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Israeli police officers kill two Palestinians in self defense

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Israel Police killed two Palestinians Thursday, after the pair reportedly attacked officers with weapons. The first victim was a woman with a knife who the officers said tried to stab them. In addition, the second was a man with a gun who fired at the officers.

“This morning, around 6:30 [AM] , a Palestinian woman left the Temple Mount and approached border police stationed near the Chain Gate in the Old City. She aroused the suspicion of the police, who checked her identity,” police tweeted about the incident in Jerusalem Old City. “During the test she pulled out a knife and tried to stab them, they responded by firing and neutralized her.”

Then, police spotted a 22-year-old man digging around the Israel border wall in the Gaza strip. He had a bag with him. Next police claimed he fired at them first. They shot and killed him on the scene. Islamic Jihad militant group Hamas confirmed that he was one of their members. They claimed in a statement that he was “shot by the enemy while practicing his hobby of hunting.”

Israel has controlled the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in addition to the Old City, since 1967 Middle East war. There haven’t been troops or settlers in Gaza since 2005.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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