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Swiss City Councillor Condemned for ‘Child Killers’ Post

Judith Schenk, a councillor in the Swiss city of Bern. Photo: Screenshot

A councillor in the Swiss city of Bern faced strong criticism on Friday after she shared an Instagram post with a comment blaming Jews for rising antisemitism and defaming Israelis as “child killers.”

Judith Schenk, a socialist deputy on the Bern city council, was pushing an article from the Qatar-funded news outlet Al Jazeera which quoted an Israeli government official calling on Israeli forces to enter Rafah, the city in southern Gaza where Hamas terrorists have regrouped.

“No. You must respect the ceasefire ordered by the UN Security Council,” Schenk wrote. “Cursed child killers, you harm Jews around the world.”

Schenk’s use of language led critics to point out that the allegation that Jews kill children is an outgrowth of the medieval blood libel which falsely asserted that Jews use the blood of Christian children in their religious rituals.

Never Again is Now (NAIN) — a Swiss NGO devoted to combating antisemitism — responded with condemnation. “We would not have believed that such a statement is possible in the 21st century,” the group said in a statement.

In a statement to the Swiss news outlet 20 minutes, Schenk’s socialist colleagues on the council distanced themselves from her words.

“It is clear that antisemitism has no place in our society. We do not tolerate it, neither inside nor outside the party,” the statement said.

Schenk later apologized for her post, saying that she had been motivated by concern for Palestinian children in Gaza. She said her statement had been addressed to both “the Israeli government and Hamas terrorists and to all those who support the murder and the violence against the civilian population on both sides.”

The number of antisemitic incidents in Switzerland has leapt since the Oct. 7 atrocities by Hamas in Israel and the Israeli government’s subsequent response against the Islamist terrorist group in Gaza, according to a study by the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG). The data showed the number of incidents shot up to 155 in 2023 — most of these after Oct. 7 — from 57 the previous year.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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