• @[email protected]
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    Dozens of people have been killed or injured in a blast at a refugee camp in the Rafah area, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza has said.

    The rocket barrage highlights the threat Hamas still poses to people across Israel, although there were no reports of injuries.

    No reports of injuries in Israel and dozens of Palestinians injured or dead in Rafah, but Hamas is still the ‘big threat’.

    Really getting sick of this bs reporting.

    • @[email protected]
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      It’s because they are desperately trying to frame this as Israel responding to a terrorist attack rather than Israel openly defying the International court of justice order to stop bombing civilians.

      Israel is openly committing genocide while actively trying to frame this as defense of their borders, which could have worked as a strategy had not everything they have stated and said been proven absolute lies, to the point where they got their feelings hurt and had to openly assasinate journalists so that what they say can no longer be shown to be lies.

    • @small44
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      They are trying to discredit the casualities numbers by saying it’s coming from hamas run health ministry while the world health organization said that there is no reason to doubt the numbers

      • @Maalus
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        What I have heard is that Palestinians are incredibly good at taking notes / data and statistics. They have record keepers in the hospitals whose entire jobs are counting the casualties and dead. That’s where the numbers that are exact to a single casualty come from.

    • @SuckMyWang
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      Why are they firing rockets?

        • @SuckMyWang
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          Are you talking about Hamas or Israel? I thought they were firing rockets because they didn’t want to give up their hostages

      • @[email protected]
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        127 days ago

        Netanyahu paid a leader of Hamas who convinced some ignorant hate filled Palestinians to do it to justify shooting bombs at defenseless women and children in a refugee camp

    • @TheFonz
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      -728 days ago

      Removed by mod

      • livus
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        In my country we have a law that self defense has to be proportional and you are only allowed to use enough force to stop the attack.

        It can’t be like “the guy down the street threw a rock through my window so I go and kill his whole family in their beds”.

          • @scorpious
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            Gotta love this thinking here.

            So tell me, should the US have stopped attacking Japan once they’d matched the ~2.4k soldiers killed at Pearl Harbor?

            Or should the allies have stopped “genociding” Nazi Germany once they’d matched Hitler’s body count?

            OF COURSE NOT. This isn’t about tit for tat. Especially when going after an enemy that is openly committee to your annihilation. Israel certainly appears to be doing a shit job of it, but there is no need to muddy the waters with specious arguments.

            • @[email protected]
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              527 days ago

              You’re mixing up things. Proportionality is a specific thing about scale. It doesn’t say you’re not allowed to respond to failed attacks.

              You can for example evaluate the likely future harm your enemy would cause if you don’t stop them and then apply the proportionality principle to that when you try to stop them. Or evaluate likely harm if somebody else attempted and succeeded with an attack you just stopped, and decide what kind of deterrence is needed based on that.

              And Israel isn’t just doing a shit job of it. they’re not doing it at all

        • @TheFonz
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          That’s great and all. I’m sure that works at the individual level. When your country enters an active war none of that matters, does it? So why bring it up?

          • Flying SquidM
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            Of course it matters! If your enemy kills 3 innocent people on your side and you retaliate by killing a million people on their side, it matters a whole fucking lot.

            Hamas is bad. Very few people will dispute that. Israel has proven that, at this point in time, it is far worse because it kills far more innocent people.

            • @TheFonz
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              Discourse on Lemmy is so stupid. It’s so stupid. Like Facebook boomer stupid.

              Is the IDF counter-attack proportional or is it excessive compared to what Hamas is doing? I would say it’s absolutely excessive. How is that excess justified? I would urge you guys to put more thought into any of this discourse beyond “genocide; colonialism; apartheid; imperialism”. Please, for the love of god. Try. When you use cheap logic, all you do is give more fodder to IDF --and I’m not a fan of IDF.

              If I take your claim and analyze it logically it’s not sound at all. The typical numbers game to counter whether the occupation is justified: More civilians dead = IDF bad. Pause. Think about this statement for a second. Do we measure justification for war based on the number of casualties incurred? When the allies bombed Dresden, did we find reason to defeat the Nazis even though many civilian casualties occurred? Yes, a calculated risk was made.

              The question is: What ought the IDF do in this scenario with Hamas perpetually shelling them with rockets by planting themselves in civilian areas?

              • livus
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                Dresden was a horrendous war crime too.

                I can see how it’s harder for you to argue against war crimes from other nations if you’re an apologist for war crimes committed by your own ancestors.

                But many of us don’t need to jump through those particular rhetorical hoops. The barrage of war crimes in WW2 was part of the impetus for strengthening international law against that shit.

                • Flying SquidM
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                  Agreed. Kurt Vonnegut wrote all about what he witnessed firsthand at Dresden. It was a war crime. “The good guys” can commit war crimes.

                • @TheFonz
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                  I never said it wasn’t horrendous. Clearly the rules of engagement back then were different. That’s not what is being discussed though is it? What do you think I’m saying? Can you TRY to steel man my position or do you only like to hear yourself?

              • @[email protected]
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                828 days ago

                … with Hamas perpetually shelling them

                Yeah, you’re wrong.

                Hamas launched a barrage of rockets at central Israel on Sunday afternoon, setting off air-raid sirens in the Tel Aviv area for the first time since at least late January Source

                • @TheFonz
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                  “central israel”. Key word. Also, not connected to what we’re discussing. But thanks for sharing, I guess?

              • Flying SquidM
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                628 days ago

                Sorry… you’re comparing what Israel is doing right now to what allies did to a city in the country that was itself perpetrating the genocide? A country that was also itself invading Allied nations?

                Is this opposite day or something?

                • @TheFonz
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                  -628 days ago

                  Nop. I’m contesting your logic. Not comparing the countries. We are examining whether your logic holds up to scrutiny.

              • @[email protected]
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                628 days ago

                Yeah Germany also claimed it was attacked by Poland in 1939. Guess everything after was justified then… The US claimed to have been attacked by North Vietnam. Guess Vietnam was aokay then. Putin claimed to have been attacked by Ukraine before invading. Guess we should consider everything since then as self defense…

                • @TheFonz
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                  -727 days ago

                  You’re saying because some countries lied about needing defense no country should be allowed to defend themselves? What exactly is your point here? Is it possible some countries actually need to defend themselves?

              • adONis
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                328 days ago

                you lost me at “planting themselves in civilian areas”

                • @TheFonz
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                  You’re right. Hamas are so brave they are fighting out in the open fields day and night.

              • Lowlee Kun
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                Going to fight against Nazi Germany for comparison of porportional counter attacks is really dumb when the Nazis killed more civilians than all their enemies during WWII combined. And it is not like the russians did not kill those in retaliation aswell, it was just impossible to catch up (we are going to ignore what Stalin did outside of fighting germany for this comment). Comparing a power capable of subjugating nearly a whole continent in the span of some months (all while planning and executing the murder of millions of civilians) with hamas got to be a bad joke.

          • teft
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            You’re incorrect. War has escalation of force for modern militaries. My rules of engagement in Iraq were the similar to the poster above you. If someone threw a rock at me I couldn’t just shoot them.

            • NoIWontPickAName
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              You must not be a part of the IDF. They firmly believe that throwing rocks deserves getting shot

            • @TheFonz
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              Cool. Are we talking about people throwing rocks?

              • @AstridWipenaugh
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                No, we’re talking about people lobbing a handful of rockets at a multi-billion dollar defense system that is more than capable of stopping such a small attack. Kind of like throwing rocks at a tank.

                Then we’re talking about a response of bombing tents that have no defense system. Kind of like using a tank to fire shells at a person in response to a rock being thrown.

                • @TheFonz
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                  It’s just a handful rockets, amirite?

              • teft
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                It’s called an example. I was demonstrating escalation of force. You should maybe rethink how you talk to people. Being so rude and confrontational isn’t going to bring people to your side of the argument.

                • @TheFonz
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                  Yeah, ok but perhaps be careful with the example you choose. There are people here who genuinely believe Hamas is literally fighting only with rocks. Escalation of force is a discussion to be had, but no one here is interested in that.

                  I’m not interested in people coming to my side, because oddly enough, more often than not I’m actually aligned with the people criticizing me on the actual positions.

                  My issue is more with people not coming to sound conclusions using sound arguments and just repeating sound bytes from social media. They aren’t capable of engaging with any of these topics beyond really superficial levels.

          • livus
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            Because it’s a sound principle.

            Genociding tens of thousands of people, half of whom are children, is not self defense.

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              • livus
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                @TheFonz I’m finding this conversation a bit puzzling.

                You sort of sound like you want this discussion to cover all those tired Hasbara “talking points” and their common rebuttals on Americam discuasions or something, hence IsRaEl HaS A Right to DeFenD ItSelf.

                This isn’t a game or a logic 101 essay though. It’s ordinary people from multiple countries discussing a humanitarian catastrophe that has killed over 37000 people.

                • @Linkerbaan
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                  Fonz is a long term Zionist that has been heavily defending israel committing Genocide for the last 8 months

                  Zionism has just become so unpopular that online Zionists now pretend they don’t support the IDF but just "see the nuance’.

                • @TheFonz
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                  Yep, that’s exactly what I wrote. You got me bro. Thanks for the charitability. Appreciate it. If only there was another possible explanation…perhaps written in a post two comments above. Oh wait, that would involve actually reading what people write and engaging with their points. That’s too hard for Lemmy I suppose.

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                OP: “you guys repeat superficial platitudes”

                Also OP: “what is IDF ought to do, when hamas launches rockets, while hiding behind civilians?”

                • @TheFonz
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                  It’s because you guys cannot even engage with that. That’s as far as we can get on this platform.

          • @Passerby6497
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            Tell that to the tens of civilians they murder every time they fire a rocket strike into civilian areas.

            A country is still responsible for the war crimes they commit, Israel just thinks it’s above being held to account for war crimes, including genocide.

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      • @[email protected]
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        Israel suffered no injuries or casualties as the rockets were shot down or fell into fields.

        So Israel’s response was overkill, which is par for the course.

      • Flying SquidM
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        Israelis. Not Jews. I am a Jew. The IDF is not defending my homeland. Do not call us all Israelis, that’s bigoted.

      • @extremeboredom
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        From what, exactly? Refugees trying to survive after Israel blew up their homes? That’s who was in the camp Israel blew up.

  • @Linkerbaan
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    Not sure why the BBZ feels the need to mention the rocket strike launched elsewhere in Rafah. Must hope their readers are stupid enough to believe Rafah the place with >1 million refugees is just a small tent camp.