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Meet The Proud Mother Of Palestinian Man Accused In Death Of Israeli Teens

Relatives of Amer Abu Aisheh, accused of abducting three Israeli teens, don't expect to see him again. His mother's definition of a martyr: "one who chooses to give their life to kill the Jews."

IDF soldiers on patrol in Halhul on June 30.
IDF soldiers on patrol in Halhul on June 30.
Maurizio Molinari

HALHUL — The remains of Amer Abu Aisheh’s house are on a dirt road in Halhul, near Hebron in the southern West Bank. Amer is one of the two Palestinians that Israel accuses of having kidnapped and murdered Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel, the three teenagers who disappeared while hitchhiking home from their religious schools on settlements near Hebron on June 12.

Half of his home has been reduced to ashes following the explosions and fires started by the Israeli military (IDF) in retribution for the deaths. To welcome me, Amer’s cousin Abdul Rahman, 24, is standing on a pile of debris. He says he is "still in shock" at what he has seen.

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Artificial Satellite Pollution, Perils For Biodiversity In Space And On Earth

Exploiting space resources and littering it with satellite and other anthropogenic objects is endangering the ecosystem of space, which also damages the earth and its creatures below.

Image of the small satellite NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite deployed into space by the ISS

Thomas Lewton

Outer space isn’t what most people would think of as an ecosystem. Its barren and frigid void isn’t exactly akin to the verdant canopies of a rainforest or to the iridescent shoals that swim among coral cities. But if we are to become better stewards of the increasingly frenzied band of orbital space above our atmosphere, a shift to thinking of it as an ecosystem — as part of an interconnected system of living things interacting with their physical environment — may be just what we need.

Last month, in the journal Nature Astronomy, a collective of 11 astrophysicists and space scientists proposed we do just that, citing the proliferation of anthropogenic space objects. Thousands of satellites currently orbit the Earth, with commercial internet providers such as SpaceX’s Starlink launching new ones at a dizzying pace. Based on proposals for projects in the future, the authors note, the number could reach more than a hundred thousand within the decade. Artificial satellites, long a vital part of the space ecosystem, have arguably become an invasive species.

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