Israel–Hamas war

armed conflict around the Gaza Strip that started on 7 October 2023

An ongoing armed conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant groups led by Hamas began on 7 October 2023, with a coordinated surprise offensive on Israel. The attack began with a barrage of at least 3,000 rockets launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip against Israel. In parallel, some 2,500 Palestinian militants breached the Gaza–Israel barrier, attacking military bases and massacring civilians in neighboring Israeli communities. At least 1,400 Israelis were killed, including 260 people who were massacred at a music festival. Unarmed civilian hostages and captured Israeli soldiers were taken to the Gaza Strip, including women and children. Israel began conducting retaliatory strikes before formally declaring war on Hamas a day later.

2023 Gaza−Israel conflict (7– 8 October)
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This is a struggle between the children of light and the children of darkness, between humanity and the law of the jungle ~ Benjamin Netanyahu
Save their tongues for last, so we can enjoy his screams, his ears so he can hear his own screams, and his eyes so he can see us smiling ~ Tzipi Navon
We are fighting against human animals ~ Yoav Gallant
This is my local hospital. Inside are my friends, my neighbors. This is my community. Today has been one of the most difficult days in my career. I have seen things I can never unsee ~ Adnan Elbursh
Today we strike in solidarity with Palestine and Gaza. The world needs to speak up and call for an immediate ceasefire, justice and freedom for Palestinians and all civilians affected ~ Greta Thunberg
It is an entire nation out there that is responsible ~ Isaac Herzog
Israeli attacks [are] devoid of the most basic human values ~ Recep Tayyip Erdogan
There is no law or doctrine that justifies the systemic killing of a population that lives in an open-air prison for more than a half a century ~ Hadi Hachem
The Gazan monsters will fly to the southern fence and try to enter Egyptian territory. or they will die. And their death is evil. Gaza should be erased... A vengeful and cruel IDF is needed here. Anything less is immoral. Just unethical ~ Galit Distel-Atbaryan
Our fighters, who went... to take revenge for the terrible massacre carried out by the Nazi terrorists... will return to peace with the abductees in AZ, only after they have cut off all these cursed foreskins ~ Shlomo Karhi


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  • The message the Arab world is hearing is loud and clear. Palestinian lives matter less than Israeli ones. Our lives matter less than other lives. The application of international law is optional, and human rights have boundaries — they stop at borders, they stop at races and they stop at religions.
  • Residents of Gaza, join the many who are heading to the south of Wadi Gaza at this hour. I would like to inform you that although Hamas continues to undermine the ongoing humanitarian efforts on your behalf and uses you as human shields, today the IDF will once again allow passage on the Salah al-Din Road between 10am and 2pm. For your safety, take this next opportunity to move south beyond Wadi Gaza. Many of you are doing this at this hour, as you can see in the attached photos that were taken a short while ago. If you care about yourself and your loved ones, head south according to our instructions. Rest assured that Hamas leaders have already taken care of defending themselves.
  • As someone who was heavily involved in the Afghan Evacuation in 2021 after Taliban took over Afghanistan, I must say this. For months, my colleagues & I were receiving tens of calls every single day from officials, parliamentarians, congressional members, athletes, artists, trade unions, from every continent asking us to save lives! I swear that I personally spent days convincing a group in the US that we don’t have to evacuate dogs since Taliban were not into eating dogs! How do you think we should feel right now as we see your reaction to #Gaza_Geniocide ? Where did your humanity go? Principles? Women’s rights? Seriously how do you justify this to yourselves? Hospitals are being targeted and you provide a justification for that? Is there another bottom that you still have not reached.
  • There is a degree to which people in the Arab world and the Global South are drawing a line between Gaza destruction and the presidential embrace of Prime Minister Netanyahu. There’s a way that the United States is hitched to what the Israelis want to do, whether the United States wants to do it or not.
  • As Israeli forces continue to intensify their cataclysmic assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, Amnesty International has documented unlawful Israeli attacks, including indiscriminate attacks, which caused mass civilian casualties and must be investigated as war crimes.
 
I don’t believe that children should be detained ~ AOC
  • So if you both cast doubt on Palestinian numbers but support no investigations — not even foreign journalists entering Gaza — what you’re really saying is: The death count does not matter because we’re going to support this regardless. We’re going to find ways to justify it.
  • You can reduce Hamas. You can kill as many soldiers as you can find, I suppose. The question always is, at what price? And no, you can’t you can’t kill off Hamas because Hamas is more of an ideology. It’s not only a military force. [...] It’s theatre. I would say the primary audience is domestic, here in the United States. We know obviously that President Biden faces reelection next year and that his opponent may be Donald Trump. So what Biden is attempting to do is to show that Israel has no better friend than Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
  • My fear – and this is something I’ve been saying for four weeks now – knowing Netanyahu and the way he thinks, he will not stop before he restores his pride by restoring the ratio of one to 10 [Israeli deaths to Palestinian deaths]. So we’re in for more, and only until it reaches 14,000 will he probably start talking sense to the main diplomats that are now visiting the region. They’re all coming here to try to talk to him. He’s not heeding anyone.
  • What the finance minister of Israel said reveals the real plan of the Israeli government, total ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip. It is not surprising, but unfortunately, the world is not paying sufficient attention to this terrible plan and to the fact that Israel is conducting ethnic cleansing with bombardment and airstrikes against the civilian population of Gaza.
  • Israeli military operations have created an untenable humanitarian crisis, which will only worsen over time. But are Israel’s actions — as the nation’s opponents argue — verging on ethnic cleansing or, most explosively, genocide? As a historian of genocide, I believe that there is no proof that genocide is currently taking place in Gaza, although it is very likely that war crimes, and even crimes against humanity, are happening. That means two important things: First, we need to define what it is that we are seeing, and second, we have the chance to stop the situation before it gets worse. We know from history that it is crucial to warn of the potential for genocide before it occurs, rather than belatedly condemn it after it has taken place. I think we still have that time.
  • It is clear that the daily violence being unleashed on Gaza is both unbearable and untenable. Since the Oct. 7 massacre by Hamas — itself a war crime and a crime against humanity — Israel’s military air and ground assault on Gaza has killed more than 10,500 Palestinians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, a number that includes thousands of children. That’s well over five times as many people as the more than 1,400 people in Israel murdered by Hamas. In justifying the assault, Israeli leaders and generals have made terrifying pronouncements that indicate a genocidal intent. Still, the collective horror of what we are watching does not mean that a genocide, according to the international legal definition of the term, is already underway. Because genocide, sometimes called “the crime of all crimes,” is perceived by many to be the most extreme of all crimes, there is often an impulse to describe any instance of mass murder and massacre as genocide. But this urge to label all atrocious events as genocide tends to obfuscate reality rather than explain it.
  • While we cannot say that the military is explicitly targeting Palestinian civilians, functionally and rhetorically we may be watching an ethnic cleansing operation that could quickly devolve into genocide, as has happened more than once in the past.
  • If we truly believe that the Holocaust taught us a lesson about the need — or really, the duty — to preserve our own humanity and dignity by protecting those of others, this is the time to stand up and raise our voices, before Israel’s leadership plunges it and its neighbors into the abyss. There is still time to stop Israel from letting its actions become a genocide. We cannot wait a moment longer.
  • What’s needed here is an occupation. When you have presence out on the ground, you have intelligence and control; you’re the landlord.
  • You are a Jewish state. You are a Jewish state, but you’re also a democracy. And like the United States, you don’t live by the rules of terrorists. You live by the rule of law. And when conflicts flare, you live by the ru- — law of wars. What sets us apart from the terrorists is we believe in the fundamental dignity of every human life — Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, Jew, Muslim, Christian — everyone. You can’t give up what makes you who you are. If you give that up, then the terrorists win. And we can never let them win.
  • We are all human beings created in the image of God with dignity, humanity, and purpose. In the darkness, to be the light unto the world is what we’re about. You inspire hope and light for so many around the world. That’s what the terrorists seek to destroy. That’s what they seek to destroy but — because they live in darkness — but not you, not Israel. Nations of conscience like the United States and Israel are not measured solely by the example of their power. We’re measured by the power of our example. That’s why, as hard as it is, we must keep pursuing peace. We must keep pursuing a path so that Israel and the Palestinian people can both live safely, in security, in dignity, and in peace. For me, that means a two-state solution. We must keep working for Israel’s greater integration with its neighbors. These attacks have only strengthened my commitment and determination and my will to get that done. I’m here to tell you that terrorists will not win. Freedom will win. So, let me end where I began. Israel, you are not alone. The United States stands with you.
  • Well, today, I say to all of Israel: The United States isn’t going anywhere either. We’re going to stand with you. We’ll walk beside you in those dark days, and we’ll walk beside you in the good days to come. And they will come. As you say in Hebrew, which I’m not going to attempt to do because I’m such a terrible linguist, I’ll say it in English, “The people of Israel live.” “The people of Israel live.” Israel will be a safe, secure, Jewish, and Democratic state today, tomorrow, and forever. May God protect all those who work for peace. God save those who are still in harm’s way.
  • I grieve with the families of those killed or wounded in the tragedy at the hospital in Gaza. We’re working with our partners in the region to get life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza as quickly as we can.
  • Israel is going after a group of people who have engaged in barbarism that is as consequential as the Holocaust. And-- so I think Israel has to respond. They have to go after Hamas. Hamas is a bunch of cowards. They're hiding behind the civilians. They put their of—their—their—their headquarters where civilians are and buildings and the like. But to the extent they can separate out and avoi—I'm conf-- the Israelis are gonna do everything in their power to avoid the killing of innocent civilians.
  • This marks the last day of what’s now been a nine-day trip of intensive diplomacy throughout the Middle East and now here in the Indo-Pacific. And along the way and at each stop, in different ways, we’ve sought to advance a number of critical objectives: minimizing harm to Palestinian civilians and maximizing the humanitarian assistance that reaches them; working to prevent the spread of the conflict; focusing on getting hostages home as well as getting American citizens and other foreign nationals out of Gaza; and working to set sustainable, durable conditions for genuinely lasting peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike. To that end, I’ve had conversations starting a week ago with the Israeli Government about steps that can be taken to advance each of these objectives. And among those steps that we talked about more than a week ago were humanitarian pauses. These can advance all of the objectives that I just mentioned. We appreciate the fact that, yesterday, Israel announced four-hour pauses with three-hour notice in specific areas, as well as two humanitarian corridors that will allow people to move more safely and freely to get out of harm’s way and also to access assistance. These steps will save lives and will enable more assistance to get to Palestinians in need.
  • At the same time, much more needs to be done to protect civilians and to make sure that humanitarian assistance reaches them. Far too many Palestinians have been killed; far too many have suffered these past weeks. And we want to do everything possible to prevent harm to them and to maximize the assistance that gets to them. To that end, we’ll be continuing to discuss with Israel concrete steps that can be taken to advance these objectives. We’ll continue to focus relentlessly on getting our hostages home. We’ll continue to focus on expanding humanitarian assistance that gets into Gaza and reaches people in effective ways. And we’ll continue to focus on the steps that can be taken now to try to start to set the foundation for durable and lasting peace, which, as we’ve said repeatedly and believe, has to include two states for two peoples.
  • These Hamas attacks are without justification – they deserve global condemnation. But the response by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government also deserves our clearest condemnation. There’s no doubt we can say the response has been disproportionate and is violating international humanitarian law. The right of a state to defend itself has limits, and those limits imply respecting the lives of innocent civilians, especially children, and respecting civil humanitarian law.
  • We currently have people being operated on without having morphine. It just happened to two kids. We have a lot of kids that are unfortunately among the wounded, and I was discussing with one of our surgeons, who received a 10-year-old yesterday, burnt on 60% of the body surface, and he didn’t end up having painkillers. There is no justification at all to block these essential medicines to reach the population.
  • Right now, in Gaza, the situation is horrific and catastrophic. Those hospitals and clinics that have not been evacuated are overwhelmed and are barely functioning. No electricity, no medical supplies. Surgeons in Al-Shifa hospital are now operating without painkillers.
  • You are against occupation in Ukraine — can you deny that the Palestinians are under occupation? Nobody is asking you to go and declare war on the Israelis because they are occupying the Palestinians; people are asking you to be rational, wise and convince your allies — push them to their senses.
  • After a week of horror in Gaza and the EU diving in headfirst, draping our Parliament in the Israeli flag, aiding and abetting in war crimes, including the bombing of a hospital and still we find it impossible to say that Palestinian lives matter. We’re still privileging one category of victims over another. We talk about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, but why is there a humanitarian crisis? Is it a natural disaster? Who cut off the water, fuel and electricity? Are we not sure? Who is bombing Palestinian civilians? Do we not know? Do you think we couldn’t mention it? There is a crime unfolding in Gaza now, such as we have not seen since the 1940s, and we are in it up to our necks. We are watching Israel murder Palestinian civilians and preparing to drive millions of them into the Sinai Desert to annex and colonise their land. it is another Nakba. it is a crime against humanity. It is not a humanitarian crisis. The EU will never live down this shame. Long live Palestine! Long live Gaza!
  • France is very concerned by the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Gaza. And it’s for this reason that France voted in favour of this resolution. And it’s for that reason that we plead for a new, immediate and lasting humanitarian truce that should lead to a sustainable ceasefire.
  • Erasing all of Gaza from the face of the earth. That the Gazan monsters will fly to the southern fence and try to enter Egyptian territory. or they will die. And their death is evil. Gaza should be erased. And fire and smoke on the heads of the Nazis in Judea and Samaria. Haron is also a Jew who will shake the earth of the world. A vengeful and cruel IDF is needed here. Anything less is immoral. Just unethical.
  • It is time to choose whether the Council will continue issuing half-hearted calls for the respect of international law and the protection of civilians, or will fulfil its international peace and security mandate and exercise its full diplomatic leverage to convince the State of Israel that the death sentence it has handed the people of Gaza is inhumane, indefensible, and cannot continue to be carried out.
  • The State of Israel has no choice but to turn Gaza into a place that is temporarily or permanently impossible to live in. Creating a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a necessary means to achieve the goal. Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.
  • What we are seeing today is one of the darkest hours of our times. We’re watching genocide live – the crime of crimes. Israel doesn’t have to justify – Israel is above the law. Israel is above the moral compass. It’s been permitted to carry out the worst crimes against humanity without any sense of accountability to anyone. As long as Washington is on its side, as long as the Europeans are giving it the license to kill, as long as Arabs also aren’t taking any steps that could make Israel think again about its plan – I don’t think we’ll be seeing anything else.
  • This is my local hospital. Inside are my friends, my neighbors. This is my community. Today has been one of the most difficult days in my career. I have seen things I can never unsee.
  • When they get the daily message from the spokesperson of the [Israeli army] and the analysts, panelists are sitting around and discussing this as the only fact in town, there’s no question in the public opinion that Israel is the only victim in this story. There is a complete dehumanisation of the other side. If you dare to say something – that there are innocent people on both sides who are devastated and babies on both sides are being killed – you may even get an invitation to the police station to be asked if you are a real Israeli patriot.
  • We will tell the whole world that Israel is a war criminal, we are making preparations for this. The main culprit behind the massacre unfolding in Gaza is the West. The West owes you, but Turkey does not owe you.
  • Now we will be taking a very strong message – that message is the international security structure is currently under evaluation. If the international community cannot hold Israel to account then this will sow significant doubt among many of us as to whether or not the parameters of the international order are actually functional.
  • We are at a turning point in history. Either we reach a lasting peace or a world war will break out. We call on all parties, regional and international stakeholders, to listen to the voice of reason. And those who are encouraging Israel to continue its crimes are also liable. If we don’t act fast, we will have darker days to come.
  • We totally recognize the right of Israel to defend itself. And on the other hand, protecting civilians, granting humanitarian access, calling for the full respect of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions – there is absolutely no contradiction. This is basically what this resolution was doing.
  • Journalists found to have known about the massacre, and still chose to stand as idle bystanders while children were slaughtered - are no different than terrorists and should be treated as such.
  • I know the Al-Quds Hospital from the time it was built. There is a new medical block in al Shifa Hospital under international surveillance. During all these years having worked in these hospitals, I have never ever seen any sign of any military or political command center. And if the Israelis … cannot provide any evidence or any proof, how can we look at this as anything else but lies, intimidating and scaring people, and excuses to bomb the hospitals.
  • We have a chance to reset the world here, defeat Putin in the Ukraine, dismantle Hamas now, and tell the Iranians, 'If you escalate any more attacks coming from Iran, we are coming after you.' Anything short of that is going to lead to an invasion of Taiwan by China. We live in very dangerous times. The Biden administration’s approach to Iran is about as successful as their border policy. We are exposed to a major terrorist attack by an open border, we're exposed to escalation if we don’t tell the Iranians [to] quickly stand down
    • Lindsey Graham [1]
  • Just as America provides Israel with $4bn of military support per annum, it’s also – as we’ve seen tonight – providing Israel with diplomatic and political cover to continue with a genocide which is marked by the wholesale and industrial ignoring of international humanitarian law.
 
In this dramatic moment, as we are on the verge of the abyss in the Middle East, it is my duty as Secretary-General of the United Nations to make two strong humanitarian appeals.Hamas is to immediately release the hostages without conditions. ~Antonio Guterres
  • The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation. They have seen their land steadily devoured by settlements, plagued by violence, their economy stifled, their people displaced and their homes demolished. Their hopes for a political solution to their plight have been vanishing.
  • I was encouraged by what seemed to be a growing consensus for the need of at least a humanitarian pause in the Middle East. Regrettably, instead I was surprised by an unprecedented escalation of bombardments, undermining humanitarian objectives. This situation must be reversed.
  • Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children. Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed or injured every day. Ground operations by the Israel Defense Forces and continued bombardment are hitting civilians, hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, churches and U.N. facilities – including shelters. No one is safe.
  • We are facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system. The situation is fast deteriorating into a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians as a whole and for peace and security in the region
  • Iran is willing to expend every Arab life, if necessary, to accomplish its objectives of pushing the United States, the United Kingdom and our allies out of the region as the first step in establishing hegemonic power in the region and destroying Israel.
  • There is no law or doctrine that justifies the systemic killing of a population that lives in an open-air prison for more than a half a century.
  • I have just left the Gaza Strip, where I met with the troops in the northern part of the Strip. I witnessed up close the forces fighting, operating, and achieving the objectives we set for them. The IDF is close to completing the dismantling of Hamas' battalions in the northern Gaza Strip. We have killed many terrorists and Hamas commanders, some surrendered to our forces and hundreds were taken prisoner. We have destroyed underground infrastructure and large quantities of weapons. In this dense, urban area, where terrorists dress as civilians, it cannot be said that we killed them all. It seems likely that we will still encounter fighters in this area. We will continue to strike them and pursue them in various ways.
  • Currently, we are concentrating our efforts in the southern Gaza Strip – Khan Yunis, the central camps, and further. We will continue to both preserve and intensify our achievements in northern Gaza. We will not allow the return to the pre-October 7th reality, and we will not allow such an event to be repeated. The IAF is striking continuously. A building is struck if it is an enemy target, a building is struck if a threat is posed to our forces from inside. The IDF is focused and precise in its actions. Everywhere our forces operate, they are accompanied by heavy fire from the air, sea, and land. In every action where the forces require fire support, they receive the necessary and optimal support. The ground forces’ operations allow the destruction of terror infrastructures that cannot be achieved from the air. These operations lead to close-quarter combat with many terrorists, and their elimination. We use our resources in a professional, sophisticated, and calculated way, and are prepared for the continuation of the fighting in all sectors.
  • This war’s objectives are essential and not simple to achieve. It is taking place in a complex area. Therefore, the war will continue for many more months, and we will operate in various ways – so that the achievement will be preserved over time. There are no magic solutions or shortcuts in the fundamental dismantling of a terrorist organization, except persistent and determined fighting, and we are very, very determined. We will also get to the Hamas leadership, whether it takes a week or months. Thanks to spirit and professionalism, we will get there. We are constantly learning and changing our way of warfare. We adapt our warfare to each area in the Gaza Strip, to the territory, the enemy, and our forces. The forces are getting operational breaks according to the situational assessments, including the reserve forces. We will take care of them and acknowledge their contribution and the support of their families, families who are full partners of this war effort. We are increasing the military pressure in different ways with intensity and creativity.
  • Israel’s distorted, settler colonial visage is our own. We pretend otherwise. We ascribe to ourselves virtues and civilizing qualities that are, as in Israel, flimsy justifications for stripping an occupied and besieged people of their rights, seizing their land and using prolonged imprisonment, torture, humiliation, enforced poverty and murder to keep them subjugated.
  • The goal is a “pure” Israel, cleansed of Palestinian contaminants. Gaza is to become a wasteland. The Palestinians in Gaza will be killed or forced into refugee camps over the border in Egypt. Messianic redemption will take place once the Palestinians are expelled. Jewish extremists call for the Al-Aqsa mosque – the third holiest shrine for Muslims, built on the ruins of the Jewish Second Temple, which was destroyed in 70 CE by the Roman army – to be demolished. The mosque is to be replaced by a “Third” Jewish temple, a move that would set the Muslim world alight. The West Bank, which the zealots call “Judea and Samaria,” will be formally annexed by Israel. Israel, governed by the religious laws imposed by the ultra-orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties, will be a Jewish version of Iran.
  • Those attacks cannot in turn justify the limitless destruction of Gaza. The parties must not neglect their legal obligations regarding the methods and means used to wage war. The instructions issued by the Israeli authorities for the population of Gaza City to immediately leave their homes, coupled with the complete siege explicitly denying them food, water, and electricity, are not compatible with international humanitarian law.
  • The number of missiles fired or the percentage of the missiles having hit the targets, on which the other side has concentrated, is a “secondary and peripheral subject” while the main topic is the display of the Iranian nation and armed forces’.
  • They say something like, “Why are you doing this?” But in practice, there is absolutely no sign of action [against Israel’s crimes] from these governments.
  • Right now, one goal: Nakba! A Nakba that will overshadow the Nakba of 48. Nakba in Gaza and Nakba to anyone who dares to join! their Nakba, because like then in 1948, the alternative is clear.
  • David added a hundred Philistine foreskins as revenge for plugging the wells with dirt. Our fighters, who went to war for the house and to take revenge for the terrible massacre carried out by the Nazi terrorists, will cover them in their tunnels with dirt, and will return to peace with the abductees in AZ, only after they have cut off all these cursed foreskins.
  • [the goals of Hamas] can only be to mobilize the Arab world against Israel and to get off the track of peaceful negotiations
  • To equal Gaza with Hamas is very dangerous and misleading. It is an equation aimed at dehumanising people, aimed at making the unjustifiable justifiable. Keeping our humanity means showing that the people in Gaza deserve our empathy and compassion. No one can claim, ‘I did not know’ as images, footage and voices of unspeakable suffering continue to come out by the hour from Gaza. We cannot any more turn a blind eye to this human tragedy. Millions of people especially in Gaza are asking, why the world does not have the will to act and put an end to this hell on Earth? They deserve an answer. Delaying it will deepen the polarisation in this region and increase the risk of spillover.
  • Many of us saw in these trucks a glimmer of hope. This is, however, becoming a distraction. These few trucks are nothing more than crumbs that will not make a difference for two million people in the streets We should avoid conveying the message that a few trucks a day means the siege is lifted for humanitarian aid; this is not true. The current system in place is geared to fail. What is needed is meaningful and uninterrupted aid flow and to succeed we need a humanitarian ceasefire to ensure this reaches those in need. This should not be too much to ask for.
  • Most of the facilities hit had families in them – including older people, parents, and children. They were all clearly marked as UN buildings carrying a blue flag. UNRWA shares the coordinates of these buildings on a regular basis with parties to the conflict.
  • This is a long time coming. Myself and my predecessors have pointed out the increasingly entrenched nature of the occupation – the growth of the settlements, the expanding land appropriation, the increased violence. Those dark moments are preludes to what we’re seeing now. You cannot continually put a cork on a volcano and expect it to hold back the explosion. The killing and kidnapping of Israelis civilians – those are clearly war crimes. But war crimes committed by one side do not allow war crimes committed by the other. There is a narrative about Israel that it is a law-abiding democracy that shares values with the West – and that sometimes is a blind spot when it comes to the Palestinians. It doesn’t take into account the many violations of international law – the settlements, the annexations, the penning in of people. There is a longstanding sense that Israel is the West’s compensation for what it did and what it allowed with respect to European Jewry during the second world war: the promise that Jews deserve their own homeland where they can be safe and secure. What never is factored in is the process where a Jewish state was meant to replace an Arab state – and the suffering that occurred from that.
  • If they were humans, we would have sent them humanitarian aid... but this is about animals.
  • Can you beat hatred without a malignant heart?
    • Elon Musk, stated in [3]
  • Khamenei's official position is clearly the obliteration of Israel, and not just support for the Palestinians.
  • I want to make a few points absolutely clear, Israel has no intention of permanently occupying Gaza or displacing its civilian population. Israel is fighting Hamas terrorists, not the Palestinian population, and we are doing so in full compliance with international law. Our goal is to rid Gaza of Hamas terrorists and free our hostages. Once this is achieved, Gaza can be demilitarized and deradicalized, thereby creating a possibility for a better future for Israel and Palestinians alike.
  • The value of human rights is really the path to peace here...That’s a central thing that we need to make sure that we value the safety and the human rights of Israelis and we value the safety and human rights of Palestinians in that process that is similar on equal footing... Just like here in the United States, I don’t believe that children should be detained. I think that starting on those basic principles of human rights, we can build a path to peace together... We really need to make sure that we are valuing a process where all parties are respected, and have a lot of equal opportunity to really make sure that we are negotiating in good faith.
  • The situation in Gaza is horrific. At least 34,000 people have been killed, most of them women and children, many Israelis are also protesting their government's actions which have, for all the bloodshed they've caused, failed the secure the freedom of the remaining hostages. And yet the U.S. continues to supply Israel with funding and arms for all of this, even as Gaza sinks into famine. If that's not worth protesting, I'm not sure what is!
  • I am here today to endorse Nikki Haley as president of Israel. I think she's earned that. I think Bibi Netanyahu is going through a very bad time right now. Support for Israel has virtually collapsed socially, if you're paying attention to the trends, if you're paying attention to what people are watching, if you're paying attention to the protests. And the one person that I think is capable of getting it back is Nikki Haley, with enough money from foreign interest lobbies. So there it is, guys, I'm endorsing Nikki Haley for president of Israel.
  • Hitler is knocking on the doors of the homes of the European and North American middle class and many have already let him in. The [climate] exodus will be responded to with a lot of violence, with barbarism itself, what we see in Gaza is the test of the future. Why have large carbon-consuming countries allowed the systematic murder of thousands of children in Gaza? Because Hitler already entered their homes.
  • Israel has been at war many times. It has experienced many terrorist atrocities and many thousands of rocket attacks. This was something different. Barbarism and depravity against Jews on this scale hasn't been experienced since the Holocaust.
    In a country that arose from the ashes of that genocide, the spectacle of Jews being dragged from their homes to be slaughtered, raped or captured, with desperate parents throwing themselves on their children to protect them, was unspeakable. This wasn't simply terrorism. This was a pogrom.
  • I think that many people will agree with me that this is a vivid example of the failure of United States policy in the Middle East.
  • Let’s go back to their officially declared goals and statements right from the beginning of this war: Israel has made it clear it wants – at least at this stage – to have full control of the north of Gaza. As we talk now, this is happening slowly, of course, it’s not an easy war for Israel, it’s not a picnic, Hamas is resisting but civilians are paying the utter price of this genocidal war.
  • We are deeply concerned about the atrocities that are unfolding in the Middle East and we have passed our condolences to the people of Israel as we are passing our condolences to the people of Palestine. We have a full understanding of how the people of Palestine have been under occupation for almost 75 years and have been waging a struggle against an oppressive government that has in recent times been dubbed an apartheid State.
  • The people all around the Middle East, including in Jordan, we are just shocked and disappointed by the world's reaction to this catastrophe that is unfolding. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a glaring double standard in the world. When October 7 happened, the world immediately and unequivocally stood by Israel and its right to defend itself and condemned the attack. But what we're seeing in the last couple of weeks, we're seeing silence in the world.
  • We as Elders are asking that countries that provide military aid, notably the United States to Israel, now have to urgently review military assistance and put in place conditions for any future provision. I think it's really necessary. I'll tell you why — if this doesn't happen, then the United States owns the problem. And that is not good for the United States, that the United States would be identified with so much killing.
  • Israel has created this amount of hatred that will haunt this region. [It] will define generations to come and, therefore, it’s hurting its own people as much as it’s hurting everybody else in the region. This is a war that cannot be won. Israel has already suffered a strategic defeat.
  • Now in the shadow of Martyrdom soul we are witnessing birth of new Palestine that has put fear into the house of Zionists , they are running.
  • Now we see internal confusion and national frustration in occupied lands, American cure is tot doomed to failure.
  • Zionism in near Mediterranean is a foreign object a blade in the side of Islam.
  • In this land machines, military and men live together, war and life are inseparable. They had the impression that insecurity could never be brought to their border.
  • Israelis can no longer trust their security apparatus, the army and even the United States, which is always late. They were lucky this time, but it may not be the case next time,..They put many tanks behind the borders of Gaza, but they do not take a step forward, because the war is not fought with weapons, and it needs men of faith and confident hearts, not anxious hearts and troubled hearts .There is no way for the infidels to overcome the Muslims. They are doomed to failure.
  • Borders of Islamic Revolution are expanding because of compatibility with mens substance.
    • Americans never were this isolated.
    • Confusion and ambiguity is visible on face of Americans authorities they face destruction that is without logic, they are acting like they don't know what they are doing.
  • For those of us who want not only to bring this war to an end, but to avoid a future one, we must first be cleareyed about facts. On Oct. 7, Hamas, a terrorist organization, unleashed a barbaric attack against Israel, killing about 1,200 innocent men, women and children and taking more than 200 hostage. On a per-capita basis, if Israel had the same population as the United States, that attack would have been the equivalent of nearly 40,000 deaths, more than 10 times the fatalities that we suffered on 9/11.
    Israel, in response, under the leadership of its right-wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under indictment for corruption and whose cabinet includes outright racists, unleashed what amounts to total war against the Palestinian people. In Gaza, over 1.6 million Palestinians were forced out of their homes. Food, water, medical supplies and fuel were cut off. The United Nations estimates that 45 percent of the housing units in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed. According to the Gaza health ministry, more than 12,000 Palestinians, about half of whom are children, have been killed and many more wounded. And the situation becomes more dire every day.
  • To start, we must demand an immediate end to Israel’s indiscriminate bombing, which is causing an enormous number of civilian casualties and is in violation of international law. Israel is at war with Hamas, not innocent Palestinian men, women and children. Israel cannot bomb an entire neighborhood to take out one Hamas target. We don’t know if this campaign has been effective in degrading Hamas’s military capabilities. But we do know that a reported 70 percent of the casualties are women and children, and that 104 U.N. aid workers and 53 journalists have been killed. That’s not acceptable.
  • Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party was explicitly formed on the premise that “between the Sea and the Jordan [River] there will only be Israeli sovereignty,” and the current coalition agreement reinforces that goal. This is not just ideology. The Israeli government has systematically pursued this goal. The last year saw record Israeli settlement growth in the West Bank, where more than 700,000 Israelis now live in areas that the United Nations and the United States agree are occupied territories. They have used state violence to back up this de facto annexation. Since Oct. 7, the United Nations reports that at least 208 Palestinians, including 53 children, have been killed by Israeli security forces and settlers. This cannot be allowed to continue.
  • There must also be a significant, extended humanitarian pause so that badly needed aid — food, water, medicine and fuel — can get into Gaza and save lives. If Wednesday morning’s deal — in which 50 Israeli hostages are to be freed in exchange for a four-day pause in fighting — is honored, it is a promising first step that we can build upon, and hopefully work to extend the pause. Meanwhile, the United Nations must be given time to safely set up the distribution network needed to prevent thirst, starvation and disease, to build shelters and evacuate those who need critical care. This window will also allow for talks to free as many hostages as possible. This extended pause must not precede a resumption of indiscriminate bombing. Israel will continue to go after Hamas, but it must dramatically change its tactics to minimize civilian harm.
  • The assault on Gaza can also be understood in other terms: as a textbook case of genocide unfolding in front of our eyes. I say this as a scholar of genocide.
  • For decades, Israeli and Western leaders have dehumanised Palestinians, but the response cannot now be to dehumanise Israelis. Explaining the political context of the Hamas attacks and the principles of strategic armed struggle is a world away from endorsing an indiscriminate massacre. For if you think that war crimes from Hamas last Saturday are acceptable, how are you going to argue that war crimes from Israel today are not? To lose moral consistency weakens the moral core of the Palestinian cause. To see these indiscriminate Hamas attacks as an acceptable outcome of Palestinian suffering is not a sign of solidarity; it is a form of moral relativism. To cast oppressed Palestinians as having special clearance for brutality is not a liberation struggle; it is specifically intertwining the cause with violence against civilians. And to say that all Israeli citizens are fair game (as I have seen repeatedly online) is a level of permissibility that is extraordinary. It is the same logic applied now to Palestinians in Gaza by the extremist Israeli government and its cheerleaders.
 
All hostages must be released without further delay. ~ Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani and President Biden
  • It’s different. And yes, I have worked in conflict zones. And they’re always very nasty. But this is a particularly brutal thing because of the huge number of civilian casualties. And they can’t escape it. They can’t move. They’re told to displace down south. But are we talking about just reducing the area from forty-five kilometres to twenty kilometres in length and trying to put two million people in there, which is . . . It’s just an extraordinary situation. And no, I haven’t seen it. They haven’t stopped bombing. They’re still bombing. They’ve got troops in there with tanks. And it’s just consistent. It’s well documented. We are seeing it all over the world in all the newspapers and television. So it’s like people know exactly what’s happening. And yet it doesn’t stop. I haven’t seen that before.
  • Today we strike in solidarity with Palestine and Gaza. The world needs to speak up and call for an immediate ceasefire, justice and freedom for Palestinians and all civilians affected.
  • I can’t believe I have to say this, but Palestinian people are not disposable. We are human beings just like anyone else. My Sity, my grandmother, like all Palestinians, just wants to live her life with freedom and human dignity we all deserve. Speaking up to save lives, Mr. Chair, no matter of faith, no matter ethnicity, should not be controversial in this chamber. The cries of the Palestinian and Israeli children sound no different to me. What I don’t understand is why the cries of Palestinians sound different to you all. We cannot lose our shared humanity, Mr. Chair.
  • Joe Biden's total ineptitude, weakness, and incompetence has led to this horrible attack on on Israel; and it will only get worse,It's only going to get worse. This guy cannot put two sentences together. He has no idea what's happening.
  • I am sure that the shame Benjamin Netanyahu feels for not foreseeing the October 7 attacks is deep, especially for someone who presented himself as a security hawk and tough guy. But perhaps that shame is driving him to lose sight of the long term. If he thinks a killing rage will rectify matters, then he is very wrong. His methods will not solve the problem. In fact, I believe his tactics will fuel the conflict for another 50 years. His actions are radicalising Muslim youth across the globe.
  • Bomb the savages who did this back to the Stone Age. There are no grey areas. Kill them all. Every Hamas savage and every Hamas supporter on earth. Bury them with the entrails of pigs.
  • … Hamas was established with one goal to to build an Islamic State on the rubble of the state of Israel
… they are Freedom Fighters and uh hence uh we support this minority against uh uh capitalists zionists

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