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On Oct 7, 2023, Hamas invaded southern Israel. Israel subsequently declared war on Hamas, vowing to wipe the group out of the Gaza Strip. Use with [israel], [gaza] and [hamas], depending on the subject

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Is rape and sexual assault a part of IDF's ideology or do they oppose it?

There is mounting evidence of sexual violence carried out by the Israeli Defence Force against Palestinian women and children. Evidence points to the violence being perpetrated both pre- and post-...
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Has anyone confirmed Egypt's [cover?] story that they are building a walled "logistical hub" (and not a displacement camp) next to Gaza? [closed]

There have been press reports (e.g. latest) that Egypt is clearing up and walling (with concrete slabs, about 5m tall judging from the pictures) an area of about 16 sq km next to their current border ...
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Is Hala travel company acting on behalf of the Egyptian government?

Hala travel company, belonging to Ibrahim al-Argany, is taking care of transporting Palestinians from Gaza, charging rather exorbitant fees: Abu Muhammad, a Palestinian travel agent who works with ...
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Why did Egypt bring tanks to Rafah?

According to Reuters: CAIRO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Egypt has sent about 40 tanks and armoured personnel carriers to northeastern Sinai within the past two weeks as part of a series of measures to bolster ...
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Are there any pro-Israel/anti-Palestinian conspiracy theories?

Palestinians and self-proclaimed "Palestinian supporters" routinely engage in conspiracy theories about Israel or downplaying/denying the actions by terrorist groups like Hamas (e.g., the ...
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Is there evidence that Hamas killed civilians as a matter of policy on October 7th? [closed]

It is at this point beyond dispute that Hamas killed a significant number of civilians on October 7th. The precise ratio of combatant-to-non-combatant casualties is unclear since we know [1, 2] that ...
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Examples of military operations that Israel could have followed after October 7?

Many of those who have little tolerance for Hamas, or even agree that it should be dismantled, still disagree with the way Israel is doing it. While the shortcomings/evils of the Israeli actions in ...
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How many hostages has Israel freed through direct military operations (rather than negotiations) after Oct. 7?

I haven't followed the war that closely in the past couple of months. I understand Israel now controls, or at least completely surrounded most cities in Gaza, except Rafah, and they are preparing to ...
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Could Hamas be charged with a genocide of Gazans?

Some have accused Hamas of committing the genocide of Palestinians. While this specific accusation is more a matter of political rhetoric, and coming from the quarters no less extreme than Hamas ...
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How have Israel, and Western governments, responded to the ICJ's Jan 26th order to provide necessities in Gaza?

Order of 26 January 2024 | INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE The Court further considers that Israel must take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services ...
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Implications of Israel taking corpses and damaging cemeteries

Apparently Israel has been digging up Palestinian graves and taking the corpses (at least temporarily), see: Reuters (end of article) Telegraph (paywall, could read only first sentence - apparently ...
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Why is support for UNRWA being removed while Israel continues to be provided military aid after the ICJ ruling?

Several countries have withdrawn funding from UNRWA recently, under accusations that 12 employees (out of 13,000) have been allegedly involved in the Hamas attack against Israel on 7th October, 2023. ...
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Stéphane Séjourné said that the Jewish state should not be accused of genocide. Is there any legal basis or support from politicians? [closed]

Last week, French politician Stéphane Séjourné responded to a question from Danièle Obono, a member of France's lower house of parliament, and replied that "To accuse the Jewish state of genocide ...
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How much progress has Israel made in eliminating (or capturing) Hamas' leadership by the end of January 2024?

Similarly to what the US did in Iraq, Israel issued a "pack of cards" with the Hamas leaders they intend eliminated (or captured). At the beginning of December, 10 had already been checked ...
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Why is Netanyahu still in power in Israel after the 7th October attack?

From an external perspective, it seems that Netanyahu and his various governments since 2008 were responsible for a lot of mistakes which led to the 7th October attack by Hamas having terrible ...
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Does Israel have a record of fabricating evidence to exculpate itself from alleged crimes? [closed]

On 7 January 2024, journalist Hamza Al-Dahdouh, the son of Gaza-based Al Jazeera journalist Wael Al-Dahdouh, was killed in a missile strike on the car he was driving in by the IDF. This was the second ...
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Did any country say that they view the British involvement in the attacks against the Houthis as supporting Israel in the Gazan conflict?

The Labour MP Zarah Sultana said: “Military intervention starting out as limited can quickly escalate, risking a sequence of events far larger and more terrible, and risk even dragging us into war.” ...
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What are the past examples of a third party influencing the International Court of Justice decisions?

According to Ynetnews, Germany to request join as third party in Hague case: 'Israel is not committing genocide' Germany plans to intervene as a third party before the International Court of Justice (...
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Is the IDF offensive on Gaza still expected to rescue hostages? [closed]

Israel's counteroffensive "Swords of Iron" stated goals included destroying Hamas, freeing the hostages and controlling the Gaza Strip (Wikipedia). Hamas took around 250 hostages. According ...
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Why is it that South Africa specifically is taking Israel to the ICJ on claims of genocide?

As per recent news, South Africa has brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a claim that Israel has genocidal intent in its 2023 war in Gaza: South Africa seeks to prove that the ...
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What are the non-ICJ-enforced consequences to Israel if found guilty of genocide by the ICJ?

As per recent news where South Africa has taken Israel to the International Court of Justice under "numerous examples of ‘direct and public incitement to commit genocide by Israeli state ...
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How did Arab media report the events of the Hamas attack on Israel?

The Wiki article in Arabic about October 7th (linked is a Google translation) is notable for portraying the attack as a purely military operation and avoids any discussions of the crimes against ...
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Did any Israeli politicians condemn Operation Cast Lead?

This question is prompted by a question that I recently answered. Israel in Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 broke a ceasefire by a cross border raid into Gaza to destroy a tunnel that they alleged was ...
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How can an International Court of Justice order to stop the war in Gaza be enforced?

In the expected upcoming case, where South Africa accuses Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, if South Africa wins and the court rules to stop the war, how can such an order be ...
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Are there laws about conflating civilians and fighters in a conflict?

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO "of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military". They say in this X thread that the killing by mistake of three Israeli hostages on the ...
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In what cases are counter-terrorist operations justified?

Many inhabitants of northern Israel have been evacuated since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, due to the incessant attacks by Lebanese Hezbollah. The Hezbollah leader himself has taken pride in ...
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Independent confirmations of the Israeli project for resettlement of Gazans

The Times of Israel reports in Israel in talks with Congo and other countries on Gaza ‘voluntary migration’ plan that members of the Israeli government are arguing for resettlement of Gazans in ...
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Did Israel provide a way for Hamas to surrender?

Israel has a vastly more capable military than Hamas and it's inevitable that they'll eventually crush them in the battlefield and takeover Gaza. But did Israel express any desire for Hamas to just... ...
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Arab League boycott of Israeli navigation beyond Suez and the straights of Tiran

In the past, as part of the Arab League Boycott of Israel, Egypt tried closing the Suez Channel and the Straits of Tiran. The question was eventually settled in the peace treaty between Israel and ...
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What are the actual demands by Yemeni "Houthis" for stopping the Bab Al-Mandab attacks?

Recently, Yemeni forces identified in international media as Houthis/Houthi rebels, have attacked or otherwise strong-armed commercial vessels to turn back from trying to enter the Red Sea via the Bab ...
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Were the unarmed young adult conscripts killed on October 7th considered civilians under international law?

It is my understanding that in Israel, most young people are required to serve in the IDF as conscripts for a number of years and are eligible to be called up for reserve duty for a number of years ...
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Why does it matter if the IDF dropped a lot of bombs in Gaza fast, instead of drawing out the bombardment? [closed]

I've read this CNN-hosted analysis/criticism of the nature of the IDF's offensive “In two months, we’ve had about the level of strikes in this tiny little area in Gaza as what we saw in Mosul and ...
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Under the plan proposed by Egypt how much influence would the existing Hamas government have over the new government of experts?

It calls for an initial cease-fire of up to two weeks during which Palestinian militants would free 40 to 50 hostages, among them women, the sick and the elderly, in return for the release of 120-150 ...
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Have any Israeli leaders condemned calls for genocide and expulsion?

I recently came across this question on this website which set me thinking about the converse. There are many examples of prominent Israeli personalities, from politics, military and media, calling ...
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Pacifist Palestinian or western pro-Palestinian organizations

Are there any pacifist Palestinian or western pro-Palestinian organizations? I am specifically ask about Palestinian organizations, since, of course there are pacifist on the Israeli side - notably B'...
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Demographics of Hamas military wing [closed]

Are there any data on demographics of Hamas military wing: Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades? More precisely: What is the age distribution? How many of fighters have served time in Israeli prisons and ...
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Did the US provide its own estimates of hunger in Gaza during the 2023 war?

During the Tigray war, the US apparently provided its own estimates of hunger in the region, e.g. June 26, 2021 The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region now ...
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Israeli and the US visions for Gaza future [closed]

Is there convergence between the Israeli and the US visions for the future of Gaza? It seems that the conflict in Gaza nears its end, as the Palestinian fighters surrender by hundreds (see here and ...
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Palestinian politicians speaking against Hamas

From Ex-Hamas minister: 'People in Gaza say that Sinwar and his men destroyed us': According to a Shin Bet investigation, Yousef Almansi, the former Hamas communications minister, criticized the ...
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IDF soldiers killed the third hostage. Does the Israeli government have any specific explanation or solution for this? [closed]

The IDF encountered three Israeli hostages calling for help near the square.They spotted the IDF troops and walked out of the building shirtless, waving white flags and identifying themselves in ...
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Hamas' military spending

How much does Hamas spend (or used to spend) on its military activities: rockets, arms, tunnels, bunkers, fighters training, etc.? It is reported that Hamas annual budget is about $2 billion, and that ...
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Reasons for high number of casualties in 2023 Israel-Hamas war

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war results in a much higher number of Palestinian casualties than previous conflicts: nearly 19,000 Palestinians are killed (according to the Hamas run Gaza Health Ministry), ...
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What alternatives do supporters of ceasefire consider for Israel rather than eliminating Hamas?

153 countries have voted for the ceasefire, beside the governments, many people around the world demonstrate against the war and asks Israel to bring an end to the war. My question is that, what ...
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What do we know about Hamas’s abuse of the Gazan population?

A ynetnews.com opinion piece reads: The claim "ethnic cleansing" also lacks a basis in reality. Those learned academicians base their claim on the removal of civilians in Gaza from the ...
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Netanyahu has vowed not to "repeat the mistake of Oslo" - what is the "mistake" he is talking about?

A Guardian report says: After a phone call with Biden on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that there was “disagreement” between the allies over “the day after Hamas”. The Israeli leader said he hoped “we will ...
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What military strategies has Israel used, and chosen not to use, in Gaza?

What military strategies has Israel used to try to eliminate terrorism originating in Gaza, and how effective were they? Or where can one learn about them? This includes its current strategy. What ...
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Which countries have simultaneously approved the elimination of Hamas as a worthy goal and voted for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza?

News is that the UNGA has voted again demanding immediate ceasefire in Gaza: 153-10-23. OTOH, even a EP (non-binding) resolution (voted 500-21) said that "Hamas needs to be eliminated". So ...
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Why did the U.S. veto the UN ceasefire resolution?

On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the U.N Charter on the situation in Gaza. Article 99 allows the secretary-general to “bring ...
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Has any state invoked or referenced the responsibility to protect in the 2023 war in Gaza?

The responsibility to protect (R2P) was "established" to intervene in situations where crimes against humanity are committed. Background: The Responsibility to Protect – known as R2P – is ...
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Why does the IDF call the surgery department of Al-Shifa the "Qatari Building"?

The IDF says that the Hamas tunnels (they've shown) were located under the "Qatari Building" of the Al-Shifa hospital. Sky News says this is the surgery department of the hospital. Tunnel ...
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