Lior Raz, the co-creator and star of the hit Israeli television series Fauda, auctioned off supporting roles in the Hebrew-language show at a fundraising event on Wednesday night in New York City benefitting victims of the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, the Israeli publication Mako reported.
Three donors bought the offer for a combined total of $900,000 and will have roles in Fauda‘s fifth season, which was announced in September. The highest bid was from a philanthropist who paid $400,000 for the position of a superintendent in the show, according to Mako. Raz later said in a video posted on Instagram that the characters played by the three donors will be killed off the show by his character, Doron.
A series of Israeli celebrities attended the event and helped get donors to raise approximately $10 million for those affected by the Hamas atrocities that unfolded in southern Israel in early October. Those in attendance included singer Omer Adam, mentalist Lior Suchard, actors Haim Etgar and Yadin Gelman, actress Rotem Sela and Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan. New York City Mayor Eric Adams also attended the event. Adam and Suchard performed on stage and speeches were given by individuals whose family members were killed by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7.
Fauda (Arabic for “chaos”) is about an elite, Israeli combat unit that goes undercover to hunt down terrorists. In season four, which premiered on Netflix in January, Doron, who was forced out of the unit, return from retirement to hunt for a Palestinian terrorist he thought he killed. He and his team travel around Lebanon, the Israeli city of Ramla, Brussels, and the Palestinian city of Jenin in the West Bank. The show is Israel’s longest-running action series.
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Treasure Trove: Remembering Yoni Netanyahu, a heroic soldier and leader
Jonathan (Yoni) Netanyahu was the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister. He was the commander of the Entebbe Operation on July 4, 1976 when Israel rescued 102 hostages who had been on a flight hijacked by Palestinian and German terrorists and ordered to land in Entebbe, Uganda. Yoni was the only Israeli soldier killed in […]
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Pope Condemns Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism Amid New Wave of Attacks Against Jews
Pope Francis condemned all forms of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, labeling them as a “sin against God,” after noticing an increase in attacks against Jews around the world.
“(The Church) rejects every form of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, unequivocally condemning manifestations of hatred towards Jews and Judaism as a sin against God,” the pontiff wrote in a letter to the Jewish population of Israel dated Feb. 2 and made public on Saturday.
“Together with you, we, Catholics, are very concerned about the terrible increase in attacks against Jews around the world. We had hoped that ‘never again’ would be a refrain heard by the new generations,” he added.
The Pope noted that wars and divisions are increasing all over the world “in a sort of piecemeal world war,” hitting the lives of many populations.
Francis, 87, has condemned Hamas’ Oct. 7 cross-border attack from Gaza into southern Israel. He has also said on several occasions that a two-state solution was needed to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In his letter, the pope also called, once again, for the release of those hostages still being held by militants.
He said his heart was torn at the sight of the conflict in the Holy Land and the division and hatred stemming from it, adding that the world was looking at the unfolding of events in the area with “apprehension and pain.”
He assured the Jewish community of his closeness and affection, “particularly (those) consumed by anguish, pain, fear and even anger,” repeating his call for the end of the war.
Francis said he prayed for peace. “My heart is close to you, to the Holy Land, to all the peoples who inhabit it, Israelis and Palestinians, and I pray that the desire for peace may prevail in all.”
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Israel Says It Has Struck More than 50 Hezbollah Targets in Syria Since Oct 7
The Israeli military said on Saturday that since the outbreak of the Gaza war on Oct. 7 it had struck more than 50 targets in Syria linked to the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
The remarks, in a briefing by chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari that mainly discussed efforts to beat back Hezbollah attacks launched in solidarity with Hamas, were a departure from Israel’s usual reticence about Syria operations.
“Everywhere Hezbollah is, we shall be. We will take action everywhere required in the Middle East,” Hagari said.
Israeli forces have attacked 34,000 Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, including 120 border surveillance outposts, 40 caches of missiles and other weaponry and more than 40 command centers, Hagari said. He put the number of enemy dead at more than 200.
Hagari said Israel had deployed three army divisions along its side of the Lebanese border in anticipation of Hezbollah getting involved after Palestinian Hamas launched a shock cross-border attack on Oct. 7, triggering the war in the Gaza Strip.
With tens of thousands of its northern residents having evacuated, Israel has threatened to escalate the Lebanon fighting unless Hezbollah backs off from the border – and has sought Western help in finding a diplomatic solution in Beirut.
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