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Protesters interrupt a Congressional hearing with Antony Blinken. Photo: C-Span video grab.

Latest news briefs on Israel-Hamas war

Here are today’s news briefs on the war between Israel and the terrorist organization which controls Gaza, Hamas.

Pro-Palestinian protesters interrupt Blinken hearing

Pro-Hamas protesters today interrupted the testimony of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Congress.

During the testimoy, several in the gallery stood with pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian signs while screaming “ceasefire now,” and demanding the U.S. stop supporting “genocide.”

The disruption comes after weeks of protests in support of the terror Group Hamas and the militarized enclave of Gaza which is under complete Hamas control. Hamas came to power in a 2006 election.

Turning Point USA CEO Charlie Kirk reacted to the protests as word spread and posted to Twitter, “Democrats SCREAM at Democrats in Senate hearing with Antony Blinken as he asks for $14 billion in aid for Israel. Hamas and Jew hatred has awakened the anti-war spirit within the left, a contingent that was eerily silent in recent years so long as the people dying were innocent women and children in East Ukraine. The war in Israel is quite literally tearing the Democrat Party apart.”

Israel to Hamas: surrender or die

Israel gave Hamas an ultimatum today – surrender unconditionally or die.

The comments came from Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant who said “This machine cannot be stopped,” in a press conference.

Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also laid out Israel’s conditions. “Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities after the horrific attacks of October 7,” he stated in English to the foreign media. “Calls for a ceasefire are a call for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terror, to surrender to barbarism. That will not happen.”

He pointed out that the U.S. would not have headed calls to a ceasefire following the Pearl Harbor attack during World War II. “This is a time for war,” he said, referencing Ecclesiastes.

Israel Christian church leader offers self in exchange for child hostages

Israel’s Interior Minister Moshe Arbel on Tuesday met with Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch, to discuss Israel’s hostages in Gaza.

Earlier, Pizzaballa offered to trade himself for the children abducted by Hamas. His offer came during a press conference with Italian journalists.

Swords of Iron is a war between light and darkness,” said Arbel. “This isn’t a religious war. Far from it. Members of all faiths condemn the cruel murder committed by Hamas. I am grateful for the meeting and the willingness to work for the sake of the hostages.”

Hillary Clinton clashes with Democrats calling for ceasefire

Hillary Clinton has voiced strong opposition against Democrats and pro-Palestinian protesters who are calling for a ceasefire.

The comments from the former Secretary of State, which have garnered praise from Republicans,  came during a bipartisan panel discussion celebrating an international think tank.

When discussing the call for a ceasefire, Clinton stated: “People who are calling for a ceasefire now, don’t understand Hamas… It would be such a gift to Hamas because they would spend whatever time [that] there was a ceasefire in effect rebuilding their armaments… to be able to fend off an eventual assault by the Israelis.”

In 2014, Clinton supported Israel in its war with Hamas.

Palestinian Christian groups say Christians in America, Europe are to blame

A coalition of Palestinian groups and churches has written a letter blaming Western churches for war crimes allegedly committed by Israel.

The letter, signed by groups such as the East Jersualem YMCA, repeated Hamas propaganda that the hospital in Gaza had been bombed by Israel. Intelligence and video has confirmed it was a misfired rocket launched by Islamic Jihad in Palestine.

It is not the first time such a letter has been written. Observers say that the Palestinian churches have no choice but to repeat propaganda issued by the Palestinian Authority or Hamas. Others, however, say the Palestinian church is complicit in siding with those carrying out terrorist attacks that have taken the lives of over 4,000 civilians since the first intifada.

The Jerusalem Post said that some Christians spoke off the record and said the approach was “suprising,” considering the great loss of life on Oct. 7.

The letter was signed by Kairos Palestine, two YMCA orgaizations, Christ at the Checkpoint, Bethlehem Bible College, Sabeel Ecumenical Center for Liberation Theology, and others.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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