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Family of UK Woman Release Photo of Her Battered Body as Evidence of ‘Cover-up’

The family of Julie Pearson, a 38-year-old Scottish woman who was found dead in Israel, are claiming that a photo (can be viewed here; but contains graphic content1) of her battered body is evidence of a cover-up. Pearson collapsed on November 27 after she was allegedly beaten by her ex-boyfriend Amjad Hatib. An Israeli report on her death said she died of natural causes, according to the Metro2. It said that she spontaneously suffered internal bleeding.

We feel we have no other choice but to let the world see the injuries my daughter sustained as we try to get to the truth of how Julie died.

Margaret Pearson, Julie’s mother

Her family got the result of her autopsy two weeks ago. They said that a photo of Pearson lying in a coffin is evidence that she was beaten. They claim she had bruises and cuts. Stuart Hamilton, from East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, said the idiopathic spontaneous intraperitoneal haemorrhage term is not a cause of death.

What we have here is describing what s found but not attributing an underlying cause, he told the Metro.

We did not want anyone to see Julie like this, her mother, Margaret, told the Sunday Mail. But we feel we have no other choice but to let the world see the injuries my daughter sustained as we try to get to the truth of how Julie died. Israeli authorities, they allege, did not properly investigate the assault.

We wanted people to see what we saw. Her injuries were even worse that what you can see. She had bruises all over her body her torso, back, shoulders, her aunt, Deborah, told the Daily Mail.3

Deborah added: It s so important to Julie s family, her parents John and Margaret, and Sharon and I that we get some answers.

Family Of UK Woman Release Photo Of Her Battered Body As Evidence Of ‘Cover-up’

(Pearson family; edited)

Pearson was in the process of becoming an Israeli citizen, but her tourist visa had expired, meaning she was in the country illegally.

Julie s body was found in a guest house in Eilat, and she a large bruise to her right shoulder, bruises to her chest, her face elbows, arms and torso.


References

  1. ^ can be viewed here; but contains graphic content (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Metro (metro.co.uk)
  3. ^ Daily Mail. (www.dailymail.co.uk)

At least 5 dead, including American tourist, in West Bank and Tel Aviv …

DEVELOPING: An 18-year-old American man from the Boston area was among those shot and killed by a Palestinian terrorist Thursday in the West Bank, Israeli officials told FoxNews.com.

The Consulate General of Israel to New England said the recent high school graduate from Sharon, Mass., died in the attack on Thursday. FoxNews.com is withholding the man’s name until his family has been officially notified. The teen, who was spending his gap year in Israel, was reportedly on his way to deliver food to Israeli soldiers when he was gunned down. The shooting and a separate, earlier knife attack in Tel Aviv Thursday left at least five people dead, and two suspects both identified as Palestinians — were in custody, according to Israeli media reports.

The attacks took place a day after the one-year anniversary of the brutal killings1 of five worshippers — including three Americans — inside a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinians armed with meat cleavers and a gun. In the West Bank, at least three people were killed and three others were wounded after a Palestinian terrorist opened fire from his vehicle on cars stuck in a traffic jam in Gush Etzion, the Jerusalem Post reports. One of the other West Bank victims who died was an Israeli man in his 50s, a father of four according to local media. The Algemeiner reported2 that a second Palestinian terrorist was involved in the attack.

“Whoever condemned the attacks in France needs to condemn the attacks in Israel.

It s the same terror.”

– Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Paramedics pronounced an 18-year-old American tourist dead at the scene, the Jerusalem Post reported. His identity was not immediately released. The Israeli man died after being taken to a hospital, and a third victim has been identified as a Palestinian bystander. The other people injured in the shooting are being treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Some of the wounded are Americans, Israeli media added.

The murderous terror has struck Gush Etzion and Tel Aviv,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, according to Ynetnews. “My heart is with the families of the murdered and I send my wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded. Whoever condemned the attacks in France needs to condemn the attacks in Israel. It s the same terror.

Whoever does not do this is a hypocrite and blind. Israeli media reported that one terrorist continued driving after shooting at a car, slamming into another vehicle. He then exited his vehicle and tried to fire more shots but was met with return fire from Israeli security forces and was taken into custody, according to the Jerusalem Post. Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man was arrested after stabbing and killing two Israelis and wounding another who were engaged in mid-day prayers, Israeli media reported.

The attacker was arrested after being partially subdued by a civilian. Authorities identified him as Raed Khalil bin Mahmoud, a 36-year-old father of five from the West Bank city of Dura. He revealed to investigators that he works at a restaurant in Jaffa, the Algemeiner reports3. The violence unfolded at the Panorama office building and shopping center in southern Tel Aviv. Authorities said the assault started at a shop where people were engaged in mid-day prayers.

“We were praying, when suddenly a man keeled over. Blood was spurting everywhere,” a witness told RT4.

The news agency reported that the attack took place in the building of its local bureau and all staff members are safe. The attacker then went to a lower floor and continued his spree until a civilian hit him with a metal pipe, the Algemeiner adds. Police arrested the man and began an interrogation in a nearby shop.

One victim of the attack died at the scene. Another victim was evacuated and later died at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, while a third victim was still being treated there for torso wounds, the Algemeiner reports. Israel’s military said the Hamas militant group, on Twitter, praised the attack.

Also on Thursday, three Palestinian women tried to infiltrate an Israeli military post in the West Bank, but were stopped and found with three knives in their possession, Reuters reports5.

The attacks Thursday are the latest in a two month-long outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence, stemming from tensions over a Jerusalem holy site.

References

  1. ^ one-year anniversary of the brutal killings (www.foxnews.com)
  2. ^ Algemeiner reported (www.algemeiner.com)
  3. ^ the Algemeiner reports (www.algemeiner.com)
  4. ^ a witness told RT (www.rt.com)
  5. ^ Reuters reports (www.reuters.com)

A whole lot of brands, but only a handful of hotels

A handful of companies hold the keys to millions of hotel rooms globally, but the list of hotel brands that those companies own is legion. Marriott owns Fairfield, TownePlace and Moxy; Hilton owns Curio, DoubleTree and Hampton; Intercontinental owns Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn, Candlewood and Hotel Indigo, to name a few. With a $12.2 billion merger of Marriott and Starwood in the works, here s a brief rundown, in order of total rooms controlled, of who owns what.

Marriott International Inc.-Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

BRANDS: The Ritz-Carlton, BVlgari, EDITION, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, and Moxy Hotels, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le M ridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, and Element. PROPERTIES: 5,397.

ROOMS: 1,068,990. REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM: $123.08 (Starwood) to $128.88 (Marriott). REVENUE: About $15 billion combined.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

BRANDS: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio -A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. PROPERTIES: 4,322. ROOMS: 715,062.

REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM: $105.63. REVENUE: $10.5 billion. Intercontinental Hotels Group Plc.

BRANDS: InterContinental, HUALUXE, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, EVEN, and Kimpton. PROPERTIES: 4,864. ROOMS: 701,522.

REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM: Not Available. REVENUE: $1.89 billion.

Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

BRANDS: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Wingate by Wyndham, Microtel Inns & Suites, Tryp by Wyndham, RCI, Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Hoseasons, cottages4you, James Villa Holidays, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Shell Vacations Club, and WorldMark by Wyndham. PROPERTIES: 7,848.

ROOMS: 684,470. REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM: $37.57

REVENUE: $5.28 billion.

Choice Hotels International:

BRANDS: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria hotels & suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands. PROPERTIES: 6,379.

ROOMS: 505,278. REVENUE PER ROOM: $45.80. REVENUE: $758 million.

Accor S.A. (France)

BRANDS: Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, Adagio Access, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, hotelF1, and Thalassa. PROPERTIES: 3,711. ROOMS: 495,766.

REVENUE PER ROOM: Not Available. REVENUE: $5.45 billion.

Hyatt Hotels Corp.

BRANDS: Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club, Hyatt Gold Passport, and Hyatt Resorts. PROPERTIES: 587.

ROOMS: 155,265. REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM: $168. REVENUE: $4.42 billion.

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