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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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Which Palestinian government is getting recognized?

Norway, Spain and Ireland have moved to formally recognize Palestine as a state. There was a discussion about what Spain specifically was recognizing, but the answers focused heavily on the land ...
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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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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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Does NATO have its own "terrorist organization" and "state sponsor of terrorism" designations

The question is motivated by the report about Hamas shifting its headquarters to Istanbul, Turkey. In the same time, Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by many NATO members, including the ...
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How many fighters and how much material from the US-trained Palestinian security forces have passed to Hamas?

How many fighters and ho much material from the US-trained Palestinian security forces have passed to Hamas (or other Islamist militias)? Since signing the Oslo accords the US have tried to train ...
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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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Why does the US consider the Palestinian Authority ill-fitted to govern the Palestinian state in the post war?

Abbas accepted Shtayyeh’s resignation and asked him to stay on as caretaker until a permanent replacement is appointed. Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and ...
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Have any Hamas officials ever opined in regard to Gaza-Sinai State (aka "Greater Gaza") proposal?

According to Al-Jazeera in 2017 Israel and the Trump administration worked on a deal that would see an establishment of a Palestinian state in Gaza and parts of Northern Sinai (possibly exceeding the ...
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What was (roughly) the frequency of official Hamas visits to Moscow during the Trump presidency?

According to a couple of sources, top-level Hamas delegations visited Moscow at the Russian government's invitation in March 2023 and in September 2022. The latter of these sources surmises that Hamas ...
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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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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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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state? [closed]

Recently, Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked the State Department to conduct a review and present policy options on possible U.S. and international recognition of a Palestinian state after the ...
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Can a public school district make a declaration condemning a foreign state?

A local board of education is considering making a declaration condemning Israel for the war between Israel and Hamas, similar to the one that certain Harvard student groups made in October 2023. ...
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Did Palestinian leaders publicly condemn October 7th atrocities as immoral?

This question asks whether Palestinian politicians have criticized Hamas. The answers all describe Palestinian leaders/politicians who blame Hamas for the harm they've done to Gaza; but it seems as ...
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How does the proposal to designate 60% of Gaza's agricultural land as security buffer zones align with international law and norms?

On Tuesday, during a conference held in the Knesset to examine possibilities for postwar Gaza, Gamliel said: “At the end of the war, Hamas rule will collapse. There are no municipal authorities; the ...
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Hamas and Palestinian Authority reproduction policies

Yasir Arafat had been on the record of making statements like: The womb of the woman will be our strongest weapon against the Zionists! The long-term implication is that the Israel's position vis-à-...
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Is this Hamas military uniform?

It's been widely alleged that Hamas hide among civilians of Gaza and do not wear military uniforms. The first question to ask when evaluating the validity of such claims is whether Hamas military wing ...
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Can someone be an armed guard in Gaza without being Hamas?

CNN: The IDF last week also released photos and video showing young men holding guns in the air – militants handing in weapons after their surrender from Kamal Adwan hospital, it alleged. But the ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are most Arab governments against Hamas?

Furthermore, China seems out of its depth on the Palestinian issue. While China’s pro-Palestinian position aligns with the majority of Middle Eastern governments, its policy of refusing to call Hamas ...
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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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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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Is alternative notion of "state" emerging (or already exists) in the Middle East?

Various national liberation movements usually aim at statehood in Western terms: recognition by the major powers, UN membership, accepting the international accords (like the Geneva Conventions and ...
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Does Israel have any plan in getting rid of Hamas outside of Gaza?

Israel vowed to eliminate the terror group after its grisly attacks on southern Israel on October 7, when 3,000 terrorists burst across the border into Israel from Gaza, killing some 1,200 people and ...
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Which Arab Middle Eastern country condemned Hamas or actions of Hamas the most?

Oct 11, 2023 Over the weekend, several countries altered their initial statements as details of the attack unfolded. The UAE, Bahrain, and China all modified their primary statements to include ...
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Why won't Israel allow more aid into Gaza?

Israel needs to do more to allow fuel and other aid into Gaza, the U.S. said on Tuesday as Israel's offensive against Hamas in southern areas of the Palestinian enclave intensified. "The level of ...
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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. (In ...
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Have Netanyahu's policies fueled a rise in anti-Israeli sentiment?

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? [closed]

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?

From twitter: The @UN Security Council’s resolution is disconnected from reality and is meaningless. Regardless of what the Council decides, Israel will continue acting according to int’l law while ...
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