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Fact sheet: Gaza’s hospitals and ambulances – and Hamas’ exploitation of them

November 14, 2023 | AIJAC

Below is a current update on the reality of the situation with respect to the hospitals of Gaza – including the well-documented evidence and history of Hamas’ use of hospitals and ambulances for terrorist purposes. These practices remove their protected status under International Humanitarian Law, allowing the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to strike these targets, though of course while continuing to seek to minimise harm to civilians within the laws of “proportionality” and while adhering to other relevant rules.

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Are you a “Fascifist”?

November 14, 2023 | Oved Lobel

You are not a humanitarian, however, if your response to this horrendous carnage is to call for a ceasefire rather than an Israeli victory and the destruction of Hamas’ military capabilities – you are a fascifist, no matter how well-intentioned.

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza, 2021 (Photo: Nick_ Raille_07 / Shutterstock.com)

The media, Palestinian children and the numbers game

November 10, 2023 | Oved Lobel

The stories of children being killed in Gaza are indeed horrifically sad and tragic – even if we actually have no accurate numbers on the extent of this tragedy – and to some extent, it is understandable that journalists want to highlight these terrible stories. Unfortunately, the goal of at least some journalists appears to be primarily to draw some nonexistent moral equivalence between those Palestinians under 18 killed during legitimate Israeli military operations with the Israeli children brutally murdered or kidnapped by Hamas.

Image: IMF/ Flickr

Hanan Ashrawi proves – yet again – why she should never have been a candidate for any peace prize

November 6, 2023 | Alana Schetzer, Allon Lee

Today, November 6, marks exactly two decades since then NSW Premier Bob Carr presented Palestinian official, activist and academic Hanan Ashrawi the then largely unknown Sydney Peace Prize, an award that prompted major national controversy. In recent weeks, Ashrawi has made outrageous statements that have whitewashed Hamas’ barbaric crimes against Israel on October 7 – vindicating yet again the stance taken by the Australian Jewish leadership in 2003 that she should never have won the award.

Pro-Palestinian rally in Sydney, October 21, 2023 (source: Steve Tritton)

“Pro-Palestinian” slogans often amount to advocating terrorism or calling for genocide

November 2, 2023 | Oved Lobel

It would be prudent for Australian institutions and state governments to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism to help them understand and ideally combat what is fairly open racism and terrorism advocacy by some activists.

Rockets being fired at Israeli cities from Gaza in May (source: Shutterstock/Anas-Mohammed)

Blatant Misuse of International Law: “Proportionality”, “Collective Punishment” and “Genocide”

October 25, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Not every example of the horrors of war is a war crime, nor every large number of deaths genocide. Pretending that they are does not make war less deadly and horrific; rather, by rendering the existing framework of international law of armed conflict completely unworkable, it actually helps makes wars both more likely and even more unconstrained.

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Distorting international law gives terrorist groups like Hamas impunity

October 25, 2023 | Jamie Hyams

The October 7 Hamas atrocities caused the largest loss of Jewish life on any single day since the Holocaust, and were characterised by a barbarity not seen since ISIS. And just as was the case with ISIS, peace will only have a chance when Hamas is no longer in a position to thwart it.

Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system intercepts rockets from Gaza (source: Shutterstock/Oren Ravid)

The Oct. 7 atrocities are already being forgotten

October 25, 2023 | Justin Amler

It should be simple: Israel experienced one of the worst, bloodiest, most inhuman terror attacks in modern times, perpetrated by a genocidal extremist group listed as a terrorist organisation in Australia and around the world. It has the right and duty under international law to do whatever is necessary to defend itself from this terror group, which in the current circumstances can only mean removing that terror group’s ability to run Gaza as a permanent armed terrorist camp. Why is this so hard for people to remember and understand?

A vandalised synagogue in Lyon, France, with Arabic graffiti that reads “Victory to our brothers in Gaza and “Glorious Gaza” (Twitter/X)

Mass murder of Jews in Israel has sparked major upsurge of antisemitism internationally 

October 24, 2023 | Galit Jones

In the wake of the mass murder of some 1800 Israelis by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7, with at least 200 others abducted as hostages to Gaza, Jewish communities around the world have been reporting a major upsurge in antisemitism and antisemitic violence. 

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Western media mistakes pour fuel on the Middle Eastern fire

October 20, 2023 | Oved Lobel

The last few years have seen an explosion of moral panic over the dangers of misinformation and disinformation. Yet it’s quite clear when it comes to Israel that many Western journalists are great purveyors of both, and seem constitutionally incapable of accurately reporting on the country, from the broader context down to basic details.

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