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Why is Israel allegedly mistreating Palestinian prisoners in its hospitals?

According to whistleblowers speaking to the BBC, and a report published by Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, among many other descriptions: Patients at the Sde Teiman hospital are kept ...
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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?

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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Why did it take so much time for the IDF to intervene on 7 October 2023, especially in kibbutzs? [closed]

Why did it take so much time for the IDF to intervene on 7 October 2023, especially in kibbutzs? Shouldn't there have been a quick reaction plan and a quick response, especially since there were areas ...
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Understanding the exact legal procedure by which the U.S. government provides military funding to Israel?

I have done a little preliminary research which I would like fact-checked. The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 laid out the rights and limitations the government has for providing foreign aid, ...
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(Is it known) what, if anything, sparked the Columbia pro-Palestinian university encampment protest in mid-April specifically?

On April 17, 2024, the Columbia University pro-Palestinian campus protest began, shortly spreading to other universities in the United States. More recently they have spread abroad - where I am in the ...
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Have some colleges shown tendency to meet the demands of protesters other than Trinity College?

Trinity College Dublin agreed to divest from Israeli firms acquiescing to the demands of the students' protest. It was the first college to meet such demands after college protests broke out across ...
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Why would the ICC need to issue an arrest warrant against Netanyahu to investigate Israel's alleged war crimes?

Setting aside the question of whether Israel is or is not guilty of war crimes, why would the ICC need to have Netanyahu in their custody in order to investigate the allegations against Israel? As per ...
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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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How common is it among Israelis or the supporters of Israel to deny the existence of local population in Palestine prior to Zionist immigration?

A much upvoted comment to a recent question (+19 at the moment of writing) claims that: [...] it is very frequent that pro-Israel people downplay the existence of a local population. That's hardly ...
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How would arrest warrants by the ICC affect Israeli government officials and high-ranked military personnel?

Fear is growing in Israel regarding the possibility of the issuing of arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister ...
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Based on the current/planned cost of the war, is Israel able to sustain the war in Gaza without extra aid from United States?

I wonder based on the current economic situation of Israel, if it could sustain the war against Hamas by itself without external aid. It is reported that the United States committed over $3.3 billion ...
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How much do Americans know about Palestinians and Palestine?

According to Ynetnews: But the huge noise of these protests obscures the truth: Most Americans aren’t antisemitic, certainly not Hamas supporters. Many of them, from the East Coast to California, don’...
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Palestinian society's commitment to civil rights for Jews [closed]

In an August 2023 interview with Bassam Jaber, on the Arabic-language channel Hala TV, Bezalel Smotrich said the following (emphasis added): I want to say first of all, unequivocally: I as Minister ...
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Did Israeli officials confirm any sort of attack directly on Iranian territory?

BBC has this: But in Israel there was criticism over the limited scope of the attack. The far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, posted on social media one word: "Lame." The ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 asks for "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict" (meaning the 1967 war). Many international ...
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Has Trump changed his political views on Israel's war in Gaza?

Trump is a strong supporter of US ally Israel. On April 14, 2024, Washington Post reported - Trump supporters echo pro-Palestinian ‘genocide Joe’ chant: “Genocide Joe” is a phrase used by pro-...
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What prevents Russia from mimicking the Iranian attack against Israel? [closed]

A question that has been bugging me for a while is: why hasn't Russia tested NATO unity by carrying a relatively harmless or deniable attack against a NATO member? Though until recently I imagined ...
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Could Iran have obtained any valuable intelligence from its April 13 attack? [closed]

It seems that the Iranian April 13 attack against Israel had mostly political objectives: testing what western powers would and would not do to support Israel and their interests in the Middle East, ...
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FactCheck: Has European Parliament recently condemned UNRWA, PA for antisemitism and Incitement in school textbooks?

Ynetnews piece European Parliament condemns UNRWA, PA for antisemitism, Incitement describes rather scathing condemnation by the European Parliament of UNRWA and Palestinian Authority school materials:...
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Did any country in the G20 not condemn the Iranian drone & missile attack on Israel?

CNN: In a joint statement released after the virtual meeting, the G7 members condemned “in the strongest terms” Iran’s “direct and unprecedented attack” against Israel and expressed their “full ...
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Arab media reaction to Iranian attack [closed]

What has been Arab media reaction to Iran violating the air space of several Arab-Muslim countries (notably Iraq and Jordan, which are not Iranian client states) during their drone and missile attacks ...
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Did Iran launch & path their [counter-]attack on Israel in such a way to ensure high visibility from the ground en route?

Social media has been inundated with videos of Iranian drones and cruise missiles passing over populated centers in Iran and Iraq, en route to Israel. I'm curious if this is plausibly a deliberate ...
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Prior to 2024, had Israel ever directly attacked any other government embassy/consulate?

In 2024, Israel attacked the Iranian Embassy in Damascus as shown here Is the first time Israel has directly attacked the embassy/consulate of another country? If not, when was the last time?
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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 did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

From this article on the Guardian: From UN hunger expert: US must recognize ‘right to food’ to fix broken system In 2021, the US and Israel were the only countries to vote against a United Nations ...
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Which Democratic members of Congress continue to support US military aid to Israel?

A Politico article from April 4th, "A blinking red light for Israel in American politics", opens with the observation that US leadership is "nearly" out of patience. The Politico ...
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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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What is preventing the UK from stopping arms exports to Israel?

Recent polling has shown that a majority of the UK public supports banning arms exports to Israel. A recent YouGov poll showed that 56% of all UK voters support a ban whilst 17% are against a ban. ...
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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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How is a Palestinian State to be recognized by Spain defined?

The talks about two-state solution came up several times since Oct. 7 but last Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated that Spain will recognize the Palestinian Statehood by July this ...
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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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British attitudes towards their country's responsibility for Palestinian-Israeli conflict [closed]

Are there any opinion polls regarding Britain's legacy/responsibility for the colonial policies in Mandatory Palestine? The question is prompted by the mistreatment of two October 7 survivors by ...
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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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Which democratic countries / states don't recognise Israel de facto or de jure (the Economist democracy Index)?

Re the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish nation, what are the countries that deny Israel either de facto or de jure and are democracies, defined by being at least 6.00+ on the economist democracy ...
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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 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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Why does a plurality of Israelis hold a favorable view on China?

Majorities in nine of the 11 European countries surveyed also hold unfavorable views of China. Those in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany are particularly negative: About three-quarters or more say ...
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Is it true that Netanyahu did not make any (negative) statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Russian FM Lavrov said in an interview that he was shocked that former Israeli PM Lapid criticized Russia about their attempts to demilitarize Ukraine (and subsequent "annexation"), when ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

One of the more controversial issues in the peace process has been the status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. A plurality of Israeli Jews say these settlements help the security of Israel, but ...
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Are there surveys asking Israelis what should happen to Palestinians?

I'm seeing some recent polls asking Israelis if they support Palestinian statehood. Pew Research asks: "Do you think a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist ...
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Did Russia's accomodating position on Israel's military action against Iranian and Hezbollah attacks hurt relations between Russia and Iran?

It appears that the combination of personal high-level diplomacy and Israeli insistence on responding to Iranian and Hezbollah strikes with overwhelming force has been met with understanding in the ...
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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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Is there a reason why demands for conditions to be attached to military aid for Israel mostly come from the Democrat side?

The tone towards the US is marked by the fact that both heads of government are cur- rently happy not to have to deal with their respective predecessor. In the first joint meeting of Biden and Bennett,...
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