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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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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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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 does the left side with the Palestinians?

The question seems to assume that sharing values with someone necessarily implies that you support that person (or group etc) in all things. There's a difference between sharing certain values with a ...
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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 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 quote ...
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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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Why won't Israel just capture Palestine?

First, They already have, and that is part of the reason for the conflict in the first place. What it seems like you are suggesting is that they go in and remove the existing inhabitants from ...
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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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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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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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What reason would the Obama Administration have for releasing $221M to Palestine, right before leaving office?

In all likelihood, the disbursement of the funds to the Palestinians happened when it did because of politics. Many Democrats and Republicans hold Israel's status in the region as sacrosanct, ...
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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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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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What is the historical basis of Israeli and Palestinian claims to the land that is now under Israeli control?

There are 3 ways to look at land "ownership": sovereignty history, living in the area historically, and current sovereignty. Let's examine each: Sovereignty history If you want to take a ...
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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 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 Palestine not a state yet?

Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet? As you alluded to in your summary, the nation of Israel was formed during WWII and it included land claimed by the Palestinians. Israel became ...
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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 is it important for Israel that Palestine not be connected by land with Jordan?

The idea of Israel controlling the Jordan River valley as part of a long term peace agreement goes back to 1967, just about after the six days war. It was central part of the Allon Plan that was ...
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Has Bennett (Israeli prime minister) said what his stance on Palestine is?

Quoting the sub-heading from a Jerusalem Post article: Bennett throughout his political career has been clear that he believes that all of Area C, where all the Israeli settlements are located should ...
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Why does the Israeli Blockade of Gaza cover things other than weapons?

It is incorrect that the blockade applies to all goods. Many are allowed, though Israel does not publish justification for all non-weapon items that are banned. Since 2010, Israel eased restrictions ...
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Why won't Israel just capture Palestine?

Israel does not want to be in charge of those areas, and has already given most of the area to Palestinian sovereignty. Before 1993, Israel was in control over the entirety of the West Bank and Gaza. ...
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Does the BDS movement advocate sanctions against the United States?

Does the BDS movement support sanctions against the United States? Have any major organizations associated with the BDS movement, particularly the original Palestinian committee, called for similar ...
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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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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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What is the historical basis of Israeli and Palestinian claims to the land that is now under Israeli control?

There are still Assyrian people with population between 3.5-4 million who might want back the whole neighbourhood of Israel, since there was a long period of time when they held it. Ancient Egypt ...
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Why is Palestine not a state yet?

Let's begin by repeating the definitions of de facto and de jure: de facto: a) in fact, whether by right or not. b) existing or holding a specified position in fact but not necessarily by legal right....
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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?

As the comments rightfully note, there's always a political force by whose opinion various decisions "can be seen" differently. For instance, there's a long-lasting political debate over ...
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