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  • 7 Ways Hamas Exploits Palestinian Civilians in Gaza | Tikva International

    7 Ways Hamas Exploits Palestinian Civilians in Gaza 21 March 2024 By: AJC Since coming to power in a violent coup in 2007 in Gaza, the Iranian-backed Hamas terror group has systematically exploited Palestinian civilians, using them to protect their terrorist infrastructure while stealing enormous quantities of resources to build their war machine. From diverting economic resources to the endangerment of human lives, these activities not only perpetuate the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza - representing a crime against humanity - but also give Hamas operational advantages in its war against Israel where they win not only when they kill Israeli soldiers, but also when Israel inadvertently harms Palestinian civilians. Here are seven ways Hamas exploits Gaza’s Palestinian civilians to further its genocidal aim to destroy Israel. 1. Hamas diverts critical civilian resources for its terrorism Construction materials for terror tunnels: Hamas has a long history of diverting cement and steel intended for civilian reconstruction projects for the creation of a complex terror tunnel network known as “the Metro” that runs beneath Gaza. Hamas’ tunnel network is believed to be the second largest in the world, behind North Korea, and is estimated to be around 500km (311 miles) with some 1,300 tunnels . They are equipped with rails, electricity, ventilation, communication lines, and even repurposed oxygen tanks initially sent as aid for Gazan hospitals. Ambulances as transport vehicles: Hamas uses ambulances as part of its terror operations to shield its terrorists from Israeli forces. This use of ambulances not only denies civilians who are injured the use of the ambulances but puts at risk medical workers. Everyday items for rockets: Hamas also has a history of transforming everyday items into weapons. Sewer pipes are pulled out of the ground to make rockets, and fiberglass intended to repair fishing boats is also diverted to the rocket industry. Even chemicals like castor oil and additives such as aluminum dust have been imported to produce rocket fuel, along with converting salt into a substance called AP (ammonium perchlorate for rocket fuel), using Iranian techniques. 2. Hamas steals Palestinian funds to build its terror operations The Hamas leadership steals funds intended for Palestinian civilians to build a financial empire outside the Gaza Strip worth about $700 million that supports its terror operations. Taxes to fund terrorism: In 2018 alone, Hamas made approximately half a billion dollars from taxes on goods such as gas and cigarettes coming into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Instead of investing this substantial income in the welfare of Palestinian civilians, the funds go primarily to fund its terror operations, offering no vision for economic growth or improvement in living conditions. Foreign money: Nor does Hamas invest any of the tens of millions of dollars it gets from Iran every year - estimated to be about $100 million a year and split among Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - in any civilian project, instead investing all of it towards its terror operations. 3. Hamas attacks civilian infrastructure that supports Palestinians Hamas repeatedly attacks and sabotages infrastructure set up exclusively to assist Gazans. Destroying fuel terminals: In 2018, for example, Hamas orchestrated an attack on the Kerem Shalom fuel and gas terminal— the only one that supplies the Gaza Strip. This was not a random attack; Hamas operatives divided rioters into groups with explicit instructions on which part of the crossing to target, effectively cutting off basic supplies to over two million Gazans. The rioters set parts of the cross ablaze three times, causing significant damage to critical infrastructure, including fuel pipelines and conveyor belts. Israeli authorities were forced to shut down the crossing for several days to repair it. Hamas also similarly attacked the Nahal Oz fuel crossing into Gaza in 2008 and it has remained closed since. Destroying power and water lines: Since October 7, Hamas hit nine power lines from Israel with rockets. Those lines supply more power to the Strip than the Gazan power plant does. It also shut down a water pipe leading from Israel to Gaza (although Israel only supplies 10 percent of Gaza’s water). Nevertheless, Israel opened two water pipes to Gaza, delivering nearly 30 million liters of Gaza per day since October 28. 4. Hamas deliberately puts Palestinian civilians in harm’s way Hamas advises civilians to ignore calls for evacuation from the Israel Defense Forces, intentionally putting them in harm’s way. This tactic places military targets next to civilian populations, creating both operational and public relations advantages for Hamas. It leverages the ethical dilemma faced by the Israel Defense Forces, which seeks to minimize civilian casualties and, unlike Hamas, distinguishes between civilians and combatants. Blocking civilian evacuations: Since October 7, the IDF has made available recordings of calls with Gazan civilians who report how Hamas regime vehicles and terrorists actively blocked the passage of those seeking to comply with Israeli evacuation calls to move south and were told to turn back. While some 750,000 Gazans were able to evacuate – representing a clear vote of no confidence in their regime – many struggled to get past Hamas’ blocking efforts. Hamas has also been blocking foreign nations from leaving Gaza. Currently, it is believed there are 200 British and 600 American citizens in the Gaza Strip. 5. Hamas rockets kill Palestinians Hamas’ failed rockets present a clear and present danger to Gazan civilians. On October 17, an explosion at Gaza's Al-Ahli hospital led to a significant number of casualties. A subsequent investigation by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) exposed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) as the responsible party for the failed rocket launch that resulted in the disaster. Between October 7 and October 17, some 450 rockets aimed at Israel have misfired and landed within Gaza itself, imperiling its own residents. In May, during an escalation between Israel and PIJ, some 25% of rockets failed and fell in Gaza, in some cases killing civilians. 7. Hamas imperils Gaza’s schools, hospitals, and mosques The Hamas ‘Metro’ tunnels aren’t just hidden away in remote locations; they're strategically placed underneath hospitals, schools, mosques, and UNRWA sites. This not only threatens those places with terrorist activity but also undermines the building’s foundations and stability, making them prone to collapse. Terror hubs under hospitals: Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, for instance, is not just the Gaza Strip’s largest medical facility. It also serves as a command-and-control hub for Hamas, complete with a network of terror tunnels and various entrances within the hospital premises. Hamas operates its command and control centers in different departments of the hospital. A Hamas terrorist confirmed that the terror group specifically uses hospitals and medical clinics as cover for its operations because they know Israel won’t target them. Rockets under schools: In Operation Protective Edge in 2014 between Hamas and Israel, UNRWA announced that it discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons. UNRWA said it was the second time that this had happened. 7. Hamas manipulates the media Hamas also sways international media by framing the conflict in a manner that obscures its exploitation of Palestinian civilians. Tragic stories of dead Palestinians often make headlines without the context that many were intentionally placed in harm's way due to Hamas's tactics. The Hamas-controlled Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza synchronizes all of its media statements with the Hamas terrorist leaders, thereby serving as a propaganda mouthpiece. Gaza hospital explosion: The recent example of the explosion at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City highlighted how Hamas manipulates foreign media into its narrative. Several international media organizations initially cited in their coverage statistics provided by the Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry. For example, the New York Times ran with the headline, “Israeli Strike Kills Hundreds in Hospital, Palestinians Say.” The Ministry had falsely claimed within a short time of the blast that an Israeli airstrike killed 500 Palestinians at the hospital, as part of Hamas’s media strategy of demonizing Israel’s efforts to protect Israeli civilians. The use of statistics provided by Hamas-run agencies in Gaza often plays into the terror group’s propaganda efforts to lay the blame on Israel for civilian deaths in Gaza. The New York Times eventually apologized for publishing the headline, acknowledging that its coverage of the incident should have been more rigorous. President Joe Biden reportedly blasted the headline from the New York Times , saying that it “was irresponsible and could have triggered military escalation in the Middle East.” <- Previous Read full article Next -> More Insights 7 Ways Hamas Exploits Palestinian Civilians in Gaza Antisemitism defined: Why opposing the Jewish people's right to self-determination is antisemitic What You Need to Know About Israel’s Humanitarian Aid To Gaza Fatah responds to Hamas criticism of new formation of PA government ‘without consulting Hamas’ Surprise jump in Gazan support for 2-state solution, while still in favor of Oct 7 attack Hamas' Most Horrific Weapon of War: 5 Takeaways from UN Report on Sexual Violence Against Israelis Latest Video Clips The History of Israel This Muslim Israeli Woman Is the Future of the Middle East Natasha Hausdorff responds to the content of the House of Commons Gaza Debate. Its time to face the hard truth that you're being played as a sacrificial fool by terrorists. Peace cannot be achieved with those who desire war and jihad instead. 'Awful Things Happening In Israel Nothing To Do With British Jews'

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    TIKVA INTERNATIONAL We fight hate propaganda against Israelis and Jews, share facts, and promote a better future for all in the Middle East. Israelis & Palestinians alike The Story of the October 7th Events Explore the events of 'October 7th' to learn about the horrific terrorist attack by Hamas on Israeli civilians and its complicated aftermath. In an environment rife with misinformation spread by terrorist groups and extremists aiming to destabilize global peace and target liberal democracies, our project is committed to the truth. We focus on educating and providing clear, comprehensive insights amidst widespread distortions. Explore Latest Posts More News Latest Blog Posts Blog Post 5 Al-Jazeera Arabic: The Qatari-Owned TV Channel That Promotes Islamist Terrorism Worldwide Blog Post 2 The Muslim Brotherhood undertakes fieldwork to polarize society and establish narratives that eventually lead to terrorism. Blog Post 4 The New Antisemitism Blog Post 1 Religion is reemerging as a significant global force, challenging prevailing Western methods of addressing fundamentalism and terror. Blog Post 3 5 MYTHS ABOUT ISRAEL AND THE WAR IN GAZA Search Our Video Database Search Dive deeper with our extensive database of video clips. Here, you have the freedom to search and discover a wealth of information. Whether it's detailed analyses, eyewitness accounts, or expert discussions, our videos offer a comprehensive view of the October 7th events. Latest Video Clips View More Most Popular Video Clips Lebanese-American Author Brigitte Gabriel Unveils the Strategy of Islam "It was a blood-curdling terrorist attack on men, women and children" The 1947 quote that explains everything 🇬🇧 The full story behind the Hamas attack on Israel The Gospel According to Berkeley. Meet the Palestinian Jesus The truth will always win. By Lucy Aharish Pro Palestinian protest around the world are filled with anger, hate, malice and jealous. Understanding the reasons behind the events of October 7th. The Last Line of Defense By Bari Weiss Join our newsletter • Never Miss Out: Get Early Access to New Content – Subscribe Now! Join Thanks for subscribing!

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  • What You Need to Know About Israel’s Humanitarian Aid To Gaza | Tikva International

    What You Need to Know About Israel’s Humanitarian Aid To Gaza 21 March 2024 By: AJC By air, land, and sea. That’s how Israel and its allies have tried to sidestep Hamas terrorists to deliver (as of this publication) more than 303,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians since the Hamas terror attack on Israel that killed over 1,200 people and saw 253 taken hostage. "We are now trying to flood the area with supplies," IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters on March 13. More than 16,400 trucks have carried aid into Gaza. Additionally, Israel has welcomed the U.S., France, Belgium, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan to air-drop more than 1,200 packages of aid, mostly in northern Gaza. And this week, Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant fully supported the U.S.-led international initiative to build a temporary seaport on Gaza’s coast to deliver additional aid to the territory. Here's what you need to know about Israel’s efforts to provide humanitarian aid, prevent Hamas from hijacking it, and get it to Gazans who need it most. How much humanitarian aid has been sent to Gaza by the U.S., by Israel, and by other agencies since the start of the war? On October 18, 11 days after Hamas’ murderous terror attack, Israel agreed to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza from Egypt to mitigate a major humanitarian crisis and save innocent Palestinian lives. Israel also restarted the water supply to southern Gaza to encourage life-saving evacuations southward. Prior to the war, 90 percent of Gaza’s water supply came from the Coastal Aquifer Basin or groundwater wells. The remaining 10% of the water supply came from small-scale desalination units or was purchased from Israel’s national water company, Mekorot. Israel does not impose limits on the amount of aid entering Gaza. All aid entering Gaza undergoes Israeli security screening at either Nitzana or Kerem Shalom Crossings. From there, aid is sent to the Gaza Strip. To date, 303,930 tons of humanitarian aid has been delivered to Gazans on the ground. That includes 203,300 tons of food, 26,160 tons of water, 18,980 tons of medical supplies, 34,580 tons of shelter equipment, 182 tanks of fuel, and 334 tanks of cooking gas. Israel's assessment is there is a stable food supply in the southern Gaza Strip, where markets are evidently bustling, and stocks are piling up in aid agencies' warehouses. Israel is taking proactive measures to expand delivery effort in northern Gaza, where only 10-15% of the Gazan population remains despite evacuation orders. It is important to note that, according to the laws of war, countries are not required to supply their enemies with food, water, electricity, and gasoline, all of which supports the enemy’s capacity to fight. Yet, even during heavy fighting, Israel continues to supply Gaza with electricity, water, food, and medicine despite having endured the most brutal massacre ever to occur on its soil. But for the brutality of the October 7 terror attacks by Hamas, Israel would not have cut off such supplies for a week. When did Israel, the U.S. and other agencies start providing products and services to Gaza? Despite the Hamas terror group’s dedication to Israel’s destruction , Palestinian civilians in Gaza have received help from Israel and its allies since Hamas took over the coastal territory in 2007. Over those years, Israel has facilitated tons of products for daily life, from school supplies and toys to electronic devices and pharmaceuticals for Gazans through its Kerem Shalom Crossing and worked with several international groups to transfer food and other means of support into the territory to about 63% of people in Gaza . Israel also supplied electricity and water when Gaza’s natural aquifer was depleted. Additionally, Israel had granted permits to about 17,000 Gaza residents to enter and work in Israeli communities to relieve the dire humanitarian and economic situation brought on by Hamas control. In addition, the Gaza Strip has been given billions of dollars in humanitarian aid over the last several years - including over $400 million from the U.S. and $1 billion from Qatar. Hamas has diverted much of that humanitarian aid intended for the Palestinian people for its own purposes, including funding its terrorist activities, such as building over 350 miles of terror tunnels and rocket factories . After President Donald Trump cut Palestinian aid in 2018, the Biden administration in 2021 reinstated help for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, sending more than $360 million that year. At the time, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the aid would be used for “urgent, humanitarian reconstruction assistance for Gaza” after an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden also announced during his State of the Union address on March 7, that the U.S. will help facilitate the building of a temporary pier in Gaza that will enable the delivery of aid. The pier will reportedly enable the delivery of 2 million meals daily to Palestinians. The construction of the pier could take as long as 60 days and require about 1,000 U.S. troops, according to the Pentagon. The U.S. soldiers will remain offshore, with Israel facilitating the building of the pier and securing the area. How has Israel ensured that humanitarian aid reaches civilians? Israel and Egypt have maintained strict blockades over Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons and monitor the misuse of materials by terror groups. Goods are transferred through specific border crossings, and shipments are closely inspected for security purposes. Still, Israeli security has reported some portion of the aid end up in Hamas’ hands to be distributed according to their priorities. 7 Ways Hamas Exploits Palestinian Civilians in Gaza Since October 21, Israel has facilitated the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Every day, the IDF announces pauses in fighting and opens humanitarian corridors for the transfer of aid. In mid-December, Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom Crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip to allow more aid into the territory. And for the first time, Israel recently opened the Karni crossing to facilitate more aid delivery into northern Gaza. Karni was previously closed after Hamas terror attacks in 2011. After dozens of Palestinians were reportedly killed in a stampede as crowds descended on humanitarian aid trucks driven by Egyptians and Gazans, and Israeli soldiers in Gaza City, Israel helped the U.S. and other allies facilitate air-drops at different hours and locations. Meanwhile, as vital infrastructure is being repaired, some 20 bakeries inside Gaza have been providing over 2 million bread loafs, rolls, and pita breads daily for the local population. In addition to the temporary seaport under construction on the coast, a United Arab Emirates floating hospital with 100 beds docked at Egypt’s El-Arish port on Feb. 22 and began treating Gazan patients. Israel has expanded the Jordanian route, adding capacity at the Allenby Crossing for the inspection of humanitarian aid trucks to go straight to Kerem Shalom. Israel will continue to invent new modes of facilitating humanitarian assistance for Gazans, despite the difficulties. After all, it is not a war against the people of Gaza; it is a war against Hamas. <- Previous Read full article Next -> More Insights 7 Ways Hamas Exploits Palestinian Civilians in Gaza Antisemitism defined: Why opposing the Jewish people's right to self-determination is antisemitic What You Need to Know About Israel’s Humanitarian Aid To Gaza Fatah responds to Hamas criticism of new formation of PA government ‘without consulting Hamas’ Surprise jump in Gazan support for 2-state solution, while still in favor of Oct 7 attack Hamas' Most Horrific Weapon of War: 5 Takeaways from UN Report on Sexual Violence Against Israelis Latest Video Clips The History of Israel This Muslim Israeli Woman Is the Future of the Middle East Natasha Hausdorff responds to the content of the House of Commons Gaza Debate. Its time to face the hard truth that you're being played as a sacrificial fool by terrorists. Peace cannot be achieved with those who desire war and jihad instead. 'Awful Things Happening In Israel Nothing To Do With British Jews'

  • Surprise jump in Gazan support for 2-state solution, while still in favor of Oct 7 attack | Tikva International

    Surprise jump in Gazan support for 2-state solution, while still in favor of Oct 7 attack 21 March 2024 By: i24news Despite a humanitarian crisis, 71 percent of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank still favor Hamas's decision to carry out the 'offensive' and many want the terrorist organization to stay in power. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) released its latest poll on public opinion across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, finding that widespread support remains for the Hamas-led October 7 “offensive” and a surprise upswing in favor of a two-state solution. Despite the ensuing war, the humanitarian crisis and the atrocities committed against Israelis, the vast majority of Palestinians in the West Bank (71 percent) and the Gaza Strip (71 percent) still viewed the October 7 “offensive” as the correct decision even though 80 percent of Gazans reported a family member had since been killed or wounded. Even though the initial “offensive” was supported by the vast majority, only nine percent responded that Hamas was to blame for the suffering of Gazans, a drop from 11 percent three months ago, yet 20 percent placed the blame on the U.S. and 64 percent on Israel. Gazans had previously responded in even higher numbers (19 percent) that the terrorist organization was to blame for the suffering, however the latest poll indicated an increased 56 percent responded that Hamas would win the war and even more (59 percent) preferred that it would continue controlling Gaza. Although there was a considerable split between respondents in the West Bank (64 percent) and in the Strip (52 percent). The vast majority were against proposed solutions, whether a Palestinian Authority (PA) rule with or without its current president Mahmoud Abbas, or international forces taking over after the war. Most of all, the Gazans did not trust the regional powers, Jordan and Egypt barely getting support from 22 and 12 percent of the population. Distrust was also seen in the Gazans’ response to a scenario that Israel entered Rafah with tanks and displaced people began rushing to Egypt in search of safety, with only 24 percent thinking this would happen and 68 percent responding that Egyptian soldiers and police would shoot at Palestinian attempting to cross the border, as such 69 percent would not go to the border if others were seen rushing to it. While PSR summarized that a majority of Gazans were “unable to find food,” the polls provided showed a different picture, with 96 percent responding that they could reach a place that provided food or water, though 77 percent said it would be with great difficulty or risk. Though not explicitly elaborating on the difficulties or risks, particularly in humanitarian zones to which a large portion of Gazans have fled from the warzones, PSR polled the experience of fairness at aid distribution centers. Local Palestinian groups were viewed as the most discriminatory by a vast majority of 90 percent, UNRWA close behind at 70 percent, with others at 58 percent and 56 percent. <- Previous Read full article Next -> More Insights 7 Ways Hamas Exploits Palestinian Civilians in Gaza Antisemitism defined: Why opposing the Jewish people's right to self-determination is antisemitic What You Need to Know About Israel’s Humanitarian Aid To Gaza Fatah responds to Hamas criticism of new formation of PA government ‘without consulting Hamas’ Surprise jump in Gazan support for 2-state solution, while still in favor of Oct 7 attack Hamas' Most Horrific Weapon of War: 5 Takeaways from UN Report on Sexual Violence Against Israelis Latest Video Clips The History of Israel This Muslim Israeli Woman Is the Future of the Middle East Natasha Hausdorff responds to the content of the House of Commons Gaza Debate. Its time to face the hard truth that you're being played as a sacrificial fool by terrorists. Peace cannot be achieved with those who desire war and jihad instead. 'Awful Things Happening In Israel Nothing To Do With British Jews'

  • Israel is the worst perpetrator of genocide ever | Tikva International

    Israel is the worst perpetrator of genocide ever Download YouTube 2023-12-24 (240) < Previous Next > Taken form Piers Morgan Uncensored, joined by host of the Young Turks and pro-Palestinian supporter Cenk Uygur as well as columnist and pro-Israeli supporter Douglas Murray Video Transcription: Several things, first of all anyone who uses the term genocide in this context simply doesn't know what they're talking about or is a malevolent actor uh I don't know if Mr Uygur has traveled at all in his life how far he's traveled how many conflicts he's seen but I'd have guessed none and and you clearly know nothing about this particular conflict and you've obviously seen none of it um the genocide that you describe is such a smear and a liable against the Jewish state if Israel wanted to commit genocide I'm sure it could but it doesn't it doesn't remotely want to and people like you and other Pro Palestinian propagandists have spent years claiming that Israel is committing genocide in the Gaza by the way the weirdest thing about this claim is that the population of the Gaza has grown by a million in the last 15 or so years so if Israel was trying to carry out a genocide it's either the worst perpetrator of genocide ever or uniquely poor at performing that task none of the stats support that ridiculous claim it's such a weird smear and a liel of Israel secondly of course you've just rattled off hamad's figures as every one of your kind always does thirdly you said that the world cried World cried you said you said the people like you who cover for the Palestinian extremists thirdly you said that the World cried out for the 36 Israeli dead children no they didn't and you know that very well you know that very well if you put up a poster to a missing dog in any Western City that poster stays up in city after city in America posters of abducted Jewish children including a 10-month-old baby were put up and were ripped down by people who have been indoctrinated into hate of Jews nobody would rip down the poster of a missing dog but from Dublin to Berkeley they ripped down posters of abducted Jewish children so no I don't think there was let let put dougas Let me let me make let me make two other very quick points firstly you said what Hamas might do as if it was some kind of hypothetical Hamas showed what they do what they want to do it showed it on October the 7th and its leadership as I'm sure you very well know said that they would like to repeat that again and again until they have got rid of every Jew so I don't know I would trust hamas's word on that rather than your interpretation of what you think they mean when they say that and your and your generous interpretation of what you think that means and finally as for preventing a Palestinian state it is nonsense that the Israelis have prevented a Palestinian State they gave the gazans a Palestinian state in 2005 they gave them a pal inan state in 2005 when every Jewish person was ripped from their homes in the Gaza by IDF soldiers and the Palestinian people were given a state and what did they do they voted in Hamas who then killed their fellow Palestinians never had another election and used all the billions of dollars of taxpayer funds from the US UK and Europe to build Terror tunnels and to enrich themselves so they could live the life of luxury and katar again and again the reason there is not a Palestinian state is because the Palestinian leadership doesn't want one!

  • Hostage says captors were Gaza family, warns of civilian involvement with Hamas | Tikva International

    Hostage says captors were Gaza family, warns of civilian involvement with Hamas Download YouTube 2024-01-01 (252) < Previous Next > Support for Hamas is on the rise in Gaza. The majority of civilians there deny Hamas committed atrocities against Israelis on Oct. 7. New information from former hostages reveals that some of those civilians are shielding and helping Hamas militants. One hostage sharing her experience in captivity said she was being held by a civilian family in Gaza and described it as “a holocaust.” Video Transcription: [Music] support for Hamas is on the rise in Gaza the majority of civilians there deny Hamas committed atrocities against Israelis on October 7th some of those civilians we've learned are shielding and helping Hamas militants one hostage sharing her experience in captivity says she was being held by a civilian family in Gaza and experience what she described as a holocaust civilians involvement is further complicating a war where Israel's goal is to root out Hamas terrorists but is pressured to protect Palestinians who are largely supportive of Hamas according to the Palestinian Center for policy and Survey research 75% of civilians in Gaza believe Hamas was correct to launch its assault on Israel on October 7th and ever since the War Began support for Hamas has strengthened the majority of Palestinians would like to see Hamas in control of Gaza over other leadership when the war ends 21-year-old Mia shim a hostage taken by Hamas during a music festival is now sharing her experience saying she felt like an animal in the Safari operated on without anesthesia to treat a gunshot wound in her arm Hamas released a video of Mia during her time in captivity where she is heard saying she is fine but now free and away from the terrorist she describes what is the truth Mia was one of the fortunate ones released in a hostage prisoner exchange last month Mia says her captors were a family of civilians and wants the world to understand Israel is up against more than just Hamas militants Mia says everyone over there is a terrorist suddenly I realize that I'm with a family suddenly I'm asking myself questions why am I in some family's home why are there kids here why is there a wife it was important to me to relay the truth about the nature of the people who live in Gaza who they truly are and what I experienced there I went through a holocaust navigating through civilians to seek out Hamas has proven to be difficult for Israel one of hamas's War tactics dressing as innocent civilians to blend in blurring the lines for Israeli soldiers on who the enemy is Israel got it wrong in the tragic death of three hostages earlier this month the Israeli military taking full responsibility but stressing the complexity of situations on the ground as the enemy embeds itself with civilians

  • The complexity of context | Tikva International

    The complexity of context Download YouTube 2023-11-14 (#120) < Previous Next > The Complexity of Context. Propaganda that got 90,000 likes on Tik Tok: the Hellfire R9X must be one of the most terrible weapons that exist, and are specifically designed to cut people to shreds. The post claims that Israel launched one outside the Al Shifa Hospital. The truth: the Hellfire R9X is designed to minimize collateral damage because it employs a different kind of warhead and doesn't cause the widespread destruction associated with conventional warheads. Israel's goal is not to harm innocent Palestinian civilians, whic his why it uses a weapon specifically designed to minimize casualties. Video Transcription: Alright, so this picture got 90,000 likes on TikTok. Watch this propaganda. This weapon must be one of the most terrible things ever made by human beings. Specifically designed to cut people to shreds. And Israel launched it at a Palestinian sheltered outside of the Al Shifa hospital. No words can do justice to the depravity and evil we're witnessing. So this is the Hellfire R nine X missile. This is unbelievable. So either these people are extremely ignorant or extremely malicious. Let's read this together. The Hellfire R nine X is distinct from standard Hellfire missiles because it is designed to minimize collateral damage by employing a different type of warhead. Instead of the explosive warhead found in traditional Hellfire missiles, the R nine X is equipped with a dense, metallic, kinetic energy penetrator. Typically made of steel, this penetrator is designed to impact and penetrate the target, rather than causing a big explosion. The primary use of the Hellfire R nine X is for precision strikes against high value targets in densely populated or sensitive areas where minimizing collateral damage is critical. By using the kinetic energy penetrator, the missile can eliminate specific individuals or vehicles without causing the widespread destruction associated with explosive warheads. So Israel uses this weapon to try to minimize collateral damage and target exactly who they want to target and minimize casualties. Again, their goal is not harm innocent Palestinian civilians. Think about it. They use a weapon specifically designed to minimize casualties. Israel doesn't have to use these weapons. They could have used traditional warheads. It still would have got the job done. It just would have killed a lot of innocent people. But no, we're not going to give them credit. We're going to try to find a way to make them the bad guy, no matter what. It's gross.

  • Even in the Middle East hospitals don’t look like this | Tikva International

    Even in the Middle East hospitals don’t look like this Download YouTube 2023-11-19 (#133) < Previous Next > It might come as a surprise to BBC but Even in the Middle East hospitals don't look like this. Video Transcription: Coming soon

  • Why DEI Must End For Good | Tikva International

    Why DEI Must End For Good Download YouTube 2023-12-23 (239) < Previous Next > How did the congressional hearing on antisemitism last week go so awry? Was the resignation of University of Pennsylvania’s president just another cancellation, only this time on the other side of the political aisle? How can we fix our broken universities? And what’s at stake if we don’t? Bari Weiss: Founder of "The free press" 00:00 📅 The video discusses a recent Congressional testimony involving the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania and their responses to questions about rising anti-Semitism on their campuses. 02:48 🏛️ The video highlights instances of perceived hypocrisy in how universities handle free speech, citing examples where certain viewpoints were shut down while others were defended. 05:51 🚫 The video expresses opposition to cancel culture but suggests that Penn President Liz McGill lost her job due to her inability to fulfill her role effectively rather than being canceled. 10:48 🏛️ The video argues that Liz McGill's resignation exposes deep issues in American higher education and raises questions about leadership, morality, and the need for reform. 12:11 📚 The video discusses the ideology of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and its impact on American institutions, especially universities, and argues for its dismantling. 19:26 🇩🇪 The video draws parallels between the current ideological climate in American universities and the history of German universities during the rise of Nazism, emphasizing the importance of addressing these issues. Video Transcription: On December 5, America witnessed the most sordid congressional testimony in recent memory. I watched, and probably you did too, in shock as the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania, three of the supposedly greatest universities not just in America but in the world, struggled to respond in front of Congress to very basic questions about the obvious rise of antisemitism on their campuses. In one unforgettable and hugely viral exchange, Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik asked Penn president Liz Magill if calling for the genocide of Jews violates her school’s rules or code of conduct. Yes or no? Liz Magill sort of smiles at the question and then ultimately says: “If the speech turns into conduct, it can be harassment, yes. I am asking, specifically calling for the genocide of Jews, does that constitute bullying or harassment? If it is directed and severe or pervasive, it is harassment. So the answer is yes. It is a context-dependent decision. Then there was Harvard president Claudine Gay, who, when faced with a similar round of questioning by Stefanik, responded this way: We embrace a commitment to free expression, even of views that are objectionable, offensive, hateful. That’s interesting because just last year, Harvard told students in a mandatory three Title IX training that using the wrong pronouns for a person constitutes “abuse.” I’ll go on. It said that “any words used to lower a person’s self-worth” are, quote, “verbal abuse” and that, quote, “sizeism and fatphobia contribute to an environment that perpetuates violence.” In September 2021, MIT allowed a mob to cancel a public lecture on climate change by my friend and geophysicist Dorian Abbot, because he had the gall to criticize affirmative action. Or take Penn. In 2019, Penn shut down an event with former ICE director Tom Homan because students were chanting so loudly to “abolish ICE,” and it made it impossible to hold a conversation. And yet here these same schools were last week suddenly discovering the virtue of free speech. I’m satisfied that I’ve conveyed our deep commitment to free expression, recognizing that it’s uncomfortable. The satirical news site The Babylon Bee pretty much hit the nail on the head in a single headline a few months ago: “Harvard Student Leaves Lecture on Microaggressions to Attend a ‘Kill the Jews’ Rally.” It was that same hypocrisy—that same double standard—that millions of people witnessed that day in front of Congress. Millions of people, including Penn’s donors, some of whom decided to close their checkbooks. And then, less than a week after the hearing, Liz Magill—along with Penn’s chairman of the board of trustees—resigned. As listeners of Honestly and readers of The Free Press know, I am the first to stand against cancel culture. In some cases, I’ve literally been the first person to defend unpopular victims of it. People who have been fired or publicly shamed or forced to resign from their jobs because of public pressure for basically nothing, from a mistake or a minor totally blown-out-of-proportion incident. The very first episode of this podcast, the very first episode of Honestly that we ever aired, was about a man named Majdi Wadi. OG listeners will remember, but he’s a Palestinian immigrant whose life’s work, a very successful hummus business in Minneapolis, was boycotted and decimated because an angry mob on Twitter found antisemitic and bigoted tweets that his teenage daughter had posted, and deleted, and then apologized for years earlier. They were such, like, horrible and vile things, and that’s not who I am. I warned in that podcast that holding someone to account and ruining their lives because of one mistake they made was un-American and wrong, and that in this particular instance, a man was being held to account because of the sins of their teenage daughter, who by that point was an adult. I felt it was profoundly illiberal and anti-American to judge a person based on the actions of their relative, no matter how vile the tweets were—and they were vile. But she apologized for them, and she did them when she was a teenager. I defended biology professor Carole Hooven, who was driven out of her position at Harvard for insisting that biological sex is binary. And she said so as a biologist. I defended Kathleen Stock, a professor who was hounded out of the University of Sussex, tarred as a kind of witch, for much of the same reasons as Hooven. I do not think USC professor Greg Patton should have been suspended from his job for saying a Chinese word that happened to sound like an English slur. If you have a lot of “um,” “ers,” and this is culturally specific, so based on your native language, like in China, the common word is "that, that, that," so in China might be "nega nega nega nega." I don’t believe that. University of Massachusetts Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan should have been fired for writing in an email—and this is true—Black Lives Matter, but also everyone’s lives matters. There are dozens of similar examples that we have reported on, that we have written about, or that we have spoken about on this very show. What all of these people have in common is that none of them actually did anything wrong. None of them did anything at all other than violate newspeak, other than offend our cultures new authoritarians who want to usher in a world in which saying there are two sexes is the moral equivalent of screaming the N-word in public. So the question is this Did Penn president Liz Magill do something wrong, or is she another victim of yet another angry mob? Only this time a mob on the other side of the political and ideological aisle? It’s a worthy question, and it’s one that my colleagues and I don’t all see eye to eye on. Peter Savodnik, Free Press senior editor—needless to say, he’s a guy whose views I deeply respect—argued this week in our pages that Magill’s resignation, and I quote, is a blow to academic freedom. It amounts to little more than a cave—yet another prominent American institution succumbing to the angry mob.” For Jewish students specifically, he argued, and I quote, “It will make things worse by making an already illiberal academic environment even more illiberal.” Now, let me first say that I oppose cancel culture, no matter if it’s done by the right or the left or anyone in between. But being opposed to cancel culture—obsessive and odious mob attacks over minutia for the sake of casting out the independent-minded and sending a message to everyone else to shut up or you could be next—does not mean being opposed to anyone ever getting in trouble for actually screwing up. And in my view—and of course, it’s a judgment call—that’s what actually happened here. Liz Magill didn’t lose her job because she was “canceled.” She lost her job because she revealed in front of the entire country that she wasn’t up to the task of running one of the most important universities in the world. Think about it this way: if the quarterback on a football team blows a key game in the playoffs, does the coach have an obligation to keep him on the field? Of course not. He had a job to do and he didn’t do it. Another athlete should come in and replace him. That’s my view with Liz Magill, who failed the very basic duties that her role and responsibilities required of her. Because the job of a university president is not merely to point out the basic constitutional rights of students to scream for a violent uprising against Jews or anyone else. Intifada revolution! One solution! Intifada revolution! And yes, those students, of course, have those legal rights. As Nadine Strossen and Pamela Paresky wrote recently in the pages of The Free Press. “Even antisemites deserve free speech.” I agree with that. But is pointing out obvious legal rights why we have university presidents? Is their job simply to remind us that people are allowed to shout terrible things and that the First Amendment protects them from doing so? Never mind the glaring hypocrisy of the fact that these very same people would never defend the right of white students to march through campus calling for violence against black students, or street students to march through campus calling for violence against gay students. Both of those scenarios, to name one of dozens, would simply be unimaginable. But never mind the double standard, which is a big part of the story and a big reason why people are angry. Take that off the table for just a moment. Because even if that hypocrisy and double standard wasn’t at play, my answer would still be the same. And that is that the job of a university president is not merely to point out what is and isn’t legally permissible. The job of the university president is to offer leadership—intellectual leadership, of course, but also moral leadership. Penn’s motto, and I kid you not, is literally this: Laws without morals are useless. I want to repeat that again because I kind of couldn’t believe that that was the motto: Laws without morals are useless. So can anyone actually look at Magill’s performance—let alone that of Harvard’s Claudine Gay, Now under fire for alleged plagiarism—or MIT’s Sally Kornbluth—and walk away and say, “Now that is a leader with admirable moral judgment”? Can anyone look at those women and say, “If we could choose anyone to lead these schools in this moment, this is who we would choose”? Can anyone look at these three people and say they offer the kind of inspiring leadership and moral clarity that the country so desperately needs at this moment? I think those questions answer themselves. But where Peter Savodnik and I agree is that Magill’s resignation doesn’t actually solve much of anything. It certainly doesn’t do anything to remedy the grotesque hypocrisy and double standards and moral confusion that have corrupted American higher education. But what that congressional testimony did, and what Magill’s resignation does, is finally and at long last pull back the curtain. There’s no more pretending that this incident at this school was a one-off. That this story is just nitpicking no more. Magill’s resignation, which was a direct outcome of that testimony, reveals to everyone, plain as day how deeply American higher education is broken. And the question now, the urgent question, is what we’re going to do about it. How do we fix American higher education? My view is that, above all else, we need to return higher education to its original purpose: to pursue the truth for the sake of human flourishing, and to pass on the knowledge that is the basis of our exceptional civilization. We do that by doing a few very basic—but I guess right now they feel quite radical—things. Things like committing to intellectual freedom, not ideology. Things like hiring based on merit. Things like doing away with double standards on speech. And yes, walking the walk. Not sending our checks and our children to schools that betray the most fundamental liberal and American values. But above all, starting today, we need to uproot—root and branch—the ideology that has supplanted truth at the core of American higher education. And that ideology goes by the name DEI. It was 20 years ago when I was a student at Columbia, that I encountered this ideology for the first time and that I began to write about it. Of course, at the time it was a nameless, niche worldview. But I noticed that it contradicted everything that I had been taught since I was a child. This was a worldview that replaced basic ideas of good and evil with a new rubric: the powerless (good) and the powerful (necessarily bad). It replaced color blindness with race obsession; ideas with identity; debate with denunciation; persuasion with public shaming; the rule of law with the fury of the mob. I noticed that people were to be given authority in this new order not in recognition of their talents or their gifts or their hard work or their accomplishments or their contributions to society, but in inverse proportion to the disadvantages their group had suffered as defined by radical ideologues. When I raised alarm bells about this at the time, I was told by most of the adults I respected not to be so hysterical. Campuses were always hotbeds of radicalism, they said, and this ideology would surely dissipate as young people made their way in the world. At least that’s what they promised me. But they were wrong. It didn’t dissipate. Over the past two decades, I watched as this inverted worldview swallowed all of the crucial sense-making institutions of American life. Yes, universities, obviously, but also cultural institutions, including some I knew well, like The New York Times, as well as every major museum book-publishing company, philanthropy, media company. Then it moved to our medical schools and our law schools. It’s taken root in the HR departments of every major corporation. It’s inside of our high schools and even our elementary schools. This ideological takeover is so comprehensive that it’s almost hard to notice it. That’s because it’s everywhere. This ideology is obviously dangerous to Jews because in this new worldview, where fairness is measured by equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity, who do you think that singles out? If under-representation is the inevitable outcome of systemic bias, then overrepresentation—and Jews are just 2% of the American population—suggests not talent or hard work, but unearned privilege. This conspiratorial conclusion is actually very, very close to the hateful portrait of a small group of Jews divvying up the ill-gotten spoils of an exploited world captured most powerfully in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. But it isn’t only Jews who suffer from the suggestion that merit and excellence are dirty words. It is strivers of every race, every ethnicity, and every class. That is why Asian-American success, for example, is so suspicious. The percentages are off. Scores are too high. Where did you steal all of that success from? Of course, this new ideology doesn’t come right out and say all of that. It doesn’t even like to be named. Some call it wokeness or antiracism or progressivism or safetyism or Critical Social Justice or identity Marxism. Whatever term you use, what is clear is that this worldview has gained power in the world in a conceptual instrument called DEI: diversity, equity, and inclusion. Right? In theory, all three of these words represent noble causes. They’re in fact, all causes to which the American Jewish community in particular has long been devoted. The American Jewish commitment to justice—not lip service real justice—and the American Jewish community’s commitment to oppose racism—real racism is a source of tremendous pride, rightfully so, and that should never waver. But in reality, DEI is not actually about any of those words. Rather, it uses those words as camouflage. Those words are, in fact, now metaphors for a powerful ideological movement bent on categorizing every American not as an individual worthy of equal rights and dignity because of their individuality, but as an avatar of an identity group. A person’s behavior prejudged, according to that group, setting all of us up in a kind of zero-sum game. DEI calls itself progressive, but it is not. It doesn’t believe in progress. It is explicitly anti-growth. It claims to promote equity or equality, but its answer to the challenge of teaching math or reading to disadvantaged children is to eliminate math and reading tests. It demonizes hard work, merit, family, and the dignity of the individual, all virtues that are the foundation of what makes America exceptional. The dangers of DEI have been made exceptionally clear by what’s been happening on college campuses today, campuses where professors are compelled to pledge fidelity to DEI in order to get hired, promoted, or tenure. Campuses where ever since October 7th, we’ve seen students and professors immersed not in facts, knowledge, or history, but in a dehumanizing ideology that has led them to celebrate or justify terrorism—simply because the terrorists or what they call “the oppressed,” and the victims are what they call, quote, “white settler colonialists.” But perhaps nothing has made the dangers of DEI clearer than last week, when we saw those three university presidents fail to string together basic sentences about the difference between good and evil. Now, the antidote to this poison is not for the Jewish community to plead its cause before the intersectional coalition and to beg for higher ranking in the new ladder of victimhood. It’s not to assign Jews protected status alongside other minorities. Because the solution to discrimination isn’t more discrimination. That is always a losing strategy. And in any case, Jewish identity doesn’t fit into this very crude racial framework. Because is Judaism a race? If so, what color? Is it a religion? An ethnicity? A culture? See, Jews are, by their very existence, an affront to this black-and-white ideology. No, the right solution isn’t to retrench DEI only this time including Jews. The only solution is to dismantle the DEI regime that has enforced an illiberal worldview at nearly every American university. It is time to end DEI for good. No more standing by as people are encouraged to segregate themselves. No more forced declarations that you’re going to prioritize identity over excellence. No more compelled speech, no more going along with little lies for the sake of being polite. It’s time to stand up for what is right. Now, for anyone who thinks I’m blowing this out of proportion or exaggerating how much this matters, I want you to look back and to consider the history of Germany’s universities, how the very same institutions that were once the envy of the world helped usher in the intellectual atmosphere that gave way to the rise of Hitler. As historian Niall Ferguson wrote in a very powerful piece in The Free Press this week called “The Treason of the Intellectuals,” and I quote “Anyone who has a naive belief in the power of higher education to instill ethical values has not studied the history of German universities in the Third Reich. A university degree, far from inoculating Germans against Nazism, made them more likely to embrace it.” Today’s academic leaders, of course, would never recognize themselves as heirs to people like Martin Heidegger, the greatest German philosopher of his generation who jumped on the Nazi bandwagon and wore a swastika pin on his lapel. Today’s leaders will insist that Heidegger was on the right and they’re on the left. But as Niall Ferguson reminds us, totalitarianism comes in two flavors, but the ingredients are the same. Yes, the Holocaust is the worst historical crime in human history. It’s exceptional. But one of the things that makes it exceptional is that it was perpetrated by a highly sophisticated nation-state that had within its borders the world’s finest universities. As Niall writes, “The lesson of German history for American academia should now be clear. In Germany, to use the legalistic language of 2023, ’speech did cross into conduct.’ The ’final solution of the Jewish question’ began as speech—to be precise, it began as lectures and monographs and scholarly articles. It began in the songs of student fraternities. With extraordinary speed, after 1933, however, it crossed into conduct first systemic pseudo-legal discrimination and ultimately, a program of technocratic genocide.” All of which is to say: this isn’t just an issue for elite people that go to elite colleges. The stakes are much higher than that, because what happens at universities matters. What we teach our young people matters. What we teach them about the goodness or the badness of our country and our civilization deeply matters. DEI is undermining liberalism and America, and that for which it stands—including the principles that have made it a place of unparalleled opportunity, tolerance, safety, and freedom—not just for Jews, but for all of us. After the events of the last week, it is clear DEI must end.

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