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Why does the IDF spread out weapon discoveries on blankets?

From the question: While dramatic, it would seem more compelling to show the weapons where they're found, instead of handling and arranging the evidence. The way it's done seems to invite speculation ...
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Why does the IDF spread out weapon discoveries on blankets?

This is a standard way of displaying the result of a raid. It is not specific to Gaza, the IDF, war, guns, or 2023. It is done all over the world, by all sorts of agencies, for all sorts of items, in ...
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Why does the IDF spread out weapon discoveries on blankets?

I dunno if IDF has said anything about this carpet issue explicitly, but they are fighting a war, not conducting crime scene investigations. So expecting them to tag, bag, and photo every weapon where ...
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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?

I'm writing this as an answer because it is too much to fit in a comment. I realize that an answer has been accepted, and am not trying to contradict it. The U.S. government has designated Hamas (...
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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?

The answer to the second part of the question "why is it apparently not getting the same level of flak as the BBC?" is not fully answered without acknowledging the vastly different roles the ...
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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 does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

The term is appropriately used because they don't know if it is a terrorist organisation. The modern usage of a militant is someone: favouring confrontational or violent methods in support of 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?

I think the odd one here is actually the BBC (or actually the UK government) and not VOA. Both the US and the UK have very high standards of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Both the ...
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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?

This is not an exhaustive search I've done, but VoA appears to "forget" to mention that Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade is a designated terrorist organization in some other stories that mention the ...
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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?

Maybe VOA refers to the group as militant because, technically speaking, the militant affiliate has not been itself designated by the US State Department as terrorist as of now. Only the Al Aqsa ...
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Were any humanitarian organisations involved in trying to recover the Israeli pilot, Ron Arad

It is typical for humanitarian organizations, notably Red Cross, to serve as an intermediary in such situations - when the sides do not have diplomatic relationships or even do not recognize each ...
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Do the intersectional feminist organizations concern themselves with the fate of the kidnapped in Gaza?

Several feminist organizations have spoken out, although often much later than in the immediate aftermath of the Hamas terrorist acts of October 7, 2023. This alone makes one question their motives (...
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Do the intersectional feminist organizations concern themselves with the fate of the kidnapped in Gaza?

FWTW, Women for Women International, which is US-based, but was founded by an Arab couple, said: October 11, 2023 We are horrified by the atrocities on women and their families in the Israel-Hamas ...
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Unusual ways to release hostages

OK, I'll cite that alleged September 1985 Beirut kidnap war incident in which the KGB supposedly secured 3 diplomats' release - after a fourth was executed - by killing a Hizbullah affiliate's ...
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Unusual ways to release hostages

I'm not aware of cases when a relative was threatened by a state, but someone from a broader group is probably not uncommon. E.g. when ISIS held (or claimed to held--IIRC accounts are disputed ...
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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?

While there are some specialized definitions of the word "terrorism," Wikipedia gives the most commonly used uses of the word: Terrorism, in its broadest sense, is the use of intentional ...
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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?

Question: How is the October 7th attack classified as terrorism based on casualty statistics, and how does it compare to similar events? Short Answer: There is no consensus on the definition of ...
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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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