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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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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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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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