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shrike3's Journal
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October 24, 2023

6-year-old boy killed, mother seriously wounded in hate crime motivated by Israeli-Hamas war, police say


The boy’s paternal uncle, Yousef Hannon, spoke at a news conference Sunday hosted by the Chicago chapter Council on American-Islamic Relations. The organization identified the other victim as the boy’s mother.

"We are not animals, we are humans. We want people to see us as humans, to feel us as humans, to deal with us as humans, because this is what we are," said Hannon, a Palestinian-American who emigrated to the U.S. in 1999 to work, including as a public school teacher.

The Muslim civil liberties organization called the crime "our worst nightmare," and part of a disturbing spike in hate calls and emails since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. The group cited text messages exchanged among family members that showed the attacker had made disparaging remarks about Muslims.

"He knocked on the door, attempted to choke her and said ‘Muslims must die,’" said Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago's executive director.

"Palestinians basically, again, with their hearts broken over what’s happening to their people," Rehab said, "have to also worry about the immediate safety of life and limb living here in this most free of democracies in the world."

I had a discussion with someone I respect, re Islam, she is a liberal Democrat. She had quite a lot to say; at times, she sounded like a Trumpie on this issue, repeating the words "sharia law" over and over again. I kept telling her that whatever she felt about the faith, we have to keep the temperature down in this country. Even if we do, keep the temps down, incidents like this can happen.
October 19, 2023

Please pray for my husband

Currently in the hospital, multiple issues. Kind of a rollercoaster right now. Prayers appreciated.

October 16, 2023

Patriarch of Jerusalem offers himself up in exchange for child hostages held by Hamas


The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pope Francis' representative in the Holy Land, said on Monday that he would be willing to exchange himself for the child hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza.

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa made the comment during a video conference with journalists in Italy, according to Reuters.

He told the press: "I am ready for an exchange, anything, if this can lead to freedom, to bring the children home."

"There is total willingness on my part," he added.

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