Around 9:30 p.m. in late February, a white Mazda pulled up near a game cafe in the Jenin refugee camp on the northern edge of the West Bank, where a crowd of boys and young men often gathered to socialize.

As the car stopped, a few people walked by on the narrow street. Two motorbikes weaved past in different directions. “Everything was fine at the time,” according to an eyewitness sitting nearby in the camp’s main square.

Then the car erupted in a ball of flame. Two missiles fired from an Israeli drone had hit the Mazda in quick succession, as shown in a video the Israeli Air Force posted that night.

According to the IAF, the strike killed Yasser Hanoun, described as “a wanted terrorist.”

But Hanoun was not the only fatality: 16-year old Said Raed Said Jaradat, who was near the vehicle when it was hit, sustained shrapnel wounds all over his body, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International-Palestine. He died from his injuries at 1 a.m. the next morning.

Jaradat is one of 24 children killed in Israel’s airstrikes on the West Bank since last summer, when the Israeli forces began deploying drones, planes, and helicopters to carry out attacks in the occupied territory for the first time in decades.

  • @Altofaltception
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    Do the Palestinians have a right to defend themselves? Or are we just going to call any retaliation “terrorism”?

    • @Snowclone
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      Yeah, it worked great for US forces when they captured uniformed, trained, ranked military in countries we decided were state sponsored terrorists, so they weren’t military, just ‘enemy combatants’ being ‘extraordinarily renditioned’ to an ‘advanced interrogation’ in a ‘happy play time building’ or what ever insane bullshit we were saying when we were ‘liberating’ oil fields, poppy fields, and other private resources to be carefully maintained by a trusted and legitimate corporation rather than being LOOTED, by a dictator to do evil shit like… build schools and hospitals… but also chemical weapons he bought. And WE KNOW!!! because we sold them to him.

      But yes…

      They are clearly all terrorists. Particularly when they attack Israeli police or military.

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      He was suspected of involvement in a shooting at a kibbutz near the West Bank. There is no right to attack settlements with no military value.

        • @FlowVoid
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          The military value depends on who is inside.

          • Flyswat
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            90% of Israelis are military or reservists, making them non-civilians under International Law. So yeah, a kibbutz can be seen as a valid military target.

            • @FlowVoid
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              90% of Israelis are military or reservists, making them non-civilians under International Law.

              Not true. Until they are activated for service, they are noncombatants under international law.

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                making them non-civilians

                Was what I said not true?

                • @FlowVoid
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                  They are noncombatants under international law. Noncombatants are not valid military targets.

              • @[email protected]
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                Using that same logic, most of the Hamas members targeted by the Israelis are also civilians.

                Remember, Hamas is a singular governmental organization that kept the militant wing separate from the civilian wing. i.e. Gazan Hospital Administator? Hamas.

                That is a literal justification Israel has used to justify killing Gazan civilians, including police officers.

                So, which is it? Are IDF reservists military, or are Gazan police and hospital administrators civilians?

                You don’t get to have both.

            • @FlowVoid
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              If there are only civilians inside, then it’s not a military target.

              If there are any combatants inside, then it’s a military target.

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                Not according to Articles 51 and 54 of Protocol I of the Geneva Convention, but then again who cares about war crimes, right?

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                  Article 51 and Article 54 do not have anything to do with this.

                  Article 51 bans pardons and article 54 discusses the use of the red cross emblem.

      • @Maggoty
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        So they assassinated him instead of arresting him?

        Sooo much legal.

        • @FlowVoid
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          They can’t arrest him, he doesn’t live in Israel. And killing enemy combatants is legal, for example Osama bin Laden.

          • @Maggoty
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            I’m sorry I just spent that entire time laughing. The IDF and Israeli Police absolutely have the run of West Bank. It’s not called an occupation for nothing.

            And when you kill someone without even trying to arrest them inside your civil jurisdiction, it’s called murder. At least it is in civilized countries.

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              Israel is not the civil authority of Gaza. Hamas is.

              More important, the attack on the kibbutz occurred during a war between Israel and Hamas. That makes the attacker a combatant, not a criminal. In fact, you cannot legally prosecute combatants unless they commit war crimes.

              Combatant immunity bars the prosecution of combatants for mere participation in hostilities. Thus, they are immune from prosecution for murder and destruction of property committed as part of an armed conflict, unless such acts constitute war crimes.

              • @Maggoty
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                That’s all great. But this is in the West Bank. Not Gaza.

                And you can absolutely be prosecuted for a war crime. Your own link says that.

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                  Yes the link said that, and so did I.

                  Are you suggesting Yasser Hanoun committed a war crime?

        • @FlowVoid
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          No. And this wasn’t a settlement, it was a kibbutz within Israel.

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            Which kibbutz did he shoot at and was he convicted of anything or is a suspicion enough to kill Palestinians?

      • Anas
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        Settlers have no right to be in the settlements, either.

        Also, suspected isn’t enough.

        • @FlowVoid
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          The kibbutz was in Israel, and Israelis have the right to be in Israel.

          And as an armed member of Hamas, he was a military target even if he wasn’t involved in the kibbutz shooting.

    • @[email protected]
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      It’s a war, they’re both allowed to attack each other. Palestinians are going to lose though, the two sides are not equal.

      All this peacefire talk is just a nice way of framing the Palestinian surrender. The only question is how long Hamas will keep fighting before they are forced to give in.

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        It’s a war, they’re both allowed to attack each other

        Ehhh not exactly. We describe it as a war when Israel is doing the killing (37k civilians dead) but we describe it as a terrorist attack when Hamas does the killing (<1000 civilians dead).

        the two sides are not equal

        You’re not wrong

          • @Eximius
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            “Fighting back” by heavily bombarding a Palestine area that has no offensive means due to decades of slowly administered austerity measures. From a land their diaspora didnt own for the last 2000 years…

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              To be fair they literally asked for it and continue to do so by taking and not releasing the hostages.

              Edit: It doesn’t help that when killed the other civilians refer to them as martyrs. The whole thing is incredibly ugly and done for imo stupid reasons on both sides.

              • @IndustryStandardOP
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                Israel is was holding hostages before October 7. You are implying that Israel asked for October 7.

                • @[email protected]
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                  No need to lie. Israel isn’t innocent, but Hamas has a demonstrated reliable record of using civilian deaths for their ends. They are counting on your naivete to gain sympathy and support and you’re falling for it when in actuality this is their ducks coming home to roost.

                  Surrender. Release the Hostages. Crisis averted. Do they? Nerp. Instead its “you’re killing civilians like we’ve intentionally aimed for for decades! Unfair plane!”

            • @[email protected]
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              “no offensive means” except the rockets and a military of tens of thousands of people with guns

              As for living there a long time… are you fucking stupid? Jerusalem is in Israel, and the Kingdom of Israel (which is in that vicinity) is mentioned in the original Hebrew fucking bible, which was completed around 2000 years ago. Jews have been living in that region since Judaism became a thing.

              • @Eximius
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                No. Israel has 13bil in millitary means just from this year from USA, while Gaza is starving. Fuck off.

                Just open other books as well. Plenty of books talk about lands controlled by long forgotten kingdoms. And many of these are actually history books, instead of religious gospel from influential figures.

                • @[email protected]
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                  Yes, Israel is stronger than Palestine. Is that a crime? Palestine still regularly attacks Israel, they had to build a fucking missile defence system because of it.

                  Are you actually claiming jews didn’t live in that region for the last two thousand years? There are thousands of historical records beyond just the bible proving that they did.

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            It certainly didn’t. The settlements and Zionist aggression led by the head of the Labor Party, David Ben-Gurion, planned for the forcible transfer (Plan Dalet) of the Palestinians while rejecting any Bi-National State Solution in favor of Partition.

            Before 1948, Palestinian Leadership repeatedly advocated for a Unitary Binational State for decades: Palestinian Arab Congress advocating for Unified State 1928, Arab Higher Committee advocating for Unified State 1937, Arab League advocating for Unified State 1948

            Plan Dalet

            Declassified Massacres 1948

            Details of Plan C (May 1946) and Plan D (March 1948)

            The settlements represent land-grabbing, and land-grabbing and peace-making don’t go together, it is one or the other. By its actions, if not always in its rhetoric, Israel has opted for land-grabbing and as we speak Israel is expanding settlements. So, Israel has been systematically destroying the basis for a viable Palestinian state and this is the declared objective of the Likud and Netanyahu who used to pretend to accept a two-state solution. In the lead up to the last election, he said there will be no Palestinian state on his watch. The expansion of settlements and the wall mean that there cannot be a viable Palestinian state with territorial contiguity. The most that the Palestinians can hope for is Bantustans, a series of enclaves surrounded by Israeli settlements and Israeli military bases.

            ‘One state is a game changer’: A conversation with Ilan Pappe

            One State Solution - Foreign Affairs

            Oslo Accords ‘peace’ process: MEE, NYT, Haaretz, AJ

            History of peace process - The Intercept

            • @[email protected]
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              The Arabs were certainly in favour of a single state solution. An Arab-led single state, that is.

          • @TokenBoomer
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            Theodor Herzl died in 1904-

            It goes without saying that the Jewish people can have no other goal than Palestine and that, whatever the fate of the proposition may be, our attitude toward the land of our fathers is and shall remain unchangeable

            • @[email protected]
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              Yea, he died in 1904, 44 years before the invasion of Israel.

              Just because some dude said “we should strive to take the land” fifty years prior doesn’t give those countries a right to invade.

                • @[email protected]
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                  Nothing at all happened before even that… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936–1939_Arab_revolt_in_Palestine

                  We can keep going back a thousand years if you want, this fight between the Muslims and Jews has records of attacks occurring between the two groups for at least that long.

                  At the end of the day the ottoman empire lost in WW1, the country got split up, and some of the people living there didn’t like the new UN plan and called in their friends to invade.

                  Multiple sides fought, Israel won. If we want to reverse that shit, we should be demanding the reversal of the US invasion (and return all north america to native americans), we should be demanding the return of Finland(and a few neighbors) to Russia, we should be demanding the Chinese return their country to it’s previous government (which is hilariously in Taiwan)… none of which we’re going to do. So why should only the Palestinians get special return to original owner treatment?

                  The simple answer is they shouldn’t.

          • @[email protected]
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            Maybe because the entire state of Israel was created by the British on what was at the time Palestinian land, and nobody else agreed to that. I’m not sure it’s an invasion when a third party is saying it’s someone else’s now.

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        Wow, You actually don’t realize that Hamas is not a political organization in the West Bank. So, it isn’t even a war.

        You’re literally justifying the murder of children here because they are Palestinian. You don’t even have the fig leaf of saying that it is a population that voted for Hamas.

        You’re literally justifying the unjustifiable murder of children.

        • @[email protected]
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          Almost all of the deaths are happening in Gaza, there’s very little fighting going on in the west bank right now.

          • @[email protected]
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            Can you read for me the title of this post, please?

            I’m not certain, but I may be hallucinating words and need to verify that you’re not just changing a goal post to justify the slaughter of innocent children that literally have nothing to do with Israels war against Gaza.

      • @Fedizen
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        Hamas isn’t in the west bank. This is straight up butchery and terror by the Israeli government.

  • Flying Squid
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    Oh, but I’ve been told that Gazans voted for Hamas, so they’re getting what they deserve. Awfully young voting age they have in Gaza…

      • Flying Squid
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        That was my fault. I just keep hearing about more and more dead children in Gaza and then see people say that Gazans voted for Hamas so that’s what you get when you do that…

    • @sirboozebum
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      Let’s be real here.

      Israelis just like killing Palestinians.

      • @Snowclone
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        Any claim otherwise is probably made in bad faith.

        • @[email protected]
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          That’s Southern Lebanon.

          The political organization for the West Bank is the Palestinian Authority. It is viewed as completely subservient to the Israel government to the point of allowing the IDF to take Palestinian children hostages (Technically the IDF calls it an arrest, but there are no charges, and often times no trials. It is functionally equivalent to kidnapping.)

          Regardless, you’ve made it clear you have literally no idea what you’re talking about and you are doing so in defense of the slaughter of innocent children.

    • @Snowclone
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      Considering Hamas ended all voting when they came into power, it seems unlikely these children did. Also because there children.

  • @werefreeatlast
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    It’s just children! They would have probably gotten really angry and grown into militant adults. Remember how the avengers didn’t kill Hitler as a child or Thanos? They didn’t get it.

    Anyway sorry for this comment. Imagine how insensible and out of touch you would have to be to think of, plan and authorize such an attack. The only thing I can think of right now is how we could change our government so it could never help stuff like this to happen. Do the Ukraine thing and help in a morally strong way!

  • @[email protected]
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    The median age in gaza is 19.6

    So almost half the population are children, and this includes a large number of Hamas fighters. They don’t wait until they’re adults to recruit. There are verified reports of them using kids down to age 12.

      • @pivot_root
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        They aren’t killing children. They’re killing Hamas militants /s

        • @[email protected]
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          When you dehumanize and demonize your opponent to the extent you are right now, you have lost the moral high ground.

          • @[email protected]
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            There’s no moral high ground, It’s a multi-thousand year civil/religious war.

            I have one simple question.

            Let’s say that Palestine is given statehood, with established fixed borders. Do you really think they’d stop attacking Israel at that point?

            • @[email protected]
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              This is literally the same argument bigots have always made. Lemme ask you a question: if we let women vote do you really think they would make the right choices?

              If we let black people use the same bathrooms as white people do you really think they’d behave?

              If we let those refugees in do you really think they’ll contribute to society?

              If we dismantle apartheid do you really think they can govern themselves?

              If we free the slaves do you really think they can do anything but menial labor?

              What I think is whenever someone asks me if I really think we should stop discriminating against a group of people because they’re not worthy of respect, dignity, and basic right to life, I think that person fucking sucks

              • @[email protected]
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                What the fuck? No it isn’t. You’ve got that shit backwards.

                Women were making perfectly intelligent choices BEFORE they got the vote, they didn’t need the vote to change the way they thought.

                Black people behaved just fine BEFORE they got to use the same restrooms, segregation had nothing to do with behavior.

                Refugees were contributing to their own society BEFORE they left their home country.

                etc. etc. etc.

                There is an entire army in Gaza actively attacking Israel, with quite high support from the population, funding from foreign governments, and illegally smuggled weapons.

                Palestinians are not behaving like they want to get along. They need to do that BEFORE the attacks stop.

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                  Again, same tired arguments. You are claiming the same thing bigots have claimed for time immemorial.

                  When women were fighting for the vote the argument made against them was that they would make poor choices. You arguing differently about women now doesn’t matter - you are making the same type of argument against Palestinians that were made against discriminated against groups at every turn.

                  White enslavers argued that black slave revolts justified continued enslavement, and this is precisely the argument you’re making.