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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Several countries have withdrawn funding from UNRWA recently, under accusations that 12 employees (out of 13,000) have been allegedly involved in the Hamas attack against Israel on 7th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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Does a two-state solution automatically result in recognition of the Palestinian state?

The Guardian newspaper reports that: Britain will consider recognising a Palestinian state as part of concerted efforts to bring about an “irreversible” peace settlement, the foreign secretary, David ...
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Are these survey results about the approval ratings of the October 7 attacks by Hamas reliable?

In a news article published by AP news the following statements are made. Despite the devastation, 57% of respondents in Gaza and 82% in the West Bank believe Hamas was correct in launching the ...
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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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Indigeneous Palestinian population in Sinai

In 1982 the town of Rafah was split in two by the Israel-Egypt peace treaty: When Israel withdrew from the Sinai in 1982, Rafah was split into a Gazan part and an Egyptian part, dividing families, ...
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Aside the fear of a large number of Palestinians fleeing into Egypt, is there any other reason why it is against Israel occupying the southern border?

Egypt on Monday warned Israel that any attempt to reinstitute security control of the strip of land that separates the Gaza Strip and Egypt will result in a “serious threat” to relations between the ...
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Is destroying civilian infrastructure to create a "buffer zone" a war crime?

Recently, over 20 Israeli soldiers died in Gaza while they were destroying civilian infrastructure and residential areas with the intention of creating a "buffer zone" in Gaza, ostensibly to ...
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Political statements about Israeli - Palestinian conflict not being solvable in the foreseeable future?

Have any prominent politicians expressed their acknowledgement that the Israeli - Palestinian conflict seemingly has no solution in the foreseeable future? Same question in a bit different phrasing: ...
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Why is discussion of the Israel lobby so taboo in the United States?

The existence of a uniquely powerful Israel lobby in the United States is nearly indisputable. While other lobbies certainly exist, the unique power of the Israel lobby is its remarkable ability to ...
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Why does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

There is ample evidence suggesting that that both Palestine and Israel are opposed to a two-state solution. Despite this, the US is insisting on the need for a two-state solution to the conflict, ...
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Why does the US view Iran as its principal geopolitical adversary in the Middle East?

The vast majority of Islamist terrorism against the US and Europe is done by Saudi-aligned Salafi jihadist groups. Indeed, this was the case in the worst act of terrorism against the US—indeed, ...
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Why hasn't Israel fought alongside America in any of its wars in the Middle East?

It is often claimed that Israel is America's "greatest ally" in the Middle East. In fact, the relationship between Israel and America is perhaps the closest relationship between two ...
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Are Palestinians and Negev Bedouin a single ethnic/national group? [closed]

Are Palestinians and Negev Bedouin a single ethnic/national group? (In other words: are all of them simply Palestinians?) Is the difference between them simply the traditional lifestyle (Palestinians ...
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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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Are there countries other than Israel which are regularly described in terms of their ethnic nature? [duplicate]

In Western parlance, and in particular among supporters of Israel, it is common to describe Israel as "the Jewish state." For instance, here is one example from the ADL. "In addition, ...
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Civil rights of Lebanese Palestinians

What is the position of American and European civil right groups on the situation of Palestinians in Lebanon? From the Wikipedia article Palestinians in Lebanon: Most Palestinians in Lebanon do not ...
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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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Which Western allies of the US have been caught spying against the US?

I was debating a friend of mine as to whether it is in the American interest to continue supporting Israel. I argued against this. One point I raised was that Israel has an extensive history of covert ...
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To whom does the Iranian leader refer as an Israeli official? [closed]

In 2002, Iran's political and religious leader, Mr. Ali Khamenei, delivered a speech that says: One of the top officials of the Zionist usurper regime of Israel made a recommendation to the Americans ...
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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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What makes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict exceptional? [duplicate]

I think many people agree that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is exceptional - in terms of the media and public attention it attracts, as well as in terms of the passions it arouses. However it is ...
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How much autonomy does the Israeli Army have from the War Cabinet?

The announcement followed remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, from Amman, that Israel would soon announce the beginning of the third phase. This suggests that Washington has begun to ...
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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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What are the non-ICJ-enforced consequences to Israel if found guilty of genocide by the ICJ?

As per recent news where South Africa has taken Israel to the International Court of Justice under "numerous examples of ‘direct and public incitement to commit genocide by Israeli state ...
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Has the designation and treatment of refugees stemming from Arab-Israeli conflicts been consistent with international refugee law?

Refugees are people who were forced to leave their home countries, due to war or a natural disaster. Yet Arab-Israeli cases seem to necessitate a more nuanced definition of “refugee”, due to the ...
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How did Arab media report the events of the Hamas attack on Israel?

The Wiki article in Arabic about October 7th (linked is a Google translation) is notable for portraying the attack as a purely military operation and avoids any discussions of the crimes against ...
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Did any Israeli politicians condemn Operation Cast Lead?

This question is prompted by a question that I recently answered. Israel in Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 broke a ceasefire by a cross border raid into Gaza to destroy a tunnel that they alleged was ...
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How can an International Court of Justice order to stop the war in Gaza be enforced?

In the expected upcoming case, where South Africa accuses Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, if South Africa wins and the court rules to stop the war, how can such an order be ...
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Is it legal to justify a terrorist attack against the Iranian people by Iranian opposition group (or Israelis who speak Persian) in the west? [closed]

According to the NBC: Two explosions killed at least 84 people in southern Iran on Wednesday at a memorial event for a senior Iranian general killed in a 2020 U.S. drone strike, ramping up tensions ...
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Did any country lambast or criticize South Africa's ICJ application against Israel except the U.S. and Israel?

The Biden regime rose to defend its staunch ally Israel. U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby lambasted South Africa’s ICJ application as “meritless, counterproductive and completely ...
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What is behind the recent surge in settler activity in the West Bank?

The Guardian reports an "unprecedented surge" in illegal settler activity in the West Bank. The Peace Now report that they cite claims that this is because settlers are "exploiting"...
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Can the loss of support for Israel due to the war in Gaza be objectively measured?

Lots of political commentators speculate that Israel will eventually lose foreign support for the war in Gaza or that such support has already been lost. But are there any objective metrics beyond ...
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In what cases are counter-terrorist operations justified?

Many inhabitants of northern Israel have been evacuated since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, due to the incessant attacks by Lebanese Hezbollah. The Hezbollah leader himself has taken pride in ...
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Have any Western countries issued statements in support of South Africa for its actions against Israel?

South Africa’s request for an interim measure by the international court of justice to prevent Israel from committing acts of potential genocide – primarily by calling for a halt to combat operations –...
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What are some proposals for a post-war Gaza that doesn't involve the expansion of Israel security buffer zone?

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-in-talks-with-congo-and-other-countries-on-gaza-voluntary-migration-plan/ On Tuesday, during a conference held in the Knesset to examine possibilities for postwar ...
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Independent confirmations of the Israeli project for resettlement of Gazans

The Times of Israel reports in Israel in talks with Congo and other countries on Gaza ‘voluntary migration’ plan that members of the Israeli government are arguing for resettlement of Gazans in ...
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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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Did Israel provide a way for Hamas to surrender?

Israel has a vastly more capable military than Hamas and it's inevitable that they'll eventually crush them in the battlefield and takeover Gaza. But did Israel express any desire for Hamas to just... ...
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Why did most Indian Jews choose to immigrate to Israel?

The Wikipedia article on History of the Jews in India points out that the majority of the Indian Jews immigrated to Israel ("made Aliyah") after the establishment of Israel in 1948: 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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Arab League boycott of Israeli navigation beyond Suez and the straights of Tiran

In the past, as part of the Arab League Boycott of Israel, Egypt tried closing the Suez Channel and the Straits of Tiran. The question was eventually settled in the peace treaty between Israel and ...
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Does Yemen have the right under international law to close Bab El Mandeb strait?

As Yemen warned ships in Red Sea to avoid Israel or face attack, I wonder if it has the right under international law to stop these ships from crossing the strait. Is Yemen breaking an international ...
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Did NATO ever agree to send forces to secure a Palestinian state?

In 2014, "Abbas said he would accept a gradual Israeli withdrawal over three years, with NATO replacing the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank" (source). I would like to know if this ...
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Is Israel considering to join Operation Prosperity Guardian?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Prosperity_Guardian United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the formation of an international maritime security force, which aims to end the ...
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Have any Israeli leaders condemned calls for genocide and expulsion?

I recently came across this question on this website which set me thinking about the converse. There are many examples of prominent Israeli personalities, from politics, military and media, calling ...
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Pacifist Palestinian or western pro-Palestinian organizations

Are there any pacifist Palestinian or western pro-Palestinian organizations? I am specifically ask about Palestinian organizations, since, of course there are pacifist on the Israeli side - notably B'...
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Is it allowed to lobby for any state including state adversaries like China, Iran and Russia in the U.S.?

Earlier this year, Aipac was accused by other leading supporters of Israel of being “morally bankrupt” and of putting Israel’s interests ahead of American democracy after it launched a separate ...
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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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