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Meet Camillo, Germany's Roaming Facebook Cat

Meet Camillo, Germany's Roaming Facebook Cat

EICHSTATT —Camillo the cat nearly missed his TV appearance. The one-year-old feline belongs to the Auer family in the this Bavarian town of 14,000, but he is anything but a house cat. No, Camillo spends his days and nights attending parties around town, visiting art galleries, and catching a cat nap in a comfortable chair in the office of a loan officer at a local bank.

With all this exploration, the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung reports, the Auers grew tired of looking for their itinerant kitty all the time, and decided to open a Facebook page to track him along with their phone number posted around town from bakery shops to the municipal library.

And the good folk of Eichstätt are happy to play along. They like the cat’s moxie, have dubbed him Camillo the Town Cat, and post photos and messages about him on the Facebook page. This is a relief to Camillo’s owners because a glance at the page gives them an approximate idea of their pet’s whereabouts.

To get him home for filming for a television program, the Auers posted a word on Facebook and — 138 "likes" and ten comments later — somebody reported seeing Camillo snoozing on the sidewalk outside a music store.

The Auers got him home and have to try and keep him there at least until the camera crew has finished filming.

Photo: via facebook

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Palestinian Olive Trees Are Also Under Israeli Occupation — And That's Not A Joke

In the West Bank, a quieter form of oppression has been plaguing Palestinians for a long time. Their olive groves are surrounded by soldiers, and it's forbidden to harvest the olives – this economic and social violence has gotten far worse since Oct. 7.

A Palestinian woman holds olives in her hands

In a file photo, Um Ahmed, 74, collects olives in the village of Sarra on the southwest of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Mohammed Turabi/ZUMA
Francesca Mannocchi

HEBRON – It was after Friday prayers on October 13th of last year, and Zakaria al-Arda was walking along the road that crosses his property's hillside to return home – but he never made it.

A settler from Havat Ma'on — an outpost bordering Al-Tuwani that the United Nations International Law and Israeli law considers illegal — descended from the hill with his rifle in hand.

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After kicking al-Arda, who tried to defend himself, the settler shot him in the abdomen. The bullet pierced through his stomach, a few centimeters below the lungs. Since then, al-Arda has been in the hospital in intensive care. A video of those moments clearly shows that neither al-Arda nor the other worshippers leaving the mosque were carrying any weapons.

The victim's cousin, Hafez Hureini, still lives in the town of Al-Tuwani. He is a farmer, and their house on the slope of the town is surrounded by olive trees — and Israeli soldiers. On the pine tree at the edge of his property, settlers have planted an Israeli flag. Today, Hafez lives, like everyone else, as an occupied individual.

He cannot work in his greenhouse, cannot sow his fields, and cannot harvest the olives from his precious olive trees.

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