BLM activist lied about helping to free U.S. hostage held by Hamas: Family
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Published Oct 23, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read
Family members of two U.S. hostages freed by Hamas accused BLM activist Shaun King of lying for claiming he had a role in securing their freedom.
Family members of two U.S. hostages freed by Hamas are accusing BLM activist Shaun King of lying for claiming he had a role in securing their freedom.
Judith and Natalie Raanan were visiting Israel from Illinois when Hamas attacked on Oct. 7.
Their relatives say King is lying for claiming on social media that he “worked frantically behind the scenes to help make this possible.”
The family says no.
“First and foremost, we make it clear that he is lying! Our family does not and did not have anything to do with him, neither directly nor indirectly. Not to him and not to anything he claims to represent,” they wrote in a statement obtained by TMZ.
Natalie’s father Uri told The Daily Beast that her brother, Ben, had spoke with King but distanced the family from the activist.
“We reached out to many people far and wide to bring Natalie and Judith to safety. We are not affiliated with Mr. King,” he said.
“Ben, my son was talking with him without anybody in the family knowing about it until today. Our family in Israel posted this statement denying we knew him, before we learned about Ben talking to him. We have nothing further to say.”
King fired back after being called a liar.
“I spoke directly and repeatedly with this family. I have a job, career, and family. I would be throwing everything away to make such a thing up,” King told The Daily Beast by email Saturday.
“Thankfully, I kept records of all of them.”
Family members of two U.S. hostages freed by Hamas accused a BLM activist of lying for claiming he had a role in securing their freedom.torontosun.com
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