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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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Why are the IDF instituting humanitarian pauses against Netanyahu's wishes?

Yesterday, it was announced that the IDF would be introducing humanitarian pauses in fighting along one of the roads into Rafah, to allow more aid to flow into Gaza. What intrigues me about this is ...
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What is the U.N. Report on Children and Armed Conflict and how does it affect Israel which was recently added?

According to the Times Of Israel, the UN has added Israel to the ‘list of shame’ for alleged rights violations against children during war. The article claims that the 'list' is attached to an annual ...
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Has Israel commented on the halt on medical evacuations from Gaza in May 2024?

As of April 9 2024, a brief article in the medical journal The Lancet reported: Israel is approving medical evacuation lists from Gaza. Once permission is granted, patients and accompanying people ...
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How is the IDF taking over the Philadelphi Corridor a violation of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty?

From news earlier this year: Diaa Rashwan, head of the Egypt’s official public relations office, the State Information Service (SIS), issued a stern warning that any “occupation” of the Philadelphi ...
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Does the White House approve of the IDF taking over the Philadelphi Corridor?

In the recent past, Egypt said that the IDF taking over the Philadelphi Corridor is a 'red line', but they've apparently been mum about it since it happened. My question however concerns the US ...
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How many rockets have Palestinian groups launched into Israel since 2001? Wikipedia only goes to 2014

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel Since then (August 2014 data), almost 20,000 rockets have hit southern Israel 2014! That is ten years ago! Where can I ...
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By which routes does humanitarian aid arrive to Gaza?

What are the main routes by which Humanitarian aid arrives to Gaza? Who is taking care of transportation (gouvernements, non-government organizations, private contractors)? What proportion of the aid ...
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Does Egypt have an obligation under international law to reopen the Rafah crossing, even if they don't like who's controlling the Gaza side of it?

I'm curious if there's an argument to be made that Egypt must reopen the Rafah crossing on their side (to allow humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza), even if they don't like who's controlling the other ...
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What is the Hamas stance on the recognition of Palestinian state by Spain and Ireland?

Spain and Ireland (and possibly other countries) prepare to recognize the Palestinian state - this recognition however amounts to recognition of the Palestinian Authority, which western governments ...
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Is there evidence for Egypt's potential motive in sabotaging a Hamas-Israel ceasefire deal?

Earlier today, CNN reported that an Egyptian intelligence official quietly made changes to a document and thereby scuttled a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. An Israeli official stated that ...
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How is the international community compensating for the May, 2024 Egyptian withdrawal of cooperation regarding aid to Gaza?

An Egyptian official has been quoted by the WSJ (on May 14) saying that as long as Israeli forces remain at Rafah crossing, Egypt will not send a single truck to Rafah. And apparently those were not ...
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Was Palestinian authority asked to clarify its stance on October 7 attacks, prior to its recognition by Spain, Ireland and others? [closed]

Several European countries are about to recognize the Palestinian state on May 21 (or soon after that date). The official representative of the Palestinian people is Palestinian Authority. While Hamas,...
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Are the threats made by members of the USA's Senate to the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor an abuse of power?

A number of United States senators have signed a letter accusing the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, of politicised attack on Israel as an excuse for issuing arrest ...
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Why did Israel invade the Gaza strip from the north and not the south?

Given Israel's stated goal in the war is destruction of Hamas, why did they attack the Gaza strip from the North instead of from the South? The latter seems more sensible since taking Rafah first ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

According to the BBC: Israel's government has moved to shut down the operations of the Al Jazeera television network in the country, branding it a mouthpiece for Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin ...
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Are campus protesters anti war or pro war protesters? [closed]

Watching the college protests about the war in Gaza has me wondering why some refer to them as anti war protesters. While they do sometime call for a ceasefire, the rest of their slogans clearly ...
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Why protest against the war in Gaza on the campus of Columbia University?

According to Wiki: An ongoing occupation protest conducted by pro-Palestinian students is occurring at Columbia University in New York City. The protests began on April 17, 2024, when pro-Palestinian ...
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How does the situation in the Gaza Strip affects the voters' view of the two candidates for the US Presidential election?

As far as I know many democrats voters are unhappy with the current situation in the Gaza strip and the other occupied territories. I guess that they view negatively Biden's inability to constrain the ...
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Has famine been officially declared in (parts of) Gaza?

The discussions of famine in Gaza seem to be largely based on the March 18 IPC report, which projects famine top happen in two governorates of Gaza in March-May: The IPC acute food insecurity ...
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Western politicians who accused Israel of starving Gaza

On March 18, Josep Borrell, the European Union's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, claimed that Israel is deliberately causing famine in Gaza: "In Gaza we ...
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Why did Nicaragua file a case against only Germany at the ICJ?

On Monday April 8, Nicaragua filed a case against Germany at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing it of “facilitating the commission of genocide” against Palestinians through its military ...
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Why does Israel not agree to a permanent ceasefire with Hamas in order to return hostages with the intention of breaking the ceasefire later?

Background (long version of the question) Since the release of 105 hostages in December in exchange for a weeklong ceasefire, Israel and Hamas have not been able to reach a new deal that would enable ...
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Are there any international laws / treaties that regulate the use of AI to coordinate air strikes?

It has recently been revealed that Israel has been heavily relying on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, Lavender, to form kill lists and select air strike targets. The system has been subject to ...
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Have any western media/politicians expressed *mea culpa* about accusing Israel of starving Gaza? [closed]

Note that the emphasis of the question is not on whether there's famine in Gaza, but on the accusations made against Israel of deliberately causing it Throughout March multiple western media have ...
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How many people can Gaza support after the last six months of fighting?

The Gaza Strip is not a very big place. The area of the Gaza Strip is about 139 square miles. This includes a significant amount of farmland and desert open space. It is about twice as wide and twice ...
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Why isn't Syria treating Israel's attack in Damascus as an open act of war?

Israel allegedly attacked an Iranian consulate building in Damascus recently. Launching airstrikes on another country's territory without their permission is presumably an unambiguous act of war. Why ...
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Why are there no "calls for Putin to act with tremendous restraint" in response to a terror attack, but many for Netanyahu?

Re 2024Mar Crocus City Hall attack, Ben Shapiro told Piers Morgan: "I don't see a lot of calls for Putin to act with tremendous restraint". See starting 15:11 in Piers Morgan vs Ben Shapiro |...
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How much food is currently available in Gaza?

Ever since the blockade of Gaza started there’s been talks of mass starvation in Gaza. But upon checking the Wiki article on the war I was surprised to find out only 32,000 people have died on the ...
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How can a private person donate food to the Palestinians now?

How can a private person participate in food-aid to the Palestinians at this time? A necessary condition is making sure that the donation indeed goes to food only. Please explain how it is possible to ...
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Is there any legal consequence that can come from Israel not abiding by the latest UN resolution?

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council on Monday (Mar 25) demanded an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas and the immediate and unconditional release of all ...
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Why does the US (Kirby) say that that new UNSC resolution, not linking the release of hostages to a ceasefire is "non-binding"?

BBC We're still listening in to the press briefing at the White House, where national security spokesperson John Kirby is talking to reporters hours after the UN passed a resolution calling for an &...
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Are there any indications what the stance of a future Trump administration would be towards Gaza?

The title says it all. Are there statements from Trump or his inner circle indicating what the stance of a future Trump administration would be towards the ongoing Israeli aggression against Gaza (...
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Why is Smotrich, as Israel's Finance Minister, in charge of approving aid convoys to Gaza?

Israeli Finance Minister Smotrich is a somewhat controversial figure, at least outside Israel. (March 2023) “We found those comments to not only be inaccurate but also deeply concerning and dangerous,”...
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Why did Russia and China veto the recent UN resolution for a ceasefire?

Reuters reported that Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution proposed by US for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. Given that their apparent stance was pro-ceasefire recently (just like the ...
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Why isn't hunger in Gaza interpreted as "Israel needs to win quickly"? [closed]

As I write this question, there's a famine going on in Gaza as a result of the Israel vs. Hamas 2023-2024 war. As far as I'm aware, Israel has surrounded Hamas, but has not launched a final offensive ...
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Are any countries claiming that their humanitarian aid for Gaza is being declined by Israel?

Preface: According to AIPAC, the Israeli military isn't preventing any aid to Gaza if it belongs to one of 4 catagories "Food, water, medical supplies and shelters". Instead AIPAC claims ...
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What is the state of domestic Israeli opposition to the - alleged - Israeli interference to aid supply in Gaza?

We've recently - March 2024 - seen numerous Western government leaders, normally pro-Israel, express alarm at the food situation in Gaza. The World Bank (no, not one of those mistrusted-by-Israel UN ...
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Is it a war crime to use starvation as a weapon? [duplicate]

Multiple UN officials and experts have accused Israel of using starvation as a weapon of war against Palestinian civilians (see also statement by Volker Turk). There is mounting evidence that these ...
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How serious is the uncommitted movement against Biden's Gaza policy?

How the uncommitted vote against Biden’s Gaza policy is going 'national' Washington, DC – The organisers of Listen to Michigan — an effort to protest Joe Biden’s policy towards Israel’s war in Gaza — ...
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Is there clear public evidence for Netanyahu's assertion that Hamas is stealing the food aid at gunpoint, enough to affect the civilians in Gaza?

In a recent interview, Netanyahu said: “When we started out putting in the humanitarian convoys, we said there will be one problem. And that is what if Hamas tries to steal the food and the drugs ...
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Are Hamas' fighters also starving? [closed]

As of right now (March 2024) there are quite a few sources saying that there is starvation on a large scale within the Gaza strip. Example, example. Considering that Hamas' fighters are also within ...
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What statements have Israeli and Western leaders made on the pictures and videos posted by IDF soldiers during the 2023 war?

During the Israel–Hamas war, numerous videos and images were taken and posted to social media by IDF soldiers, capturing their own questionable behavior. Some examples include soldiers posing with the ...
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What is the most accurate estimate for the total number of Palestinian deaths due to ongoing conflict?

When reporting on Palestinian deaths, many organisations are quoting a figure of roughly 30,000 with around 20,000 being women and children. See for example here or here. However, as I understand it, ...
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Why has the U.S. airdrop of supplies to Gaza been criticized as hypocritical?

On March 2 2024 the U.S. Central Command stated that it had begun airdropping living supplies to the Gaza Strip. On March 3, some people criticized the matter on social media and claimed that these ...
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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

According to the UN special rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri: Israel is intentionally starving Palestinians and should be held accountable for war crimes – and genocide, according to ...
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Has any German politician proposed an official national policy that individuals must support Israel?

Many German states and institutions have put in place rules that German citizens must support Israel. For example, Berlin wanted to force artists to denounce any criticism of Israel in order to ...
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Why do most Israeli Jews oppose humanitarian aid to Palestinians?

This recent survey found that a large majority of Jewish Israelis would prefer that Israel prevent humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza inhabitants: We asked our respondents for their opinion ...
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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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