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Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict?

Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict? — because the statement was not only for calling the violence to stop, but about condemning Israel'...
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How do Palestinian schools teach about the Holocaust?

From what I can tell, it is not part of the education in government-run schools in Gaza or the West Bank (which is not surprising, considering that the Hamas is an antisemitic, terrorist organization) ...
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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 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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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?

Very much so. 1. Last year, the Israeli supreme court struck down a 2017 law having to do with legalization of illegal housing built in previously Palestinian areas (New York Times source). Here is a ...
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Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

In realpolitik, dictionary meanings are unimportant. The label "terrorist" is more often applied to a most-disliked enemy, rather than to one who use terror tactics the most. The key enemy ...
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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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Why are so many on the left in western countries so passionate about supporting Palestine (and being anti-Israel)?

This simplest explanation here is that people on the Left (Progressives and/or social liberals) tend not to classify human beings into undifferentiated groups representing competing power blocks. Or ...
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Why does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

The two-state solution is a compromise. Hamas opposes it because they want all of the territory to be controlled by them. Likud opposes it because they want all of the territory to be controlled by ...
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Why does the U.S. send foreign aid to Palestine at all?

Probably several things: Money brings influence. Without influence on the Palestinians, the US has even less leverage to shape Palestinian policy in a way that is acceptable to Israel. Palestine is ...
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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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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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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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How does Israel teach the displacement of the Arab population in 1948 (Nakba)?

It depends. Yes, some schools teach it, some don't, and in varying ways. First, some context. The word Nakba has a variety of uses. To some people, it refers specifically to the expulsion of mostly ...
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What are some possible downsides about a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

In theory there could be a secular, multi-ethnic, multi-religious state. In practice that is all but impossible. After the Holocaust, many Jews vowed to live in their own state defended by their own ...
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Why does Hamas choose violence over peaceful means?

The question does not ask about what Hamas's goals are, but rather why they reject arbitration (or other non-violent strategies) as a means of achieving them. That is what this answer will primarily ...
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Why is it important for Israel that Palestine not be connected by land with Jordan?

Following the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Hamas gained power there. Hamas and other militant groups received shipments of foreign rockets and other weapons, largely from Iran. Such rockets ...
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Has the Palestinian Authority issued some official statement on the situation in May 2021?

The nominal leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has consistently opposed the rocket campaign of Hamas, since at least 2005, and continues to do so. This conflict underlines the extent ...
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How do Palestinian schools teach about the Holocaust?

Palestinian textbooks do not mention the holocaust directly at all. This is similar to other Arab curricula like in Egypt, Syria or Iraq, where a clear emphasis is put on the 'nakba', the 'catastrophe'...
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Why isn't the Global South pro-Israel like the West?

"The rest of the world" / "Global South" terms being used here might benefit from consideration of whether the "Global South" is a larger or smaller slice of the UN's 195+...
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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 does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

It's an unsurprising inertia given the lack of any politically viable alternative position. While the Israelis and Palestinians didn't exactly agree to a two-state solution under the Oslo Accords, ...
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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 does Israel build settlements in Palestine?

The short answer is because the Bible/Torah states that God promised them the land. Therefore letting the Palestinians have it would go against the will of God. The rest of the world calls the area ...
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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state?

if Hamas and other such factions only seek the establishment of an independent state with recognized sovereignty That's the thing: is that all they seek? Hamas' 1988 charter explicitly called for the ...
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What reason would the Obama Administration have for releasing $221M to Palestine, right before leaving office?

Basically, it's related to the US abstinent on UN Vote on Israeli Settlements (United Nations Security Council 2334). As quoted, then Secretary of State John Kerry said on the reason for abstaining: “...
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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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