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We are delighted to announce the imminent release of the historical novel " My Soul is a Witness,” written by Gabriel Souleyka. This captivating novel plunges readers into the turbulent history of Awa and Ibrahim, a couple confronted with the tragedies of WWII.

The story takes place in 1939, when Awa and Ibrahim celebrate their wedding. However, their happiness is short-lived when war breaks out, and Ibrahim is sent to fight in France. In the tumult of war, he disappeared in 1940, leaving Awa deeply saddened.

Determined to find her husband at all costs, Awa decided to follow the rector of the Paris mosque on his visit to Dakar. She arrived in Paris in January 1942, determined to discover Ibrahim's fate. Sheltered by a Jewish family, she joined the active resistance at the Paris Mosque. For months, she took part in efforts to rescue and shelter Jews hiding at the mosque.

However, on July 16, 1942, their world was turned upside down when Awa was arrested along with the other Jews of Paris for wearing a yellow star. Interned at Drancy, she was then deported to Auschwitz with a thousand other people. There, in the horror of the camps, Awa miraculously discovered Ibrahim, who has been interned for a year. Together, they will do everything in their power to survive and share their testimony to the horror of the Shoah.

"My Soul is a Witness" is much more than a simple historical novel; it's a poignant tale of courage, love and resilience in the face of adversity. We are convinced that this story will touch you and captivate your readers. The storyline deals with the brotherhood between Jews, Muslims and, Christians in the face of Nazi barbarism.

We invite you to discover this unforgettable novel. If you would like to arrange an interview with the author or obtain press copies, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are convinced that this unique story will help build bridges between communities, reminding us that in the face of this genocide, resistance fighters rose up and that witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust must remain constant so that we never forget. We thank you in advance for your attention to our publication and for your support in this endeavour. 

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone to US President Joe Biden

Joe Biden reportedly warned Benjamin Netanyahu that the US will not participate in any Israeli counter-attacks against Iran.

The US president and his senior advisers are highly concerned that an Israeli response to Iran’s attack would lead to a regional war with catastrophic consequences, US officials told Axios.

On Saturday evening, Iran launched its first-ever direct attack on Israel, involving more than 300 drones and missiles. The attack came in retaliation to an airstrike in Syria on April 1 that killed seven of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility.

Mr Biden said the US and Israel had shot down “nearly all” of the drones and missiles launched by Tehran overnight, aided also by Britain, France and Jordan. Israel said 99 per cent were intercepted without hitting their targets and that “very little damage” had been caused.

President Joe Biden Meets With National Security Council Regarding Missile Attacks On Israel
President Biden meets with national security council regarding missile attacks on Israel - Adam Schultz - White House via CNP 

American forces intercepted 70 drones and at least three ballistic missiles, according to CNN, while Mr Biden also said that US support for Israel was “ironclad”.

“You got a win. Take the win,” Mr Biden reportedly told Mr Netanyahu, adding that the US will not participate in any offensive operations. Mr Netanyahu reportedly said that he understands the US’s position.

Iran has said the attacks “achieved all its objectives” and that it is not planning any further operations. It warned Israel against taking any “reckless” actions, and said it would not hesitate to retaliate with a “much stronger response”.

However, Israel has said the “campaign is not over yet”.

Lloyd Austin, the US secretary of defence, has asked that Israel notify the US ahead of any response against Iran.

World leaders have condemned Iran’s attack, with regional powers Saudi Arabia and Egypt calling for restraint. Leaders from the G7 will hold a video conference later on Sunday to discuss the Iranian strikes and coordinate a united diplomatic response. By Harriet Barber, Telegraph

Pope Francis made a heartfelt appeal on Sunday (14 April), calling for a stop to any actions that may fuel the "spiral of violence" in the Middle East that risk plunging the region into an even wider war.

The Pope's appeal follows last night massive drone and missile attack by Iran against Israel in retribution for the earlier Israeli attack on the Iranian diplomatic mission in Damascus. Most of the drones and missiles were intercepted and destroyed by Israeli, US, UK, Jordanian and other forces.

The Pope said he is following with "prayer and concern, even sorrow" the news arriving in recent hours about the worsening situation in Israel following the intervention by Iran. He emphasised that nobody should threaten the existence of others, and that instead all nations should "take the side of peace," helping Israelis and Palestinians to live in two States, side by side, in security. He added, "it is their deep and legitimate desire, and it is their right! Two neighboring States."

The Pope renewed his appeal for a ceasefire in Gaza and that the path of negotiation be pursued "with determination." Recalling the suffering of the population in Gaza, "plunged into a humanitarian catastrophe," he called for every effort to alleviate their suffering. He prayed that "the hostages kidnapped months ago be released!" 

The Pope renewed his appeal for a ceasefire in Gaza and that the path of negotiation be pursued "with determination." Recalling the suffering of the population in Gaza, "plunged into a humanitarian catastrophe," he called for every effort to alleviate their suffering. He prayed that "the hostages kidnapped months ago be released!" 

The Pope concluded:

“So much suffering! Let us pray for peace. No more war, no more attacks, no more violence! Yes to dialogue and yes to peace!” Commonspace.eu

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