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Hamas is a militant offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel, dedicated to destroying Israel. In 2006, following the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the Palestinians elected Hamas to govern the Gaza Strip, which is semi-autonomous. Use with the [israel] and [gaza] tags as needed.

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How does Israel define the "destruction of Hamas"?

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Saturday that Israel’s aim of eliminating the Palestinian terror group Hamas risked unleashing a decade of war. Achieving the “total destruction of Hamas” would ...
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Why does the IDF spread out weapon discoveries on blankets? [closed]

Although this is a bit of a military question, it becomes political. When the Israeli Defense Forces releases evidence of Hamas weaponry discovered in Gaza, it's often shown arranged neatly in the ...
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Who made public "Jericho Wall" -- the blueprint that Hamas followed on Oct 7?

According to the NYT, a Hamas-sourced document codenamed "Jericho Wall" was somehow made public. It described in a fair bit of detail how the Hamas attack on Oct 7 eventually unfolded. ...
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Have Netanyahu's policies fueled a rise in anti-Israeli sentiment? [closed]

It has become fashionable to explain (and justify) anti-Israeli sentiment by the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been the prime minister of Israel for most of the last decade. This seems to ...
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Did Iraq declare outright support for Hamas after Oct 7?

According to Le Monde they did: But a quick search didn't find any statements. So who in Iraq declared support for Hamas, and in what terms?
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What role does the U.S. play in mediating the conflict between Hamas and Israel?

The truce was reached on 22 November and went into effect the following morning. US, Qatari, and Egyptian mediators are reportedly discussing a possible extension of the truce. Israel has said it ...
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Why is Hamas seen as being less corrupt than the Palestinian Authority?

Western diplomats have turned to the previously neglected Palestinian Authority to fill the political vacuum likely to be created by the planned destruction of Hamas in Gaza, but know their chosen ...
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Does Hamas have any leverage against Israel (other than the hostages)?

According to Politico: But while Israel and the U.S. want to secure the release of as many hostages as possible, Hamas also could have reasons to hold onto as much leverage as it can afford. Some ...
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What gives Egypt the authority or leverage to act as a mediator between Hamas and Israel?

Egypt, which helped mediate between Hamas and Israel, confirmed the start time of the truce and that 13 hostages would be released in the afternoon, adding in statements from its state information ...
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How did Israel support Hamas precisely?

Before the 7 October attacks, some Israeli officials considered that, at a political level, Hamas was an asset. This Intercept article details the logic: Hamas, in that sense, has been a convenient ...
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Why does India have a more pro-Israel stance on the Gaza-Israel war than other BRICS countries and countries in the Global South?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India did not address the gathering, and it was unclear whether this reflected a shift in the country’s position on the war in Gaza. Shortly after the Oct. 7 attacks, ...
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Has China always decided to not criticize Hamas or was there some kind of policy shift?

China has long backed the Palestinians and been quick to denounce Israel over its settlements in the occupied territories. It has not criticized the initial Hamas attack on Oct.7 — which killed about ...
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Why won't Israel take a more aggressive measure against the Houthis in Yemen?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houthi_involvement_in_the_2023_Israel%E2%80%93Hamas_war On 19 October 2023, the U.S. Navy warship USS Carney shot down three land-attack cruise missiles and several ...
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Is mutilation, sexual assault and kidnappings of minors a part of Hamas' ideology or do they oppose it?

According to this recent CNN video Hamas terrorists engaged in sexual assault and mutilation of their victims, among them 13-14 year old girls. Among the 240 people kidnapped, there are at least 33 ...
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Do the intersectional feminist organizations concern themselves with the fate of the kidnapped in Gaza?

As in, had any of them demanded the release of the hostages or allowing the Red Cross access to them? Information about them? Since October 7, we know nothing about the fate of the kidnapped. ...
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Has Hamas verifiably used civilian infrastructure for military purposes in the past? [duplicate]

Whether al-Shifa hospital etc. host Hamas weapons and tunnels is under current dispute. However these are not new claims by the Israelis. For years and through multiple rounds of the conflict they've ...
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Has there been any significant pro-Palestinian protest critical of Hamas?

I've spent quite a bit of time getting to know the 2023 Israel–Hamas war, and all this time I've only seen a few cases of pro-Palestinians criticizing Hamas for being part of the problem, most of what ...
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When was the last time Hamas acted against a UN resolution?

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Why defense of Hamas-justification in US universities is more prevalent in Humanities than in STEM? [closed]

It is not easy to find information about this division, but the two open letter and the affiliation of those signed them, do give us some clue - the following data was published by Ram Fishman on X: ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

Western media is constantly reporting casualty figures from the Gaza ministry of health. However the ministry is fully controlled by Hamas and cannot be considered impartial. So why are the casualty ...
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Have there actually been any confirmed cases of Hamas raping Israelis? [closed]

The accusation often seems to be repeated on social media. Typically that they are rapists who have rapped many innocent civilians. But are there any credibly reported incidents of Hamas committing ...
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Does Hamas have any particular/concrete demands stated on the conditions of which they intend to release the hostages?

It’s all very well known that Hamas have taken many hostages from their attack in October. But are there any specific demands that they have stated will result in the hostages’ release? Or are they ...
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Did Hamas & PIJ manage to smuggle in substantial numbers of fully assembled rockets after 2014?

In 2014, the IDF gave a breakdown of their estimates of the Hamas rocket arsenal. Interestingly, in the 45km range rockets, the whole-piece smuggled ones dominated, but in the 75km range, it was ...
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Did any Muslim country officially express disagreement over America's plan to have the Palestinian Authority govern over the Gaza Strip?

"The cooperation between the Palestinian and Israeli [security] services is extensive and has withstood any challenge. Every time Mahmoud Abbas has wanted to suspend security cooperation, the ...
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Has Qatar ever been punished for supporting Hamas?

Qatar is Hamas' most important financial backer and foreign ally. Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was the first state leader to visit the Hamas government in 2012. So far, the emirate has ...
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How coordinated are the different factions in the Gaza Strip?

Watching today a video on Reddit's combat footage of sweaty dudes in civilian clothes mounting some variations of quassam rockets, pointing what looks like Israel's general direction and firing, I ...
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Do 'ordinary' Gazans have firearms (much)?

In Afghanistan, it was a bit of problem when raiding homes etc., because many Afghans had firearms, so just finding a hidden AK-47 in someone's home wasn't a clear indicator if he was Taliban or not. (...
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What allows Qatar to be in a uniquely favorable situation to be able to mediate negotiations between Hamas and Israel?

Qatar-mediated negotiations between Israel and Hamas aimed at de-escalating fighting in Gaza continued Saturday, a source briefed on the negotiations said, even as Israel intensified its assault on ...
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How easy would it be to distinguish between Hamas fighters and non combatants?

I remember this discussion that it was practically impossible to distinguish between Taliban fighters and non-combatant civilians because they were not organized like a traditional army - the groups ...
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Is there any evidence that supports the claim that IDF killed their own citizens on 7th October? [closed]

Few people and news sources claim that IDF killed its own citizens on the 7th October, the first time I heard this was on Hassan Nasrallah's (Secretary-General of Lebanon's Hizbullah) speech today, ...
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How does the Biden Administration intend to keep humanitarian aid to Gaza out of the hands of Hamas?

President Biden announced that he was sending aid to the Gaza strip, and warned Hamas against taking said aid President Biden on Thursday warned Hamas against diverting humanitarian shipments to the ...
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According to pro-Palestinian sources, does Hamas indeed embed itself into civilian areas (to complicate IDF operations)?

It doesn't take long reading about Gaza events and civilian casualties before finding examples of the pro-Israel narrative that those casualties are largely caused by Hamas' propensity to keep its ...
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Did Hamas or the Islamic Jihad ever took blame for rocket misfires?

The recent Gaza hospital blast has caused significant loss of life. Estimates range between 471-500 (Gaza HM) and 100-300 (US intelligence) people killed. (AP), and there still an ongoing ...
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Has Hamas commented on the burning of the Israeli dead during Oct 7?

There are numerous reports of Israeli victims being burned (sometimes after being killed) on Oct 7. E.g. As in other sites attacked by Hamas, the bodies were grouped together and set on fire. “They ...
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What evidence exists for / against the claim that Hamas wants genocide (and / or that Israel does not)?

Most positions I've heard regarding the war seem to fall into two broad categories: Intent doesn't matter; only outcomes do (usually followed by arguments about whether Israel is committing war ...
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Is there a precedent of Hamas allowing the Red Cross to visit their hostages?

It seems the Red Cross is operative in the Gaza Strip, so Hamas doesn't object in principle to their activity, quite the opposite, they depend on humanitarian aid, and they're accepting it readily, ...
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What proposals are there to disarm Hamas in a one-state solution?

Liberal political blogger Matt Yglesias tweeted this: What’s the best thing to read on the plan for how to disarm Hamas and other armed factions in the context of creating a secular binational state? ...
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Do Palestinian territories actually contain any prisons or similar penal/detention facilities?

Hamas has made homosexuality punishable by 10 years imprisonment, but does it actually maintain/administer/have access to any prison facilities in the first place? If so, how many, and what are they ...
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Which were the 55 countries that voted against condemning Hamas at the UN?

The Times of Israel reports on the recent UNGA resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza (which was adopted by 120-14-45): Canada sought to have an amendment added to the resolution to ...
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Why did Hamas release these two Israeli-American hostages (but not others)?

Reuters (2023-10-20): Judith Tai Raanan, 59, and her daughter Natalie, 17, were handed over to Israeli forces at the Gaza Strip border on Friday, becoming the first captives whose release by Hamas ...
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What will be the consequences for Israel if Israel is behind the Gaza hospital? [closed]

Almost all (Real) human rights advocates and humanitarians and medias are trying to figure out who is right about the terrorist attack on the Gaza hospital. I want to go one step further. It is clear ...
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Does Hamas have popular support at home?

Hamas took control of the Gaza strip in 2007, expelling the rival Fatah organization, and since then controlling the area. I couldn't find any evidence of anyone trying to hold elections since then. ...
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Why did Hamas kidnap children? [closed]

According to the NBC news the hamas terrorists intentionally targeted children to take them hostage. "kill as many people as possible, seize hostages and quickly move them into the Gaza Strip.&...
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Why didn't Hamas take West Bank from Fatah in 2007?

Hamas and Fatah fought for the Gaza Strip in 2007. As a result Hamas took over the strip. But Hamas has showed many times they care for East Jerusalem (al-Quds in Arabic) very much. They have the ...
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Are there any polls on what the citizens of Israel would like to be done to Gaza in response to the recent attack?

Specifically I'm curious how many people support: Minimal efforts to secure the border / build a taller fence Bombing Hamas headquarters but not much else Land-based invasion to eliminate Hamas ...
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Why is Hamas holding hostage citizens from neutral countries and not promptly releasing them (or at least pledging to do so)?

Hamas captured 11 Thai citizens (Reuters 2023-10-09, The Times of Israel 2023-10-10). I understand that in the fog of war, Hamas may inadvertently have captured citizens from neutral countries. I also ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

Its clear from current events that Hamas can give Israel a bloody nose; it can fire thousands of missiles and send in fighters to kill lots of people. That is more than many expected them capable of, ...
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What triggered the current wave of Palestinian terrorism in Israel?

Israel is currently experiencing a wave of Palestinian/Islamic terror which it had not seen "in many years" - with three shooting attacks and one stabbing attack in less than 2 weeks. (...
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Checks against corruption in Gaza, and their effectiveness

What checks to corruption (if any) are there to the Hamas regime in Gaza, and how effective are they? Related: Checks against corruption in the Palestinian Authority and their effectiveness
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What are the exact terms of the recent Israeli-Palestinian cease fire?

Israel and the Hamas government of Gaza (or perhaps the Hamas movement?) have recently agreed to a cease fire. But - what are the exact terms? Is there a text of that available somewhere? Specifically,...
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