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1. FBI warns of potential hate crimes in wake of Israel-Hamas War
The FBI, in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security, issued a public service announcement last week warning of possible threats related to the Israel-Hamas War. The agencies noted that both Muslim and Jewish institutions have been targeted since the conflict began.
In one case, 6-year-old Wadea Al Fayoume was stabbed 26 times by his family’s landlord. His 32-year-old mother, Hanaan Shahin, also suffered more than a dozen stab wounds which prevented her from attending her son's funeral.
The sheriff's office said that Wadea and his mother were "targeted by the suspect due to them being Muslim and the ongoing Middle Eastern conflict involving Hamas and the Israelis."
2. Biden arrives in Israel to outrage over Gaza hospital bombing
Protests erupted across the Middle East following a deadly explosion at a Gaza hospital as U.S. President Joe Biden visited Tel Avivon Wednesday. Biden was scheduled to visit Amman, the capital of Jordan, but a White House official said the trip was “postponed.”
Jordan canceled a summit scheduled for Wednesday between Biden and the leaders of Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pulled out early Tuesday following the hospital explosion.
3. Migrant shelters nearing capacity in several states
Several states are struggling to provide shelter for the influx of migrants traveling to the United States. In Massachusetts, Gov. Maura Healey said that the state expects to reach its emergency shelter capacity of 7,500 families by the end of October. The space limitations could force families onto the street until they get off a wait-list.
In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams announced a new rule that would require migrant families staying in New York City shelters to leave those facilities after 60 days and reapply for placement. There are over 64,000 migrants currently in the city’s shelter system.
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