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EMT says he attacked in Las Vegas for being Jewish

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EMT says he attacked in Las Vegas for being Jewish

A New York City paramedic said he was attacked for being Jewish and shoved the ground while vacationing in Las Vegas.

Paul Lebowitz, 67, told reporters he was getting coffee with his family near the MGM Casino on Monday when a conversation with a stranger from Palestine turned violent.

“It was a calm conversation. Were talking about Israel, Palestine until he said the Jews are not going to exist,” Lebowitz told Fox 5 Las Vegas.

“And I said I’m a proud Jew,” Lebowitz added, pulling out a necklace with the Star of David. “That’s when it got violent.”

The EMT, who lives in Staten Island, couldn’t be reached for comment by The Post on Thursday.

But Lebowitz told NBC 4 New York that the conversation began with an “amicable” tone, as the stranger said he was from Palestine. Lebowitz replied he was from Palestine as well.

The talk allegedly took a turn and the man yelled “babykillers” before pushing Lebowitz in the face. The paramedic says he fell backward, smacking his head on the ground and scratching his elbow.

“Being a New York City paramedic, I know a hit like that — I could have a bleed inside my brain, I could die,” Lebowitz told NBC.

Las Vegas police are investigating the incident as battery but not a hate crime, WVVU reported. Police told the network they were seeking surveillance footage of the encounter.

The alleged attack comes amid an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents during violence in the Gaza Strip.

The Anti-Defamation League reported 193 anti-Semitic incidents in the week after the fighting between Israel and Hamas began May 10, up from 131 the previous week.

More than 17,000 tweets used variations of the phrase “Hitler Was Right” between May 7 and May 14, the ADL reported.

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Alabama car crash during tropical storm kills 10, 9 kids

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Alabama car crash during tropical storm kills 10, 9 kids

Ten people, including nine children, died Saturday in a fiery two-vehicle crash in storm-drenched Butler County, Alabama, according to local authorities.

Cops said the two vehicles — an SUV carrying a father and daughter and a small bus hauling girls from Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch — likely hydroplaned on I-65’s wet roads just before 2:30 p.m. as Tropical Storm Claudette plowed through the region, AL.com reported.

The father and daughter, identified by the county coroner as Cody Fox, 29, and 9-month-old Ariana, were killed, as were eight girls who were traveling in the bus.

Garlock said a bystander successfully pulled the bus driver from the vehicle, but that, “It was too late to get back to [the girls] because the bus was engulfed in fire.”

Authorities have not released the names of the girls, who ranged in age from 4 to 17, according to AL.com.

Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch is a long-term residential facility for “school-age girls from troubled backgrounds,” according to its website. Many of the bus passengers were in the care of the state.

Fox worked in emergency management in his home county of Marion County, Tennessee, authorities said.

Multiple people were also injured, according to Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond.

The Girls Ranch asked for “prayers” in a Facebook post at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

“Our hearts are heavy today. Our ranch has suffered great loss. As some of you may have hear, one of our ranch vehicles was involved in a multiple car accident this afternoon,” the statement said.

“Please send prayers our way as we navigate this difficult time.”

The girls attended Reeltown High School in Tallapoosa County, WBRC said.

Claudette dumped as much as 12 inches of rain along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing dangerous flash flooding in northern Georgia, most of South Carolina, the North Carolina coast, parts of southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

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VA plans to cover gender surgery for trans vets, in policy reversal

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VA plans to cover gender surgery for trans vets, in policy reversal

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking the first steps toward offering gender-reassignment surgery to transgender vets, VA Secretary Denis McDonough announced Saturday at a Florida celebration of Pride Month.

“Transgender vets [will] go through the full gender confirmation process with VA at their side,” McDonough promised a cheering crowd in Orlando, CNN reported.

The VA has been paying for prescription hormone therapy and mental health treatment for transgender veterans since 2013. But the directive that authorized those benefits, issued by the Obama administration, specifically excluded surgical procedures.

The policy change comes at the behest of President Biden, McDonough said. Biden rescinded President Trump’s ban on transgender service members in January, and in May the US Air Force and Space Force issued new guidelines on the equitable treatment of members undergoing gender transition.

“At the end of the day this is in the President’s authority to do,” McDonough said. “He’s made clear it’s time to do it and that’s precisely what we’ll do.”

A VA spokesman estimated that fewer than 4,000 vets would likely be interested in the surgery, the Orlando Sentinel reported — and said that the agency had not calculated its potential costs.

McDonough’s announcement signals the start of a lengthy rulemaking process of up to two years that will include a period of public comment.

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‘Tic Tac’ UFO seen by Navy pilot now spotted over England

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'Tic Tac' UFO seen by Navy pilot now spotted over England

The UFO resembling a “white Tic Tac” spotted in 2004 by Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor while on duty at the USS Nimitz is back – but this time it’s floating over England.

Pictures of the notorious UFO were snapped by Lucy Jane Castle, from Hinckley in south-west Leicestershire, who managed to grab a snap of the unexplained object and posted it on a UFO hunter’s Facebook page, which was found by the Daily Star.

“It was hovering for a while and within a blink of an eye it had gone,” Castle said.

“Never seen anything like this before in that shape… Quickly took a picture while it was very still and within a blink of an eye it disappeared.”

Dan Watson, a fellow of the private UK UFO Sightings group, then posted a pic of two similar objects he claims to have seen over Swindon last year and a man called Terry Moore noted: “Sightings have Increased massively..from what I’ve heard US military had 6000 sightings last year alone..so either we’re being visited or someone has some new tech.”

In a 2017 interview, Fravor, who was on a routine training mission about 60 to 100 miles off the coast between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, described his initial sighting as a “white Tic Tac, about the same size as a Hornet, 40 feet long with no wings… Just hanging close to the water.”

The object didn’t create rotor wash — air turbulence caused by helicopter blades — and mirrored the pilots’ movements as they got closer, then disappeared altogether.

The retired Navy man spoke out after the Pentagon confirmed that a top-secret initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program studied UFOs between 2007 and 2012 with a budget of $22 million.

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