Muslim-American comic calls to free Gaza hostage, ‘free Palestine’ on SNL

Muslim-American comedian Ramy Youssef called for a free Palestine and for the hostages in Gaza to be freed in part of his monologue of Saturday Night Live.  The actor of Egyptian descent, who created and starred in Hulu’s Ramy, appeared in his first stint as host of the weekly comedy show shortly after leading […]

Pope Francis labels antisemitism ‘sin against God’

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 […]

Israel-Hamas hostage deal: Freeing captives between devastating Gaza

As the war against Hamas entered its seventh week at the end of November, the first major breakthrough occurred in the efforts to release the approximately 240 hostages who were seized on October 7 when 3,000 heavily armed terrorists stormed across the Gaza border, entering 22 Israeli communities and killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians. […]

Former hostage tells NYT about dreams of peace, nightmare reality

In a New York Times opinion piece, a former Hamas hostage writes about her two experiences in Gaza as a lifelong resident of Kibbutz Nir Oz along the Gaza border, saying she will “not go to Gaza a third time.” The first time Ruti Munder, 78, visited Gaza was just after the six day […]

Russia demands release of hostages in talks with Hamas

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov demanded the release of hostages held in Gaza in telephone calls on Sunday and Monday with Hamas and other Palestinian factions, the Russian foreign ministry said. The statement followed a series of meetings and calls between President Vladimir Putin and Middle East leaders in the past week. The […]

Deck the halls with hope: ‘Bring Them Home Now’ Christmas ornament

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum has introduced a unique Christmas tree ornament with the Bring Them Home Now logo to honor the holiday. “Everyone who has a voice, world leaders, politicians and most importantly, individual citizens [must] continue to do everything in their power to bring [the hostages] home now,” the forum said […]

Israel-Hamas war: Hostage Sahar Baruch killed in Gaza captivity – family

Sahar Baruch, 25, was killed in Hamas captivity in Gaza after being kidnapped on October 7, according to a joint statement from his community, Kibbutz Be’eri, and the Hostages and Missing Families Forum. Baruch’s brother, Idan, was murdered by Hamas during the October 7 massacre. Sahar was considered missing for weeks, until his family […]

Hostage deal to be finalized in the coming hours

According to senior Israeli officials, there is a strong possibility that the details of a hostage deal will be finalized in the coming hours, Israeli media reported. The proposed agreement involved the release of approximately 50 Israeli children and their mothers in exchange for a four-day ceasefire. It will take place in a 1:3 […]

Pope Francis urged to intervene in Israeli hostage crisis

The families of 242 Israeli hostages currently held in Gaza reached out to Pope Francis, seeking his influential voice in a desperate bid for the release of their loved ones. Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, the President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) conveyed their message during a poignant meeting with the pontiff at the […]