Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.
Joining host Amanda Borschel-Dan today are military correspondent Emanuel Fabian, Palestinian Affairs correspondent Jack Mukand and, from the World Cup in Doha, news correspondent Ash Obel.
Two explosions at two bus stops near entrances to Jerusalem on Wednesday morning killed one person and left another 22 people injured. Following the podcast recording, the victim of one of the terror blasts was named as 16-year-old Aryeh Schupak, a yeshiva student from Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood.
Next, Fabian discusses the heartbreaking case of Tiran Fero, an 18-year-old 12th grader from the Druze-majority town of Daliyat al-Karmel, who was critically injured in a car crash in the West Bank and treated at a Palestinian hospital. His body is believed to have been snatched by Palestinian gunmen from a hospital in the city, the military said; the family say he was on life-support at the time.
Podcast first-timer Jack Mukand speaks about some of the factors that led to the horrific beheading of Ahmad Abu Murkhiyeh, a gay Palestinian who sought refuge in Israel, only to be kidnapped and murdered in Hebron.
Also joining the podcast for the first time is Obel, The Times of Israel’s intrepid World Cup reporter onsite in Doha. He speaks about the availability of kosher food, approaching Iranian fans for interviews and how the tournament stacks up to Russia in 2018.