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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

According to Hamas spokespersons and military leaders, the recent escalation is meant to be a message to Arab countries, either to make them reconsider normalizing relations with Israel or to unite ...
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

Yes, completely cutting off food and water is a war crime. For example, we have the following quote by John Kerry, then US foreign secretary: People are dying; children are suffering not as a result ...
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Why is it that South Africa specifically is taking Israel to the ICJ on claims of genocide?

South African black people suffered apartheid at the hands of the Afrikaners. Similarly, they suffered centuries of colonisation at the hands of the Dutch and British. Palestinians are suffering ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

However, what purpose does closing Al Jazeera in Israel provide? It would make sense to close all anti-Israel-biased journalistic organisations within its borders, but why Al Jazeera? Al Jazeera is ...
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Why are there so many pro-Palestinian protestors in the United States?

[edit] Pro-Palestinian support has increased everywhere in the world, not only in the US. There might be many factors at play, some country-specific and some not. Among these, a few general long-term ...
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

I am surprised that none of the answers so far cite actual international law (treaties). From the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions, article 54: Starvation of civilians as a method of ...
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According to pro-Palestinian sources, does Hamas indeed embed itself into civilian areas (to complicate IDF operations)?

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has confirmed that Hamas rockets have been found in two of the schools it operates in Gaza: UNRWA condemns placement of rockets, for a second time, in one ...
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Why protest against the war in Gaza on the campus of Columbia University?

Campuses are often hotspots of political protests. From Mai 68 to the Vietnam War protests, this is a recurring pattern amongst countries. Students have flexible time, are very socially integrated as ...
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Why did Israel invade the Gaza strip from the north and not the south?

Military reasons Northern Gaza poses more direct threat - notably in terms of firing rockets at Israeli communities or carrying the attacks, like that of October 7 (see the map below). Indeed, most of ...
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Did Israel provide a way for Hamas to surrender?

did Israel express any desire for Hamas to just... surrender? Dec 7 2023, Ofir Gendelman - spokesman for Netanyahu - said that the war can end when Hamas surrenders. Dec 11 2023, Netanyahu called on ...
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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

There's a poll that found that Israelis want food/aid traded for hostages: Also regarding the hostages, Channel 12 asked whether Israelis support halting humanitarian aid to Gaza until Hamas returns ...
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Are there any wars other than the 2023 Israel-Hamas War that are named after a country and a political party?

"Houthi–Saudi Arabian conflict" is the current title of a Wikipedia page. The Houthis are only a faction in Yemen, but they claim to be the legitimate government, IIRC. Their own wiki page ...
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Why did Russia and China veto the recent UN resolution for a ceasefire?

The resolution did not explicitly call for a ceasefire. Its phrasing was as follows: Determines the imperative of an immediate and sustained ceasefire to protect civilians on all sides, allow for the ...
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How is the October 7th attack classified as terrorism based on casualty statistics, and how does it compare to similar events?

Targeting civilians vs civilian casualties Putting aside numbers for a bit, the context here is clear. The 7th October massacre specifically targeted civilians for gruesome torture, murder, and ...
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Why did the U.S. veto the UN ceasefire resolution?

Well, we can read what the U.S representative said the UN: The US engaged in good faith on the text, said Deputy Permanent Representative Robert A. Wood, that would increase opportunities for hostage ...
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Why protest against the war in Gaza on the campus of Columbia University?

None of the existing answers provide a real answer. Answer: To get Columbia University to divest from its business with Israel-affiliated companies From a Guardian article: At Columbia, students are ...
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How easy would it be to distinguish between Hamas fighters and non combatants?

Yes, and no. (from reading quite a few small unit operations books about Afghanistan and Iraq). The Taliban ID-ing issue wasn't necessarily a big problem during heavy combat. Sure, there might be a ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

Anti-journalistic policy Israel historically has had a high rate of journalists killed in conflicts it is involved in, mainly in occupied Palestinian territories, such as Gaza. Recently, the count ...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

Some points that are perhaps worth mentioning/adding here: Unlike Palestine, the Uyghurs are not recognized as a country by anyone; so there's "but they're just separatists we're dealing with&...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

And if go beyond "grand strategy" and you're also willing to believe their tactical claims, according to Al-Jazeera: A senior Hamas leader has said that the group had captured enough ...
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Why have more countries cut the diplomatic ties with Israel than with Russia?

Letting aside questions of ideological affinities or opposition. And noting that only Bolivia has broken off relations entirely. To state the obvious, while Israel is a relatively influential country ...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

In addition to the previous answers, I'm surprised nobody has pointed to the elephant in the room yet: The Chinese aren't Jews. Islam has something to say about Jews in its holy texts. Not so much ...
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Why isn't Syria treating Israel's attack in Damascus as an open act of war?

It is not the first time that Israel strikes Syria. Moreover, Israel and Syria have been already in war with each other since 1948. And in every active war fought since then, Syria was badly beaten, ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

A substantial number of experts do not consider a two-state solution of the conflict viable any longer. Public support is "at its lowest ever". A peaceful one-state solution appears even ...
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How can an International Court of Justice order to stop the war in Gaza be enforced?

It cannot. If it determines that a genocide is taking place, it can order it to stop. But even then it cannot order, or interfere, in a state action such as a war. It can resolve legal disputes ...
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Why is it that South Africa specifically is taking Israel to the ICJ on claims of genocide?

While there are many factors at play, the ruling ANC party has long had a strong relationship with Palestine, in part because the former apartheid regime had such close ties to Israel. Here's a recent ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

The probable political goals of Hamas through these recent terrorist acts against Israeli civilians are: To exploit perceived political divide in Israeli society. To ward of political criticism of ...
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