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Gaza-Israel conflict worsens as anti-Jewish hate crime surfaces in Chicago

Gaza where intense fighting continues and now hate crimes have spun off in Chicago.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating a hate crime on Chicago’s Northwest Side after leaflets with anti-Jewish messaging were found on cars. While it isn’t known how many vehicles in the Pulaski Park neighborhood may have had the leaflets removed by their owners prior to the report, six vehicles were found to have leaflets on Saturday on the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday. The leaflets were blatantly placed on the windshields of the vehicles.

Persons who live in the area reported to authorities that the leaflets made severe threats to Jewish persons. The threats were in relation to the current conflict in Gaza which began on July 8. The threats made in the leaflets threaten violence to Jewish people if Israel does not pull out of Gaza. The war in that part of the world has left many Palestinians dead as well as more than a dozen Israeli soldiers killed. Area north detectives in Chicago are investigating the origin of the hateful, threatening leaflets and the Chicago Police Department’s Hate Crime unit has been notified.

As of Saturday, the Times of India reported that the conflict between Israel and Palestine was in its eleventh day. On Saturday, Ban Ki-moon - the Secretary-General of the United Nations - went to the region in search of a truce in the fighting. On Friday, Israel pressed a Gaza ground assault which put the Palestinian death toll at 292. The latest peace effort came as eight members of a single family were killed in Israel tank fire in northern Gaza.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that the fighting intensified. It reported that Israel pushed deeper into Gaza. The death toll on both sides of the conflict continues to grow as the efforts for a cease-fire continue to fail. Local reports out of Gaza are describing the current fighting as a massacre. The BBC is reporting that as many as 87 persons have been killed on Sunday.

Gaza is a Palestinian region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the east and north. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Hamas – designated as a terrorist organization in Palestine by Israel and Western governments including the United States – for indiscriminately firing rockets against Israeli civilian targets. Ban Ki-moon referred to the actions as a violation of international law. Basically, Jewish people and Arabs are fighting over Israel, and their fight goes back nearly a century. Israel, a Jewish land, is surrounded in the region by Arab nations.

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