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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Since you emphasize the word now in your question, I'll try to answer with an emphasis on the current escalation. For the more general question asking why there is a conflict at all, I'll simply refer ...
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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 are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

First of all, I think "taken without a grain of salt" is exaggerating the confidence with which those numbers are reported. Usually, reliable media seems to point out that the numbers have ...
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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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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

Quassam is an older missile design (or rather a family of missile and a generic term for Hamas homebrew rockets). The key point is (my emphasis): Design The utility of the Qassam rocket design is ...
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Does Hamas have popular support at home?

A recent (July 2023) survey implies Hamas were not popular vs the Palestinian Authority TLDR; 70% support the PA over Hamas 62% support maintaining a ceasefire (i.e. would disagree with Hamas' ...
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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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Why are there no bomb-shelters in civilian homes in Gaza?

They (the civilians) don't have the money. CIA Factbook 2021 GDP/cap. Gaza $5600 Israel $42100 It would also be interesting to know where that GDP comes from and I doubt the aid agencies fund bomb ...
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How many Americans support leveling Gaza?

I suppose that you are correct “that pollsters may have qualms about asking this”, since thus far, I have not been able to find any polls that ask a question like “Should Israel drop an atomic bomb on ...
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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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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Seems this latest cycle between militant rocket launches from Gaza to Israel and Israeli retaliations on Gaza started on April 23 and has been on-off ever since. Palestinian militants in the Gaza ...
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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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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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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Why is Gaza under attack now (May 2021)? Israel is attacking Hamas targets in Gaza because Hamas fired rockets at Israel on 10th of May 2021. Hamas fired rockets at Israel on 10th of May 2021 because ...
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Why do obvious humanitarian issues need to be voted on by members of the United Nations Security Council?

It is an obvious fact that all countries should help children, women and the wounded. No, it's not. It's not obvious. It's obvious to me, and to a lot of people, but not to everyone. Remember that ...
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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?

The Uighurs are treated as a different case from the Palestinians for two reasons. Firstly, China is attempting to absorb the Uighur people into China more fully, not chase them out of China. Israel ...
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Why are there no bomb-shelters in civilian homes in Gaza?

Did you see the images from Gaza? Apartment buildings lying on the side or ripped apart? Israel-style "dark room with reinforced walls" bomb shelter will not be adequate against Israeli air ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

While Hamas may or may not be exaggerating, news agencies like the BBC and organizations like the UN also report on casualties affecting their personnel and affiliates, as well as those people's ...
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Why won't Israel allow more aid into Gaza?

We only know what Israeli officials choose to say in their public statements, which is not very much that I can find. On October 9, the following statements from Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ...
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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

Not all rockets are fired by Hamas; there are several other factions in Gaza that also fires rockets from time to time. Among them, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Popular Resistance Committees (...
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

As hinted in comments, the Israeli declaration (& actions) has/have already elicited protest from a UN commissioner, as France24 streamed: 10:40am Total siege of Gaza 'prohibited' under ...
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What is Israel's strategy in invading the Gaza strip?

Israel has declared war against Hamas, the governing body of the Gaza Strip. As with any war, the general goal is the destruction or capitulation of the opposing side. Given a litany of recent ...
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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 reasons: The Palestinian conflict has been in the public discourse for a long time. More than a hundred years. Uyghur issues are relatively recent. The Uyghur conflict is mostly a purely internal ...
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Why are there no bomb-shelters in civilian homes in Gaza?

Having bomb shelters in every building is not a normal thing that countries generally require. You might equally well ask why Paraguay or Denmark do not have a law to build bomb shelters in every ...
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How commonplace was treatment of Gazans in Israeli hospitals prior to October 7?

According to an official report of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) on the years 2016-2020: Palestinians from Gaza can submit a request to enter Israel in order to receive medical treatment, if they ...
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Why is it that South Africa specifically is taking Israel to the ICJ on claims of genocide?

The other answers already mentioned the main reasons why South Africa in particular would care about what's currently happening in Gaza. There is however another thing that may play a role: Africa's ...
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