson, the event unfolded when the forces at the roadblock became suspicious of an individual approaching the barricade.
During the questioning process, the suspect suddenly drew a knife and advanced towards the IDF personnel.
ניסיון פיגוע דקירה אירע לפני זמן קצר לעבר כוח צה”ל במילואים מגדוד 7037 שפעל בחסם בצומת האיקס סמוך לעיר שכם שבמרחב חטיבת שומרון.
הכוח חשד במחבל שהגיע לחסם והחל לתחקר אותו, המחבל שלף סכין והחל להתקדם לעבר הכוח.
הלוחמים חתרו למגע והגיבו בירי לעבר המחבל שחוסל. אין נפגעים לכוחותינו. pic.twitter.com/mEaJs58hpE
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) December 2, 2023
The soldiers, faced with the threat, engaged in contact procedures and ultimately responded by opening fire on the assailant. The spokesperson confirmed that the attacker was neutralized due to the IDF’s action.
It was also noted that there were no casualties among the IDF forces involved in the incident. According to the spokesperson, the situation at the X junction has stabilized, and IDF continues to maintain vigilance in the area to prevent further attacks.
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