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Newsline: Death Threats Directed at US Ambassador to Israel

Israeli police have increased security at the U.S. Embassy and the residence of U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro in Tel Aviv as a result of several death threats criticizing the U.S. and its involvement in Iran’s nuclear agreement, according to The Times of Israel. Ambassador Shapiro received threatening letters over the weekend, with three additional letters arriving later. Threats were also direct toward the ambassador over Facebook, with a detailed complaint that the U.S. had “abandoned Israel” and referred to the Jewish ambassador as a “kapo,” a term for Nazi-appointed concentration camp prisoners that served as guards. Local police commander Yehuda Dahan had opted for a special investigation, but no suspects have been apprehended at this point in time.



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